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Thursday with Rob Cowan - The Talking Mongoose, James MacMillan's O Radiant Dawn, Antonio Pappano

Rob Cowan presents potential companion pieces for a popular piece of music. Royal Opera House Music Director Antonio Pappano lists his cultural influences and inspirations.

Essential Classics with Rob Cowan

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

0930 Rob explores potential companion pieces for O Radiant Dawn, the most popular of James MacMillan's Strathclyde motets.
1010 Time Traveller. A quirky slice of cultural history
1050 Conductor and pianist Sir Antonio Pappano talks about the ideas that have inspired and shaped him throughout his life.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Orchestral Suite No 4 in G major, BWV 1069 (Overture)

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Bach: Works for Orchestra: The English Concert/Pinnock.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 13.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Rondino in E flat major for wind octet, WoO 25

    Performer: Victoria Wood. Performer: Peter Francomb. Performer: Martin Field. Performer: George Caird. Performer: Michael Harris. Performer: Robin Kennard. Performer: Angela Malsbury. Performer: Gareth Newman. Performer: Simon Morgan. Ensemble: The Albion Ensemble.
    • Hummel/Beethoven/Gluck: Wind Music: Albion Ensemble.
    • Helios.
    • 13.
  • Lucija Garuta (1902 -1977)

    Prelude in E major for piano

    Performer: Reinis Zarins.
    • LMIC/Skani.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Four English Dances, Set 1, Op 27

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Arnold.
    • Malcolm Arnold: English, Irish, Scottish & Cornish Dances: LPO/Arnold.
    • Lyrita.
    • 1.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    O Radiant Dawn

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto in C major for flute and harp, K 299 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Marie‐Pierre Langlamet. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Mozart Flute Concertos Concerto For Flute And Harp.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Madeleine Dring

    Song of a Nightclub Proprietress (Five Betjeman Songs)

    Singer: Sarah Walker. Performer: Roger Vignoles.
    • BLAH BLAH BLAH and other trifles........
    • 015.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche, Op 28

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
    • EMI.
  • Henri Büsser

    Appassionato Op.34 for viola and piano

    Performer: Lawrence Power. Performer: Simon Crawford‐Phillips.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Petit Poucet (Ma mère l'oye for piano duet)

    Performer: Katia Labèque. Performer: Marielle Labèque.
    • Bizet, Ravel, Faure: Katia & Marielle Labeque.
    • Philips.
    • 20.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Laideronnette, impératrice des pagodes (Ma mère l'oye for piano duet)

    Performer: Katia Labèque. Performer: Marielle Labèque.
    • Bizet, Ravel, Faure: Katia & Marielle Labeque.
    • Philips.
    • 21.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto in F major, HWV 293

    Performer: Ton Koopman. Orchestra: Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra.
    • ERATO.
  • Thomas Tallis

    O nata lux de lumine

    Choir: Alamire. Director: David Skinner.
    • Tallis & Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575: Alamire, David Skinner.
    • Obsidian.
    • 8.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (Cantata No 140)

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan. Director: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • JS Bach: Cantatas 52: Bach Collegium Japan/Suzuki.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    The Mikado (Overture)

    Librettist: William Gilbert. Orchestra: D'Oyly Carte Opera Orchestra. Conductor: John Pryce-Jones.
    • Gilbert and Sullivan Overtures: Various performers.
    • TER.
    • 6.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Che gelida manina (La bohème)

    Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • Favourite Tenor Arias: Luciano Pavarotti & Friends.
    • Decca.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Norfolk Rhapsody No.1

    Performer: Stuart Green. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
    • Vaughan Williams: Symphony No.4: Bournemouth Symphony Orch/Daniel.
    • Naxos.
    • 5.
  • Claude Debussy

    Jardins sous la pluie (Estampes)

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • Debussy, Preludes etc.: Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
    • Decca.
    • 15.
  • Harold Arlen

    Come Rain or Come Shine (St Louis Woman)

    Singer: Sylvia McNair. Performer: David Fink. Performer: André Previn.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Arthur Butterworth

    Rain (Northern Summer Nights)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Butterworth.
    • A Butterworth, Symphony no.5: RSNO/Butterworth.
    • Epoch.
    • 5.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Viola d'amore Concerto in A major, RV 396

    Performer: Fabio Biondi. Ensemble: Europa Galante.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • Herbert Howells

    Magnificat and Nunc dimittis, 'Collegium Regale'

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Performer: Sir Andrew Davis. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
    • DECCA.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Variations in C major, H XVII 5

    Performer: Rudolf Buchbinder.
    • Haydn: Complete Piano Sonatas: Rudolf Buchbinder.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Spartacus - suite no. 1, Variation of Aegina and Bacchanal

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Stanley Black.
    • Khachaturian: Spartacus.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Takashi Yoshimatsu

    Dream Coloured Mobile II, Op.58a

    Performer: Joe Houghton. Performer: Kate Wilson. Ensemble: Manchester Camerata. Conductor: Sachio Fujioka.
    • CHANDOS.


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