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Friday - Rob Cowan with Ian Rankin

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Tangos; Bach: St Matthew Passion; Manfred Honeck conducts Braunfels's Benedictus from Grosse Messe.

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. Listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related place.

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 heads back to the Baroque to examine the use of word-painting to illustrate a scene in Bach's St Matthew Passion.

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.

Braunfels
Benedictus (Grosse Messe, Op.37)
Simone Schneider (soprano)
Stuttgart State Opera Chorus
Stuttgart State Orchestra
Manfred Honeck (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    III. Presto (Six Promenades)

    Performer: Athena Ensemble.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Édouard Lalo

    Fantaisie norvégienne

    Performer: Jean‐Jacques Kantorow. Orchestra: Granada City Orchestra. Conductor: Kees Bakels.
    • BIS.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...TANGOS

    • Carlos Gardel

      Por una cabeza

      Ensemble: Carlos Gardel and his Orchestra.
      • RECORDING ARTS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise in E flat minor, Op.26 No.2

    Performer: Cyprien Katsaris.
    • SONY.
  • Elway Bevin

    Browning

    Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols.
    • DELPHIAN.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Silent Woods

    Performer: Sol Gabetta. Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Mario Venzago.
    • RCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in A major, K 386

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Ensemble: Les Violons du Roy. Conductor: Bernard Labadie.
    • ERATO.
  • Amy Beach

    Three Shakespeare Songs, Op 37

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Performer: James Lisney.
    • BIS.
  • IAN RANKIN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Edward Elgar

      I. Adagio - Moderato (Cello Concerto in E minor)

      Performer: Jacqueline du Pré. Conductor: John Barbirolli. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
      • EMI.
  • IAN RANKIN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Variations 23-27 (Diabelli Variations)

      Performer: Igor Levit.
      • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: BAROQUE

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      The Death of Christ (St Matthew Passion)

      Singer: Ernst Haefliger. Singer: Kieth Engen. Choir: Munich Bach Choir. Orchestra: Munich Bach Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Richter.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Sonata ‘La Folia’, Op.5 No.12

    Performer: Hugo Reyne. Director: Hugo Reyne. Orchestra: La Simphonie du Marais.
    • CONTINUO.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Ruy Blas Overture

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MANFRED HONECK

    • Walter Braunfels

      Benedictus (Grosse Messe, Op.37)

      Singer: Simon Schneider. Singer: Gerhild Romberger. Singer: Matthias Klink. Singer: Attila Jun. Orchestra: Staatsorchester Stuttgart. Choir: Chor der Staatsoper Stuttgart. Conductor: Manfred Honeck.
      • DECCA.
    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No.7 in A major, Op.92

      Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Manfred Honeck.
      • REFERENCE RECORDINGS.
  • Astor Piazzolla

    El Verano Porteno (Las Cuatro Estaciones Portenas)

    Performer: Aquiles Delle-Vigne.
    • NAXOS.

Mystery Person

Answer: Amy Beach

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