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.
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.
Take part in today's challenge: two pieces of music are played together - can you work out what they are?
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.
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.
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.
Piano Concerto No. 1 in C, Op. 15
Mikhail Pletnev (piano)
Russian National Orchestra
Christian Gansch (conductor).
MY FAVOURITE...ENGLISH TONE PAINTING
REBECCA FRONT'S CHOICE NO.1
REBECCA FRONT'S CHOICE NO.2
MUSIC IN TIME: MODERN
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MIKHAIL PLETNEV
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)
Arne The Morning
Emma Kirkby (soprano)
The Parley of Instruments
Roy Goodman (conductor)