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Monday - Rob Cowan with Malorie Blackman

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Handel Concerti Grossi, Op 6; Music in Time: Janequin; Artist of the Week: Suk Trio, featured in Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D minor, Op 49.

My favourite... Handel Concerti Grossi Op. 6. Rob shares his favourite Baroque masterpieces from Handel's Twelve Grand Concertos. The line up features performances of these energetic concertos by the Academy of Ancient Music directed by Andrew Manze, Concentus Musicus Wien and Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Il Giardino Armonico under Giovanni Antonini and Thurston Dart conducting the Boyd Neel Orchestra.

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

Rob's guest is the author Malorie Blackman. Malorie has written over sixty books for children and young readers and was the Children's Laureate from 2013 to 2015. Her books include Pig-Heart Boy, which was turned into a BAFTA-winning television series, Cloud Busting, and the critically acclaimed Noughts and Crosses series. Malorie was honoured with the Eleanor Farjeon Award in recognition of her contribution to children's books, and has also received an OBE for her services to children's literature. Malorie will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, including works by the 19th century composer Samuel Coleridge Taylor, and Florence Price, the first African-American woman to have a composition performed by a major symphony orchestra.

Music in Time: Medieval
The focus is on the Medieval period and the great chanson composer Clément Janequin, whose song Le Chant des oiseaux imitates birdsong.

Rob's Artist of the Week is the Suk Trio. Throughout the week Rob delves into the archives of this internationally renowned piano trio, sharing recordings including Mendelssohn's Piano Trio in D Minor Op. 49, Dvorak's Piano Trio No.3 in F minor, Op.65 and Brahms's Piano Trio No.1 in B major, Op.8.

Piano Trio in D minor, Op.49
Suk Trio.

3 hours

Music Played


    • Josef Suk

      Burleska (Four pieces for violin and piano, Op.17 No.4)

      Performer: Jan Panenka.
      • SUPRAPHON.
  • Franz Liszt

    Au bord d'une source (Années de pèlerinage I)

    Performer: Lazar Berman.
    • DG.
  • My Favourite... Handel Concerti Grossi

    • George Frideric Handel

      Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op.6 No.7

      Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Director: Giovanni Antonini.
      • Handel: Twelve Concerti Grossi, Op.6 Il Giardino Armonico - Giovanni Antonini.
      • L’OISEAU LYRE.
      • 6.
  • José Marin

    Nina como en tus mudanzas

    Director: Jordi Savall. Singer: Montserrat Figueras. Ensemble: Tembembe Ensamble Continuo. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
    • El Nuevo Mundo: Folías Criollas.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 14.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet in B flat major, D18

    Ensemble: Quatuor Sine Nomine.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Lemminkainen's Return (Lemminkainen, Op 22)

    Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leif Segerstam.
    • ONDINE.
  • Malorie Blackman's Choice No. 1

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      The Marriage of Figaro (Overture)

      Conductor: Colin Davis. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden.
      • Mozart Overtures Sir Colin Davis Staatskapelle Dresden.
      • RCA.
      • 1.
  • Malorie Blackman's Choice No. 2

    • Saint-Georges

      I. Allegro (Concerto in G major, Op.8)

      Composer: Joseph Boulogne. Composer: Chevalier de. Performer: Takako Nishizaki. Orchestra: Kölner Kammerorchester. Conductor: Helmut Müller‐Brühl.
      • NAXOS.
  • Music in time: Medieval

    • Clément Janequin

      Le Chant des Oiseaux

      Performer: Ensemble Clément Janequin.
  • Louis‐Claude Daquin

    Le coucou (Harpsichord Suite No 3 in E minor)

    Performer: Sophie Yates.
    • La Sophie: Sophie Yates.
    • Chandos.
    • 12.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    L’Alouette Calandrelle (Catalogue d’oiseaux, Book 5)

    Performer: Peter Hill.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    The Noonday Witch, Op 108

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Teldec.

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Piano Trio No.1 in D minor, Op.49

      Ensemble: Sukovo trio.
      • SUPRAPHON.
  • Béla Bartók

    44 Duos for two violins, Nos. 38, 26 & 32

    Performer: Sándor Végh. Performer: Alberto Lysy.
    • ASTREE.
  • Edward Elgar

    Sea Pictures

    Music Arranger: Donald Fraser. Choir: Rodolfus Choir. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Kenneth Woods.
    • AVIE.

Heard on Screen

Answer: This Week (ITV)

The music played:

Intermezzo (Karelia Suite)
Halle Orchestra
John Barbirolli (conductor)


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