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Friday - 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; Essential Choice: Dvorak: Holst: A Fugal Overture.

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.

Find the Fourth
Take part in our daily musical challenge: spot the theme linking three pieces of music and identify the missing fourth.

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.

This week Rob's Essential Choices at 11am are inspired by BBC Music's Ten Pieces which aims to open up the world of classical music for children around the UK.
He takes listeners on a musical journey, each day recommending a work that's connected to one of the Ten Pieces.
A Fugal Overture, Op. 40 No. 1
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Adrian Boult (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    King Stephen, op.117; Chorus: 'Auf dunkelm Irrweg'

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Ambrosian Singers. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • CBS.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in D for Trumpet, TWV 51:D7

    Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel. Performer: Friedemann Immer.
    • Archiv.
  • CD of the Week

    • Luca Marenzio

      'Venuta era Madonna', from 1st Book of Madrigals

      Ensemble: La Compagnia del Madrigale.
      • Glossa.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Rapsodie espagnole

    Conductor: Jean Martinon. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
    • RCA.
  • Max Bruch

    Kol Nidrei Op.47

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Op. 28

    Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Performer: Sergei Nakariakov. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • TELDEC.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Der Trunkene im Fruhling

    Orchestra: The Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
  • Artist of the Week: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

    • Baldassare Galuppi

      Piano Sonata in C

      Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
      • DECCA.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Cello Concerto in C major

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Performer: Peter Dixon. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
  • Hanif Kureishi's Choice No. 1

    • Morton Feldman

      Patterns in a Chromatic Field

      Performer: Arne Deforce. Performer: Yutaka Oya.
      • AEON.
  • Hanif Kureishi's Choice No. 2

    • Luigi Nono

      ...sofferte onde serene...

      Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
      • DG.
  • Rob's choice for Hanif Kureishi

    • Taraf de Haïdouks

      The Return of the Magic Horses

      Ensemble: Band of Gypsies.
  • John Dowland

    The Shoemaker's Wife

    Performer: Paul O’Dette.
    • Dowland: Musicke for the Lute.
    • Astree.
    • 1.
  • Essential Choice

    • Gustav Holst

      A Fugal Overture

      Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
      • LYRITA.
  • John Taverner

    Missa Gloria tibi Trinitas: Sanctus and Benedictus

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL.
  • Artist of the Week: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat, Op. 73 ('Emperor')

      Conductor: Sergiu Celibidache. Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli. Orchestra: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
      • WEITBLICK.

Musical Challenge - Find the Fourth

The answer:
The four elements - the missing element was earth

The music played:

Die Walküre; Act 3, scene 3, 'Loge, hör! Lausche Hierher!'
Vienna Philharmonic
Georg Solti (conductor)

Water Music; Alla Hornpipe
Le Concert des Nations
Jordi Savall (director)

Richard Strauss
Don Quixote, op.35; Variation 7, 'Der Ritt durch die Luft'
Berlin Philharmonic
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)


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