Monday - Rob Cowan with Ian Rankin
With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Tangos; Bartok: Piano Concerto No 2; Manfred Honeck conducts Mahler's Kraftig. Entschieden (Symphony No 3).
A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... tangos'. Rob explores this fiery and sensual dance form, which originated in South America in the late 19th century. Throughout the week Rob shares works that highlight the wit, passion and full-on Latin temperament of the dance, with featured composers including Niels Gade, Albeniz, Stravinsky, and Carlos Gardel, the great tango writer of the 20th century who did so much to popularise the form.
Take part in today's music-related challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.
This week's guest is the crime novelist Ian Rankin. Best known as the creator of the Inspector Rebus series, Ian has written books that have been translated into over twenty languages and are bestsellers around the world. His latest novel in the John Rebus series, 'Even Dogs in the Wild', was released this month. Ian will be talking about his writing career and sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, every day at 10am.
Rob features the recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.
Piano Concerto No. 2
Rob's Artist of the Week is Manfred Honeck, a maestro with the power to make magic with a musical phrase and summon a colossal range of dynamics, and who, for Rob, is one of the greatest conductors alive today. Throughout the week Rob features Honeck together with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra in acclaimed recordings of music by the great Romantics, Mahler, Bruckner and Richard Strauss, as well as Verdi and Johann Strauss II.
Kräftig. Entschieden (Symphony No.3, 1st movt)
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck (conductor).