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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Deborah Moggach

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Cello Miniatures; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: Andris Nelsons, featured conducting Stravinsky's The Firebird.

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.

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

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.

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.

Firebird (complete)
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Manuel de Falla

    Love, the Magician: Ritual Fire Dance

    Conductor: Leopold Stokowski. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra.
    • CBS.
  • 5 Reasons to love... Cello Miniatures

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Allegro appassionato

      Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Performer: Cécile Licad.
      • HYPERION.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Symphony in G major, Wq. deest. Chen G3

    Orchestra: L’Orfeo Barockorchester. Conductor: Michi Gaigg.
    • CPO.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Khovanshchina: Act IV - Dance of the Persian Slaves

    Conductor: Antal Doráti. Orchestra: Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra.
    • MERCURY.
  • Annie Fortescue Harrison

    In the Gloaming

    Singer: Anthony Rolfe Johnson. Performer: Graham Johnson.
  • Joseph Martin Kraus

    Olympie: Overture

    Orchestra: l’arte del mondo. Conductor: Werner Ehrhardt.
  • Hubert Parry

    Songs of Farewell: Lord, let me know mine end

    Choir: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Feuillet inedit No. 4

    Performer: Bernard Wisson. Performer: Thomas Bloch.
    • NAXOS.
  • Deborah Moggach's Choice No. 1

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      'Soave sia il vento' (trio) - Cosi Fan Tutte, Act I

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Singer: Paul Schöffler. Singer: Christa Ludwig. Conductor: Karl Böhm. Singer: Lisa della Casa.
      • DECCA.
  • Deborah Moggach's Choice No. 2

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Allegretto - Andante (Finale of String Quartet No.10 in A flat, Op.118)

      Ensemble: Fitzwilliam String Quartet.
      • LONDON.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Larghetto for horn and orchestra

    Featured Artist: Hermann Baumann. Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
  • Samuel Barber

    Violin Concerto

    Performer: Gil Shaham. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: David Robertson.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Rondo in C major, Op 51 No 1

    Performer: Radu Lupu.
    • Beethoven: Piano concerto no.5 etc: Radu Lupu.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Artist of the Week: Andris Nelsons

    • Igor Stravinsky

      The Firebird

      Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
      • ORFEO.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Blumine (2nd movement from Symphony no.1, original version)

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • SFS MEDIA.

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