Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Tracy Chevalier
With Rob Cowan. Includes My Favourite Liszt Transcriptions of Schubert Songs; Music in Time: M Haydn: Requiem for Archbishop Sigismund; Concerto Koln in Mozart: Piano Concerto in G.
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: identify a piece of music played backwards.
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 places Music in Time. The focus is on the Classical period and Michael Haydn's Requiem for Archbishop Sigismund, written to commemorate the passing of Haydn's late, lamented employer, but informed too by the composer's grief at the death of his only child. The Requiem for Archbishop Sigismund helped to establish Michael Haydn's reputation as a composer of liturgical music - greater, in his day, than his brother Joseph's - and was to become an important model for the requiem that has become the most famous of all: Mozart's.
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.
Piano Concerto in G, K 453
Andreas Staier, fortepiano
MY FAVOURITE...LISZT TRANSCRIPTIONS OF SCHUBERT SONGS
TRACY CHEVALIER'S CHOICE NO.1
TRACY CHEVALIER'S CHOICE NO.2
music in time: classical
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: CONCERTO KÖLN
The music played:
Eastman-Rochester 'Pops' Orchestra
Frederick Fennell (conductor)
MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE