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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Samuel West

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Etudes; Music in Time: Monteverdi: Madrigals - Book 5; Artist of the Week: pianist Artur Rubinstein, featured in Faure's Piano Quartet No 1.

9am
My favourite... études. Rob showcases a selection of these works which many composers regarded not as traditional studies but demanding miniatures. He considers the innovation of Chopin, who transformed a traditionally dry exercise into an exploration of virtuoso technique, and features works ranging from Vieuxtemps's Concert Études and Rachmaninov's Études-Tableaux to Stravinsky's Four Orchestral Études and Bartók's Three Études Op. 18.

9.30am
Take part in today's musical challenge: trace the classical theme behind a well-known song.

10am
Rob's guest this week is the actor and director Samuel West. Samuel has received accolades for his work across stage and screen. He was nominated for a Bafta for his role in the acclaimed film Howards End, earned a Critics' Circle Award for his role as Hamlet with the Royal Shakespeare Company and has performed to critical acclaim in West End productions including Lucy Prebble's play Enron. Currently playing Frank Edwards in the popular television series Mr Selfridge, Samuel also has experience behind the scenes directing plays and operas. He has toured with the Choir of London and provided narration for groups including the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and the Nash Ensemble, besides making a number of appearances at the Proms. Samuel will be talking about his life on and off stage and sharing a selection of his favourite classical music every day at 10am.

10:30am
Rob places Music in Time. Today the spotlight is on the early Baroque period and Monteverdi's ground-breaking 5th Book of Madrigals, which consolidated his position as one of the leading composers in the 'new style'.

11am
Rob's artist of the week is the pianist Artur Rubinstein. Few musicians in living memory were more widely loved than Artur Rubinstein, so it's not surprising that he was always in demand as a chamber player. Though a musical giant in his own right, Rubinstein would happily - and regularly - join forces with his younger peers in pursuit of performances that combine wisdom and spontaneity. Throughout the week Rob shares some of Rubinstein's best ensemble playing, in works including Mendelssohn's Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Fauré's Piano Quartet No. 1 in C minor and Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata.

Fauré
Piano Quartet No 1 in C minor, Op 15
John Dalley, violin
Michael Tree, viola
David Soyer, cello
Artur Rubinstein, piano.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Claudio Monteverdi

    L'Orfeo (Toccata)

    Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    La gazza ladra [The Thieving Magpie]: Overture

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Felice Anerio

    Stabat Mater (a 12)

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • MY FAVOURITE...ÉTUDES

    • Igor Stravinsky

      Four Orchestral Etudes

      Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
      • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Divertimento in F major, K 138

    Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano.
    • DECCA.
  • Henry Litolff

    II. Scherzo (Concerto Symphonique No.4, Op.102)

    Performer: Shura Cherkassky. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
    • GUILD.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    February: Carnival (The Seaons, Op 37b)

    Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov.
    • HYPERION.
  • SAMUEL WEST'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Georg Philipp Telemann

      Trumpet Concerto in D major (2nd mvt)

      Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Iona Brown.
      • PHILIPS.
  • SAMUEL WEST'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Steve Reich

      Clapping Music

      Performer: Steve Reich. Performer: Russell Hartenberger.
      • NONESUCH.
  • SAMUEL WEST'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Maurice Duruflé

      III. Toccata (Suite for Organ, Op.5)

      Performer: Jennifer Bate.
      • UNICORN KANCHANA.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: BAROQUE

    • Claudio Monteverdi

      Cruda Amarilli (5th Book of Madrigals)

      Choir: Les Arts Florissants. Director: Paul Agnew.
      • LES ART FLORISSANTS.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    O Mirtillo, Mirtillo anima mia (Madrigals, Book 5)

    Choir: Les Arts Florissants. Director: Paul Agnew.
    • LES ARTS FLORISSANTS.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Era L'anima mia (5th Book of Madrigals)

    Choir: Les Arts Florissants. Director: Paul Agnew.
    • LES ARTS FLORISSANTS.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    T'amo, mia vita (5th Book of Madrigals)

    Choir: Les Arts Florissants. Director: Paul Agnew.
    • LES ARTS FLORISSANTS.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    E cosi a poco a poco (5th Book of Madrigals)

    Choir: Les Arts Florissants. Director: Paul Agnew.
    • LES ARTS FLORISSANTS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D minor, RV 454

    Performer: Paolo Grazzi, oboe. Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico, Milano.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ARTUR RUBINSTEIN

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Piano Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.15

      Performer: John Dalley. Performer: Michael Tree. Performer: David Soyer. Performer: Arthur Rubinstein.
      • RCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 36 in C major, K 425, 'Linz' (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: SWR Symphony Orchestra, Baden-Baden and Freiburg. Conductor: Michael Gielen.
    • SWR MUSIC.

Classical Roots

Answer: 'Alone At Last' is based on the 1st movement of Tchaikovsky's Piano Concerto No.1

The music played:

John Lehmann (composer)
Alone at last
Jackie Wilson (singer)
ACROBAT MUSIC‎

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