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Monday - Rob Cowan with Kirsty Wark

With Rob Cowan. My Favourite Mendelssohn Choral Music; Music in Time: Mozart: Quintet for Piano and Winds, K452; Enescu: Violin Sonata No 3. Bach: Double Violin Concerto, BWV1043.

9am
My favourite... Mendelssohn choral music. Felix Mendelssohn was probably the keenest promoter of J. S. Bach in the nineteenth century and there can be little doubt that the Cantor of St Thomas's was a significant influence on Mendelssohn's own music, especially the oratorios Elijah, St Paul and the unfinished Christus. Rob's choices include extracts from all three, as well as Hear My Prayer (including 'O for the wings of a dove') and Psalm 98 - elevating works, and a joy to hear.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

10am
Rob's guest this week is the broadcaster and journalist Kirsty Wark. Best known as the long-standing presenter of the BBC's current affairs show Newsnight, Kirsty has presented programmes including the Late Show and The Review Show, as well as election specials. She has conducted interviews with everyone from Margaret Thatcher and Harold Pinter to Madonna and George Clooney, and has also made cameo appearances in dramas including Doctor Who and Absolutely Fabulous. She recently published her first novel, The Legacy of Elizabeth Pringle. Kirsty 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. He focuses on the Classical era and a work which Mozart described in 1784 as "The best thing I have written in my life": his Quintet for Piano and Winds, K452.

11am
Menuhin 100
To celebrate the centenary of Lord Menuhin's birth, Rob has mined the vast Menuhin recording archive and come up with a dazzling array of great performances, including the 16-year-old's still unrivalled recording of Elgar's Violin Concerto under the conductor's own direction, the Third Sonata by Yehudi's teacher Enescu, with its gypsy music inflections (Hephzibah Menuhin at the piano), Bach's Double Concerto with fellow Enescu-pupil Christian Ferras, and a virtuoso 1934 recording of Paganini's First Concerto that has to be heard to be believed.

Enescu
Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor
Yehudi Menuhin (violin)
Hephzibah Menuhin (piano)

J. S. Bach
Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV 1043
Yehudi Menuhin (directing from the violin)
Christian Ferras (violin)
Bath Festival Orchestra.

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: YEHUDI MENUHIN

    • Franz Ries

      La Capricciosa

      Performer: Yehudi Menuhin. Performer: Louis Persinger.
      • RCA.
  • Jean de Sainte-Colombe

    Le Retrouvé

    Performer: Hille Perl. Performer: Lee Santana. Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King. Performer: Lorenz Duftschmid.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
  • MY FAVOURITE...MENDELSSOHN CHORAL MUSIC

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Hear my Prayer

      Singer: Tom Pickard. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Performer: Douglas Tang. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
      • KINGS COLLEGE.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Clarinet Sonatina, Op 29

    Performer: Gervase de Peyer. Performer: Gwenneth Pryor.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon noni toni à 12

    Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts.
    • HYPERION.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Ballade in D major, Op.10 No.2

    Performer: Julius Katchen.
    • DECCA.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Prelude, Fugue and Riffs for clarinet & jazz orchestra

    Performer: Michael Collins. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • HMV.
  • John Dowland

    Sleep, wayward thoughts; Come, heavy Sleep

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Singer: Mark Padmore.
    • HYPERION.
  • KIRSTY WARK'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Samuel Barber

      Adagio for Strings

      Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
      • ANGEL.
  • KIRSTY WARK'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Peter Maxwell Davies

      Farewell To Stromness

      Performer: Peter Maxwell Davies.
      • Unicorn-Kanchana.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Finale (Swan Lake, Act 3)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Monteux.
    • DECCA.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: CLASSICAL

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Quintet for piano and winds in E flat major, K.452

      Performer: Stephen Hough. Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
      • BIS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: YEHUDI MENUHIN

    • George Enescu

      Violin Sonata No.3 in A minor 'dans le caractere populaire roumain'

      Performer: Yehudi Menuhin. Performer: Hephzibah Menuhin.
      • EMI.
  • Thomas Tomkins

    Fusca, in thy starry eyes

    Choir: I Fagiolini. Conductor: Robert Hollingworth.
    • CHANDOS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: YEHUDI MENUHIN

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Concerto for two violins in D minor, BWV1043

      Performer: Yehudi Menuhin. Performer: Christian Ferras. Orchestra: Bath Festival Orchestra. Director: Yehudi Menuhin.
      • EMI.
  • Enrique Granados

    Allegro de concierto

    Performer: Garrick Ohlsson.
    • Hyperion.
    • CDA 67846.
    • 8.

Mystery Object

Answer: the lute

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