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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Samuel West

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Etudes; Music in Time: Haydn: Symphony No 9 (Miracle); Artist of the Week: pianist Artur Rubinstein, in Tchaikovsky's Piano Trio in A minor.

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.

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

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.

Rob places Music in Time. He travels back to the Classical period to hear Haydn's so-called 'Miracle' symphony, which marked the beginning of a new phase in Haydn's career, when he was finally released from the comfortable but restrictive bonds of patronage and became a successful freelance composer.

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.

Piano Trio in A minor, Op. 50
Jascha Heifetz, violin
Gregor Piatigorsky, cello
Artur Rubinstein, piano.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Anon.

    En la macarenita

    Music Arranger: Nigel Short. Choir: Tenebrae.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier


    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta.
    • DECCA.

    • Henri Vieuxtemps

      Etude de concert in C major for solo violin

      Performer: Francesco Parrino.
  • Johann David Heinichen

    Concerto in G, S.213

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Lorenzo Palomo

    VI. El Tablao (Nocturnos de Andalucia for guitar and orchestra)

    Performer: Christoph Denoth. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jesús López Cobos.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in F minor, K.466

    Performer: Joseph Moog.
    • ONYX.
  • Galina Grigorjeva

    Salve Regina

    Choir: Theatre of Voices. Ensemble: Yxus Quartet. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
    • ONDINE.

    • Igor Stravinsky

      The Rite of Spring (conclusion)

      Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
      • EMI.

    • Thomas Adès

      III. Rounds (Violin Concerto 'Concentric Paths')

      Performer: Anthony Marwood. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Thomas Adès.
      • EMI.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    Canto di bella bocca

    Ensemble: Orlando di Lasso Ensemble.
    • Thorofon.
  • Music in Time: Classical

    • Joseph Haydn

      Symphony No.96 in D major, 'Miracle'

      Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • NAIVE.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Prelude, Fugue and Chaconne in C major, BuxWV 137

    Performer: Ton Koopman.
    • Novalis.

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Piano Trio in A minor, Op.50

      Performer: Jascha Heifetz. Performer: Gregor Piatigorsky. Performer: Arthur Rubinstein.
      • RCA.
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen

    Stimmung (conclusion)

    Ensemble: Theatre of Voices. Director: Paul Hillier.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Model 2 (Stimmung)
Theatre of Voices
Paul Hillier (director)


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