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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Patricia Cornwell

With Rob Cowan. Including 5 Reasons to Love Chopin Mazurkas; Guest: Patricia Cornwell; Artist of the Week: violinist Julia Fischer; Rob's Essential Choice: Weber: Symphony No 2.

With Rob Cowan and his guest, the crime writer Patricia Cornwell.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love...Chopin mazurkas.' Throughout the week Rob makes the case for Chopin's mazurkas and explores a selection of recordings by renowned pianists including Arthur Rubenstein, Vladimir Horowitz and Moriz Rosenthal as he asks, why should you love Chopin's mazurkas?

Take part in our daily musical challenge: listen to the two extracts and see if you can figure out the connection between the two composers.

Rob's guest this week, sharing her favourite classical music every day at 10am, is the crime writer Patricia Cornwell. An international best-selling author whose books have sold over 100 million copies, Patricia is best known for her award-winning Kay Scarpetta series, the characters of which have become an international phenomenon.

This week's featured artist is the violinist Julia Fischer. One of the leading musicians of her generation, Fischer has performed with renowned European orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic, and is currently Artist in Residence at the Dresden Philharmonic. Throughout the week Rob showcases Fischer's virtuoso performances of works by Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Mendelssohn and Prokofiev.

Rob's Essential Choice
Symphony No.2 in C, J51
Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields
Neville Marriner (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Adagio and Rondo in B flat, J Anh 31; 2nd mvt, Rondo

    Ensemble: German Wind Soloists.
    • Marco Polo.
  • Gustav Holst

    The Perfect Fool – ballet music

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • Decca.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Chopin Mazurkas

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Mazurka in F minor Op. 7 No. 3

      Performer: Shura Cherkassky.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Paris Quartet no.3

    Performer: Barthold Kuijken. Performer: Sigiswald Kuijken. Performer: Wieland Kuijken. Performer: Gustav Leonhardt.
    • Sony.
  • anon

    Relative Values

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Sérénade mélancolique, op.26

    Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg. Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Performer: Julia Fischer.
    • Pentatone.
  • anon

    Relative Values

  • Henry Purcell

    Suite in G major

    Ensemble: London Baroque.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Richard Strauss

    Horn Concerto No 2 in E flat major (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Ronald Janezic. Conductor: André Previn. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • DG.
  • Patricia Cornwell Choice No.1

    • Johann Pachelbel

      Canon and Gigue in D major

      Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
      • Archiv.
  • Patricia Cornwell Choice No.2

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Nocturne in D flat major, Op.27 no.2

      Performer: Arthur Rubinstein.
      • RCA.
  • Patricia Cornwell Choice No.3

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Toccata, Op 11

      Performer: Jacob Lateiner.
  • Artist of the Week: Julia Fischer

    • Franz Schubert

      Sonata in A major for violin and piano, D 574, 'Grand Duo'

      Performer: Julia Fischer. Performer: Martin Helmchen.
      • Pentatone.
  • Jacques de La Presle


    Performer: Stephanie d’Oustrac (mezzo soprano). Performer: Pascal Jourdan (piano).
  • Scarlatti arr. Vincenzo Tommasini

    The Good Humoured Ladies; Presto (from Sonata in G); Allegro (from Sonata in D)

    Performer: Concert Arts Orchestra. Performer: Robert Irving (conductor).
    • EMI.
  • Essential Choice

    • Carl Maria von Weber

      Symphony no.2 in C, J51

      Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
      • Decca.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    O ewiges Feuer, o Ursprung der Liebe, BWV 34

    Performer: Christoph Genz (tenor). Performer: Nathalie Stutzmann (alto). Performer: Panajotis Iconomou (bass). Performer: Monteverdi Choir. Performer: English Baroque Soloists. Performer: John Eliot Gardiner (conductor).
    • SDG.
  • Roussel

    Bacchus and Ariadne, op.43; Ballet Suite no.2

    Performer: Orchestre les Concerts Lamoureux. Performer: Jean Martinon (conductor).
    • DECCA.

Relative Values

The answer:

Richard Strauss composed his two horn concertos for his father Franz, the first for him to play and the second in memory of him

The music played:

Richard Strauss
Horn Concerto no.1 in E flat; 3rd mvt, Rondo. Allegro
Lars-Michael Stransky (horn)
Vienna Philharmonic
André Previn (conductor)

Richard Strauss
Horn Concerto no.2 in E flat; 3rd mvt, Rondo. Allegro molto   
Ronald Janezic (horn)
Vienna Philharmonic
André Previn (conductor)


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