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Monday - Rob Cowan with Deborah Moggach

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love Cello Miniatures; Brahms: Cello Sonata No 2; Artist of the Week: Andris Nelsons, featured conducting Strauss's Also sprach Zarathustra.

9am
A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... cello miniatures'. Rob chooses a selection of bite-sized treats for cello that showcase all that the instrument has to offer, from its singing voice and mellow quality to a sense of gutsy attack and varied range of colour and tone. Throughout the week Rob shares his favourite compact works for the cello, with gems by composers including Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: two pieces of music are played simultaneously. Can you identify them?

10am
Rob's guest is author Deborah Moggach, who wrote the book behind the hit movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and whose novel Tulip Fever is currently being filmed. Her screenplays for TV include adaptations of Pride and Prejudice (starring Keira Knightley) and the Diary of Anne Frank, plus dramas Seesaw and Stolen. She talks about the challenges of adapting novels for the screen and how she constructs a story, and her music choices range from Mozart and Shostakovich to Gershwin and Verdi.

10.30am
Rob features the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD review

Brahms
Cello Sonata No. 2

11am
Rob's artist of the week is the Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons. In anticipation of Nelsons' performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Proms this weekend, Rob shares some major recordings by this exciting young conductor, who is currently in his first season as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the week Rob guides you through Nelsons' interpretations of works by composers ranging from Shostakovich and Stravinsky to Strauss and Brahms.

Strauss
Also sprach Zarathustra
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Fanny Hensel

    Im wunderschonen Monat Mai

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Angelika Kirchschlager. Singer: Barbara Bonney.
    • SONY.
  • Edward Elgar

    Serenade in E minor for string orchestra, Op. 20

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • TELDEC.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...CELLO MINIATURES

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Vocalise

      Performer: Maria de la Pau. Performer: Paul Tortelier.
      • EMI.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ANDRIS NELSONS

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Slavonic March, Op 31

      Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
      • ORFEO.
  • Henry Purcell

    10 Sonatas in four parts: No.2 in E flat

    Ensemble: Retrospect Trio.
    • LINN.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op 79

    Performer: Kimball Sykes. Performer: Joanna G'froerer. Performer: Charles Hamann. Performer: Stephan Lemelin.
    • NAXOS.
  • Pavel Grigorievich Chesnokov

    Do not cast me off in my old age, Op 40 No 5

    Singer: Glenn Miller. Choir: Conspirare. Conductor: Craig Hella Johnson.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • DEBORAH MOGGACH'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Slow movement - Concerto for two violins in D minor BWV1043

      Performer: Christian Ferras. Performer: Yehudi Menuhin. Orchestra: Bath Festival Orchestra. Director: Yehudi Menuhin.
      • EMI.
  • DEBORAH MOGGACH'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      'Piangea cantando..' (‘Willow Song’) & Ave Maria - Otello, Act IV

      Orchestra: Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. Singer: Maria Callas. Conductor: Nicola Rescigno.
      • EMI.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Cello Sonata No.2 in F major, Op.99

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis. Performer: Miklós Perényi.
    • HUNGAROTON.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Romance sans paroles No 3 in A flat major

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • Erato.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ANDRIS NELSONS

    • Richard Strauss

      Also sprach Zarathustra

      Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
      • ORFEO.
  • Antonio Salieri

    Concerto for fortepiano in C major

    Performer: Andreas Staier. Orchestra: Concerto Köln.
    • TELDEC.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

 

Brahms
String Sextet No. 2: 1st movement
Raphael Ensemble
HYPERION 

 
Strauss
Also Sprach Zarathustra
Berlin Philharmonic
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
DG

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