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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Omid Djalili

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Dvorak's Slavonic Dances; Artist of the Week: pianist Grigory Sokolov, featured in Mozart's Piano Sonata in F, K332.

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 place associated with a well-known work.

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.

Following on from Offenbach's Tales of Hoffman yesterday, Rob explores other works with literary connections.

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.

Piano Sonata in F, K332.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft (Cantata no.50, BWV.50)

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in C minor, Op 46 No 7

    Orchestra: NHK Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Václav Neumann.
  • Clara Schumann

    Three Romances for violin and piano, Op 22; 2. Allegretto

    Performer: Nurit Stark. Performer: Cédric Pescia.
    • CLAVES.
  • Clara Schumann

    Three Romances for violin and piano, Op 22: Leidenschaftlich schnell

    Performer: Nurit Stark. Performer: Cédric Pescia.
    • CLAVES.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    3 Movements from Petrushka

    Performer: Grigory Sokolov.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Os iusti

    Ensemble: Musica Saeculorum. Conductor: Philipp von Steinaecker.
  • Robert Schumann

    Scenes from Goethe’s Faust, WoO3 [1844–53]; Scene 7 (conclusion)

    Singer: Alfreda Hodgson. Singer: Felicity Palmer. Singer: Meriel Dickinson. Ensemble: Aldeburgh Festival Singers. Choir: Wandsworth School Choir. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Singer: Pauline Stevens. Conductor: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Elizabeth Harwood. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • DECCA.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Sonata I (Sonatae tam aris quam aulis servientes)

    Ensemble: Purcell Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata in F, K332

    Performer: Grigory Sokolov.
    • DG.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Golden Cockerel Suite

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Flight of the Bumblebee (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade: Philharmonia/Ashkenazy.
    • Decca.
    • 8.

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