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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Francine Stock

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love Glenn Gould; Relative Values; Artist of the Week: conductor Lorin Maazel; Rob's Essential Choice: Debussy arr Colin Matthews: Four Preludes.

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.

Relative Values
Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the personal relationship that connects two pieces of music.

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.

This week's Essential Choices feature the genre of the Prelude.
Debussy arr. Colin Matthews
4 Preludes: Les tierces alternées; Les sons et les parfums tournent dans l'air du soir; La puerta del Vino; Général Lavine - eccentric
Hallé Orchestra
Mark Elder (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    'Giovinette che fate all'amore', from Don Giovanni, K527

    Music Arranger: Tribensee. Ensemble: Members of the Netherlands Wind Ensemble.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Overture, Le Corsaire, Op.21

    Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • DECCA.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Glenn Gould

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Bagatelle in E flat, Op.33 No.1

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • SONY.
  • Igor Stravinsky


    Ensemble: The Twentieth Century Classics Ensemble. Conductor: Robert Craft.
    • NAXOS.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Prelude & Fugue in E minor, BuxWV142

    Performer: Helmut Walcha.
    • Archiv.
  • Artist of the Week: Lorin Maazel

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Slavonic Dance Op.46 no.4 in F major

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
      • EMI.
      • 2.
  • John Blow

    Venus and Adonis (Act 3: conclusion)

    Singer: Rosemary Joshua. Choir: Clare College Chapel Choir. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: René Jacobs.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Francine Stock's Choice No. 1

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Tango (The Bolt)

      Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
      • DECCA.
  • Francine Stock's Choice No. 2

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Don Giovanni: Act 2, scene 1 ‘taci ingiusto core’

      Singer: Eberhard Wächter. Singer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Singer: Giuseppe Taddei.
      • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No 4 in F Minor

  • Artist of the Week: Lorin Maazel

    • Alexander Scriabin

      Poem of Ecstasy, Op.54

      Conductor: Lorin Maazel. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra.
      • DECCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Komm, Jesu, Komm, BWV 229

    Performer: Ageet Zweistra. Performer: Jan Kleinbussink. Choir: Nederlands Kamerkoor. Conductor: Ton Koopman.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Essential Choice

    • Claude Debussy

      4 Preludes: ‘Les tierces alternées’; ‘Les sons et les parfumes tournent dans l’a

      Conductor: Sir Mark Elder. Music Arranger: Colin Matthews. Orchestra: Hallé.
      • Halle.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 ‘Spring’

    Performer: Willi Boskowsky. Performer: Lili Kraus.
    • ERATO.
  • Franz Liszt

    Piano Concerto no.1 in E flat, S124

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman (piano). Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa (conductor).

Musical Challenge - Relative Values

The answer:


The relationship was teacher-pupil and the two composers featured were John Blow and Henry Purcell.



The music played:


Venus & Adonis: Overture
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Rene Jacobs (conductor)
Dido & Aeneas: Overture
Academy of Ancient Music
Christopher Hogwood (conductor)


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