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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Francine Stock

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love Glenn Gould; Mystery Object; Artist of the Week: Lorin Maazel; Rob's Essential Choice: L Couperin: Prelude a l'imitation de Mr Froberger.

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.

Mystery Object
Take part in our daily challenge and identify what is being described.

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.
Louis Couperin
Prélude à l'imitation de Mr. Froberger
Richard Egarr (harpsichord).

3 hours

Music Played

  • François Couperin

    'L'evaporée', from Troisième Livre de pièces de clavecin, Ordre 15

    Performer: Olivier Baumont.
    • WARNER.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La gazza ladra – Overture

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

    • William Byrd

      Sellinger's Round

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • SONY.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Concertino for Clarinet

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Performer: Andrew Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in G, K303

    Performer: Artur Balsam. Performer: Oscar Shumsky.
  • Hugo Wolf

    'Die Feuerreiter'

    Orchestra: Deutsches Symphonie‐Orchester Berlin. Conductor: Kent Nagano. Choir: Berlin Radio Choir.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in D, K119

    Performer: Ivo Pogorelich.
    • DG.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Fireworks, Op.4

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • BMG.
  • Francine Stock's Choice No. 1

    • Emmanuel Chabrier

      10 Pièces pittoresques (No 10, Scherzo-valse)

      Performer: Kathryn Stott.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Pieces pittoresques: Idylle

    Performer: Kathryn Stott.
  • Francine Stock's Choice No. 2

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Cello Sonata, Op.5 No. 2 in G Minor: 2nd movement

      Performer: Pierre Fournier. Performer: Friedrich Gulda.
      • DG.
  • Fontana

    Sonata No. 6 per canto solo

    Performer: William Dongois. Performer: Le Concert Brisé.
    • ACCENT.
  • Artist of the Week

    • Ottorino Respighi

      Feste Romane

      Conductor: Lorin Maazel. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra.
      • DECCA.
  • Joseph Haydn

    My love she's but a lassie yet Hob. XXXIa: 194

    Performer: Werner Güra. Performer: Christoph Berner.
  • Essential Choice

    • Louis Couperin

      Prélude à l'imitation de Mr Froberger

      Performer: Richard Egarr.
  • Mieczyslaw Weinberg

    Concerto for trumpet and orchestra in B flat, Op.94

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Algis Zhiuraitis. Performer: Timofei Dokshizer.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in G minor, Op. 20 No. 3

    Ensemble: Doric String Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.

Musical Challenge - Mystery Object

The clues:

I tend to sound sforzando and have explosive tendencies. 
Stravinsky’s musical description of me lead to his first commission from Sergei Diaghilev.
Handel wrote a famous wind band suite to accompany me.

The answer:



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