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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Tracy Chevalier

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Liszt Transcriptions of Schubert Songs; Tallis: Cantiones Sacrae; Artists of the Week: Concerto Koln in Eberl: Symphony in E flat.

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 today's musical challenge: trace the classical theme behind a well-known song.

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.

10:30
Rob places Music in Time. The spotlight is on the Renaissance period and a pair of contrasting choral works by Thomas Tallis and his pupil William Byrd, The composer's Cantiones Sacrae of 1575 was the first major collection of choral music to be published in England, under a special patent granted to them by Elizabeth I.

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.

Anton Eberl
Symphony in E flat, Op. 33
Concerto Köln.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Nikolai Karlovich Medtner

    No.2 in E flat major (Four Fairy Tales, Op.26)

    Performer: Daniil Trifonov.
    • DG.
  • Julius Fucik

    Miramare, Op 247

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • MY FAVOURITE...LISZT TRANSCRIPTIONS OF SCHUBERT SONGS

    • Franz Schubert

      Der Müller und der Bach (Müllerlieder von Franz Schubert)

      Music Arranger: Franz Liszt. Performer: Arcadi Volodos.
      • SONY.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in F major (arr from Piano Sonata in E major, Op 14 No 1)

    Ensemble: Gewandhaus-Quartett.
    • NCA.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No 4 in F minor, Op 52

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • SONY.
  • Bernhard Crusell

    Concert Trio for clarinet, bassoon and horn

    Performer: Emma Johnson. Performer: Philip Gibson. Performer: Michael Thompson.
    • SOMM.
  • Jeremiah Clarke

    Suite for trumpet and strings in D maj "Suite de Clairque", Rondeau:The Prince..

    Performer: John Wallace. Performer: Michael Bochmann. Ensemble: The Wallace Collection. Singer: Edward Barham. Choir: Leeds Festival Chorus. Ensemble: English String Orchestra. Conductor: William Boughton.
    • Rule Britanna.
    • Nimbus.
    • 13.
  • TRACY CHEVALIER'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Robert Schumann

      Von fremden Landern und Menschen (Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.1)

      Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
      • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • TRACY CHEVALIER'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Robert Schumann

      Der Dichter spricht (Kinderszenen, Op.15 No.13)

      Performer: Benno Moiseiwitsch.
      • TESTAMENT.
  • TRACY CHEVALIER'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Nikolai Karlovich Medtner

      Sonata Reminiscenza in A minor (Forgotten Melodies, Op.38 No.1)

      Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Antoine Forqueray

    La Tronchin, from 3rd Suite for viol with basso continuo

    Performer: Atsushi Sakaï. Performer: Marion Martineau. Performer: Christophe Rousset.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: RENAISSANCE

    • Thomas Tallis

      In jenunio et fletu

      Choir: Alamire. Director: David Skinner.
      • OBSIDIAN.
  • William Byrd

    O lux beata Trinitas (O light, blessed Trinity)

    Choir: Alamire. Director: David Skinner.
    • OBSIDIAN.
  • Peter Maxwell Davies

    Symphony No. 1: III. Adagio

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Peter Maxwell Davies.
    • NAXOS.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in D minor, K32

    Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: CONCERTO KÖLN

    • Anton Eberl

      Symphony in E flat major, Op.33

      Ensemble: Concerto Köln.
      • WARNER.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet in B flat major, K.589

    Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.

Classical Roots

Answer: Chumbawamba's 'Tubthumping' is based on Jeremiah Clarke's Trumpet Voluntary

The music played:

Tubthumping 
Chumbawamba
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