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Wednesday - 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: Mozart: Serenata Notturna.

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: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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

Serenata Notturna
London Symphony Orchestra
Peter Maag (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Hubert Parry

    Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • LYRITA.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Violin Sonata in E major, Op 5 No 11

    Performer: Elizabeth Wallfisch. Performer: Richard Tunnicliffe. Performer: Paul Nicholson. Ensemble: Locatelli Trio.
    • Corelli: Violin Sonatas: The Locatelli Trio.
    • Hyperion.
    • 18.
  • György Ligeti

    Hungarian Rock - Chaconne

    Performer: Pierre Charial.
    • Sony.
  • Franz Schubert

    Allegretto in C minor D.915

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
    • DG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Creatures of Prometheus - Overture, Pastorale and Finale

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf.
    • RCA.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on Greensleeves

    Conductor: Daniel Barenboim. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
    • The sound of England.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 18.
  • Leopold Mozart

    Toy Symphony in G K.63 - Allegro

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Aida - Grand March and ballet music

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • Decca.
  • César Franck

    Violin Sonata in A Major

    Performer: David Oistrakh. Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenata Notturna

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Peter Maag.
    • DECCA.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Sonata No.6 in A major

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
    • RCA.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Visions Fugitives Op.22 - No.9

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
    • DG.


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