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Tuesday with Rob Cowan - Sibelius's Finlandia, Derren Brown, LOLs

Rob Cowan looks for potential companion pieces to Sibelius' 'Finlandia', plus we hear from illusionist Derren Brown.

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 Sibelius's most famous piece, an orchestral rallying cry for a new nation, "Finlandia"

1010 Time Traveller. A quirky slice of cultural history

1050 The extraordinary Derren Brown reveals the cultural influences that have shaped him. Part of Radio 3's 'Why Music? The Key to Memory', a long weekend at Wellcome Collection starting on Friday.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Notturno No 6 in G major, H II 30

    Ensemble: Mozzafiato. Ensemble: L'Archibudelli.
    • Haydn: 8 Notturni for the King of Naples: Mozzafiato, L'Archibudelli.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Isaac Albéniz


    Performer: John Williams.
    • CBS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Grande valse brillante in E major

    Music Arranger: Igor Stravinsky. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • CBS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Two Arabesques for piano

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • Debussy: Complete works for piano vol.3: Bavouzet.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Finlandia, Op 26

    Conductor: Neeme Järvi. Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Laulun Ystavat.
    • Sibelius: Tulen Synty/Sandels/etc: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Jarvi.
    • BIS.
    • 7.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Viola Concerto in G major, TWV 51:G9

    Performer: Nils Mönkemeyer. Ensemble: Kammerakademie Potsdam.
    • Sony.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Wipe away my sins

    Ensemble: Cardinalls Musick. Conductor: Andrew Carwood.
    • Hyperion.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 7 in A major, Op 92 (2nd mvt)

    Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique.
    • Beethoven: Symphonies 7-9: John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 2.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in E major, K 531 arr Carlos

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Polka (Czech Suite, Op 39)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Libor Pešek.
    • Dvorak: Czech Suite, Op. 39: Libor Pesek.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Galina Grigorjeva

    Salve Regina

    Ensemble: Theatre of Voices. Ensemble: Yxus Quartet. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
    • Ondine.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Sarka (Má vlast)

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • Orfeo.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 22 in E flat major, 'The Philosopher' (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Josef Suk

    Fantastic Scherzo, Op 25

    Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Naxos.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Ombra mai fu

    Performer: Doron David Sherwin. Singer: Valer Barna-Sabadus. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • Erato.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No 1 in D major, K 412

    Performer: David Jolley. Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Mozart: Horn Concertos nos. 1-4: Jolley/Purvis/Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Richard Strauss

    8 Lieder (Op.49) [1900-01], no.1; Waldseligkeit

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Simon Keenlyside.
    • EMI.
  • Georges Bizet

    Carmen Suite No.1

    Orchestra: Aarhus Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Marc Soustrot.
    • Bizet.
    • Danacord.
    • 5-9.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Variations Concertantes in D major, op 17 for cello and piano

    Performer: Christian Pollack. Performer: Ronald Brautigam.
    • BIS.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonate, K. 397 D-Dur and K. 278 D-Dur

    Performer: Claire Huangci.
    • Berlin Classics.


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