Thursday - Rob Cowan with Tracy Chevalier
With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Liszt Transcriptions of Schubert Songs; Music in Time: Glinka's Ivan Susanin; Artists of the Week: Concerto Koln. Sussmayr: Symphony in C.
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 today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.
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 as he heads back to the Romantic period to hear a landmark in the history of opera - Mikhail Glinka's Ivan Susanin, which marked the emergence of a Russian school of opera from out of the shadows cast by the Italian tradition.
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.
Symphony in C major (Synfonia turchesa)