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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Fleur Adcock

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Violin Romances; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: pianist Mitsuko Uchida, featured in Mozart's Piano Concerto in C, K467.

A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... Violin Romances'. Rob plays some of these beguiling pieces ranging from the song-like second Romance by Beethoven to a sultry Spanish showpiece by Sarasate and the lyrical outpouring of Dvorak's Romance in F minor.

Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the piece of music played in reverse.

Rob's guest this week is the poet Fleur Adcock. Fleur was born in New Zealand but spent much of her childhood - and the second world war - in the UK, settling permanently here in 1963. Across a 50-year career she has produced numerous collections of poetry addressing identity, ancestry, relationship and insects. She has held academic positions as well as attracting significant awards, including the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Fleur will be discussing her career and sharing a selection of her favourite classical music with Rob every day at 10am.

Vintage Proms 1915 - music inspired by a Prom from 100 years ago.
During the BBC Proms 2015 Rob takes a look at the Proms season from a century ago and plays music that reflects a time when concert programmes were quite different from those of today. This week Rob showcases highlights including Alexander Campbell Mackenzie's Scottish Concerto, a wind serenade by Mozart, and pieces from France and Russia that reflect Britain's international links during the war.

This week Rob features recordings by pianist Mitsuko Uchida, who will appear this Friday at the BBC Proms at the Royal Albert Hall. Rob introduces some of her renowned interpretations of Mozart, including the Sonata No. 15 in F and the Piano Concerto in C K467 from the complete series of Mozart concertos that Uchida is currently recording with the Cleveland Orchestra. There'll also be a complete performance of Schumann's Davidsbündlertänze, Chopin's 3rd Sonata and Debussy's dazzling Etudes.

Piano Concerto in C K467
Mitsuko Uchida (piano)
Cleveland Orchestra.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Eric Coates

    The Eighth Army March

    Performer: The Royal Artillery Band. Conductor: Major Geoffrey Kingston.
    • NAXOS.
  • Johann Christian Bach

    Bassoon Concerto in B flat major W.C83

    Performer: Jeremy Ward. Performer: Anthony Halstead. Ensemble: The Hanover Band. Conductor: Anthony Halstead.
    • CPO.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Violin Romances

    • Pablo de Sarasate

      Romanza Andaluza (Danzas Espanolas Op.22 No.1)

      Performer: Aaron Rosand. Performer: Eileen Flissler.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Duo for flute and viola, Op 10

    Performer: Judith Pearce. Performer: Roger Chase.
    • HELIOS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Keyboard Suite No.6 in F sharp minor, HWV431 (Set 1)

    Performer: Lisa Smirnova.
    • ECM.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Waltz (Masquerade Suite)

    Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin.
    • RCA.
  • Fleur Adcock's Choice No. 1

    • Franz Schubert

      Moment musical No.3 in F minor, D780

      Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
      • DG.
  • Fleur Adcock's Choice No. 2

    • Henry Purcell

      Funeral music for Queen Mary

      Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Ensemble: Baroque Brass of London. Conductor: Timothy Brown.
      • BRILLIANT.
  • John Playford

    A New Scotch Jig (The English Dancing Master)

    Ensemble: The Harp Consort. Director: Andrew Lawrence‐King.
    • BMG.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Mazeppa: Act 1, Scenes 3 & 4 and Hopak

    Singer: Sergei Petrovich Leiferkus. Singer: Anatoly Kocherga. Choir: Chorus of the Royal Opera, Stockholm. Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • DG.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Nightride and Sunrise, Op.55

    Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Horst Stein.
    • DECCA.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Song of the flea

    Singer: Boris Christoff. Conductor: Georges Tzipine. Orchestra: Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française.
    • EMI.
  • Proms artist of the week: Mitsuko Uchida

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Concerto in C K.467

      Performer: Mitsuko Uchida. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra.
      • DECCA.
  • Darius Milhaud


    Performer: Sabine Meyer. Performer: Oleg Maisenberg.
    • EMI.
  • anon

    Running Footman

    Ensemble: Ulsamer Collegium. Conductor: Josef Ulsamer.
    • DG.
  • Christian Ritter

    Cantata: O amantissime sponse Jesu

    Singer: Aafje Heynis. Conductor: Szymon Goldberg. Orchestra: Nederlands Kamerorkest.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Masquerade Suite: Waltz
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Kiril Kondrashin (conductor)


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