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Friday - 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: Elgar: Introduction and Allegro.

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 clues and identify the mystery person.

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

Introduction & Allegro, Op.47
English Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    The Wand Of Youth Suite #2, Op. 1B - The Little Bells

    Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Eric Coates

    The Three Bears Phantasy

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • EMI.
  • 5 Reasons to Love Chaconne

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Partita No.2 in D minor – Chaconne BWV 1004

      Performer: Nathan Milstein.
      • DG.
  • Charles Tomlinson Griffes

    Three tone-poems Op.5 - Night Winds

    Ensemble: New World Chamber Ensemble.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    March For Shakespeare Festival, Op. 20, T 95

    Performer: Róbert Stankovský. Orchestra: Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra in Bratislava.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata in G minor Hob XVI:44

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
    • DG.
  • William Byrd

    John Come Kiss Me Now, MB 81

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani.
  • Penelope Keith's Choice No.1

    • Gustav Holst

      The Planets - Jupiter

      Performer: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
      • DECCA.
  • Rob's choice for Penelope Keith

    • Gerald Finzi

      Romance, Op.11

      Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Schubert

    Wohin? 2:02

    Performer: Anton Dermota. Performer: Hilda Dermota.
    • DECCA.
  • Artist of the Week: Richter

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Cello Sonata No. 3 in A Op.69

      Performer: Sviatoslav Richter. Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Anon.

    Special antiphon from the office of St Thorlak 1:55

    Performer: Trio Mediæval.
    • ECM.
  • Edward Elgar

    Introduction & Allegro Op.47

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • DECCA.
  • Franz Liszt

    Piano Sonata in B minor

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Essential Choice

    • Rimsky-Korsakov

      Suite from 'Le Coq d'Or' - Kinf Dodn with Queen Shemakha and Marriage Feast and Lamentable End of Kind Dodn 12:20

      Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Antal Dorati (conductor).

Mystery Place

Answer: Wigmore Hall


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