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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Ian Rankin

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Tangos; Music in Time: Messiaen: Liturgie de cristal; Manfred Honeck conducts Bruckner's Symphony No 4 in E flat (Romantic).

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: identify a piece of music played backwards

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 highlights the Modern in Messiaen's use of recurring melodic patterns and birdsong in his Liturgie de cristal.

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.

Bruckner
Symphony No.4 in E flat major 'Romantic'
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
Manfred Honeck (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Puck (Lyric Pieces, Op.71)

    Performer: Håkon Austbø.
    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS.
  • César Franck

    Les Djinns

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Stéphane Denève.
    • NAÏVE.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...TANGOS

    • Jacob Gade

      Tango Jalousie (Gypsy Tango)

      Performer: Wandy Tworek. Orchestra: Danish State Broadcasting Orchestra. Conductor: Emil Reesen.
      • DANACORD.
  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

    Sonata No 4 for violin, viol and continuo in G minor

    Ensemble: La Reveuse. Director: Benjamin Perrot.
    • MIRARE.
  • Luiz Álvarez Pinto

    Beata Virgo

    Choir: Ex Cathedra Choir. Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore.
    • HYPERION.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Caprice on Danish and Russian Airs, Op 79

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • HYPERION.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    The Moldau (Ma Vlast)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.
    • DG.
  • IAN RANKIN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (Aria)

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • CBS.
  • IAN RANKIN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Variations 24 and 25 (Goldberg Variations)

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • IAN RANKIN'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Sonata No 9 in D major, K 311 (3rd mvt)

      Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
      • PHILIPS.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: MODERN

    • Olivier Messiaen

      Liturgie de cristal; Vocalise; Abîme des oiseaux (Quartet for the End of Time)

      Performer: Luben Yordanoff. Performer: Albert Tétard. Performer: Claude Desurmont. Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
      • DG.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O Pastor animarum

    Choir: Sequentia.
    • deutsche harmonia mundi.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MANFRED HONECK

    • Anton Bruckner

      Symphony No.4 in E flat major, ‘Romantic’

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

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Smetana
The Moldau
Berlin Philharmonic
Ferenc Fricsay (conductor)
DG

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