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Monday - Rob Cowan with Stella Rimington

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues; Artist of the Week: Leopold Stokowski; Rob's Essential Choice: Ravel: Piano Concerto in G.

With Rob Cowan and his guest Dame Stella Rimington.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... Bach's 48 Preludes and Fugues'. Rob picks favourite recordings from Bach's innovative 'Well Tempered Clavier' collection, and shows how they succeed equally well when played on harpsichord, piano or clavichord, including a fine performance by Tatiana Nikolaeva of the Prelude in C from Book 1 - the one attempted by beginner pianists everywhere.

Take part in today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery composer.

Rob's guest this week is former MI5 chief turned best-selling author, Dame Stella Rimington. The first woman to be promoted to the rank of Director of a Service branch, since retiring from the Service in 1996 Stella has published a number of novels set in the world of counter-terrorism and intelligence. Stella will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, including works by Bach, Vaughan Williams, and Kodaly, every day at 10am.

Rob's featured artist is the charismatic conductor Leopold Stokowski, who is perhaps best known for conducting the sound track of Walt Disney's animated film Fantasia. There'll be stunning recordings of Tchaikovsky's Fantasy Overture Hamlet, and the Love Music from Wagner's Tristan and Isolde, plus Rob will introduce several of Stokowski's many stylish orchestral transcriptions, including Pictures at an Exhibition by Mussorgsky, and Debussy's Clair de Lune, played by Stokowski's own symphony orchestra.

Today's Essential Choice is taken from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.
Piano concerto in G.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Artist Of The Week: Leopold Stokowski

    • Carl Orff

      Tanz (Carmina burana)

      Performer: Houston Symphony. Conductor: Leopold Stokowski.
      • EMI.
  • 5 reasons to love…Bach’s 48 Preludes & Fugues

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude and Fugue in C major, BWV 846

      Performer: Tatiana Nikolayeva.
      • OLYMPIA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 34 in C K338

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Otmar Suitner.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'Arlésienne Suite No 1 (Minuet)

    Performer: Jorge Bolet.
    • RCA.
  • Daniel Purcell

    The Unhappy Penitent (Chaconne in A minor)

    Performer: Hazel Brooks. Performer: David Pollock.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Whitlock

    Jesu, grant me this I pray

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony in B minor Wq 82

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Mystery Composer

    • Maurice Ravel

      Chanson française (Chants populaires)

      Singer: Cecilia Bartoli. Performer: Myung-Whun Chung.
      • DECCA.
  • Stella Rimington's Choice 1

    • Edward Elgar

      Land of Hope and Glory

      Singer: Clara Butt.
      • PEARL GEM.
  • Stella Rimington's Choice 2

    • Thomas Arne

      Brightest Lady: Thrice Upon thy Finger’s Tip (Comus)

      Singer: Emma Kirkby. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Christopher Hogwood.
      • DECCA.
  • Stella Rimington Choice 3

    • Zoltán Kodály

      Introitus: Budavári Te Deum

      Conductor: János Ferencsik. Orchestra: Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Magyar Rádió és Televízió énekkara.
      • HUGAROTON.
  • Trad

    El testament d'Amelia (Popular Catalan Songs)

    Performer: Julian Bream.
    • RCA.
  • Artist of the Week: Leopold Stokowski

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Hamlet Overture and Fantasy

      Conductor: Leopold Stokowski. Orchestra: The Stadium Symphony Orchestra of New York.
    • Claude Debussy

      Clair de lune (Suite bergamasque)

      Orchestrator: Leopold Stokowski. Orchestra: Leopold Stokowski Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leopold Stokowski.
      • EMI.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata (Kk.11) in C minor arr. for accordian

    Performer: Mie Miki.
    • S'il vous plaît: Mie Miki.
    • Bis.
    • 3.
  • Building a Library Recommendation

    • Maurice Ravel

      Piano Concerto in G

      Performer: Martha Argerich. Orchestra: Orchestra della Svizzera italiana. Conductor: Jacek Kaspszyk.
      • EMI.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in D major RV 234

    Ensemble: Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca. Conductor: Giuliano Carmignola.
    • DIVOX.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 8 in F major Op. 93

    Conductor: Otto Klemperer. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • EMI.


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