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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Ian Rankin

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Tangos; Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories; Manfred Honeck conducts Janacek's Symphonic Suite from Jenufa.

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 today's challenge. Two pieces of music are played together - can you work out what they are?

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. The spotlight is on the Renaissance and Gesualdo's remarkable treatment of dissonance in his Tenebrae Responsories of 1611.

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.

Janacek
Jenufa: Symphonic Suite
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Responsorium No.7 for Holy Saturday (Tenebrae Responsories)

    Choir: The Hilliard Ensemble.
    • ECM.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    May Night: Overture

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Constantin Silvestri.
    • EMI.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Sonata in G major, Op.14 No.2

    Performer: Friedrich Gulda.
    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...TANGOS

    • Horacio Salgán

      A fuego lento

      Music Arranger: José Carli. Ensemble: Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker.
      • EMI.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto da camera in F major, RV 100

    Performer: Stefano Bagliano. Performer: Federico Guglielmo. Performer: Andrea Bressan. Ensemble: Collegium Pro Musica.
    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Tragic Overture, Op.81

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Otto Klemperer.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Leiermann (Winterreise, D911)

    Performer: Michael Gees. Singer: Christoph Prégardien.
    • CHALLENGE.
  • IAN RANKIN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Sinfonia (Cantata No.29, 'Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir')

      Music Arranger: Wendy Carlos. Performer: Wendy Carlos.
      • CBS.
  • IAN RANKIN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Michael Nyman

      An Eye For Optical Theory (The Draughtsman's Contract)

      Ensemble: Michael Nyman Band.
      • CHARISMA.
  • arr. Matthias Glander Bruch

    Canzone in B flat for clarinet and piano, Op 55

    Performer: Matthias Glander, clarinet. Performer: Wolfgang Kuhnl.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: RENAISSANCE

    • Carlo Gesualdo

      Responsories for the 2nd Nocturn (Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday)

      Choir: The Hilliard Ensemble.
      • ECM.
  • Franz Liszt

    Rhapsodie Espagnole (Folies d'Espagne et jota aragonesa)

    Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
    • ALTO.
  • Henry Purcell

    Sonata for trumpet and strings, Z 850

    Performer: Mark Bennett. Ensemble: The Purcell Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MANFRED HONECK

    • Leos Janáček

      Jenufa: Symphonic Suite

      Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony. Conductor: Manfred Honeck.
  • Franz Schubert

    Gondelfahrer for male voices and piano (D.809)

    Performer: Ronald Brautigam. Choir: Utrecht Vocal Soloists. Conductor: Udo Reinemann.
    • Globe Glo 5021 Schubert - Utrecht Vocal Soloists - Reinemann.
    • Globe.
    • 11.
  • Robert Schumann

    Fantasie in C, Op.17

    Performer: Dinorah Varsi.
    • GENUIN.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

Pärt
Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
Baltic Sea Youth Philharmonic
Kristjan Järvi (conductor)
NAÏVE
 
Schubert
Der Leiermann (Winterreise, D911)
Christoph Pregardien (tenor)
Michael Gees (piano)
CHALLENGE

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