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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Nitin Sawhney

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Bach Organ Works; musical challenge; Artist of the Week: cellist Steven Isserlis, featured in Prokofiev's Cello Concerto in E minor.

Rob presents '5 reasons to love... Bach organ works'. Throughout the week Rob puts Bach's organ works centre stage, showcasing their complexity, and the virtuosity required to perform them. He highlights their flashes of humour, as well as their gravitas and sheer power, plus the way Bach often reinvented pre-existing works. Rob hand-picks recordings by organists including Helmut Walcha, Simon Preston and Ton Koopman.

Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

Rob's guest this week is Nitin Sawhney. A composer, producer, songwriter, DJ and multi-instrumentalist, Nitin is one of the BBC's Ambassadors for the new Ten Pieces project. His musical credentials include collaboration with artists from Sir Paul McCartney to The London Symphony Orchestra. As a child Nitin trained as a classical pianist, moving on to classical and flamenco guitar and learning to play sitar and tabla. He has since toured the world with his band, and recorded nine studio albums, winning accolades for his amalgamation of styles including jazz, flamenco, electronica and classical Indian ragas. He has composed for theatre, film, television and video games with credits including writing the BAFTA-winning soundtrack for The Human Planet, scoring ad campaigns for brands such as Yves Saint Laurent and Nike and writing a new score for Alfred Hitchcock's The Lodger. Nitin will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music with Rob, every day at 10am.

10.30am Ten Pieces
The BBC has just launched the new Ten Pieces for secondary schools, opening up the world of classical music to children and inspiring them to respond creatively to what they hear. To celebrate this Rob chooses music that complements this exciting selection of works.

Rob's featured artist is the cellist Steven Isserlis. A musician who wears his considerable virtuosity lightly, Isserlis has received worldwide acclaim for his technique, musicianship and command of the instrument. Throughout the week Rob presents recordings by Isserlis including an elegant interpretation of Haydn's Cello Concerto No.1, a lyrical performance of Grieg's Cello Sonata and a rendition of Prokofiev's Cello Concerto that captures the bittersweet language of the work.

Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 58
Steven Isserlis (cello)
Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Järvi (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    March, Op 65 No 10 (Music for Children)

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Music Arranger: Gregor Piatigorsky.
  • 5 Reasons to Love... Bach Organ Works

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV547

      Performer: Helmut Walcha.
      • DG.
  • Claude Debussy

    Tarantelle styrienne

    Orchestrator: Maurice Ravel. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Concerto a 5 in G minor, Op.10 No.2

    Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90. Director: Simon Standage.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Aida: Overture

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • WARNER.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Lo, the full, final sacrifice

    Performer: Andrew Lucas. Choir: Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral. Conductor: John Scott.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Interlude in C minor (Thamos, King of Egypt)

    Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Johannes Brahms

    I. Allegro non troppo (Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat, Op.83)

    Performer: Hélène Grimaud. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • DG.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Air de Ballet

    Performer: Peter Jacobs.
    • Chaminade: Piano Music - 1, Peter Jacobs.
    • Helios.
    • 3.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Nachtmusik I (Symphony No.7)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    2 Nocturnes for piano (Op.37), no.2 in G major;

    Performer: Claudio Arrau.
    • Chopin: The Nocturnes: Claudio Arrau.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    So Deep

    Choir: The Elysian Singers. Director: Sam Laughton.
    • The Elysian Singers - Cantos Sagrados.
    • Signum.
    • 10.
  • Artist of the Week: Steven Isserlis

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.58

      Performer: Steven Isserlis. Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
      • HYPERION.
  • Paul Dukas

    La Peri: Poeme danse

    Orchestra: Orchestre National de l'ORTF. Conductor: Jean Martinon.
    • ERATO.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Egypt

The music played:

Aida: Overture
Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Rome
Antonio Pappano (conductor)


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