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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.

9am
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.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

10am
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.

10:30am
Rob features the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's Record Review

Rachmaninov
Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 44

11am
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.

Bach
Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042
Giuliano Carmignola, violin and director
Concerto Köln

Górecki
Harpsichord Concerto, Op. 40
Mahan Esfahani, harpsichord
Concerto Köln.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Charles Avison

    Concerto in A minor, Op 6 No 4 (2nd mvt)

    Ensemble: Concerto Köln.
    • BERLIN CLASSICS.
  • MY FAVOURITE...LISZT TRANSCRIPTIONS OF SCHUBERT SONGS

    • Franz Schubert

      Erlkönig, D 328

      Performer: Oleg Maisenberg. Music Arranger: Franz Liszt.
      • DG.
  • Béla Bartók

    Romanian Folk Dances

    Performer: Isabelle Faust. Performer: Florent Boffard.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Jacques Ibert

    Divertissement

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. Conductor: Jean Martinon.
    • DECCA.
  • Richard Strauss

    Don Juan, Op.20

    Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Manfred Honeck.
    • REFERENCE RECORDINGS.
  • TRACY CHEVALIER'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      II. Adagio (Clarinet Concerto in A major)

      Performer: Emma Johnson. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Director: Emma Johnson.
      • UCJ.
  • TRACY CHEVALIER'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Giacomo Puccini

      E lucevan le stelle (Tosca)

      Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nicola Rescigno.
      • DECCA.
  • THE BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION FROM LAST SATURDAY'S RECORD REVIEW

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.44

      Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
      • DECCA.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: CONCERTO KÖLN

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Violin Concerto in E major, BWV1042

      Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Ensemble: Concerto Köln. Director: Giuliano Carmignola.
      • ARCHIV.
    • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

      Harpsichord Concerto, Op.40

      Performer: Mahan Esfahani. Ensemble: Concerto Köln.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Muzio Clementi

    Piano Sonata in B minor, Op.40 No.2

    Performer: Lazar Berman.
    • SONY.

Mapping the Music

Answer: The Lorelei (a rock on the bank of the River Rhine)

The music played:

Liszt
Die Lorelei
Thomas Quasthoff (baritone)
Justus Zeyen (piano)
DG

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