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Friday - 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: Tippett: 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: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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
London Symphony Orchestra
Colin Davis (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Michael Tippett

    Suite for the Birthday of Prince Charles; 3. Procession and Dance

    Conductor: Georg Solti. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
    • DECCA.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    A Sussex Overture

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • CHANDOS.
  • 5 Reasons to love... Chopin Mazurkas

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Mazurka in A minor, Op.68 No.2

      Performer: Marjan Kiepura.
      • PATRIA KIE.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    The Noonday Witch, Op.108

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • Artist of the Week: Julia Fischer

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Rondo in B flat major, K 269

      Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: Nederlands Kamerorkest. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
      • Pentatone.
  • François Couperin

    Trio sonata "La Superbe"

    Ensemble: Gli Incogniti. Conductor: Amandine Beyer.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Ballad of the Unhatched Chicks (Pictures at an Exhibition)

    Music Arranger: Maurice Ravel. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
    • DG.
  • Schubert

    Nachtgesang im Walde, D913

    Performer: Günther Weber. Performer: Olaf Klamand. Performer: Billy Beck. Choir: Capella Savaria. Performer: Ernst Dörflinger. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • WARNER.
  • Patricia Cornwell's Choice No. 1

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Concerto No.1 in E for violin, strings and basso continuo, Op.8 No.1 (‘Spring’)

      Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Conductor: Andrea Marcon. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra.
      • SONY.
  • Patricia Cornwell's Choice No. 2

    • Jean [1865-1957] Sibelius

      Valse Triste, Op.44 No.1

      Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas. Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony.
      • AVIE.
  • Artist of the Week: Julia Fischer

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Violin Concerto No.1 in B flat major, K.207

      Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: Nederlands Kamerorkest. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
      • PENTATONE.
  • Essential Choice

    • Michael Tippett

      Symphony No.2: 3rd movement, Presto veloce

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
      • DECCA.

Recording Rewind

The music played:


Mussorgsky, arr. Ravel
Pictures at an Exhibition; Ballad of the Unhatched Chicks in their Shells   
New York Philharmonic
Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)


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