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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Rebecca Front

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite English Tone Painting; Artist of the Week: pianist Mikhail Pletnev. Tchaikovsky: Concert Suite (The Nutcracker). Haydn: Variations in F minor.

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 our daily musical challenge: can you remember the television show that featured this piece of classical music?

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: Medieval
Rob places Music in Time as he explores the poetry that Medieval French composers set to music, with subjects ranging from royal occasions and political commentary to religious devotion and courtly love.

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.

Tchaikovsky arr. Pletnev
Concert Suite from 'The Nutcracker'
Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

Haydn
Variations in F minor Hob XVII:6
Mikhail Pletnev (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MIKHAIL PLETNEV

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      La vision (The Sleeping Beauty)

      Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Gottfried Finger

    Suite in G minor, ‘Farewell’

    Ensemble: The Parley of Instruments. Director: Roy Goodman.
    • HYPERION.
  • MY FAVOURITE...ENGLISH TONE PAINTING

    • Frank Bridge

      Enter Spring

      Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
      • HALLE.
  • John Jenkins

    Fantasy à 5 No 16 in D major

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op.167

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Jean Sibelius

    At the Castle Gate; Entr'acte (Pelléas et Mélisande)

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • BIS.
  • REBECCA FRONT'S CHOICE NO.1

    • John Williams

      Theme from Schindler's List

      Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
      • MCA.
  • REBECCA FRONT'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Henry Purcell

      Three movements from Come, ye sons of art

      Singer: Michael Chance. Singer: Stephen Richardson. Choir: Choir of the English Concert. Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Franz Liszt

    Romance oubliee

    Performer: Michael Massong. Performer: Tomoko Sawano. Music Arranger: Thomas Böttcher.
    • MDG.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: MEDIEVAL

    • anon.

      Servant regem/O Philippe

      Composer: Philippe de Vitry. Choir: Orlando Consort.
      • AMON RA.
    • anon.

      Floret cum vana gloria/Florens vigor

      Composer: Philippe de Vitry. Choir: Orlando Consort.
      • AMON RA.
    • anon.

      Vos quid admiramini/Gratissima virginis species

      Composer: Philippe de Vitry. Choir: Orlando Consort.
      • AMON RA.
    • anon.

      Douce playsence/Garison selon nature

      Composer: Philippe de Vitry. Choir: Orlando Consort.
      • AMON RA.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Serenade for guitar and strings, Op 50

    Performer: Craig Ogden. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in B flat major, K.269

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: James Levine.
    • DG.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Water music - suite (HWV.350) in D major, Trumpet minuet

    Performer: Simon Standage. Performer: Elizabeth Wilcock. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock. Orchestra: The English Concert.
    • Handel: Water Music: The English Concert/Pinnock.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 19.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MIKHAIL PLETNEV

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Concert Suite from ‘The Nutcracker’

      Performer: Mikhail Pletnev. Music Arranger: Михаил Плетнёв.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Printemps

    Orchestrator: Henri Büsser. Orchestra: Swiss Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • DECCA.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MIKHAIL PLETNEV

    • Joseph Haydn

      Variations in F minor, H XVII 6

      Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
      • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Four Scottish Dances, Op.59

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Bryden Thomson.
    • CHANDOS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MIKHAIL PLETNEV

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      April and May (The Seasons)

      Performer: Михаил Плетнёв.
      • PHILIPS.

Heard on Screen

The answer: At the castle gate by Sibelius is the title music for the TV series The Sky at Night

 

The music played:

Sibelius 

Pelleas et Melisande: At the castle gate

Berlin Philharmonic

Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

DG 410 0262

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