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Friday - Rob Cowan with Francesca Simon

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Smetana Piano Works; Music in Time: Palestrina; Artists of the Week: Juilliard Quartet, featured in Schumann's Piano Quartet in E flat.

9am
My favourite... Smetana piano works. Celebrated for his charming polkas, Bedrich Smetana was in fact a genuine musical innovator. His piano works contain some of the most daring, disquieting and original music written during the 19th century. This week Rob explores works ranging from the concert etude 'On the Seashore' to the collection of Czech Dances featuring performances by native Czech pianists Rudolf Firkusny and Jitka Cechova, as well as Andras Schiff and Leif Ove Andsnes.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: Two pieces of music have been altered. Can you identify them?

10am
Rob's guest is the author Francesca Simon, creator of the Horrid Henry books. The adventures have sold millions of copies worldwide, have been made into an animated series and film, and have won the Children's Book of the Year awards. Besides the Horrid Henry series Francesca has written over fifty books for children of all ages and is among the most borrowed children's authors in British libraries. She is also involved in children's literacy charities as well as working with young writers, and is currently developing an opera for the Royal Opera House. Throughout the week Francesca will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music including works by Jonathan Dove, Tchaikovsky and troubadour Bernart de Ventadorn.

10.30am
Music in Time: Renaissance
Rob places Music in Time and goes back to the Renaissance period, when certain pieces by Palestrina demonstrated a new simplicity in church music - with a style whose clear textures allowed the words to be more distinct, compared with the more ubiquitous 16th century polyphonic style.

11am
Rob's featured artists are the members of the Juilliard Quartet, a group that has been in existence for nearly seven decades. Among the quartet's many virtues is their ability to make the classics sound new, and more modern music sound as if it's been around for years. In their hands everything becomes contemporary, vital and memorable.

Schumann
Piano Quartet in E flat Op.47
Glenn Gould (piano)
Members of the Juilliard String Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Michael Praetorius

    Volta (Terpsichore)

    Ensemble: Collegium Terpsichore. Conductor: Fritz Neumeyer.
    • DG.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Ballet Suite No.3 from Spartacus

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • MY FAVOURITE...SMETANA PIANO MUSIC

    • Bedrich Smetana

      Polka No.1; Hop Dance

      Performer: Rudolf Firkušný.
      • EMI.
  • Bartolomé de Selma y Salaverde

    Canzona Seconda 

    Performer: Piers Adams. Performer: David Wright.
    • RED PRIEST.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in G major, BWV541

    Performer: Simon Preston.
    • DG.
  • Jan Sandström

    BombiBone BrassBitt

    Performer: Christian Lindberg. Ensemble: Kosei Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Chikara Imamura.
    • BIS.
  • John Adams

    Violin Concerto - 3rd mvt 'Toccare '

    Performer: Chloë Hanslip. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • NAXOS.
  • FRANCESCA SIMON'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Sholom Secunda

      B’rosh Hashono (Kol Nidre service)

      Singer: Richard Tucker. Performer: Joseph Garnett. Conductor: Sholom Secunda.
      • SONY.
  • FRANCESCA SIMON'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Steve Reich

      Tehillim (final section)

      Ensemble: Steve Reich and Musicians.
      • ECM.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Le Rouet d’Omphale

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: RENAISSANCE

    • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

      Credo (Missa Papae Marcelli)

      Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: David Hill.
      • HYPERION.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV1049

    Performer: Yehudi Menuhin. Performer: Christopher Taylor. Performer: Richard Taylor. Orchestra: Bath Festival Orchestra. Director: Yehudi Menuhin.
    • EMI.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: JULLIARD STRING QUARTET

    • Robert Schumann

      Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op.47

      Performer: Glenn Gould. Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet.
      • CBS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Nachtstuck, D.672

    Singer: Ruby Hughes. Performer: Joseph Middleton.
    • CHAMPS HILL.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Voyevoda, Op 78

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • DG.
  • Traditional Mexican

    Malaguena salerosa

    Ensemble: Aquarelle Guitar Quartet.
    • Dances Aquarelle Guitar Quartet.
    • Chandos.
    • 16.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

Adams 
III. Toccare (Violin Concerto)
Chloe Hanslip (violin) 
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 
Leonard Slatkin (conductor) 
NAXOS
 
Paganini 
Caprice in A minor, Op.1 No.5  
Julia Fischer (violin) 
DECCA

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