Monday - Rob Cowan with Tracy Chevalier
With Rob Cowan. Including Record Review recommendation: Rachmaninov: Symphony No 3; Artists of the Week: Concerto Koln. Bach: Violin Concerto in E. Gorecki: Harpsichord Concerto.
My favourite... Liszt transcriptions of Schubert songs. Liszt was an inveterate transcriber of other composers' music, partly because he needed material to supply the extraordinarily gruelling series of piano recitals he undertook during the 1840s. Schubert was among the composers Liszt turned to most frequently for this purpose, particularly with regard to his songs, which Liszt transformed into lovingly crafted piano miniatures. Rob shares a selection of his favourite Liszt transcriptions of Schubert songs throughout the week.
Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.
Rob's guest is the author Tracy Chevalier. Tracy is best known for her historical novel Girl With a Pearl Earring, inspired by the painting of the same name by Johannes Vermeer. The book sold millions of copies around the world and was turned into a Hollywood film. Tracy's other novels include Burning Bright, Remarkable Creatures and The Last Runaway. Tracy will be talking about the way she researches and writes her novels, and revealing her favourite classical music, every day at 10am.
Rob features the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's Record Review
Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 44
Rob's artists of the week are Concerto Köln, one of the world's longest-established and most vibrant original-instrument ensembles. Founded in Cologne, Germany, in 1985, their core repertoire is Baroque, Pre-classical and Classical, but their interests extend into the Romantic period and even, on occasion, the 20th century. Throughout the week Rob showcases a selection of their finest recordings, ranging from JS Bach's Violin Concerto in E major to a Symphony by Anton Eberl and Henryk Górecki's Harpsichord Concerto.
Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042
Giuliano Carmignola, violin and director
Harpsichord Concerto, Op. 40
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
MY FAVOURITE...LISZT TRANSCRIPTIONS OF SCHUBERT SONGS
TRACY CHEVALIER'S CHOICE NO.1
TRACY CHEVALIER'S CHOICE NO.2
THE BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION FROM LAST SATURDAY'S RECORD REVIEW
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: CONCERTO KÖLN
Mapping the Music
Answer: The Lorelei (a rock on the bank of the River Rhine)
The music played:
Thomas Quasthoff (baritone)
Justus Zeyen (piano)