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Monday - Rob Cowan with Helen Sharman

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Hollywood Film Scores; Music in Time: Rebel: Les elemens; Artist of the Week: Clifford Curzon, featured in Mozart's Piano Concerto No 23.

9am
My favourite... Hollywood film scores. Rob takes a trip to the cinema as he shares his favourite scores from the golden age of Hollywood. The showreel includes classics such as Max Steiner's soundtrack to Gone with the Wind and Erich Korngold's The Sea Hawk, as well as Bernard Herrmann's iconic shrieking strings accompaniment to Hitchcock's horror movie Psycho.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: can you remember the television show or film that featured this piece of classical music?

10am
Rob's guest is the astronaut Helen Sharman. Helen Sharman made history when she became the first Briton in space in 1991. Helen's space mission came about after she heard a radio advert for an astronaut whilst working as a research chemist. She beat over 13,000 other applicants to become a crew-member on the eight-day mission. Throughout the week Helen will be reflecting on her trip into space twenty-five years on, talking about life after the mission and sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, including works by Liszt and Haydn, and Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, which she first saw during astronaut training in Russia.

10:30am
Rob places Music in Time as he explores an extraordinary Baroque representation of the elements: Rebel's Les Elemens.

11am
Rob's artist of the week is the British pianist, Clifford Curzon. A pupil of such distinguished figures as Artur Schnabel, Wanda Landowska and Nadia Boulanger, Curzon was praised for his grace and poise at the keyboard. He specialised in music from the Classical and Romantic periods, especially from the Austro-German tradition, and this week, Rob features some of the pianist's most celebrated recordings, including piano sonatas by Brahms and Liszt, piano concertos by Mozart (K.488) and Beethoven (No. 5 'Emperor') and Schubert's ever-popular 'Trout' Quintet.

Mozart
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major K.488
Clifford Curzon (piano)
London Symphony Orchestra
Istvan Kertesz (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • MY FAVOURITE...GREAT HOLLYWOOD FILM SCORES

    • Victor Young

      Danaher’s House (The Quiet Man)

      Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: Victor Young.
      • MEMBRAN.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo (Serenade in D major, K.250 ‘Haffner’)

    Music Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. Performer: Arthur Grumiaux. Performer: István Hajdu.
    • DECCA.
  • Roxanna Panufnik

    Kyrie (Westminster Mass)

    Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: James OʼDonnell.
    • WARNER.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in C minor, K 56

    Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin.
    • BIS.
  • MY FAVOURITE...GREAT HOLLYWOOD FILM SCORES

    • Max Steiner

      Gone with the Wind (main title)

      Orchestra: London Festival Orchestra. Choir: The London Festival Chorus. Conductor: Stanley Black.
      • DECCA.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Sinfonia No 5 in B minor, Wq 182

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Director: Giovanni Antonini.
    • NAÏVE.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: CLIFFORD CURZON

    • Franz Schubert

      Impromptu No.1 in F minor, D935

      Performer: Clifford Curzon.
      • DECCA.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Dance of the Knights (Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • DECCA.
  • HELEN SHARMAN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Philip Glass

      Koyaanisqatsi (Koyaanisqatsi)

      Choir: Western Wind.
      • ISLAND.
  • HELEN SHARMAN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Edward Elgar

      Enigma Variations, Op 36 (Variation 9, 'Nimrod')

      Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
      • TELDEC.
  • HELEN SHARMAN'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Alan Hovhaness

      Symphony No 2, 'Mysterious Mountain' (4th mvt)

      Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
      • RCA.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    The Wedding Polka

    Orchestra: Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • Chandos.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: BAROQUE

    • Jean‐Féry Rebel

      Les élémens

      Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
      • ALIA VOX.
  • Charles Koechlin

    IV. Aux Temps des Fees (Quatre Poemes d’Edmond Haraucourt)

    Singer: Juliane Banse. Orchestra: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Heinz Holliger.
    • HANSSLER.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: CLIFFORD CURZON

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488

      Performer: Clifford Curzon. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Istvan Kertesz.
      • DECCA.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Scottish-Choro (Suite populaire bresilienne)

    Performer: Julian Bream.
    • Sony.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Dies natalis

    Singer: Wilfred Brown. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Finzi.
    • EMI.

Heard on Screen

Answer: The Apprentice

The music played:

Prokofiev
Dance of the Knights (Romeo and Juliet)
Cleveland Orchestra
Lorin Maazel (conductor)
DECCA

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