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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Helen Sharman

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Hollywood Film Scores; Music in Time: Liszt: A Faust Symphony; Artist of the Week: Clifford Curzon, playing Brahms's Piano Sonata in F minor.

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.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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.

Rob places Music in Time as he explores the Romantic period with Liszt's forward-looking Faust Symphony, which not only fuses the symphonic and tone poem genres, but also includes an early use of a twelve note row.

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.

Piano Sonata in F minor, Op. 5
Clifford Curzon (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Bacchanalia (Ballet music from Faust)

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • MERCURY.
  • Marco Gioseppe Peranda

    Kyrie (Mass in A Minor)

    Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • BIS.
  • My favourite... Great Hollywood Film Scores

    • Alfred Newman

      Heathcliff’s Curse (Wuthering Heights)

      Orchestra: 20th Century-Fox Orchestra.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Organ Sonata in C minor, Op.65 No.2

    Performer: Peter Hurford.
    • ARGO.
  • Clara Schumann

    Er ist gekommen

    Performer: Christoph Berner. Singer: Werner Güra.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Flute Sonata

    Performer: Katherine Bryan. Orchestrator: Lennox Berkeley. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
    • LINN.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Carnival Overture, Op 92

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • RCA.
  • Helen Sharman's Choice No. 1

    • Joseph Haydn

      Trumpet Concerto in E flat major, H.7e.1 (3rd mvt)

      Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
      • Haydn, Hummel etc: Trumpet Concertos: Hardenberger/Marriner.
      • Philips.
      • 12.
  • Helen Sharman's Choice No. 2

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata in F minor, Op.2 No.1

      Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
      • EMI.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Franz Liszt

      Faust (Faust Symphony)

      Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Artist of the Week: Clifford Curzon

    • Johannes Brahms

      Piano Sonata in F minor, Op.5

      Performer: Clifford Curzon.
      • DECCA.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Waltz from Cheryomushki Suite

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata No 1 in G minor for violin solo, BWV 1001

    Performer: Viktoria Mullova.
    • Bach: 6 Sonatas & Partitas.
    • Onyx.
    • 1.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Carnival Overture
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly (conductor)


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