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Tuesday - 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 Joseph Schwanntner's Percussion Concerto.

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: Two pieces of music are played together. Can you identify them?

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.

Joseph Schwanntner
Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra
Evelyn Glennie (percussion and marimba)
National Symphony Orchestra
Leonard Slatkin (conductor).

2 hours

Music Played

  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: EVELYN GLENNIE

    • Clair Omar Musser

      Study in C major, Op 6 No 10

      Performer: Evelyn Glennie. Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
      • RCA.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...HARPSICHORDS

    • Padre Antonio Soler

      Fandango

      Performer: Andreas Staier.
      • TELDEC.
  • Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev

    Overture on Czech themes

    Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
    • MELODIYA.
  • Leos Janáček

    X. The barn owl has not flown away! (On the Overgrown Path)

    Performer: Rudolf Firkušný.
    • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Seasons (Autumn)

    Orchestra: Haydn Sinfonietta Wien. Conductor: Manfred Huss.
    • BIS.
  • Franz Liszt

    Orpheus - symphonic poem S.98

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No 2 in F major, Op 38

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • DG.
  • RICK WAKEMAN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      ‘Vedi! Le fosche notturne spoglie’ (‘Anvil chorus’) (Il trovatore, Act 2)

      Choir: Chorus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
      • DG.
  • RICK WAKEMAN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      The Year 1812 (festival overture in E flat, Op.49)

      Performer: University of Minnesota Brass Band. Performer: Kamiel Lefevre. Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
      • MERCURY.
  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: EVELYN GLENNIE

    • Joseph Schwantner

      Concerto for Percussion and Orchestra

      Performer: Evelyn Glennie. Orchestra: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
      • RCA.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

Chopin
Ballade No.2 in F, Op.38
Evgeny Kissin (piano)
RCA
 
Smetana
Bartered Bride: Overture
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Fritz Reiner (conductor)
RCA LIVING STEREO

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