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Friday - Rob Cowan, plus Sarah Walker with Rick Wakeman

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love the Harpsichord; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: percussionist Evelyn Glennie, featured in an excerpt from Michael Daugherty's UFO.

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 today's music-related challenge: trace the classical theme behind a well-known song.

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.

Michael Daugherty
Flying (3rd mvmt of UFO for solo percussion and orchestra)
Evelyn Glennie (percussion)
Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Marin Alsop (conductor).

2 hours

Music Played

  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: EVELYN GLENNIE

    • Evelyn Glennie

      Simtak Debut (Sorbet No.6)

      Performer: Evelyn Glennie.
      • RCA.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...HARPSICHORDS

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV903

      Performer: Ralph Kirkpatrick.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo fantastique, Op 3

    Orchestra: WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Conductor: Jukka‐Pekka Saraste.
    • PROFIL.
  • William Harris

    Faire is the heaven

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Charles‐Marie Widor

    Introduction and Rondo, Op 72

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Amilcare Ponchielli

    Dance of the Hours (La Gioconda, Act 3)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • RICK WAKEMAN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Gustav Holst

      Mars, the Bringer of War (The Planets, Op.32)

      Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
      • EMI.
  • RICK WAKEMAN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Sonata in A major, K.331: III. Rondo alla Turca

      Performer: Yuja Wang. Music Arranger: Arcadi Volodos.
      • DG.
  • Clara Schumann

    Sie liebten sich beide, Op 13 No 2

    Singer: Barbara Bonney. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.
  • Clara Schumann

    Liebeszauber, Op 13 No 3

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Singer: Barbara Bonney.
    • DECCA.
  • Clara Schumann

    Die stille Lotosblume, Op.13 No.6

    Singer: Barbara Bonney. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.
  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: EVELYN GLENNIE

    • Michael Daugherty

      UFO for solo percussion and orchestra (No 3, 'Flying')

      Performer: Evelyn Glennie. Orchestra: Colorado Symphony. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
      • NAXOS.
  • Madeleine Dring

    Trio for flute, oboe and piano

    Performer: Nancy Ruffer. Performer: John Anderson. Performer: Helen Crayford.
    • DUTTON.

Classical Roots

Answer: 'Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah!' is based on Ponchielli's 'Dance of the Hours'

The music played:

Sherman/Busch
Hello Muddah, Hello Fuddah!
Allan Sherman (singer)
RHINO

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