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Friday - 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 Brahms's Piano Concerto No 2.

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: listen to the music and see if you can trace the classical inspiration.

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 Knightly) 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.

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.

Brahms
Piano Concerto No. 2
Hélène Grimaud (piano)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Andris Nelsons (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • William Walton

    A Queen’s Fanfare

    Ensemble: The Wallace Collection. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • HYPERION.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...CELLO MINIATURES

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Variations concertantes

      Performer: János Starker. Performer: György Sebök.
      • MERCURY.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in A major, Op 118 No 2

    Performer: Hélène Grimaud.
    • ERATO.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    From Bohemia's Fields and Forests (Má vlast)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • SUPRAPHON.
  • Hieronymus Praetorius

    O quam pulchra es

    Ensemble: Balthasar‐Neumann‐Ensemble. Conductor: Pablo Heras‐Casado. Choir: Balthasar‐Neumann‐Chor.
    • ARCHIV.
  • John Ireland

    Phantasie-Trio in A minor

    Ensemble: Gould Piano Trio.
    • NAXOS.
  • Gustav Holst

    The Planets: Jupiter

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
  • DEBORAH MOGGACH'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Lacrimosa (Requiem in D minor KV 626)

      Choir: Radiokören. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
  • DEBORAH MOGGACH'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Joseph Haydn

      1st Sonata from The Seven Last Words of Christ

      Ensemble: Talichovo kvarteto.
  • DEBORAH MOGGACH'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Alexander Glazunov

      Melodie for cello and orchestra, Op.20 No.1

      Performer: Jamie Walton. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Okko Kamu.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata No. 28 Op. 101

    Performer: Friedrich Gulda.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Phaeton

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ANDRIS NELSONS

    • Johannes Brahms

      Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat, Op. 83

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Performer: Hélène Grimaud. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Die Himmel erzahlen, SWV386

    Composer: Heinrich Schütz. Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.

Classical Roots

The pop song was The World in Union by Charlie Skarbeck, derived from Jupiter, from Holst's The Planets.

 

The music played:

 

Charlie Skarbeck
The World in Union
Kiri Te Kanawa (soprano)
London Symphony Orchestra
Stephen Barlow (conductor)
DECCA
 
Holst
The Planets: Jupiter
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis (conductor)
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