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Wednesday with Rob Cowan - Johann Strauss II's Blue Danube, Patricia Routledge, Macon

Rob Cowan presents potential companion pieces for Strauss' Blue Danube Waltz, and Dame Patricia Routledge lists her influences and inspirations.

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0930 Rob explores potential companion pieces for a well-known piece of music. This morning, he's after your suggestions for where to head musically after Johann Strauss's Blue Danube waltz - the glorious melodies of which prompted no less a composer than Brahms to say 'Alas! not by Johannes Brahms'.

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3 hours

Music Played

  • Jacques Offenbach

    Mazurka (Gaîté parisienne)

    Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Fiedler.
    • RCA.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto Grosso in F major, Op 6 No 2

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Corelli: Concerto Grossi op. 6.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 008.
  • Michael Tippett

    Dance, clarion air (A Garland for the Queen)

    Choir: Christ Church Cathedral Choir, Oxford. Director: Stephen Darlington.
    • Tippett: Choral Works.
    • Nimbus.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in F sharp major Op.78

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • chandos.
  • Johann Strauss II

    The Blue Danube

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Willi Boskovsky.
    • Johann Strauss: Famous Waltzes: Boskovsky.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Sylvius Leopold Weiss

    Courante (Lute Suite No 14 in F major)

    Performer: David Russell.
    • The Grandeur of the Baroque.
    • Telarc.
    • 17.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Four Last Songs

    Orchestrator: Anthony Payne. Singer: Roderick Williams. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Chandos.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No 4 in E flat major, K 495

    Performer: Roger Montgomery. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Director: Margaret Faultless.
    • Signum.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Divertimento in B flat major, TWV 50:23

    Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • Archiv.
  • Johannes Brahms

    18 Liebeslieder Watzer, Op. 52

    Performer: Andrea Rost. Performer: Magdalena Kožená. Performer: Matthew Polenzani. Performer: Thomas Quasthoff. Performer: Yefim Bronfman. Performer: James Levine.
    • DG.
  • Michael Haydn

    Trumpet Concerto No 2 in C major

    Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Elgar Howarth.
    • Trumpet Concertos.
    • Philips.
    • 12.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Waves (A Sea Symphony)

    Conductor: Sir Mark Elder. Choir: Hallé Choir. Orchestra: Hallé.
    • Halle.
  • Percy Grainger

    Ramble on Love (after the love duet from Der Rosenkavalier)

    Performer: Yekwon Sunwoo.
    • Decca.
  • Claude Debussy


    Orchestra: Singapore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Lan Shui.
    • BIS.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Boreades (Contredanse très vive)

    Ensemble: Le Concert des Nations. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Mélodie for cello and orchestra, Op 20 No 1

    Performer: Jamie Walton. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Okko Kamu.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Henry Litolff

    Concerto symphonique No 4 in D minor (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Yuja Wang. Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • AVIE.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    William Tell (Overture)

    Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Famous Italian Overtures - Chailly.
    • Decca.
    • 1.


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