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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Patricia Cornwell

With Rob Cowan. Including 5 Reasons to Love Chopin Mazurkas; Guest: Patricia Cornwell; Artist of the Week: Julia Fischer; Rob's Essential Choice: Tchaikovsky: 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 today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery piece

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 minor, Op.17 ('Little Russian')
Dresden Philharmonic Orchestra
Kurt Masur (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Visions Fugitives, op.22; no.15,

    Ensemble: Quartetto Energie Nove.
    • Dynamic.
  • Michael Haydn

    Symphony in E flat major, P26

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • Chandos.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Chopin mazurkas

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Mazurka in A minor, op.17 no.4

      Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
      • Sony.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Poema autunnale

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
    • Decca.
  • anon

    Imperfect Harmony

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D minor for violin and organ, R541

    Orchestra: Accademia Bizantina. Performer: Stefano Montanari. Performer: Ottavio Montanari.
    • Naive.
  • anon

    Imperfect Harmony

  • Alexander Borodin

    In the Steppes of Central Asia

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Kurt Sanderling.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise, D911; 'Gute Nacht'

    Singer: Christoph Prégardien. Performer: Michael Gees.
  • Patricia Cornwell's Choice No. 1

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Don Giovanni, K527; Overture

      Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
      • EMI.
  • Patricia Cornwell's Choice No. 2

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Requiem, K626; Dies irae—Tuba mirum—Rex tremendae

      Singer: Christopher Purves. Orchestra: Insula Orchestra. Singer: Sara Mingardo. Choir: Accentus. Conductor: Laurence Equilbey. Singer: Werner Güra. Singer: Sandrine Piau.
      • Naive.
  • Artist of the Week: Julia Fischer

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Violin Concerto no.1 in D, op.19

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

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Symphony No 2 in C minor, Op 17, 'Little Russian'

      Orchestra: Dresdner Philharmonie. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
  • Claude Debussy

    Pour les quartes and pour les octaves from 12 etudes for piano

    Performer: Charles Rosen.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 in B flat BWV 1051

  • George Gershwin

    3 Preludes

    Performer: Shura Cherkassky (piano).
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Allein Gott in der Hoh sei Her, BWV 676

    Performer: Ton Koopman (organ).
    • WARNER.
  • Claude Debussy

    Pour les Quartes and Pour les Octaves from 12 Etudes for piano

    Performer: Charles Rosen (piano).
    • SONY.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto no.6 in B flat, BWV 1051

    Performer: Members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Pinchas Zukerman (conductor).

Imperfect Harmony

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Andreas Staier (fortepiano)


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Sioned Williams (harp)
David Hill (conductor)


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