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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Rebecca Front

With Rob Cowan. My Favourite English Tone Painting; Music in Time: Dittersdorf: Double Bass Concerto; Artist of the Week: Mikhail Pletnev, in music by Scriabin and Rachmaninov.

9am
My favourite...English tone painting. Rob chooses colourful pieces by five English composers, some sketching a musical idea of springtime, from Delius's famous cuckoo to less well known works such as April-England by John Foulds and Frank Bridge's Enter Spring.

9.30am
Take part in today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

10am
Rob's guest is the actress, comedian, writer and presenter Rebecca Front. Rebecca has recently played the scheming Anna Mikhailovna in the BBC's adaptation of War and Peace and starred in Julian Fellowes' latest period drama Doctor Thorne. She made her name in satirical shows such as The Day Today, Knowing Me, Knowing You With Alan Partridge, and The Thick of It, for which she won a BAFTA. Other roles include Chief Superintendent Jean Innocent in Lewis and Mrs Bennet in Death Comes to Pemberley. Rebecca will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music every day at 10am.

10:30am
Music in Time: Classical
Rob places Music in Time with a Concerto for Double Bass by the Classical composer Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf, who was keen to raise the profile of the instrument.

11am
Artist of the week. This week Rob features the pianistic skills of the multi-talented Russian musician Mikhail Pletnev. Pletnev burst onto the musical scene in 1978 when he won the Gold Medal at the International Tchaikovsky Competition. His colossal technique and vivid interpretations led to worldwide acclaim as a pianist, while he also built a career as a conductor. Rob presents a showcase of his recordings, including concertos by Haydn and Beethoven, and sonatas by Chopin and Scriabin.

Scriabin
Sonata No. 4 Op. 30
Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

Rachmaninov
4 Etudes-Tableaux
Mikhail Pletnev (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Canon in F major

    Performer: Jörg Baumann. Performer: Klaus Stoll.
    • TELDEC.
  • Émile Waldteufel

    The Skater’s Waltz

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
  • James Olsen

    Imbroglio

    Ensemble: Galliard Ensemble.
    • MERIDIAN.
  • MY FAVOURITE...ENGLISH TONE PAINTING

    • John Foulds

      April - England (Impressions of Time and Place No.1), Op.48 No.1

      Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
      • WARNER.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in C sharp major (The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2)

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
    • SONY.
  • Benjamin Britten

    War Requiem (Agnus Dei)

    Singer: Ian Bostridge. Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • LSO LIVE.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Overture to The Magic Flute

    Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Die Taubenpost

    Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Performer: Gerald Moore.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Vor meiner Wiege

    Performer: Jörg Demus. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Normans Gesang

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • DG.
  • REBECCA FRONT'S CHOICE NO.1

    • George Frideric Handel

      VI. Passacaille (Keyboard Suite No.7 in G Minor)

      Performer: Andrei Gavrilov.
      • EMI.
  • REBECCA FRONT'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Partita No 2 in C minor for keyboard, BWV 1041

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: CLASSICAL

    • Carl Ditters von Dittersdorf

      Double Bass Concerto No 2 in D major

      Performer: Chi-Chi Nwanoku. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Goodwin.
      • HYPERION.
  • Georges Auric

    Scherzo

    Performer: Peter Verhoyen. Performer: Stefan de Schepper.
    • ETCETERA.
  • Darius Milhaud

    Exercise musical

    Performer: Peter Verhoyen. Performer: Stefan de Schepper.
    • ETCETERA.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Villanelle

    Performer: Peter Verhoyen. Performer: Stefan de Schepper.
    • ETCETERA.
  • Erik Satie

    Gymnopedie No.1 (orch. Debussy)

    Orchestrator: Claude Debussy. Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • DECCA.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MIKHAIL PLETNEV

    • Alexander Scriabin

      Piano Sonata No.4, Op.30

      Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
      • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
  • Ferde Grofé

    Grand Canyon Suite

    Orchestra: Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Howard Hanson.
    • MERCURY.
  • Anthony Holborne

    The Honie-suckle

    Performer: Ronald Romm. Performer: Frederic Mills. Performer: David Ohanian. Performer: Eugene Watts. Performer: Charles Daellenbach. Music Arranger: Mark Kroll. Ensemble: Canadian Brass.
    • Canadian Brass: English Renaissance Music.
    • CBS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MIKHAIL PLETNEV

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      4 Etudes-Tableaux, Op.33 Nos. 6, 9, 8 & 5

      Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
      • DG.

Mystery Person

Answer: Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau

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