Suzy Klein has the perfect soundtrack to your Sunday morning with great music, your emails, her gig of the week and a new cd, and Mark Swartzentruber brings in an archival gem.


Suzy Klein presents great music, listeners' emails, her gig of the week and a new CD. Plus Mark Swartzentruber with a vintage gem.


Suzy Klein presents great music, listeners' emails, her gig of the week and a new CD, and Mark Swartzentruber brings in a vintage gem.


Rob Cowan presents a selection of music for Sunday including this week's Bach cantata.

In his Sunday Morning selection this week, Rob Cowan sees how composers as varied as Glazunov, Ravel and Smetena have tackled the theme of summer. And as a curtain raiser to this week's J. S. Bach Cantata, music from the composer's son C. P. E. Bach. The cantata itself, Widerstehe doch der Sunde (Just resist sin) BWV 54, is a famous performance by countertenor Alfred Deller, to mark his centenary year.





There's great music to be heard by less famous members of great composers' families. Today James Jolly turns the spotlight onto the works of Imogen Holst, Fanny Mendelssohn and Michael Haydn among others.

He also presents the week's Telemann cantata: Ach Herr, lehr uns bedenken doch, sung by Klaus Mertens.


At what stage in life does a musician become great? Rob Cowan poses the question and supplies some answers in remarkable early recordings by some of the most famous names in music including Yehudi Menuhin, Jacqueline Du Pré and Leontyne Price.

A short season of concertos for orchestra commences with the example by this year's centenarian Witold Lutoslawski. The week's cantata is a secular work by Handel.


Rob Cowan presents music by 20th century composers, including Simeon Ten Holt, Rodion Shchedrin, Ross Edwards and Jan Sandstrom. Plus his season of concertos for orchestra continues with the work by Zoltan Kodaly.

And the week's cantata, by Telemann (formerly attributed to Bach as BWV 219) is Siehe, es hat uberwunden der Lowe: Behold, the Lion has triumphed.


This week's selection by Rob Cowan begins a short season of string quintets, with Schubert's Quintet in C, and continues the Telemann cantata cycle with Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen (TWV 1:884).

Rob also presents a selection of works by composers written towards the end of their lives which might be thought of as their last musical words. These include unfinished pieces by J S Bach and Anton Bruckner, and other late pieces by Richard Strauss and Franz Liszt.


For Martin Luther's 530th birthday, Rob Cowan marks the occasion with part of Bach's Lutheran Mass in G minor. He also focuses on English delights by Elgar and Vaughan Williams. Marta Infante sings the week's Telemann cantata and the final hour includes Brahms's String Quintet No 1 in F major.


James Jolly's selection of music includes his vintage artist of the week, and commemorating the very day of its premiere, the Mozart symphony cycle reaches Number 38, the "Prague" Symphony.


James Jolly's Sunday selection of music includes Poulenc's Double Piano Concerto, and the programme's survey of Mozart symphonies reaches No.39.


The Sunday Morning cycle of Beethoven violin sonatas comes to No 7 in C minor, Opus 30 No 2, and Rob Cowan has selected a recording by Renaud Capuçon (violin), and Frank Braley (piano).

He also explores music inspired by puppets and dolls, from composers as varied as Delibes, Respighi, Debussy and Bartok. And his short feature on "forgotten symphonies" this week includes Symphony No 1 in D, Op 30 by Hans Gal.


James Jolly's selection includes music from his vintage artist of the week, the great American mezzo-soprano Grace Bumbry. And the Beethoven Violin Sonata cycle reaches no 3, Opus 12 no 3, in E Flat major.


The Sunday Morning cycle of Beethoven Violin Sonatas reaches Opus 12 No 2, and this morning James Jolly presents an acclaimed performance by Pinchas Zukerman and Daniel Barenboim. James also features recordings by this week's archive artist Karl Bohm.


James Jolly starts a new Sunday season leading up to the Proms with Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance March No.1. His archive artist is the soprano Renata Tebaldi in music by Giordano, Verdi and Puccini. James also looks at well-known music in slightly less familiar guises, including the Flute Concerto by Poulenc, arranged by Lennox Berkeley from a sonata.


James Jolly continues Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance series with March no 2 and plays some favourite operatic arias.


Rob Cowan begins the new year with works performed on original instruments, from the eras of Nenna, Handel and Mozart, and starts a short season of ballet suites with Strauss's Bourgeois Gentilhomme.


As part of Radio 3's exploration of contemporary music, James Jolly's selection includes Stereo Is King by Mason Bates, and piano works by Valentin Silvestrov. The programme opens with more in the current cycle of Beethoven chamber music, the Quartet (WoO 36) for piano, violin, viola and cello.


James Jolly continues the Beethoven chamber cycle with the Piano Quintet Opus 16, plus the contemporary sound of Sven-David Sandström's April and Silence.


James Jolly continues the programme's current cycle of folksongs with music by Luciano Berio, and celebrates St Valentine's Day with music by Mozart, Glinka and Handel. His featured artist is Renée Fleming (on her birthday) and he also celebrates the birthday of Finnish soprano Soile Isokoski.


As well as Joseph Canteloube's songs from the Auvergne, Rob Cowan presents music for the young, by composers as varied as Mozart, Shostakovich, Gubaidulina, and Burrill Phillips. The current sequence of ballet suites this week includes music from Stravinsky's Pulcinella.

Ancient Greece20140105

After two years of Sunday morning cantatas, Rob Cowan shifts the focus today with the first of a season of Mozart symphonies starting with the Paris. Composers as varied as Liszt, Handel and Charpentier portray Ancient Greece in music, and a short run of string sextets begins with Tchaikovsky's Souvenir de Florence.


Sunday Morning

with Iain Burnside


It's a loaded word, but Iain Burnside explores how performance on period instruments and with historically informed style has affected our appreciation of music from the mediaeval period to Elgar. His guest Colin Lawson adds a scholar's and performer's perspective.

Producer: Andrew Lyle

Email: sundaymorning@bbc.co.uk

Bach: Italian Concerto, Third movement

Wanda Landowska (harpsichord)

EMI CMDH 7610082. Tr11, 3m27s

Giorgio Mainerio: 5 Dances from Il primo libro de balli (1578)

Pass'e mezzo della Paganina, 1m37s

Ballo francese, 0m55s

La Lavoranda, 1m19s

L'Arboscello ballo furlano, 1m26s

La Zanetta, 1m3s

The Early Music Consort of London, David Munrow (director)

Testament SBT 1080. Tr22-26, total 6m48s

Byrd: Mass for 4 voices, Agnus Dei (extract)

Oxford Camerata, Jeremy Summerly (director)

Naxos 8550574 track 5 IN at 2m27s to end (3m40s) 1m13s

Byrd: Mass for 4 voices, Agnus Dei (complete)

Pro Cantione Antiqua, Bruno Turner (director)

REGIS RRC 1226. Tr6, 3m28s

Schubert: Symphony No. 3, First movement

Orchestra of 18th C, Frans Bruggen (conductor)

Philips 4461002. Tr5, 9m45s

Ravel: String Quartet in F, First movement

International String Quartet

CD703MUS. Tr3, out at 7m28s

Vivaldi: Concerto in C 'con molti stromenti' RV. 558,

First movement

Philip Picket, Rachel Beckett (recorders)

Colin Lawson, Carlos Riera (chalumeaux)

Simon Standage, Micaela Comberti (violins 'in tromba marina')

James Tyler, Robin Jeffrey (mandolins)

Nigel North, Jakob Lindberg (theorbos)

Anthony Pleeth (cello)

English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

Archiv 4156742. Tr7, 5m1s

Mozart: Piano Concerto in E flat, K482, Third movement

Robert Levin (fortepiano)

Academy of ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

l'Oiseau Lyre 4520522. Tr6, 11m45s

Brahms: Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Third movement

London Classical Players, Roger Norrington (conductor)

EMI CDC 7 54286 2. Tr13, 4m23s

Faure: 4th Barcarolle

Roy Howat (piano)

ABC 476 3423 CD2. Tr21, 3m24s

Paganini: Caprice Op. 1, No. 5

Ruggiero Ricci (violin)

(on Paganini's Cannon Guarneri del Gesu, 1742)

Biddulph LAW016. Tr5, 2m01s

Berlioz: Symphonie Fantastique, Fifth movement

Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique,

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

Philips 4344022. Tr5, 9m42s

Porpora: Recit. and aria 'Son fra l'orror in mezzo al mare'

from 'Gli Orti Esperidi'

Veronica Cangemi (soprano), Una Stella Ensemble

Naïve OP30466. Tr6&7, 4m24s

Ravel arr Hakema: Toccata (Le Tombeau de Couperin)

Calefax Reed Quintet

MDG 619 0658-2. Tr6, 3m49s

Bach arr.Cortot: Aria from Concerto in F minor

Alfred Cortot (piano)

Naxos 8110658. Tr4, 3m

Liszt arr. Horowitz: Hungarian Rhapsody 19, D minor

Vladimir Horowitz (piano)

SONY SX10k89765. Tr8, 9m44s.

Birds And Birdsong20140302

Rob Cowan explores the way composers as varied as Rossini, Dvorak, Vivaldi and Liszt have interpreted birds and birdsong. He looks forward to Radio 3's celebration of Ravel later in the week with his own choice of the composer's works, and plays the week's Mozart symphony, No. 34 in C, K338.

Brahms Experience20141005

As part of Radio 3's Brahms Experience, exploring the life and work of one of the 19th century's greatest composers, Rob Cowan plays a recording of Brahms' Cello Sonata no 2 in F, op 99. Plus Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 2 as this week's great violin piece, and the British choral classic is by Gabriel Jackson. Rob's theme for the day is music by the Couperin family.

Britten 10020130127


Rob Cowan is in carnival mood, with music from Bizet, Schumann, Liszt and Johann Strauss. He also presents this week's Mozart symphony, No 33 in B flat K319. A season of string sextets concludes with Schoenberg's Verklärte Nacht, Opus 4.

Celebrating Summer20130623

Tempting the weather gods, Rob Cowan plays music celebrating summer by Glazunov, Schubert, Goldmark, Delius and Haydn. He also looks back at the work of the late cellist Janos Starker, who died in April, with Kodaly's Solo Sonata, Opus 8. The week's cantata is by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel, "Werdet voll Geistes, singet und redet untereinander von Psalmen" (Be Filled with the Spirit - Speak and Sing in Psalms).


Concertinos by Stravinsky, Janacek, Strauss and Arnold are included in Rob Cowan's exploration of this genre. He also plays the week's Mozart Symphony, No. 19 in F Major, K 132. The final hour includes more Stravinsky with the Symphony of Psalms.


Rob Cowan explores how composers from Delius to Richard Strauss and from Chabrier to Fauré have celebrated the coming of dawn.

He also plays Malcolm Arnold's concerto for two violins, opus 77. This week's cantata marks a return to Telemann's cycle Harmonischer Gottesdienst with Trifft menschlich und voll Fehler sein in another of the planned complete series of recordings by Bergen Barokk.


Rob Cowan's selection for Sunday morning gets under way with this week's Bach cantata, written for this Sunday in the Lutheran calendar: "Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ" (Towards You Alone Lord Jesus Christ) BWV 33. He then turns to music in which composers have dedicated their work to either a place or a person, with pieces by Ravel, Copland, Ysaye and Cristobel Halffter.

Rob Cowan presents music dedicated to either a place or a person, plus a Bach cantata.

Dining In Style20100103

Suzy starts 2010 with a celebration of the delights of the table, with her guest, writer and cook Tamasin Day-Lewis. Including composers and performers who enjoyed their food, as well as music to accompany feasting.

Jacques Vide: Et c'est assez (Le Banquet du Voeu/The Feast of the Pheasant - 1454

Ensemble Gilles Binchois

Dominique Vellard (conductor)

Virgin Classics VC 7914412 Tr 1

Duration: 1m30s

Verdi: Ella mi fu rapita (Rigoletto)

Luciano Pavarotti (tenor)

London Symphony Orchestra

Richard Bonynge (conductor)

Decca 414269 CD2 Tr 1

Duration: 4m42s

Verdi: Ah! Fors' e lui...Sempre libera (La Traviata)

Nellie Melba (soprano)

Orchestra not credited

Walter B Rogers (conductor)

Naxos 8110334 Tr 6

Duration: 4m12s

Arthur Sullivan: Banquet Dance (The Tempest)

BBC Philharmonic Orchestra

Richard Hickox (conductor)

CHANDOS 9859 Tr 4

Duration: 4m34s

GP Telemann: Concerto in E Flat for Two Horns (Musique de table - Production 3 - 1733)

Roger Montgomery (horn)

Gavin Edwards (horn)

Orchestra of the Golden Age

Robert Glenton (cello and conductor)

NAXOS 8553732 Trs 12-15

Duration: 15m54s

Leonard Bernstein: La bonne cuisine (English version)

Roberta Alexander (soprano)

Tan Crone (piano)

Etcetera KTC 1037 Trs 10-13

Duration: 4m37s

Bach: Gigue (French Suite No 5)

Angela Hewitt (piano)

Hyperion CDA 67122 CD2 Tr 28

Duration: 3m29s

Poulenc: Concerto for two pianos (Larghetto)

Katia and Marielle Labeque (pianos)

Boston Symphony Orchestra

Seiji Ozawa (conductor)

PHILIPS 426 284 2 Tr 3

Duration: 6m01s

Stephen Sondheim: A Little Priest (Sweeney Todd, Act 1)

Mrs Lovett....Angela Lansbury

Sweeney Todd....Len Cariou

Theater Orchestra

Paul Gemignani (conductor)

RCA, 3379-2-RC CD1 Tr 21

Duration: 4m58s

Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Nutcracker)

Robert Noble (celeste)

Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Telarc CD 80140 Tr 15

Duration: 2m18s

Walton: In Babylon, Belshazzar the king...; Praise ye, the God of Gold (Belshazzar's Feast)

Bryn Terfel (baritone)

BBC Singers

BBC Symphony Orchestra

Andrew Davis (conductor)

Warner Apex 0927 44394 2 Trs 4 and 5

Duration: 7m41s

Clint Mansell: Two Weeks and Counting (Moon - sountrack to the film)

Geoff Foster (sequencer)

CMCD001 Tr 2

Duration: 2m00s

Henry Fresneau: Fricasee

Clement Janequin Ensemble

Harmonia Mundi HMX 290 8016.20 CD4 Tr 20

Duration: 2m16s

Trad arr Sarha Moore: Gur Nalon Ishk Mitha

Bollywood Brass Band

BOLLCD2001 Tr 2, Gur

Duration: 4m53s

Hugo Wolf: Mignon

Elizabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)

Gerald Moore (piano)

EMI 7 64905 2 Tr 22

Duration: 6m57s

Anon: Novus annus dies magnus; Hac in anni janua

New London Consort

Philip Pickett (director)

L'Oiseau Lyre 4331942 Trs 29 and 30

Duration: 5m41s

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D (Affetuoso)

Adolf Busch (violin)

Marcel Moyse (flute)

Rudolf Serkin (piano)

EMI CD2 Tr 2

Duration: 6m14s

Oakland/Drake: Java Jive

The Ink Spots

Music for Pleaure CD-MFP 6064 Tr 6

Duration: 3m03s

Chabrier: Je me sens... (L'Etoile: Act 3) - Green Chartreuse duet

Le Roi Ouf premier....Georges Gautier (tenor)

Siroco....Gabriel Bacquier (bass)

Lyon Opera Orchestra

John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

EMI 7478898 CD2 Tr 17

Duration: 3m24s.


James Jolly selects music for Easter Sunday morning, and also begins a new season of music on the programme with Beethoven's Violin Sonata no 5 in F, the "Spring", in a recording by Gidon Kremer and Martha Argerich.

In the weeks to come, James and Rob Cowan will present a different Beethoven violin sonata each Sunday, picking exemplary recordings that show a variety of approaches to this great repertoire.

Focus On Finland20140216

James Jolly's selection of music includes a focus on Finland, with music by Sibelius, Madetoja and Rutavaara. He also includes Poulenc's piano concerto, and this week's Mozart symphony is No.29.

Folk Connections20160131

The main theme of this morning is the Polonaise, interpreted by composers as varied as Lyadov, Weber and Paderewski. Also, for Folk Connections, a weekend where Radio 3 is exploring folksongs of the British Isles, Rob Cowan plays Grainger's Lincolnshire Posy, and Beethoven's settings of Scottish and Irish songs.

Forbidden Music20130602

Following the recent publication of Michael Hass's book "Forbidden Music", Rob Cowan delves into the music that was banned by the Nazis.

There are pieces by holocaust victims Erwin Schulhoff, Viktor Ullmann, and Pavel Haas among others, showing the richness of the tradition that was under attack.

There are also uplifting works from Mozart and Mendelssohn, and this week's cantata is by Dietrich Buxtehude from his Membra Jesu Nostri cycle.


with Iain Burnside


It's a common number in music: all those quartets, time signatures, a number of fine fourth symphonies, concertos, and sonatas - all those rousing finales. So today Iain Burnside takes a look at the number four, and how our appreciation of music would be so much diminished if the human race had taken the decision to work in base 3.

Producer: Lyndon Jones


Billy Mayerl/arr Ray Noble: Four Aces Suite

Ace of Clubs (2'27) / Ace of Diamonds (2'25) / Ace of Hearts (3'10) /

Ace of Spades (3'07)

Raie de Costa (piano) / New Mayfair Orchestra / Ray Noble

Conifer CDHD205 tr 20-23 total 11'09

ByrdMass for Four Voices (Agnus Dei)

Oxford Camerata /Jeremy Summerly

Naxos 8550574 t5 total 3'40

TochGeographical Fugue - Fuge aus der Geographie

Der Junge Chor Aachen/Fritz ter Wey

Thorofon CTH 2044 t6 3'28

Debussy Etude in 4ths, pour les quartes

Ju-Ying Song

Pro Piano PPR224503 t3 5'20

MessiaenQuartet for the End of Time /Danse de la Fureur, pour les sept trompettes

Joanna MacGregor (piano) / Madeleine Mitchell (violin) / David Campbell (clarinet) / Christopher van Kampen (cello)

Collins Classics 13932 t6 6'07

BrittenPeter Grimes / Four Sea Interludes (Sunday Morning)

RLPO / Libor Pesek

Virgin Classics 790 834-2 tr 53'44

Beethoven String Quartet op 18 no4 (1st movement)

Brodsky Quartet

Vanguard Classics 99212 CD 2 tr 45'27

Richard StraussFour Last Songs (Beim Schlafengehen)

Jessye Norman / Leipzig Gewandhaus Orch / Kurt Masur

Philips 411 052-2 tr 36'06

Shostakovich String Quartet no4 (2nd movement)

TELDEC 2564 60867 2 CD 2 tr 76'19

FauréDolly Suite (finale - Le Pas Espagnol)

Roy Howat/Emily Kirkpatrick (piano 4 hands)

ABC Classics CD2 tr 62'00

MozartDivertimento no 1 for 3 Basset horns KV 439b (Adagio)

Colin Lawson / Michael Harris / Timothy Lines basset horns

ASV CD GAU 246 tr 33'00

Judith Weir Distance and Enchantment


Collins Classics 14532 t6 8'36

BrahmsSymphony No 4 (finale)

Berlin Philharmonic/Sir Simon Rattle

EMI 2672542 CD3 t4 10'21.


Rob Cowan's selection of music for Sunday Morning includes humour in music by Haydn, Shostakovich and Rossini, and a celebrated recording of Bach's cantata no. 35, by Dame Janet Baker with Benjamin Britten and the English Chamber Orchestra.

Rob Cowan presents music by Haydn, Shostakovich and Rossini. Plus Bach: Cantata No 35.


The intermezzo - music originally designed to be heard between other works - is the genre explored by Rob Cowan this morning, with examples from composers as diverse as Brahms, Kodaly and Frank Bridge. The sequence of Elgar's Pomp and Circumstance Marches includes No. 6 today, completed and orchestrated by Anthony Payne from sketches left by the composer. In the current short season of harpsichord concertos, today's is by Walter Leigh.

International Women's Day20150308

, celebrating female composers: Rob Cowan and Sarah Walker present this week's music, including compositions by Lili Boulanger, Cécile Chaminade, Cecilia McDowell, Elizabeth Maconchy and Thea Musgrave. The week's Mozart Piano sonata, No 10 in C Major, K330, forming part of Sunday Morning's full cycle of these works, is played by rising star Klara Würtz.

To find out more about Radio 3's International Women's Day programming follow @BBCRadio3 and the hashtag #womensday.


Rob Cowan explores how various composers have been inspired by Italy, its atmosphere, legends and music. He plays works by Suppe, Handel, Duparc and Wolf, among others.

The week's Beethoven violin sonata is the Kreutzer, No 9, Opus 47. Rob's choice of recording is by Henryk Szeryng (violin), and Claudio Arrau (piano).

In his final hour, he focuses on the first of a short series of lesser-known symphonies, with Szymanowski's Symphony no 3, Song of the Night.

James Jolly20120819

The coming week sees the 150th anniversary of Debussy's birth, and James Jolly looks forward to the event with recordings of La Mer, Feux d'Artifice, and Images (book Two). He also looks at the composer's legacy on fellow musicians, including Ravel, Delius and Stravinsky.

There are vintage recordings by harpsichordist George Malcolm, and this week's Bach Cantata No. 199 features the incomparable singing of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf.

James Jolly presents music by Debussy and a Bach cantata: No 199.

James Jolly20120909

With James Jolly. Includes the latest Bach cantata: Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV78.

James Jolly's selection for Sunday morning includes this week's Bach cantata Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 78 in a pioneering recording by Felix Prohaska. He then turns to music featuring unusual instruments, as well as performances by his vintage artist, the cellist Pierre Fournier.

James Jolly20140810

Over the next few months, Sunday Morning will feature highlights of English choral music. James Jolly starts the new sequence this morning, alongside his usual choice of Sunday listening and archive artist of the week.

James Jolly20140907

James Jolly's selection of music includes Howells' Requiem sung by Conspirare, works by masters and pupils from Gluck to Dutilleux,and Nielsen's Violin Concerto, played by Vilde Frang with the Danish National Symphony Orchestra conducted by Eivind Gullberg Jensen.

James Jolly20140921

celebrates Gustav Holst's birthday with today's British choral work: The Hymn of Jesus, conducted by his archive artist Richard Hickox. He looks at how rivers including the Rhine, the Amazon and the Thames have been depicted in music, and plays a performance of Glazunov's Violin Concerto by Gil Shaham and the Russian National Orchestra.

James Jolly20141012

's selection of music includes the Britten violin concerto, the week's choral classic and key recordings by his archive artist, Sir Charles Groves.

James Jolly20141019

presents music including the Miaskovsky violin concerto, the week's choral classic and recordings by his archive artist Paavo Berglund.

James Jolly20141116

's selection of music for Sunday morning continues the current season of Haydn quartets with No 61 in D minor, Op 76 No 2 "The Donkey", played by the Alban Berg Quartet.

James Jolly20141123

James Jolly continues the current Sunday season of Haydn quartets with No 62 in C Major, Op 76 No 3 "The Emperor", played by the Lindsay String Quartet.

James Jolly20141221

Nearing the end of the season of Haydn's late string quartets, this morning James Jolly presents Op. 77, No 1; Quartet no. 66 in G major.

James Jolly20150118

James Jolly's selection of music includes this week's Mozart piano sonata, No.3 in B flat Major, K281. Plus he has the latest "Sunday Supplement", the new feature of music suggested by listeners.

James Jolly20150125

James Jolly's selection of music includes Mozart's Piano Sonata No 4 in E flat, K282, in a recording by Friedrich Gulda.

James Jolly20150222

introduces a wide selection of Sunday listening, including the week's Mozart piano sonata, No 8, K 310, played by Dutch fortepiano specialist Ronald Brautigam. He also presents this week's piece in the new Sunday Supplement feature, in which listeners suggest their ideal music for Sunday morning.

James Jolly20150301

presents a selection of music including Mozart's Piano Sonata no 9 in D major, K 311, in a recording by Maria Joao Pires, plus this week's Sunday Supplement suggested by a listener.

James Jolly20150329

celebrates the anniversary of Sir William Walton's birth. He also investigates unusual combinations of instruments in music by Bruckner, Dvorak and Franck, and presents Mozart's piano sonata no 13, played by Christoph Eschenbach.

James Jolly20150412

James Jolly presents familiar music by Beethoven, Mahler, Handel and others in unfamiliar settings and instrumentation, and the cycle of Mozart's Piano Sonatas reaches no 15 in F, K533, in a recording on the fortepiano by Kristian Bezuidenhout.

James Jolly20150503

celebrates the month of May, with music including Schumann's complete Dichterliebe, and he concludes the Sunday Morning cycle of Mozart piano sonatas with no 18 in D Major, K 576.

James Jolly20150510

Following on from the highly successful cycle of Mozart piano sonatas in the first weeks of 2015, all of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos will be featured in order over the coming weeks. The Sunday Morning presenters will be choosing their favourite recordings, and James Jolly starts today with his selection for No 1 in F, BWV 1046.

James Jolly20150607

The current season of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos in order reaches No. 5, in D, BWV 1050, in James Jolly's selection of music.

James also includes this week's listener suggestion in the weekly Sunday Supplement feature, which in this programme celebrates the 150th anniversary of the birth of the French composer Albéric Magnard, with an example of his symphonic work.

James Jolly20150614

The current season of Bach's Brandenburg Concertos in order ends with No.6 in B flat BWV 1051, in James Jolly's Sunday selection of music.

James also includes a listener suggestion in the weekly Sunday Supplement feature, which this week includes a recording by the celebrated Italian soprano Mirella Freni.

James Jolly20150712

James Jolly celebrates Julius Caesar's birthday in music by composers as varied as Bonincini, Rózsa, Milhaud, Schumann and Handel. Among the morning's other selected recordings, James plays Beethoven's Fourth Cello Sonata in C, Op. 2 no. 1 in the famous version by Rostropovich and Richter, as well as Yevgeny Sudbin's account of Scriabin's Second Piano Sonata.

James Jolly20150719

James Jolly focuses on the oboe in settings ranging from orchestral works to chamber pieces and including some unusual textures in compositions by Britten, MacMillan, Poulenc and Rutter. He concludes the current Sunday cycle of Beethoven Cello Sonatas with the recording of No.5 by Matt Haimovitz (cello) and Christopher O'Riley (fortepiano). Prompted by a listener's recommendation of a work chosen for its suitability for Sunday listening, this week's Sunday Supplement piece is Mozart's String Quintet No.3 in G minor. James also includes further celebrated recordings by the violinist Arthur Grumiaux.

James Jolly20150816

This week James Jolly's selection of music continues the current theme of British concert overtures, and the Sunday cycle of Bartok's piano music reaches his Sonata SZ 80.

James Jolly20150823
James Jolly20150823

Ahead of the Bergen Philharmonic's visit to the Proms this week, James Jolly focuses on a broad range of Norwegian music. The Sunday Morning survey of Bartok's piano music reaches the suite Out of Doors, SZ 81, and there's also the week's British concert overture.

James Jolly20150920

presents music with a Scottish theme by composers as varied as Berlioz and Bruch, plus the exploration of Britten's String Quartets reaches No.3. As always, there's this week's Sunday Supplement, of ideal music for a Sunday morning chosen by listeners.

James Jolly20151101

James Jolly's selection of music includes the week's British concert overture, and the current sequence of Schoenberg's chamber music reaches String Quartet No 2.

James Jolly20151115

's selection includes the week's British concert overture and continues Schoenberg's chamber works including his Canons for Strings and his four Opus 2 songs.

James Jolly20160221

presents music including settings of W H Auden on the 109th anniversary of his birth, plus the current cycle of ballet suites reaches Khachaturian's Spartacus. This week's world folksongs include Miguel Llobet Soles's Nine Catalan songs, played by guitarist John Williams.

James Jolly20160320

As well as a mix of music ranging in time from William Byrd to Anna Clyne, James Jolly plays music from ballets by Tchaikowsky and Rameau. Selections from the Nutcracker mark the anniversary of the first classical music television concerts in America, while the current sequence of ballet suites on the programme brings us to the dance music from Rameau's 1749 opera "Naïs".

James Jolly20160501

presents this week's Building a Library choice in full, Schubert's Piano Trio no 2 in E Flat, which he follows with a range of music featuring three main performers, from a Mozartian vocal trio to J S Bach's Concerto for Three Violins, BWV 1064R. The current season of British music includes Elgar's "In the South", and James also introduces music by the week's young performer.

James Jolly20160605

Following on from this week's Building A Library work, Tchaikovsky's "Pathétique" 6th Symphony, of which he will play the chosen recording in full, James Jolly plays other composers' last works, including pieces by Strauss and Schumann. His young artist is pianist Kit Armstrong, and the British season continues with Walton's Partita, in a performance by George Szell and the Cleveland Orchestra.

James Jolly20160612

As well as playing this week's Building a Library Choice in full, Bach's Cantata no. 198, "Lass, Fürstin, lass noch einen Strahl" (to the memory of the Queen of Poland), James Jolly explores more Polish music. including settings of words by Halina Poswiatowska by Przybylski, and music by Gorecki and Szymanowski. The week's "best of British" work is the Colour Symphony by Arthur Bliss in the recording by the Ulster Orchestra conducted by Vernon Handley.

James Jolly20160710

Prompted by this week's Building a Library choice of Orpheus in the Underworld, (of which the programme will include act 1 of the selected recording), James Jolly explores the ways in which different composers have told the Orpheus story, from Monteverdi to Philip Glass by way of Gluck, Liszt and Stravinsky. Plus Americana from Henry Cowell and the week's "Best of British" choice by Charles Villiers Stanford.

James Jolly20160717

Looking forward to one of this week's Proms artists, Valery Gergiev, by playing his Mariinsky Orchestra recording of Prokofiev's Seventh Symphony, James Jolly then focuses on the music of Prokofiev's teachers, colleagues and friends. The British season looks at Herbert Howells' Clarinet Sonata, and the week's Americana is Arthur Foote's Serenade for Strings. This week's young artist is pianist Cyrill Ibrahim.

James Jolly20160807

with a focus on Proms conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen.

In this week's Proms spotlight, James Jolly features conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen in La Noche De Los Mayas by Revueltas. There's also nocturnal music from Ravel, Waxman, Bachelet, and Duke Ellington. The week's American work is Samuel Barber's Piano Concerto, and the British composer of the week is Henry Purcell. Plus cellist Johannes Moser plays Brahms, and singer Kim Borg is featured in music by Sibelius.

James Jolly20160814

Before their appearance at the Proms this week, James Jolly focuses on the Sixteen, and presents their recording of Purcell's Ode "Love's Goddess Sure Was Blind". A work written for Queen Mary's birthday, this leads on to an exploration of other music written for royal events, by composers as varied as Handel, Bax, Tippett and Schreker. The week's American work is Symphony No. 2 "Mysterious Mountain" by Alan Hovhaness. James also presents music by young Proms artist, violinist Augustin Hadelich.

James Jolly20160911

On the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 World Trade Centre disaster in New York, James Jolly plays John Adams' 'On the Transmigration of Souls', written to commemorate those who lost their lives in the event. He also plays music associated with farewell and mourning by Beethoven, Howells, Martinu, Merula and Purcell. The week's young artist is singer Aksel Rykkvin, and there is also a famous recording of Enescu's Third Violin Sonata by Yehudi and Hephzibah Menuhin.

James Jolly20160918

This week's Building a Library subject is Vivaldi's Four Seasons, so as well as playing the version selected in yesterday's Record Review, James Jolly also looks at how composers as varied as Haydn, Glazunov and Tchaikovsky have depicted the passing of the year in music. The week's young artist is cellist Edgar Moreau in music by Poulenc and Piatti, and the current American season continues with Symphony No. 1 by Lukas Foss.

James Jolly20161106
James Jolly20161106

This week, as well as playing an extended section of Act 3 from yesterday's Building A Library choice of Stravinsky's Rake's Progress, James Jolly showcases Benjamin Britten as composer, conductor and pianist. The morning's young artist is conductor Santtu-Matias Rouvali, in works by Sibelius, and the French Impressionism collection explores Ravel's Miroirs.

James Jolly20161211

with "golden" music inspired by this week's Building A Library choice, Puccini's La fanciulla del West. Pianist Lucas Debargue is featured as the week's Young Artist alongside songs by Karl Weigl.

James Jolly20161218
James Jolly20161218

presents the chosen performance from yesterday's Building a Library of the Lagrime de San Pietro by Lassus plus a wide selection of other works including 'Du fond de l'abîme' by the 21-year-old Lili Boulanger, as well as music from this week's Young Artist, the 22-year-old French guitarist Thibaut Garcia.

James Jolly - Christmas20131222

James Jolly celebrates Puccini's birthday, which would have fallen today, and plays seasonal music by Corelli and Charpentier, Ryba and Rutter, plus the week's cantata by Telemann, Lauter Wonne, Lauter Freude.

James Jolly - Easter Sunday20160327

James Jolly's Easter Sunday selection includes the early Corsican melody Maria (sopra La Carpinese), and then explores Easter in the works of composers as varied as Glazunov, Rachmaninov, and Mascagni. He also marks the date of Mstislav Rostropovich's birth with his famous recording of the Debussy cello sonata.

James Jolly - Remembrance Sunday20161113
James Jolly - Remembrance Sunday20161113

James Jolly marks Remembrance Sunday with works by Finzi, Coles and Holst. He also presents the chosen version of Vaughan Williams's London Symphony from yesterday's Building a Library, includes French Impressionism by Ravel and Debussy and celebrates soprano Sabine Devieilhe as the week's young artist.

James Jolly - Switzerland20140803

James Jolly plays the week's Pomp and Circumstance March by Elgar (No 4) and celebrates music in great recordings by the Melos Ensemble. On the anniversary of the premiere of Rossini's William Tell, James also looks at other depictions of Switzerland in music.

Jonathan Swain20160403

joins the Sunday Morning presentation team with a programme that includes this week's Building a Library choice from yesterday's Record Review, played in full. Today the work is Brahms's Violin Sonata in G Op 78. Following on from that piece, which incorporates themes from Brahms's song Regenlied, or "Rain song", Jonathan explores how composers including Frank Martin, Debussy, Berlioz and Takemitsu have depicted water and the elements. The programme also includes English music from William Byrd to Gustav Holst.

Jonathan Swain20160410

This week's Building A Library choice is Bach's Concerto for oboe, violin and strings in c minor, BWV1060, and as well as playing the selected recording in full, Jonathan Swain explores works of other composers inspired by Bach, including Holst, Ralph Vaughan Williams and D'Indy. Plus a recording of Symphony No. 2 by Dutilleux, "Le Double".

Jonathan Swain20160417

As well as playing in full this week's Building a Library choice of music by Hildegard von Bingen, Jonathan Swain explores music associated with chant from composers ranging from Kastalsky and Honegger to Arvo Pärt.

Jonathan Swain20160515
Jonathan Swain20160515

This week's Building A Library choice is Haydn's String Quartet in G, Op 77 No 1. Jonathan Swain plays the selected version from yesterday's Record Review in full. He also plays music from the 18th to the 20th century that has a connection to Haydn's quartet, but a connection for listeners to work out during the broadcast! Continuing the programme's current season of British music, Jonathan plays works ranging from Handel and Moscheles to Holst and Grainger.

Jonathan Swain20160522
Jonathan Swain20160522

Prompted by this week's Building A Library selection, Handel's Alcina, Jonathan Swain looks at how other composers have depicted sorcery and magic, from Handel's contemporary Caldara to Ligeti, by way of Dukas and Janácek. The young artist spotlight is on harpsichordist Maxim Emelyanychev, and the British masterpiece of the week is Elgar's Introduction and Allegro for Strings, Op 47.

Jonathan Swain20160529

Prompted by this week's Building a Library choice of Schumann's Fantasy in C, Op. 17, Jonathan Swain sets out to explore fantasies and fantasias from all eras of music, from Orlando Gibbons to Michael Tippett. Plus music from J S Bach, Saint-Saëns, and James MacMillan.

Jonathan Swain20160619
Jonathan Swain20160619

As well as playing in full this week's chosen recording from yesterday's Building A Library of Mahler's 5th Symphony, Jonathan Swain's choice of music includes Britten's Missa Brevis Op 63. There's also keyboard music from Handel, Stravinsky's "Dumbarton Oaks" arranged for two pianos, and Panufnik's Sinfonia Sacra.

Jonathan Swain20160626
Jonathan Swain20160626

As well as including the full performance of a Mass by Victoria, recommended in yesterday's Building a Library, Jonathan Swain focuses on young violinist Ray Chen and also includes some gems of Spanish music, including Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain and José Pons's Symphony in G. The British music season continues with Holst's Fugal Overture and Tippett's Second Symphony.

Jonathan Swain20160703
Jonathan Swain20160703

starts a new short season on the programme, focusing on American Music, beginning with John Adams's Grand Pianola Music. This week's young artist is the Ukrainian-born pianist Dinara Klinton, and the British work is Holst's Evening Watch. And at around 9.30 Jonathan plays in full the version of Fauré's Requiem selected on yesterday's Building a Library by The Times music critic Richard Morrison.

Jonathan Swain20160724

showcases recordings conducted by Bernard Haitink before his Proms appearance on Friday, with full-length performances of Frank Martin's Cello Concerto and Mozart's Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat, K595. The American season continues, with works by Samuel Barber, Henry Cowell and the Third Symphony by Roy Harris.

focuses on recordings by 2016 Proms artist Bernard Haitink.

Jonathan Swain showcases recordings conducted by Bernard Haitink before his Proms appearance on Friday, with full-length performances of Frank Martin?s Cello Concerto and Mozart?s Piano Concerto No 27 in B flat, K595. The American season continues, with works by Samuel Barber, Henry Cowell and the Third Symphony by Roy Harris.

Jonathan Swain20160821

Looking forward to tonight's BBC Proms performance of Mendelssohn's Midsummer Night's Dream music, Jonathan Swain explores different composers' ideas of midsummer, from Purcell to Tippett. His young Proms artist is pianist Gabriela Montero and he also presents Britten's Les Illuminations sung by Barbara Hannigan prior to her Proms appearance. The week's Americana is Charles Ives's Variations on America.

Jonathan Swain20160828

looks forward to Sir Simon Rattle's appearance at the Proms wit the climax of Rattle's recording of Wagner's Das Rheingold. He also showcases young Proms artist Lise Berthaud, in Brahms's Aparté for viola and piano. His theme is music and mountains, with different composers' views of altitude and wildness, including works by Wolf, Kodaly, Schubert, Poulenc and Telemann. The American season continues with Samuel Barber's Prayers of Kierkegaard Op.30.

Jonathan Swain20160904

features young pianist Daniil Trifonov playing Liszt's Sonata in B minor, prior to his Proms appearance this week, and previews a week of Bruckner symphonies at the Proms with the composer's lesser-known Abendzauber. He also looks at music of Latin America from the baroque era to the present, by way of interpretations of traditional pieces from Bolivia, Uruguay and Mexico. There's also music from Copland, Ives and Reich, including Copland's Clarinet Concerto, played by Andreas Ottensamer.

Jonathan Swain20161009

Following this week's Building A Library choice of Elgar's Falstaff, Jonathan Swain sets off to look at the ways different composers have taken Shakespearean themes for inspiration. He focuses on the Tempest, with music from Chausson, Thomas Linley the Younger, Michael Nyman, and Tchaikovsky. The American season includes works by Edward MacDowell, Randall Thompson and William Schuman's 3rd Symphony.

Jonathan Swain20161016

As well as playing a selection from this week's Building a Library choice, the musical Cabaret, Jonathan Swain also explores the music of Kurt Weill, straddling the worlds of concert hall and theatre. The new season of French impressionist classics includes Debussy's La Damoiselle Élue, and this week's young artist is pianist Frank Dupree, playing Beethoven's Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 2 No. 1.

Jonathan Swain20161023

Following yesterday's Building A Library theme of Ensaladas, musical mini-dramas, Jonathan Swain not only plays the pick of these pieces but he explores vocal music by Janacek, Buxtehude, Tormis and Sibelius. The week?s young artist is violinist Callum Smart, plus the French impressionism season continues with music from Ravel and Debussy.

Jonathan Swain20161120
Jonathan Swain20161120

As well as playing this week's Building A Library selection from Bach's Lutheran Masses, Jonathan Swain focuses on how Bach inspired other composers including Franck, Villa-Lobos, Gounod and Hindemith. The young artist of the week is the pianist Javier Negrin, in music by Mompou, and there is French impressionist music by Paul Dukas.

Jonathan Swain20161204

In addition to playing this week's Building A Library choice performance of Haydn's Symphony No. 99, Jonathan Swain explores composers who were late bloomers, and whose major works date from their later years. He plays music by Scriabin, Bruckner, Rameau and Franck. He also plays a piece that was once popular but is less frequently performed today, Busoni's "Carmen Fantasy". The week's young artist is violinist Esther Yoo, and there's French impressionist music from Hüe and Roussel.

Jonathan Swain20161225

This morning's young artist is South African soprano Pretty Yende in music by Rossini. Jonathan Swain also plays the full version of Mozart's Piano Concerto No. 21 that was selected in yesterday's Building a Library. The French impressionist season includes Ravel's Piano Concerto in G major, and the bonus of the soprano Elly Ameling in his Noël des Jouets. The morning concludes with Leonard Bernstein's Missa Brevis.

Live At Southbank Centre With James Jolly20140323

This week James Jolly presents the programme live from the Southbank Centre in London, and his musical selection includes Mozart Symphonies no 40, K550, the "great G Minor", and no 32 in G major, K318.

Live At Southbank Centre With Rob Cowan20140330

This week's musical selection from Rob Cowan includes the latest in the Sunday Morning Mozart symphony cycle, No. 41 the "Jupiter", plus music inspired by fire, from Wagner, Debussy, Stravinsky, Verdi and Haydn. Broadcasting live from Southbank Centre, Rob also presents the first of a short season of piano quintets, starting with Brahms's Quintet in F Minor, Opus 34.


Suzy Klein celebrates the essential role that great teachers and mentors play, as musical knowledge and tradition is passed down through generations. Featuring music by Liszt, Bach and Salieri.

Music And Prayer20140202

Rob Cowan continues his look at solo Bach cello works with Anner Bylsma's account of Suite No 3.

The Mozart Symphony sequence covers no 36 in C Major, the "Linz". and the morning's theme is music and prayer. Works by Massenet and Samuel Barber contrast with pieces by James MacMillan and Alan Hovhaness.

Musical Games20140413

Rob Cowan explores how composers including Debussy, Bartok and Janacek have depicted games in music. He also concludes the current Mozart symphony cycle with No. 18, K130, and adds a little more Mozart for good measure. In the final hour, the week's piano quintet is by Dmitri Shostakovich.


This morning Rob Cowan explores the nocturne with music from Chopin, Debussy, Fauré and Sibelius among others.

The final hour includes the vocal and orchestral Tehillim by Steve Reich, and the week's Mozart symphony is No. 35 in D major, K385, the "Haffner".

Northern Lights: James Jolly20151206

Northern Lights: James Jolly presents music connected to Finnish composer Einojuhani Rautavaara, including works by Charles Auguste de Bériot, Sessions, Bloch, Ysaÿe and Vieuxtemps.

Northern Lights: James Jolly20151213

presents music from the north, including Ture Rangstrom's 4th Symphony, plus the week's British concert overture.


Rob Cowan explores how composers as varied as Takemitsu, Mendelssohn, Ketelbey and Delius have captured nostalgia in music. This week's piano quintet is by César Franck, and the Sunday Morning Mozart Symphony season reaches No 28, K200.

Operatic Arias20140427

James Jolly continues the programme's sequence of Beethoven violin sonatas with No. 9 in G (Opus 30 No.3). He also discovers how composers from Beethoven to Sarasate have been inspired to create new music based on operatic arias. And there are archive recordings by the great soprano Margaret Price.


Niccolo Paganini died 174 years ago this month. An inspirational violinist, he was also a prolific composer and his works inspired far more other composers than just those who adapted his Caprice No 24.

Rob Cowan presents pieces he inspired by composers as varied as Brahms, Rachmaninov and Schumann. Plus there's the week's neglected symphony, this time Karl Amadeus Hartmann's Sinfonia Tragica.

The week's Beethoven violin sonata is no, 10 in G, Op. 96, in a recording by Christian Ferras (violin), Pierre Barbizet (piano).

Revolution In The Air20100117

As we embark on a new decade, Suzy Klein single-handedly mans the musical barricades, and gives some thought to revolutions - musical ones. Vienna is one flash-point, as composers from Mozart to Schoenberg discard the old and usher in the new. Paris, no stranger to political and cultural disquiet, features too; and Suzy asks whether it has been a blessing or a curse for composers and musicians to live in 'interesting times'.


Monteverdi Orfeo (Overture)

English Baroque Soloists, His Majesties Sackbutts and Cornets

John Eliot Gardiner - conductor

DG Archiv 419 250-2 CD 1, Track 11'35"

PurcellFantasia on One Note 3'02


Virgin Veritas 545 062 2 tr 14

Beethoven Symphony no 3 op 55 'Eroica' (Finale) 10'02

London Classical Players / Roger Norrington (cond)

Virgin Classics 561 943-2 CD 1 tr 8

Tan Dun, Eight Memories in Watercolour, movements 1-3 6'00

Lang Lang (piano)

DG 474 820-2 CD 1, tr 10 - 12

Fernandez / Marti / AnguloGuajira Guantanamera3'50

Omara Portuondo

Nascente NSCD 068 tr 16


Ensemble Organum / Marcel Pérès

Anon - Introit : Resurrexi (opening)

Harmonia Mundi HMC 901218 tr21'27

Guillame Dufay - Missa L'homme armé (Kyrie)

Oxford Camerata / Jeremy Summerly

Naxos 8.553087 tr 24'55

Monteverdi Quinto libro dei madrigali

The Consort of Musicke / Anthony Rooley

L'Oiseau-Lyre 410 291-2 tr144.15

Haydn The Creation

Excerpt: the Representation of Chaos

Brighton Festival Chorus / RPO / Antal Dorati

Double Decca 443 027-2 CD 1 Track 45'55

Puccini Tosca - Act I finale5'02

Philharmonia Orchestra / Chorus of ROH Covent Garden / Giuseppi Sinopoli (cond)

ScarpiaSamuel Ramey

SpolettaAnthony Laciura

DG 431 775-2 CD1 tr10

R StraussFour Last Songs (Frühling)4'00

Gundula Janowitz / BPO / von Karajan

Decca 457 910-2 tr 10

J StraussRevolutionary March op 542'34"

CSSR State Philharmonic Orchestra / Alfred Walter (cond)

Marco Polo 8.223211 tr 3

SchumannAlbum fur die Jungend (Frühlingsgesang)2'42

Rico Gulda - piano

Naxos 8.555711 tr 15

Berlioz Le Cinq Maiop 612'14

Dutch Radio Choir and Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jean Fournet: conductor

Gérard Garino (tenor) / Ruud van der Meer (bass) / Lieuwe Visser (bass)

Denon CO 72886 tr 3

Massenet Manon - Il Sogno 2'39

Enrico Caruso (tenor)

Nimbus Prima Voce NI 7803 tr 1


Chicago SO / Pierre Boulez

DG 471 137-2 tr 4

Johnny CarisiIsrael2'15

Miles Davis / JJ Johnson / Sandy Siegelstein / John Barber / Lee Konitz / Gerry Mulligan / John Lewis / Nelson Boyd / Kenny Clarke

Capitol Jazz 792 862 2 tr 8

RavelLa Valse13'40

BPO / von Karajan

DG 469 184-2 CD1 tr 2.

Rob Cowan20120729

presents a selection of music by unfamiliar composers with familiar names.

Rob Cowan presents a selection of music by unfamiliar composers with familiar names, and this week's Bach cantata. This week, Sunday Morning's year-long cycle of Bach Cantatas reaches no. 136: Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz (Examine me, God, and discover my heart) in a celebrated performance directed by Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Rob also introduces music by Khachaturian, Schumann and Wagner, but not necessarily by the most well-known composers to have those surnames! And in his mini-series of works for double string orchestra, Rob presents music by Martinu.

Rob Cowan20120805

This week Rob Cowan investigates the musical makeover, where one composer revises and reworks pieces written by another. So among others we hear Carl Orff arranging William Byrd, Glazunov reworking Chopin and Charles Ives orchestrated by Henry Brandt.

There's also Strauss sung by Elisabeth Schwarzkopf, Tchaikowsky played by the Borodin Quartet, and Bartok's music for strings, percussion and celeste in Rob's mini-series of works for double string orchestra. Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducts this week's Bach cantata, no. 168: Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort (Settle account! Word of thunder) with a text appropriate to the European financial crisis!

Rob Cowan investigates the musical makeover, and presents a Bach cantata: No 168.

Rob Cowan20120812

explores how composers have represented sport and games. Plus a Bach cantata.

How have composers through the ages represented sport and games? Rob Cowan reflects on this topical theme in his selection of music this morning, with works from Satie, Janacek and Waldteufel among others. And this week's Bach cantata, No. 46, comes from the acclaimed cycle of recordings directed by Gustav Leonhardt.

Rob Cowan20131027

The rhapsody has fascinated composers as varied as Liszt and Chabrier, and today Rob Cowan explores how different 19th and 20th century composers have tackled the form. Plus a Mozart symphony, his string quintet K 516 in a famous recording by an ensemble led by Jascha Heifetz, and the week's baroque choral work, Nun danket alle Gott, by J. C. Altnikol.

Rob Cowan20140727

presents a broad selection of music including the week's Pomp and Circumstance March by Elgar (no, 5) and Manuel De Falla's Harpsichord Concerto. There's also music with a devilish twist, from Fritz Kreisler's arrangement of Tartini's "Devil's Trill" to Liszt's Mephisto Waltz No.1.

Rob Cowan20140824

Rob Cowan plays music long thought to be by Haydn, Mozart and C.P.E. Bach, but now thought to be by Hofstetter, Eck, and a rather more famous Bach. His mini-season of Haydn symphonies continues with No 41.

Rob Cowan20140831

Rob Cowan introduces choral music by Purcell and Haydn's Symphony No 84.

Rob Cowan plays English choral music by Purcell, ballet music from operas by Handel, Saint-Saens, Rameau and Mussorgsky, and Haydn's Symphony no. 84.

Rob Cowan20141026

looks at how different composers besides Debussy have explored the story of Pelleas and Melisande, including Sibelius and Wallace.

The week's choral work is Herbert Howells' Te Deum, and Rob also starts a brief season of lesser known Russian symphonies, starting with Miaskovsky's Symphony No 15.

Rob Cowan20141102

plays music by composers including Weber, Reger and Clementi inspired by the British National Anthem. His exploration of Russian music includes Taneyev's 2nd Symphony and there are also recordings of Handel and Mahler by Maureen Forrester.

Rob Cowan20141109

A hint of times past as Rob Cowan plays music "in the olden style" by Busoni, Martinu, Reger and Fritz Kreisler, and begins a new season of Haydn string quartets, with No 60 in G Major, Op 76 No 1.

Rob Cowan20141130
Rob Cowan20141130

presents this week's Haydn quartet, Op 76 No. 4, "Sunrise", played by the Amadeus Quartet, and arrangements of JS Bach for performers as varied as flautist James Galway, organist Rosalind Haas, and electric bassist Jacques Bono.

Rob Cowan20141207

presents this week's Haydn quartet, Op 76, no 5 "Largo" played by the Schneider Quartet and music inspired by mountains, by Hovhaness, d'Indy and Schubert. A short series of early classical symphonies this week includes Franz Ignaz Beck's Sinfonia Op 4 no. 2.

Rob Cowan20141214

continues the season of Haydn quartets with Op 76 no 6, plus music by Corelli, as well as works by Tippett and Rachmaninov that were inspired by Corelli. Rob also features recordings by the soprano Anna Moffo, and a symphony by Johann Baptist Vanhal.

Rob Cowan20141228
Rob Cowan20141228

's Sunday selection includes Prokofiev's 1st symphony, and music for the holidays by Fanny Mendelssohn, Borodin and Waldteufel. He concludes the Sunday cycle of Haydn String quartets with Op. 77 No 2 and the short op. 103, played by the Smithsonian and Juilliard Quartets respectively.

Rob Cowan20150104

introduces a new feature, "Sunday Supplement" with listener suggestions about ideal music for a Sunday Morning, and starts a season of the complete Mozart piano sonatas, with No. 1 K279, in a celebrated recording by Karl Engel.

He also looks at songs with orchestral accompaniments drawn from works as varied as Elgar's Sea Pictures and Mahler's Des Knaben Wunderhorn.

Rob Cowan20150111

Rob Cowan continues the sequence of Mozart piano sonatas with No 2 in F, K280, played by Mitsuko Uchida, and introduces this week's Sunday Supplement. His theme is miniature narratives in music, with works by Ives, Saint-Saëns, Kodaly and Rimsky-Korsakov.

Rob Cowan20150201
Rob Cowan20150201

In a new mini-series Rob Cowan looks at works by composers who composed just one symphony, starting with Cherubini, and he explores music of lamentation and celebration. Mozart's Piano Sonata No 5 in G Major, K283, is played by Peter Katin and there's this week's Sunday Supplement suggested by a listener. We also remember Israel Yinon, who died this week, with three pieces for string orchestra by Pavel Haas.

Rob Cowan20150208

focuses on the rondo in the hands of composers from Clementi to Bartok. Plus this week the Sunday Morning Mozart cycle reaches Piano Sonata No. 6 in D Major, K284, for which Rob has selected Peter Katin's recording. There's also this week's Sunday Supplement suggestion from listeners.

Rob Cowan20150215

's selection of music includes Mozart's Piano Sonata No 7 in C Major, K 309, in a performance by Lili Kraus. He also looks at music played by different members of the same family, including the Menuhins and Oistrakhs. And there's the week's Sunday Supplement suggestion from a listener for ideal weekend music.

Rob Cowan20150315

Rob Cowan explores musical ghosts with works by Schubert, Schumann, Lyadov, Rachmaninov and Beethoven. He begins a new season of British works for cello and orchestra, with Paul Tortelier's recording of the William Walton cello concerto, and presents Mozart's Piano Sonata no 11 in A Major, K331, played by Vladimir Horowitz.

Rob Cowan20150322

's theme this morning is music and time, with music by Coates, Kabelac and Haydn. Other music includes Mozart's 12th piano sonata, K332, and Rubbra's Soliloquy for cello and orchestra.

Rob Cowan20150419

plays music depicting birds by composers ranging from Rameau to Respighi, and from Haydn to Ravel. The week's Mozart piano sonata, no. 16 in C, K 545, is played by Glenn Gould, and among other major works in the programme is Schubert's Symphony No. 8 the "Unfinished".

Rob Cowan20150426

presents many and varied waltzes, by composers ranging from Max Reger to Oskar Nedbal, but also including such popular masters of the genre as Johann Strauss II and Franz Schubert, plus the lighter touch of Victor Herbert. The Sunday Morning cycle of Mozart Piano Sonatas reaches no 17, K570 in B Flat Major, in an acclaimed historic recording by Artur Schnabel. The programme also includes Symphony No. 5 by Sibelius.

Rob Cowan20150524

As well as Bach's Brandenburg Concerto no 3, Rob Cowan explores single-movement concertos, including a newly released recording of Pierre Fournier in Saint-Saëns's Cello Concerto and Mario Marzi's version of Glazunov's Saxophone Concerto.

Rob Cowan20150531

presents this week's Brandenburg Concerto, by J S Bach, in the cycle that has now arrived at No 4, BWV 1049 in a recording by the Netherlands Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Szymon Goldberg. The programme also contains a selection of short symphonies by composers both well known and less familiar, and James MacMillan's Piano Trio No 2.

Rob Cowan20150621

Rob Cowan looks at how composers as varied as Handel, Bach, Chabrier and Thea Musgrave have depicted the pastoral in music. Plus he launches a new Sunday Morning sequence of Beethoven cello sonatas with No.1 in F, Op 5 no.1, in the celebrated recording by Paul Tortelier and Eric Heidsieck.

Rob Cowan20150628

explores the dance in music by Halvorsen, Farkas, Zarzycki, Frescobaldi, Morton Gould and Eric Coates, and the current cycle of Beethoven's cello sonatas reaches No.2 in G Minor, Op 5 no.2, in a recording by Anna Bylsma and Jos van Immerseel.

Rob Cowan20150705

In this week's themed section of the programme, Rob Cowan presents a variety of concerti grossi ranging from works by Geminiani and Corelli to 20th-century interpretations by Martinu and Bloch. He also includes a historic record of Brahms's Violin Sonata by Ginette and Jean Niveu, made shortly before they were killed in an air crash, and the programme's ongoing cycle of Beethoven's cello sonatas reaches No.3 in A Major, in an acclaimed recording by Heinrich Schiff and Till Fellner.

Rob Cowan20150726

starts a new Sunday series of British concert overtures with Sullivan's "In Memoriam", and explores unusual arrangements of Handel, in settings by musicians as varied as Thomas Beecham, Mozart and Trevor Pinnock. He also begins a sequence of Bartok's piano works to run through the coming weeks, with the Opus 8b pair of Elegies, and plays Mozart's Divertimento for violin, viola and cello in E flat, K563.

Rob Cowan20150802

explores music inspired by literature from writers as varied as Tolstoy, Goethe and Kipling, in the hands of composers including Janacek, Schubert and Koechlin; and plays Malcolm Arnold's Overture "Beckus the Dandipratt".

Rob Cowan20150809

plays the British concert overture She Stoops to Conquer by George Alexander McFarren, and the week's string trio is Schubert's Trio No 2 in B flat. The Sunday Bartok cycle reaches the Burlesques, Op. 8c and Rob also explores how composers as varied as Milhaud, Berio and Casadesus interpret different literary and musical sources.

Rob Cowan20150830

marks Itzhak Perlman's 70th birthday with music from Bach and Berlioz to Mozart and Wieniawski. The week's concert overture is Le Cabaret by John Foulds and Rob also explores Bartok's Mikrokosmos Sz 107, as the cycle of Bartok's piano works continues.

Rob Cowan20150906

's selection of music explores nature as seen by various composers including Dvorak, Wagner, Sibelius and Bridge. The week's concert overture is by Anthony Collins, and the programme begins a new short series exploring Britten's string quartets, starting with No. 1.

Rob Cowan20150913

introduces Britten's String Quartet No 2 in C major, plus a selection of orchestral rhapsodies by composers as varied as Chabrier, Janacek and Brahms. The morning's orchestral overture is Eric Coates's Merrymakers, and other works include Mozart's Symphony No. 19 and keyboard music by William Byrd.

Rob Cowan20151004

Rob Cowan explores music inspired by opera in which operatic themes have become the basis for other works, by Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Weber among others. He also introduces this week's Sunday Supplement, chosen by a listener, and starts a short season of Schoenberg chamber music with the String Quartet in D.

Rob Cowan20151011

Rob Cowan presents music with an oriental flavour by Debussy, Ravel, Rimsky Korsakov, and Takemitsu, plus Schoenberg's String Trio, Opus 45. The week's British concert overture is by Sir Hubert Parry.

Rob Cowan20151018
Rob Cowan20151018

explores musical ideas of peace from the baroque of Scarlatti via the romanticism of Beethoven to the very British world of Edward Elgar; and he also presents Schoenberg's Fantasie for violin and piano Op. 49.

Rob Cowan20151025
Rob Cowan20151025

's selection includes post-war Polish music by Malawski, Lutoslawski, Weinberg, and Penderecki, and the ongoing Schoenberg chamber cycle reaches Roses from the South.

Rob Cowan20151122

takes the Caprice as his theme, with works by Wieniawski, Mendelssohn, Brahms and Zelenka. The Schoenberg cycle reaches his Chamber Symphony in Webern's orchestration, and the week's overture is by Benjamin Britten.

Rob Cowan20151129

presents contrasting overtures by Offenbach and Frederick Austin. He also presents fantasias by composers as varied as Telemann and Beethoven, and recordings by the tenor Rolando Villazon.

Rob Cowan20151227

Rob Cowan presents a mixture of seasonal and festive music, plus the current cycle of British overtures concludes with Elgar's Cockaigne. There are settings of carols, unusual versions of Bach's Christmas music, and seasonal jollity from HC Lumbye and Smetana.

Rob Cowan20160124

In this week's instalment in the Sunday Morning collection of ballet suites, Rob Cowan plays music from Tchaikowsky's Sleeping Beauty. Joseph Schmidt sings Puccini and Tosti, and Rob explores Mozart and Salieri's musical connections.

Rob Cowan20160207

Along with folksong arrangements by Brahms, and De Falla's Three Cornered Hat Suite, Rob Cowan looks at preludes and fugues by various composers. These include works by Liszt, Mendelssohn, Honegger and Britten. And he reflects the season with Holst's Winter Idyll.

Rob Cowan20160306
Rob Cowan20160306

This week Rob Cowan's theme looks at the ways composers as varied as Elgar, Kodaly and Janacek have honoured the brave. Other works this morning include the legendary John McCormack singing arrangements of Irish traditional songs, Copland's Rodeo ballet suite and Mozart's Bassoon Concerto.

Rob Cowan20160313

plays a selection of music including Vaughan Williams settings of folk songs and the ballet suite from Delibes's Coppélia. His theme explores romantic depictions of Egypt by various composers including Verdi and Saint-Saëns.

Rob Cowan - Ancient Rome20131229

Rob Cowan looks at music depicting Ancient Rome by composers including Liszt, Beethoven, Barber and Handel. He plays a seasonal baroque cantata by Johan Kuhnau, Uns ist ein Kind Geboren (Unto us a child is born) formerly attributed to J S Bach. He also begins a short season of string sextets with Dvorak's A Major work, Opus 18.

Rob Cowan - Czardas20140817

Hungarian folk dance the Czardas, has inspired composers across the ages. Rob Cowan explores the cross fertilisation between this form and classical composition in music by Liszt, Tchaikowsky, Espejo and Hubay. He begins a three week mini-season of Haydn symphonies with No. 94 in G, the "Surprise".

Rob Cowan - Motion And Movement20131208

Rob Cowan's selection includes music full of movement and motion, from Ponchielli, Paganini, Liszt, and Khachaturian. The week's cantata is O di Betlemme altera by Alessandro Scarlatti, and the programme rounds off with piano variations by Hindemith and Fauré.

Rob Cowan - Serenades20131201

Rob Cowan explores the serenade, with examples by Mozart, Bernstein and Silvestrov.

"Serenade" is a well known term, but how well known is the music it describes? This morning Rob Cowan dips into the genre, with examples by composers as varied as Mozart, Bernstein and Silvestrov. Plus there are some celebrated recordings by Vladimir Horovitz introducing Rob's new mini-series of themes and variations for piano.

The week's Telemann cantata for the first Sunday in Advent is Machet die Tore weit (He maketh the gates wide) with Gunter Graulich directing Ensemble '76 Stuttgart with Barbara Ulrich (soprano), Heidi Reiss (contralto), Oly Pfaff (tenor), and Bruce Abel (bass).

Rob Cowan - Summer20140622

How have composers depicted summer in Music? Today Rob Cowan presents examples by Debussy, Schubert, Delius and Villa Lobos among others.

The week's Beethoven violin sonata is No. 6 in A Major, Opus 30 No.1, in a recording by Anne-Sophie Mutter and Lambert Orkis.

The latest in Rob's sequence of lesser-known symphonies is the Symphony No.1 by Henri Dutilleux.

Rob Cowan - Zarzuela20140928

Rob Cowan plays the Szymanowski Violin Concerto no 2, op.61, and the week's British choral music is Walton's Coronation Te Deum. His theme is Zarzuela, with dramatic music from a variety of composers including Serrano, Breton and Luna.

Rob Cowan At Sage Gateshead20151108

Join Rob Cowan live from Sage Gateshead with a selection of music that tears up the rulebook. Familiar pieces by Handel, Mahler and Rameau get unusual makeovers, there are unusual ensembles from jazz quintets to balalaika ensembles and the saxophone takes centre stage as a classical instrument in works by Bach and Tavener. At 11, the programme crosses live to the Cenotaph for the Act of Remembrance.


In this week's Sunday selection, as he progresses through the Beethoven violin sonatas, Rob Cowan reaches number 4, Op. 23 in A minor, with a famous recording by Arthur Grumiaux (violin) and Claudio Arrau (piano).

He also shines a light on some little-heard orchestral works, this week featuring Symphony No 3 by Ellen Taaffe Zwilich. Plus Rob explores the way Scotland has inspired composers from Bruch to Verdi.

Second Viennese School20131103

Following his Sunday Morning excursion into the works of Berg, Schoenberg and Webern earlier this year, Rob Cowan returns to the Second Viennese School today for a range of music including Berg's violin concerto, Webern's Six Pieces for orchestra, and Schoenberg's "Book of the Hanging Gardens".

There's also the week's Telemann cantata and the String Quintet Op 77 by Dvorak.

Rob Cowan presents music by Berg, Webern, Schoenberg, Telemann and Dvorak.

Songs Of Farewell20130818

A contemporary of Bach, Francesco Bartolomeo Conti was a fine composer of vocal music, and James Jolly introduces Magdalena Kozena's recent recording of his cantata "Languet anima mea amore tu". James also selects songs of farewell, including poignant music by Parry, Beethoven and Mahler. His archive artist of the week is Dame Janet Baker.

Sound Frontiers: Jonathan Swain20161002

Following this week's Building A Library choice of Tallis's Spem In Alium, join Jonathan Swain live at Southbank Centre as he explores music by Britten and Tippett written for our present Queen, and music by Byrd and Tallis which, like Spem in Alium, dates from the reign of her forebear and namesake Elizabeth I. There's a feast of American music as well, with works by Schuman, Bolcom and Gottschalk, culminating in Bernstein's Chichester Psalms.

Sounds Of Shakespeare20160424

James Jolly with his personal choice of music connected with Shakespeare - from famous classics like Nicolai's Merry Wives of Windsor, to the unjustly overlooked, like the Hamlet Overture by Felix Woyrsch. James is also joined by scholar Kate Kennedy to guide us through hidden gems from the RSC's music archive.

Teachers And Pupils20131215

James Jolly investigates the handing on of the musical baton via teachers and pupils from Rimsky Korsakov to Leo Smit, by way of Liadov and Miaskovsky. His seasonal Telemann cantata is O Jesu Christ, dein Kripplein ist (O Jesus Christ, Thy Manger Is), and his archive artist of the week is the tenor Ian Partridge.

The Waltz20140209

James Jolly completes the set of solo Bach cello works with violist Antoine Tamestit playing Suite No.1. The Mozart Symphony sequence covers No. 30 in D major, K 202, and the morning's theme is the waltz. Works by Richard Rodgers and Weber contrast with pieces by Tchaikovsky, Liszt and Ravel.


Rob Cowan's focus this morning is on the toccata in all its varied forms, with music by composers as varied as Prokofiev and Vaughan Williams to Kropfreiter and Tubin.

The Sunday sequence of Mozart symphonies reaches no 25 in G Minor and Rob also presents varied accounts of solo Bach cello works from Pablo Casals and Steven Isserlis.

Verdi 200: Kings And Queens20131006

Inspired by Verdi's Un Giorno di Regno, Kings and queens are celebrated and represented in music in various ways in Rob Cowan's Sunday selection of music. He looks forward to a week celebrating Verdi with other aspects of the composer's music, including a famous recording of Three Sacred Pieces: Laudi alla Virgine Maria. In addition, from the stately elegance of Henry Purcell to the romantic prism of Korngold he looks at musical depictions of royalty through the ages. Plus the week's concerto for orchestra is by Bartok, and the Telemann cantata for the day is Es ist ein schlechter Ruhm (TVWV 1:506).

Verdi 200: Renata Scotto, Bocklin Paintings, Zelenka Magnificat20131013

James Jolly combines his celebration of Verdi's bicentenary with great performances by Renata Scotto.

He also plays three very different responses to the art work of Arnold Bocklin by Rachmaninov, Weigl and Reger. Instead of a Telemann cantata this week, James introduces the Magnificat in D by Jan Dismas Zelenka, in a recording by Masaaki Suzuki and the Bach Collegium Japan.