Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Max Richter
With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Bach Arrangements; Music in Time: Haydn: String Quartet in B flat; Artist of the Week: Pierre Monteux conducts Stravinsky: Petrushka.
My Favourite... Bach Arrangements. A new feature in which Rob and Sarah reveal their favourite recordings of music, connected to a weekly theme. In the week of New Year New Music, Rob features his top arrangements of Bach - all of them made in the last hundred years, and which cast new light on the baroque master. Throughout the week he shares recreations of Bach by Myra Hess (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring), Ottorino Respighi (Passcaglia and Fugue, BWV582), Robin Holloway (Gilded Goldbergs) and Webern (Ricercar from the Musical Offering).
Take part in today's challenge. Two pieces of music are played together - can you work out what they are?
Throughout the week of New Year New Music, five leading composers of the current generation tell Rob about a piece of music that has influenced them, and share one of their own works. The composer and producer Max Richter joins Rob in the studio. Max has written for film, theatre and ballet, and is well known for his record-breaking work Sleep, and for his remix of Vivaldi's Four Seasons.
Rob places Music in Time. Rob focuses on the Classical period and Haydn, the so-called father of the string quartet. Haydn described his String Quartet in B flat Op. 33 No. 4 as having been written in a 'new and special way'.
Rob's Artist of the Week is Pierre Monteux, a conductor who was at the cutting edge of new music in the early 20th century. He premiered works by composers who were the movers and shakers of the period, including Debussy, Stravinsky and Ravel. He also brought music to audiences in Paris, Amsterdam, San Francisco, Boston and London. Rob showcases recordings by Monteux ranging from Debussy's Images and Stravinsky's Petrushka to symphonies by Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Monteux (conductor).
MY FAVOURITE...J.S. BACH ARRANGEMENTS
MAX RICHTER'S CHOICE NO.1
MAX RICHTER'S CHOICE NO.2
MUSIC IN TIME: CLASSICAL
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: PIERRE MONTEUX
The music played:
Trad. arr. Tom Poster & Alison Balsom
Alison Balsom (trumpet)
The Unanswered Question
Chicago Symphony Orchestra
Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)