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Monday - Rob Cowan with Francine Stock

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Glenn Gould; Mapping the Music; Artist of the Week: conductor Lorin Maazel; Rob's Essential Choice: Chopin: 24 Preludes, Op 28.

Discover definitive recordings of the greatest classical music with your trusted guide, Rob Cowan. This week his guest is the radio and TV presenter and novelist Francine Stock.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love - Glenn Gould'. Throughout the week Rob makes the case for the polarising pianist Glenn Gould in music by Byrd, Beethoven, Mozart, Brahms and Bach.

Mapping the Music
Take part in our daily challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

The radio and TV presenter and novelist Francine Stock joins Rob in the studio. Francine was one of the original presenters of BBC Radio 4's Front Row and later moved to The Film Programme, as well as writing about film for Prospect magazine. On television she has presented Newsnight, The Money Programme and The Antiques Show, and she is also the regular host of the BAFTA Life in Pictures strand. As a novelist, she has published two works of fiction: A Foreign Country (shortlisted for the Whitbread First Novel award) and Man-Made Fibre. Francine shares a selection of her favourite music with Rob.

Artist of the Week
Conductor Lorin Maazel in music by Mendelssohn, Scriabin, Respighi, Schubert and Prokofiev.

Today's Essential Choice is taken from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review:
24 Preludes, Op. 28.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Georges Bizet

    Jeux d'enfants (La toupie)

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • DECCA.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Glenn Gould

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude and Fugue in D, BWV 850 and Prelude and Fugue in D minor, BWV 851

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • SONY.
  • Franz Liszt


    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
    • EMI.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    Variations on a Theme of Rossini

    Performer: János Starker. Performer: György Sebök.
    • MERCURY.
  • Hugo Wolf

    Italian Serenade

    Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald, op.325

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • DG.
  • Francine Stock's Choice No. 1

    • Edvard Grieg

      Peer Gynt Suite No. 2: The Abduction of the Bride. Ingrid’s Lament

      Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
      • DECCA.
  • Francine Stock's Choice No. 2

    • Franz Schubert

      String Quartet No. 14 (Death and the Maiden): II Andante con moto

      Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
      • DG.
  • John Bull

    Les Buffons

    Performer: Rafael Puyana.
    • MERCURY.
  • Artist of the Week

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Symphony no.4 in A, Op.90 ('Italian')

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
      • DG.
  • Essential Choice

    • Frédéric Chopin

      24 Preludes, Op.28

      Performer: Friedrich Gulda.
      • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 72 in D

    Performer: Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra. Performer: Dennis Russell Davies.
    • SONY.

Musical Challenge - Mapping the Music

The answer:





The music played:


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