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Monday - Rob Cowan, plus Sarah Walker with Rick Wakeman

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love the Harpsichord; Musical challenge; Proms Artist of the Week: Evelyn Glennie, featured in Minoru Miki's Marimba Spiritual.

9am
A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... the harpsichord'. Rob explores the range of styles of this characterful instrument, including Spanish flavoured pieces by Soler and Scarlatti, works by Couperin with a sense of nobility, Bach's intricate Fantasia and Fugue and the percussive excitement of a concerto by Henryk Gorecki.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

10am
Throughout the week Sarah talks to the musician Rick Wakeman, who shares a selection of his favourite classical music. Rick abandoned his piano studies at the Royal College of Music to pursue a career in rock, both as a solo performer and in the prog-rock group Yes. He has since become a familiar face on television through his appearances in the BBC television series Grumpy Old Men. Rick's music choices range from Bach to Shostakovich, and his conversations with Sarah cover topics including his friendship with the harpsichord maker Thomas Goff, as well as the everyday business of being a rock legend.

10.30am
This week Rob features recordings by BBC Proms artist Dame Evelyn Glennie, one of the UK's best loved solo musicians who celebrates her 50th birthday this summer. Glennie was born in Aberdeenshire, trained at the Royal Academy of Music, and swiftly became the world's most successful virtuoso percussionist. She has recorded over thirty CDs and, as well as commissioning new works, has written percussion pieces of her own to perform. Her range of instruments is huge; from her beloved marimba to ones she's developed herself including the Simtak, made from an old car exhaust pipe.

Minoru Miki
Marimba Spiritual (excerpt)
Evelyn Glennie (marimba),
Stephen Henderson, Gary Kettel, Greg Knowles (percussion).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Flight of the Bumblebee

    Music Arranger: George Malcolm. Performer: George Malcolm. Performer: George Malcolm.
    • DECCA.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Tale of Tsar Saltan (The Three Wonders)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • DECCA.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...HARPSICHORDS

    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Sonata in D major, K.119

      Performer: Fernando Valenti.
      • WESTMINSTER.
    • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

      La Poule

      Performer: George Malcolm.
      • DECCA.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Grand Fantasia

    Performer: Judith Treggor. Performer: Victoria Soames Samek. Performer: Paul Chivers. Ensemble: East Winds.
    • NAXOS.
  • Granville Bantock

    The Frogs

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Images (oubliees)

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Henry Purcell

    How blest are shepherds

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Music Arranger: Benjamin Britten. Singer: John Mark Ainsley.
    • HYPERION.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude in B flat (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1), BWV866

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
    • SONY.
  • RICK WAKEMAN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude in B flat (Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1), BWV866

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • SONY.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Peter and the Wolf, Op 67 (extract)

    Narrator: Lina Prokofiev. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • RICK WAKEMAN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Peter and the Wolf, Op.67 (extract)

      Narrator: Lina Prokofiev. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Serenade espagnole

    Performer: Shlomo Mintz. Performer: Clifford Benson.
    • DG.
  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: EVELYN GLENNIE

    • Minoru Miki

      Marimba Spiritual (excerpt)

      Performer: Evelyn Glennie. Performer: Stephen Henderson. Performer: Gary Kettel. Performer: Greg Knowles.
      • RCA.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Oboe Concerto in B flat major, Op.7 No.3

    Performer: Pierre Pierlot. Orchestra: Orchestre de Chambre 'Antiqua Musica'. Conductor: Jacques Roussel.
    • EMI.
  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: EVELYN GLENNIE

    • Christopher Rouse

      Der Gerettete Alberich: 1st movement

      Performer: Evelyn Glennie. Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leif Segerstam.
      • ONDINE.

By Association

Answer: Henry Purcell and Benjamin Britten

The music played:

Purcell (realised by Britten)
How blest are Shepherds
John Mark Ainsley (tenor)
Graham Johnson (piano)
HYPERION

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