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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Lee Child

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Rondos; Music in Time: Debussy: Pagodes; Artist of the Week: pianist Vladimir Horowitz, featured performing Chopin's Piano Sonata No 2, Op 35.

9am
My favourite... rondos. Rob shares his favourite rondos, a musical form which is characterised by a recurring theme, with examples ranging from Beethoven's madcap Rage Over A Lost Penny and Saint-Saëns's show-stopping Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso to the more reflective Rondo in A minor, K.511 by Mozart and evergreen examples by Schubert and Dvorak. The line-up features performances by Mitsuko Uchida, Paul Tortelier, Gidon Kremer, Valentina Lisitsa and Jascha Heifetz.

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 thriller writer Lee Child. Best known as the creator of the ex-military drifter, Jack Reacher, Lee Child is one of the world's leading thriller writers. His books consistently make number one in the hardback and paperback bestseller lists on both sides of the Atlantic and are translated into forty languages. He recently won the CWA's Diamond Dagger for a writer of an outstanding body of crime fiction. Lee will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, including works by Hildegard of Bingen, Delibes and Beethoven, every day at 10am.

10.30am
Music in Time: Romantic
Rob features a piece from the BBC4 series Revolution & Romance: Musical Masters of the 19th century. He investigates how the young Claude Debussy heard the Balinese gamelan at the 1889 Paris exhibition, and was inspired to write his piano piece Pagodes.

11am
Rob's artist of the week is Vladimir Horowitz, a pianist who could make a piano sound like an orchestra. Rob delves into the archives of this internationally renowned pianist, sharing recordings including his performance of Chopin's Funeral March Sonata, Fauré's crystalline and plangent Nocturne No.13, Liszt's foreboding portrayal of Oberman's Valley from his Années de Pélèrinage, and his virtuosic treatment of melodies from Bizet's Carmen.

Chopin
Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35
Vladimir Horowitz (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: VLADIMIR HOROWITZ

    • Moritz Moszkowski

      Etude in A flat major, Op.72 No.11

      Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
      • SONY.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Quartet in D major for transverse flute, viola and fortepiano, Wq.94

    Performer: Linde Brunmayr-Tutz. Performer: Ilia Korol. Performer: Wolfgang Brunner.
    • HANNSLER.
  • MY FAVOURITE...RONDOS

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Rondo in G minor, Op 94

      Performer: Paul Tortelier. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves.
      • RPO.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Missa Salisburgensis (Kyrie)

    Choir: La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • William Walton

    Touch her soft lips (Henry V)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: William Walton.
    • EMI.
  • Benjamin Godard

    Legende pastorale, Op.138

    Performer: Katsuya Watanabe. Performer: Ulugbek Palvanov.
    • PROFIL.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Wasps Overture

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Warner.
  • LEE CHILD'S CHOICE NO.1

    • European Brandenburg Ensemble

      Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV1048

      Director: Trevor Pinnock.
      • AVIE.
  • LEE CHILD'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Léo Delibes

      Flower Duet (Lakme)

      Singer: Joan Sutherland. Singer: Jane Berbié. Orchestra: Monte-Carlo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
      • DECCA.
  • José Pablo Moncayo

    Huapango

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Enrique Bátiz.
    • ASV.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: ROMANTIC

    • Claude Debussy

      Pagodes (Estampes)

      Performer: Monique Haas.
      • WARNER.
  • John Cage

    Sonata No 5 (Sonatas and Interludes)

    Performer: John Tilbury.
    • DECCA.
  • Ernest Chausson

    Poeme for violin and orchestra in E flat major, Op. 25

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • DG.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: VLADIMIR HOROWITZ

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 ‘Funeral March’

      Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
      • SONY.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Mozart - Symphonies Nos 40 & 41"Jupiter"Bernstein,Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DGG.
    • 5.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

Vaughan Williams
The Wasps: Overture  
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis (conductor)
WARNER
 
Chopin
III. Marche funebre (Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor)
Yuja Wang (piano)
DG

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