Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Penelope Keith
With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Chaconnes; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: pianist Sviatoslav Richter; Rob's Essential Choice: Martinu: Double Concerto.
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 part of a musical anecdote and try to guess what happened 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.
Rob's Essential Choice
Double Concerto for two string orchestras, piano and timpani
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik (conductor).
5 reasons to love... Chaconnes
Penelope Keith's Choice No. 1
Penelope Keith's Choice No. 2
Artist of the week: sviatoslav richter
Rossini always indicated mistakes on his students’ music with crosses. He returned one manuscript to a mediocre student with only a few crosses. The young man, greatly encouraged by this indication of near-perfection, expressed his happiness that he had made so few mistakes. What happened next?
Rossini retorted, in a rather acerbic manner: “Don’t be too happy. If I had marked all the errors in the music with crosses, your score would be a cemetery.”