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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Penelope Keith

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love Chaconnes; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: pianist Sviatoslav Richter; Essential Choice: Tippett: Concerto for Double String Orchestra.

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 and identify the personal relationship that connects two pieces of music.

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

Concerto for Double String Orchestra
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Carl Nielsen

    The Jumping Jack (Humoresque-Bagatelles, Op 11)

    Performer: Martin Roscoe.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Humoresques No.5 in E flat Op.89c & No.6 in G minor Op.89d

    Performer: Dong-Suk Kang. Orchestra: Gothenberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
  • Marc‐Antoine Charpentier

    Medee - tragedie mise en musique (H.491), Act 2 sc.7; Chaconne

    Director: William Christie. Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants. Singer: Sophie Daneman.
    • Charpentier: Medee: Les Arts Florissants, William Christie.
    • Erato.
    • 10.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Russian Easter Festival Overture

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
  • Anonymous

    Benedicti e llaudati

    Ensemble: Trio Mediæval.
    • ECM.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in D minor BWV851

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
    • DG.
  • Johann Christian Bach

    Symphony in D major, Op 18 No 4

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Simon Standage.
    • CHANDOS.
  • William Walton

    Film Music for Henry V - The Battle of Agincourt

    Conductor: William Walton. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Candide – Overture

    Performer: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • SONY.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Six Preludes

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
    • DG.
  • Charles Tomlinson Griffes

    The Pleasure-Dome of Kubla Khan

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
  • Michael Tippett

    Concerto for Double String Orchestra

    Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • EMI.

Relative Values

Answer: JS Bach and JC Bach


The music played:


Ich habe genug, BWV 82: 1st mvt
The Tavener Players
Andrew Parrott (conductor)


JC Bach
Sinfony in G minor: 2nd mvt
Academy of Ancient Music
Simon Standage 9director)


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