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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).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Bohuslav Martinu

    La revue de cuisine, H. 161

    Ensemble: Holst-Sinfonietta. Conductor: Klaus Simon.
    • NAXOS.
  • 5 reasons to love... Chaconnes

    • Henry Purcell

      Chacony in G minor Z.730

      Conductor: Gavin Sutherland. Ensemble: Royal Ballet Sinfonia. Music Arranger: Benjamin Britten.
      • NAXOS.
  • Michael Haydn

    Sinfonia in E flat major MH340

    Conductor: Florian Heyerick. Orchestra: Ex Tempore.
  • Joby Talbot

    January: A Yellow Disc Rising from the Sea

    Performer: Joby Talbot. Performer: Rob Farrar. Performer: chris worey. Performer: Everton Nelson.
    • SONY.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    In Nature’s Realm

    Conductor: Thomas Netopil. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Serenata in E flat major

    Orchestra: Members of the Bologna Municipal Theatre Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • Penelope Keith's Choice No. 1

    • Aaron Copland

      Hoe-Down (Rodeo)

      Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
      • RCA.
  • Penelope Keith's Choice No. 2

    • Johann Nepomuk Hummel

      Trumpet Concerto in E Flat

      Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Conductor: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Artist of the week: sviatoslav richter

    • Robert Schumann


      Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
      • DG.
  • Herbert Howells

    Psalm 121

    Performer: Stephen Cleobury. Performer: Peter Barley. Singer: Gregory Moore. Singer: Simon Williams. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Director: Stephen Cleobury.
    • Herbet Howell, A Celebration of: King's College Choir, Stephen Cleobury.
    • ARGO.
    • 11.
  • essential choice

    • Bohuslav Martinu

      Double Concerto for two string orchestras, piano and timpani

      Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Vorrei spiegarvi, oh Dio, K 418

    Singer: Christine Schäfer. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • Mozart: Concert Arias; Strauss: Orchestral Songs: Christine Schafer.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Symphony No.2 in B minor: Finale

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • DG.

Classical Consequences

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.”


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