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Friday - Rob Cowan with Mark Anthony Turnage

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Bach Arrangements; Music in Time: Bach: Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue; Artist of the Week: Pierre Monteux conducts Haydn's Symphony No 101.

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 our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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. Rob talks live to internationally renowned composer Mark Anthony Turnage, whose works express a wide range of emotions ranging from tenderness and loss to aggression. His third opera Anna Nicole made headlines when it premiered at the Royal Opera House in 2011.

Rob places Music in Time. Rob goes back to the Baroque with Bach, whose boundary-pushing Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue goes beyond what his contemporaries might have expected from a keyboard work.

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.

Symphony No.101 'The Clock'
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Pierre Monteux (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Alec Templeton

    Bach Goes to Town (Prelude and Fugue in Swing)

    Performer: Piers Lane.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Galop (Geneviève de Brabant)

    Orchestra: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Erich Kunzel.
    • TELARC.
  • My favourite... Bach arrangements

    • Robin Holloway

      Aria & Variations 1-2 (Gilded Goldbergs after J.S. Bach)

      Ensemble: Glen Inanga and Jennifer Micallef.
      • HYPERION.
  • Wilhelm Bernhard Molique

    Concertino in G minor for oboe and orchestra

    Performer: Thomas Indermuehle. Orchestra: Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester. Conductor: Milan Turković.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Serenade to Music

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: Norma Borrowes. Singer: Sheila Armstrong. Singer: Susan Longfield. Singer: Marie Hayward. Singer: Alfreda Hodgson. Singer: Gloria Jennings. Singer: Shirley Minty. Singer: Meriel Dickinson. Singer: Ian Partridge. Singer: Bernard Dickerson. Singer: Wynford Evans. Singer: Kenneth Bowen. Singer: Richard Angas. Singer: John Carol Case. Singer: John Noble. Singer: Christopher Keyte. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • EMI.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Sonatine in F sharp minor, Op 67 No 1

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage's Choice No. 1

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Coriolan Overture

      Orchestra: Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
      • VIRGIN.
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage's Choice No. 2

    • Mark-Anthony Turnage

      Your Rockaby (extract)

      Performer: Martin Robertson. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
      • ARGO.
  • Oliver Knussen

    Flourish with Fireworks

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • DG.
  • Music in Time: Baroque

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV903

      Performer: George Malcolm.
      • DECCA.
  • Béla Bartók

    Contrasts for violin, clarinet and piano

    Performer: Laurent Korcia. Performer: Michel Portal. Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
    • NAIVE.
  • Artist of the Week: Pierre Monteux

    • Joseph Haydn

      Symphony No.101 in D major, ‘The Clock’

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Pierre Monteux.
      • DECCA.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No.2 in B flat major, Op.19

    Performer: Dénes Várjon. Orchestra: Concerto Budabest. Conductor: András Keller.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Dances of the Young Girls (Le Sacre Du Printemps)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)


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