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Monday - Rob Cowan with Hanif Kureishi

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: Marenzio's First Book of Madrigals; Artist of the Week: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli; Ten Pieces: Holst: The Planets, Op 32.

Discover definitive recordings of the greatest classical music with your trusted guide, Rob Cowan. This week his guest is playwright, screenwriter and novelist Hanif Kureishi.

A selection of music including Rob's Essential CD of the Week: Marenzio's First Book of Madrigals performed by La Compagnia del Madrigale.

Mapping the Music
Take part in today's music-related challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

Artist of the Week: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli
Throughout the week we explore recordings by the renowned 20th-century Italian pianist Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Rob showcases his interpretations of Schumann, Haydn, Debussy, Rachmaninov and Beethoven.

Rob is joined by Hanif Kureishi, who shares a selection of his favourite classical music. An internationally acclaimed playwright, screenwriter, filmmaker and novelist, Hanif was appointed a CBE in 2007 and was included by The Times in a list of the 50 greatest British writers since 1945. He talks to Rob about his award-winning career as well as the role classical music has played in his life.

The Building a Library recommendation of one of BBC Music's Ten Pieces, from last Saturday's CD review.
The Planets, Op. 32.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Holst Singers

    Six Choral Folksongs, H136; No.4, Song of the Blacksmith

    Choir: Baccholian Singers of London.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Rhapsody no.3 in D

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Mercury.
  • CD of the Week

    • Luca Marenzio

      'Cantava la pi vaga pastorella', from 1st Book of Madrigals

      Ensemble: La Compagnia del Madrigale.
      • Glossa.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat, BWV 1051

    Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
  • anon

    Mapping the Music

  • Artist of the Week: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

    • Johannes Brahms

      Ballade in B major, Op 10 No 4

      Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
      • DG.
  • anon

    Mapping the Music

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Four German Dances, K602

    Conductor: Willi Boskovsky. Ensemble: Vienna Mozart Ensemble.
    • Philips.
  • George Butterworth

    'Bredon Hill', from On Bredon Hill

    Performer: David Willison. Singer: Benjamin Luxon.
    • Decca.
  • Artist of the Week: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

    • Robert Schumann

      Faschingsschwank aus Wien, op.26

      Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
      • Testament.
  • Eric Coates

    Television March

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • Avie.
  • Hanif Kureishi's Choice No.1

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      'Batti, batti, o bel Masetto', from Don Giovanni

      Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini. Singer: Piero Cappuccilli. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Singer: Graziella Sciutti.
      • EMI.
  • Hanif Kureishi's Choice No.2

    • Igor Stravinsky

      The Rite of Spring; Part 1

      Conductor: Seiji Ozawa. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
      • BMG.
  • Essential Choice (Building a Library Recommendation)

    • Gustav Holst

      The Planets, op.32

      Orchestra: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
      • Telarc.

Musical Challenge - Mapping the Music


Bredon Hill

The music played:

George Butterworth
'On the Idle Hill of Summer', from On Bredon Hill
Benjamin Luxon (baritone)
David Willison (piano)


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