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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Kirsty Wark

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Mendelssohn Choral Music; Music in Time: Romantic; Menuhin 100: featuring Yehudi Menuhin in Paganini's Violin Concerto No 1.

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.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: can you remember the television show or film that featured this piece of classical music?

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.

Music in Time: Romantic
Rob places Music in Time. Today he focuses on the Romantic period, and the year 1878, when Czech composer Antonin Dvorak conjured up the traditional music of his homeland in his Slavonic Rhapsody Op 45 no 3, and his Slavonic Dances Op 46.

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.

Violin Concerto No. 1 in E flat
Yehudi Menuhin (violin)
Paris Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Monteux (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in C major, Op 72 No 7

    Performer: Katia Labèque. Performer: Marielle Labèque.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Coriolan Overture

    Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Allemande (Suite in A minor, Nouvelles Suites de Pieces de Clavecin)

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani.

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Elijah (beginning of Part 2)

      Singer: Elly Ameling. Choir: Leipzig Radio Chorus. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in D major, Op 23 No 4

    Performer: Howard Shelley.
    • Hyperion.
  • Henry Purcell

    Rejoice in the Lord always

    Singer: James Bowman. Singer: Charles Daniels. Singer: Michael George. Choir: Choir of New College Oxford. Ensemble: King's Consort. Conductor: Robert King.
  • Herbert Howells

    Rhapsody No.3 in C sharp minor

    Performer: David Humphreys.
    • REGENT.

    • Michael Nyman

      Chasing Sheep is Best Left to Shepherds (The Draughtman's Contract)

      Ensemble: Michael Nyman Band. Director: Michael Nyman.
      • CHARISMA.

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Andante (Piano Concerto No.21 in C major)

      Performer: Anda Géza. Orchestra: Camerata Salzburg. Director: Anda Géza.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Michel Lambert

    Three Airs

    Director: William Christie. Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Slavonic Rhapsody in A flat major, Op.45 no.3

      Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dances Op.46, Nos. 4 & 5

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • Ian Venables

    The Invitation to the Gondola

    Performer: Graham Lloyd. Singer: Williams.
    • SIGNUM.

    • Nicolò Paganini

      Violin Concerto No.1 in E flat major

      Performer: Yehudi Menuhin. Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Pierre Monteux.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo in A minor, K.511

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch

    Ouverture in D major: Andante; Allegro Tempesta di Mare

    Orchestra: Philadelphia Baroque Orchestra. Director: Gwyn Roberts. Director: Richard Stone. Conductor: Emlyn Ngai.
    • Fasch: Orchestral Works, Vol.3 - Tempesta di Mare.
    • Chandos.
    • 1-3.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Bury St Edmunds

The music played:

Fanfare for St Edmundsbury
Philip Jones Brass Ensemble


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