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Monday - Rob Cowan with Penelope Keith

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love Chaconnes; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: Sviatoslav Richter; Rob's Essential Choice: Bartok: Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.

With Rob Cowan and his guest, the actress Penelope Keith.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... Chaconnes'. This fiery Spanish dance has inspired a wide range of works, which Rob explores throughout the week.

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

Rob's guest this week is the actress Penelope Keith. A celebrated actress of both stage and screen, Penelope is best known for her roles in the hugely popular sitcoms The Good Life and To The Manor Born. She will be sharing her favourite classical music every day at 10am.

This week Rob features recordings by Sviatoslav Richter. Known for his stratospheric technique and fingers of steel, Richter's range of repertoire was vast: from Bach and Handel to Webern and Prokofiev, who dedicated his 9th Piano Sonata to the celebrated pianist. He played as many as 120 concerts a year, and despite his aversion to making records, his discography is among the largest of any pianist of his generation.

Today's Essential Choice is taken from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Etude in C Op.10 No.1

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
    • DG.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Soirées Musicales

    Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
    • DECCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Trio in B flat major, D.471

    Performer: Willi Boskovsky. Performer: Rudolf Strassner. Performer: Robert Scheiwein.
    • DECCA.
  • 5 reasons to love... chaconnes

    • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

      Phaëton, LWV 61 - Chaconne In G

      Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
      • DG.
  • Léo Delibes

    Pizzicato Polka from Sylvia

    Performer: Felix Slatkin. Performer: The Hollywood Bowl Symphony Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • artist of the week: sviatoslav richter

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Ballade No.3 in A flat Op.47

      Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
      • DG.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Barber of Seville - Overture

    Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • Warner.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Hear My Prayer

    Conductor: Richard Marlow. Singer: Rachel Bennett. Choir: The Choir Of Trinity College, Cambridge.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Penelope keith's choice no. 1

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Waltz in C sharp minor Op.64 No.2

      Performer: Arthur Rubinstein.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Penelope keith's choice no. 2

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Carnival of the Animals - Kangaroos to The Aviary

      Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Louis Frémaux.
  • artist of the week: sviatoslav richter

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Concerto #1 In C, Op. 15

      Performer: Sviatoslav Richter. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
      • RCA.
  • The building a library recommendation from last saturday's cd review

    • Béla Bartók

      Music For Strings, Percussion And Celeste

      Conductor: Iván Fischer. Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra.
      • Phillips.
  • Josef Suk

    Fantastic Scherzo, Op 25

    Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • Naxos.

Mystery Composer


As well as being a composer, I was also an artist and produced more
than 300 works of art.


My older sister shared my passion for music, and her death in 1847 caused
me great distress; I died less than
six months after her.

By the age of 18 I had produced thirteen string symphonies, one full-scale symphony, several concertos, chamber music,
choral works and piano works, making me one of the most prolific child
prodigies of all time.


Answer: Mendelssohn



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