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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Francine Stock

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love Glenn Gould; Classical Consequences; Artist of the Week: conductor Lorin Maazel; Rob's Essential Choice: Bach: Chorale Prelude, BWV 651.

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.

Classical Consequences
Take part in our daily musical challenge: listen to the story and tell us what happens next.

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.
Chorale Prelude, BWV 651: 'Fantasia super Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott'
Ton Koopman (organ).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Schubert

    Die Bürgschaft, D435; No.13, Räuberlied

    Choir: Bavarian Radio Chorus. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • EMI.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka


    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Anatole Fistoulari.
    • GUILD.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Glenn Gould

    • Johannes Brahms

      Intermezzo in A, Op.118 No.2

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • SONY.
  • Alberto Ginastera

    Dances from Estancia Op. 8

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
    • DG.
  • Hector Berlioz

    A selection from Romeo and Juliet; Pt 2

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • DG.
  • Alonso Lobo

    Versa est in luctum

    Ensemble: Stile Antico.
  • Franz Liszt

    Trois études de concert, S144; No.2, La Leggierezza

    Performer: Sergio Fiorentino.
  • Francine Stock's Choice No. 1

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Perfection - Black Swan

      • SONY.
  • Francine Stock's Choice No. 2

    • Mica Levi

      Under the Skin

  • Francine Stock's Choice No. 3

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata No.17 in D: ‘The Tempest’: Adagio

      Performer: Alfred Brendel.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Corelli

    Gavotta, from Sonata in G, op.5 no.10

    Performer: Michala Petri (recorder). Performer: Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord).
    • OUR.
  • Artist of the Week: Lorin Maazel

    • Franz Schubert

      Symphony no.2 in B flat, D 125

      Conductor: Lorin Maazel. Orchestra: Belgian National Radio Philharmonic Orchestra.
      • BR.
  • Brumel

    Ave caelorum Domina

    Performer: Brabant Ensemble. Performer: Stephen Rice (conductor).
  • Essential Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Chorale Prelude, BWV 651: 'Fantasia super Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott'

      Performer: Ton Koopman.
      • ERATO.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Rhapsody No. 3 in A flat

    Conductor: Rafael Kubelík. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • WARNERS.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony no.5, op.50

    Performer: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Orchestra: Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor).
    • SONY.

Musical Challenge - Classical Consequences

What happened next?


Liszt stopped playing; the Tsar asked why he had done so. In reply, Liszt bowed deeply and said: “When Nicholas speaks, Music herself must be silent.”


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