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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Helen Sharman

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Hollywood Film Scores; Music in Time: Wolkenstein; Artist of the Week: pianist Clifford Curzon, featured in Liszt's Piano Sonata in B minor.

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 today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

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 heads back to the late Medieval period, looking at one of the most important German composers from this time: Wolkenstein.

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.

Liszt
Piano Sonata in B minor
Clifford Curzon (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: CLIFFORD CURZON

    • Franz Liszt

      Gnomenreigen

      Performer: Clifford Curzon.
      • DECCA.
  • Alberto Ginastera

    I. Los trabajadores agricolas (Dances from Estancia)

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
    • DG.
  • Albert Roussel

    Divertissement for wind quintet and piano, Op 6

    Performer: Catherine Cantin. Performer: Maurice Bourgue. Performer: Michel Portal. Performer: Amaury Wallez. Performer: André Cazalet. Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • DECCA.
  • MY FAVOURITE...GREAT HOLLYWOOD FILM SCORES

    • Bernard Herrmann

      Psycho (A Narrative for Orchestra)

      Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Herrmann.
      • DECCA.
  • Lennox Berkeley

    Andantino

    Performer: Mats Lidström. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • HYPERION.
  • Charlotte Bray

    Agnus Dei (a reflection on Byrd's Agnus Dei from the Mass for 5 voices)

    Choir: ORA. Conductor: Suzi Digby.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Charles Avison

    Sonata for Harpsichord in B flat major, Op.5 No.3

    Performer: Gary Cooper. Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
    • DIVINE.
  • Henryk Wieniawski

    Etude-Caprice for two violins in E flat major, Op.18 No.2

    Performer: David Oistrakh. Performer: Igor Oistrakh.
    • DG.
  • HELEN SHARMAN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      II. Air (Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major, BWV1068)

      Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
      • BIS.
  • HELEN SHARMAN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Franz Liszt

      Prelude and Fugue on the name BACH

      Performer: Stephen Cleobury.
      • COLLINS CLASSICS.
  • Erik Satie

    Chez le marchand d'or (Vieux sequins et vieilles cuirasses

    Performer: Anne Queffélec.
    • Virgin Classics.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: MEDIEVAL

    • Oswald von Wolkenstein

      Es fugt sich (Parts 1-3)

      Performer: Crawford Young. Singer: Andreas Scholl.
      • Wolkenstein, Songs of Myself: Andreas Scholl.
      • Harmonia Mundi.
      • 1.
    • Oswald von Wolkenstein

      Nu rue mit sorgen

      Singer: Kathleen Dineen. Singer: Andreas Scholl. Ensemble: Shield of Harmony. Director: Crawford Young.
      • Wolkenstein, Songs of Myself: Andreas Scholl.
      • Harmonia Mundi.
      • 13.
    • Oswald von Wolkenstein

      Wes mich mein buhl

      Singer: Andreas Scholl. Ensemble: Shield of Harmony. Director: Crawford Young.
      • Wolkenstein, Songs of Myself: Andreas Scholl.
      • Harmonia Mundi.
      • 21.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: CLIFFORD CURZON

    • Franz Liszt

      Piano Sonata in B minor

      Performer: Clifford Curzon.
      • DECCA.
  • Jørgen Jersild

    At spille i skoven

    Ensemble: Ensemble MidtVest.
    • Jørgen Jersild Chamber Music.
    • DaCapo.
    • 7.
  • Aaron Copland

    Dance Symphony

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Morton Gould.
    • RCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Eine kleine gigue, K.574

    Performer: Leon McCawley.
    • AVIE.

Mystery Person

Answer: David Oistrakh

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