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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Rebecca Front

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite English Tone Painting; Bartok: Suite (The Miraculous Mandarin); Artist of the Week: Mikhail Pletnev, in Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 1.

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 challenge: two pieces of music are played together - can you work out what they are?

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: Modern
Rob looks at the Modern era through the perspective of one of his favourite ballet suites: The Miraculous Mandarin by Bartók. The storyline deals with the harsh realities of life, rather than the more traditional romantic fairy tale narratives of the 19th-century.

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.

Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15
Mikhail Pletnev (piano)
Russian National Orchestra
Christian Gansch (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    To the green meadow; An acre of land (Folk Songs of the Four Seasons)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Martin Yates.
    • DUTTON.
  • Leó Weiner

    Ballad for viola and orchestra, Op 28

    Performer: Mate Szucs. Orchestra: Budapest Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Valéria Csányi.
    • NAXOS.
  • Clara Schumann

    Scherzo in D minor, Op 10 No 1

    Performer: Angela Cheng.
    • CBC.
  • MY FAVOURITE...ENGLISH TONE PAINTING

    • Frederick Delius

      On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring

      Orchestra: Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
      • ARGO.
  • Lili Boulanger

    Nocturne and Cortège

    Performer: Olivier Charlier. Performer: Emile Naoumoff.
    • MARCO POLO.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Brass Quintet No.1, Op.73

    Ensemble: Center City Brass Quintet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Thomas Arne

    The Morning

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Ensemble: The Parley of Instruments. Conductor: Roy Goodman.
    • HYPERION.
  • REBECCA FRONT'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Gustav Mahler

      II. Kraftig bewegt, doch nicht zu schnell (Symphony No.1)

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • DG.
  • REBECCA FRONT'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      English Folk Song Suite

      Music Arranger: Gordon Jacob. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
      • EMI.
  • Anonymous

    La manfrolina; La traditora

    Ensemble: Rose Consort of Viols.
    • Serenissima - Music from Renaissance Europe on Venetian viols.
    • Delphian Records.
    • 7-8.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: MODERN

    • Béla Bartók

      The Miraculous Mandarin Suite

      Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jean Martinon.
      • RCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Overture in C minor, D 8a

    Ensemble: Escher String Quartet.
    • MUSIC@MENLOLIVE.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MIKHAIL PLETNEV

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Concerto No.1 in C major, Op.15

      Performer: Mikhail Pletnev. Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Gansch.
      • DG.
  • Herbert Howells

    Behold, O God our defender

    Performer: Eleanor Kornas. Choir: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • HYPERION.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Faust Ballet Music

    Ensemble: Eastman Wind Ensemble. Conductor: Frederick Fennell.
    • MERCURY.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

 

Handel arr. Balsom 

Eternal Source (Birthday Ode for Queen Anne, HWV 74)

Iestyn Davies (counter-tenor)

Alison Balsom (trumpet)

The English Concert Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

WARNER

 

 

Arne The Morning

Emma Kirkby (soprano)

The Parley of Instruments

Roy Goodman (conductor)

HYPERION

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