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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Ian Rankin

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Tangos; Music in Time: Beethoven: String Quartet, Op 18 No 4; Manfred Honeck conducts Strauss's Death and Transfiguration.

9am
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.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

10am
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.

10.30am
Rob places Music in Time as he travels to the late Classical period to hear Beethoven's String Quartet Op. 18 No. 4. He discovers how Beethoven developed the model of the string quartet as created by Haydn.

11am
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.

Strauss
Death and Transfiguration, Op.24
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in F major, Op.33 No.3

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
    • MELODIYA.
  • Ernest Tomlinson

    Suite of English Folk Dances

    Ensemble: Central Band of the Royal Air Force. Director: Wing Commander Duncan Stubbs.
    • CHANDOS.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...TANGOS

    • Igor Stravinsky

      Tango

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
      • MERCURY.
  • Heinrich Schütz

    Ich rufe von ganzem Herzen, SWV 491

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Orchestra: Concerto Palatino. Director: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Jesu, meine Freude, BWV610

    Music Arranger: Sirena Recorder Quartet. Ensemble: Sirena Recorder Quartet.
    • BIS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Scherzo in C sharp minor, Op 39

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • DECCA.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

    Orchestra: Sinfonia of London. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • IAN RANKIN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Cello Sonata No.6 in B flat major

      Performer: Pieter Wispelwey. Ensemble: Florilegium.
      • CHANNEL CLASSICS.
  • IAN RANKIN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Modest Mussorgsky

      The Gnome (Pictures at an Exhibition)

      Music Arranger: Emerson, Lake & Palmer. Ensemble: Emerson, Lake & Palmer.
      • VICTORY.
  • IAN RANKIN'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Modest Mussorgsky

      The Gnome (Pictures at an Exhibition)

      Orchestrator: Maurice Ravel. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • DG.
  • IAN RANKIN'S CHOICE NO.4

    • Igor Stravinsky

      Firebird (finale)

      Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
      • EMI.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: CLASSICAL

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet in C minor, Op.18 No.4

      Ensemble: Guarneri Quartet.
      • RCA.
  • Hubert Parry

    II. I know my soul hath power (Songs of Farewell)

    Choir: The Choir Of Trinity College, Cambridge. Director: Richard Marlow.
    • Conifer.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MANFRED HONECK

    • Richard Strauss

      Death and Transfiguration, Op.24

      Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Manfred Honeck.
      • RREFERENCE RECORDINGS.
  • Wilhelm Friedemann Bach

    Harpsichord Concerto in E minor, Falck 43

    Performer: Maude Gratton. Performer: Stephanie Paulet. Performer: Sophie Gent. Performer: Gabriel Grosbard. Performer: Emmanuel Jacques. Performer: Joseph Carver.
    • MIRARE.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in A flat major, Op.46 No.3

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jean Martinon.
    • DECCA.

By Association

Answer: Vaughan Williams and Tallis

The music played:

Vaughan Williams
Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis (conductor)
WARNER

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