Monday - Rob Cowan with Omid Djalili
With Rob Cowan. Includes Five Reasons to Love Dvorak's Slavonic Dances; CD Review Building a Library: Offenbach: The Tales of Hoffmann (excerpts); Bach: The Art of Fugue (excerpts).
A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... Dvorák's Slavonic Dances'. Dvorák's dances were an instant hit on their publication in 1878, propelling the Czech composer to international fame. A second set brought the total to sixteen dances. Throughout the week Rob makes the case for these miniature masterpieces, showcasing interpretations by conductors including Rafael Kubelik, Jean Martinon and Václav Talich.
Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the personal relationship that connects two pieces of music.
Rob's guest is the stand-up comedian and actor Omid Djalili. Omid has a varied career across stage and screen and is well known for his popular sketch shows and sell-out international tours. He will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music with Rob every day at 10am.
Rob features the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD review
Tales of Hoffmann (excerpt)
Rob's artist of the week is Russian pianist Grigory Sokolov, whose performances display virtuosity, poetry and insight in equal measure. Sokolov is regarded as one of the greatest living pianists in Europe, but his refusal to make studio recordings has meant a relative lack of recognition in the UK and USA. This is starting to change following his recent contract, for live recordings only, with Deutsche Grammophon. Throughout the week Rob explores Sokolov's penetrating interpretations of masterpieces from Bach to Prokofiev and Stravinsky, by way of Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Brahms and Scriabin.
The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 (excerpts).
Gounod and Saint-Saens: Pupil and Teacher
Symphony No. 3 in C minor ‘Organ’
James O’Donnell (organ)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Yannick Nezet-Seguin (conductor)
Faust: Act II Waltz
Detroit Symphony Orchestra
Paul Paray (conductor)
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