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Thursday with Rob Cowan - Munch's Scream, Handel's Water Music, Christine Rice

Rob Cowan brings the best in classical music, including potential companion pieces for Handel's 'Water Music'. Plus leading British mezzo Christine Rice.

Essential Classics with Rob Cowan

Rob takes us through the morning with the best in classical music including:

0930 Rob explores potential companion pieces for Handel's Water Music, the sequence of grand pieces he wrote for King George I's progress along the Thames in 1717

1010 Time Traveller. A quirky slice of cultural history

1050 As part of the BBC Opera Season, leading British mezzo Christine Rice talks about her cultural influences and inspirations.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Dixit Dominus (ii) [1640]

    Choir: I Fagiolini. Ensemble: English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Choir: 24. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
    • Decca : 00289 483 1654.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Silent woods

    Performer: Marc Coppey. Orchestra: German Symphony Orchestra, Berlin. Conductor: Kirill Karabits.
    • AUDITE.
  • Franz Liszt

    Transcendental Study No 7 in E flat major, 'Eroica'

    Performer: Alice Sara Ott.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutshe Grammophon.
    • 7.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Water music - suite in D major HWV.349

    Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Director: Marc Minkowski.
    • NAIVE.
  • Robert de Visée


    Performer: Rolf Lislevand.
    • ECM.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Jota (Suite populaire espagnole arr Kochanski)

    Performer: Daniel Hope. Performer: Sebastian Knauer.
    • Ravel/Falla/Schnittke/Bartok/Shankar: East meets West: Daniel Hope.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 8.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Clarinet Concerto No 1 in F minor (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Jörg Widmann. Orchestra: German Symphony Orchestra, Berlin. Conductor: Peter Ruzicka.
    • Orfeo.
  • Bob Chilcott

    Tallis Canon

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
  • Johann Strauss I

    Jugendfeuer Op.90

    Music Arranger: Neue Wiener Concert Schrammeln. Ensemble: Neue Wiener Concert Schrammeln.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise in A flat major, Op 53, 'Eroica'

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • Chopin: 26 Preludes Scherzo NR. 2 - Martha Argerich.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 28.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony no. 1 in E minor Op.39: 2nd movement; Andante [ma non troppo lento]

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
  • Michael Tippett

    A Birthday Suite for Prince Charles (Finale)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of Opera North. Conductor: Michael Tippett.
    • Tippett: Ritual Dances.
    • Nimbus.
    • 15.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Sound Sleep for female voices and (optional) orchestra

    Singer: Kitty Whately. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Singer: Mary Bevan. Singer: Elizabeth Watts.
    • Hyperion.
  • Jón Leifs

    Geysir, Op 51

    Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • Sibelius: Finlandia; Valse Triste; Grieg: Sigurd Jorsalfar; Salonen.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 7.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Variations in C minor, WoO 80

    Performer: Olli Mustonen.
    • Beethoven: Piano Variations: Olli Mustonen.
    • Decca.
    • 5.
  • Max Steiner

    Gone with the Wind (original MGM soundtrack); Exit Music

    Orchestra: Unnamed orchestra. Conductor: Max Steiner.
    • CBS.
  • Louise Farrenc

    Sextet in C minor, Op.40 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Les Vents Français. Performer: Éric Le Sage.
    • Winds & Piano.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 6.
  • William Byrd

    Browning, 'The leaves be green' à 5

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Claude Debussy

    Feuilles mortes (Preludes, Book 2)

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Debussy: Complete works for piano vol.1: Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
    • 14.
  • Joseph Kosma

    Les feuilles mortes ('Fallen leaves')

    Performer: Magnus Wiklund. Performer: Carl Bagge. Performer: Mats Bergström. Performer: Per Ekdahl. Music Arranger: Per Ekdahl. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Singer: Olle Linder.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Il ritorno di Tobia (Overture)

    Orchestra: Vienna Haydn Sinfonietta. Conductor: Manfred Huss.
    • BIS.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten

    Orchestra: Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • ERATO.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in B flat minor, Op.117 No.2

    Performer: Julius Katchen.
    • DECCA.
  • Maurice Ravel

    La valse

    Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • EMI.


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