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Friday - Rob Cowan with Lee Child

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Rondos; Music in Time: Strauss: Also Sprach Zarathustra; Artist of the Week: Vladimir Horowitz, in Beethoven's Piano Sonata in D, Op 10 No 3.

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.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

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.

Music in Time: Romantic
Rob features a piece from the BBC4 series Revolution & Romance: Musical Masters of the 19th century. He explores the way Richard Strauss expanded the classical symphony orchestra to become capable of expressing his grand Romantic conceptions, as heard in his philosophical tone poem Also Sprach Zarathustra.

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.

Piano Sonata in D major, Op.10 No.3
Vladimir Horowitz (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Dance of the Cygnets (Swan Lake)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
  • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

    The Enchanted Lake

    Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
  • My favourite... Rondos

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Rondo in A minor, K.511

      Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer

    Les Patineurs: excerpts

    Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Jean Martinon.
    • DECCA.
  • Andrea Falconiero

    Battaglia de Barabasso yerno de Satanas (1650)

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Eric Whitacre


    Choir: Polyphony. Performer: Stephen Betteridge. Performer: Robert Millett. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Paganini Variations, Book 1

    Performer: Julius Katchen.
    • DECCA.
  • Lee Child's Choice No. 1

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      II. Andantino semplice (Piano Concerto No.1 in B flat minor, Op.23)

      Performer: Vladimir Horowitz. Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Arturo Toscanini.
      • RCA.
  • Lee Child's Choice No. 2

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Nocturne, Op 40

      Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
      • NAXOS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Flute Concerto in D major, RV 431a, 'Il gran mogol'

    Performer: Katy Bircher. Orchestra: La Serenissima. Director: Adrian Chandler.
    • AVIE.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Richard Strauss

      Also sprach Zarathustra, Op 30

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • DG.
  • Artist of the Week: Vladimir Horowitz

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata in D major, Op.10 No.3

      Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
      • SONY.
  • John Dowland

    Lachrimae verae

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Ensemble: Phantasm.
    • LINN.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Paris Quartet No 9 in G major, TWV 43:G4

    Ensemble: Musica Alta Ripa.
    • MDG.
  • Artist of the Week: Vladimir Horowitz

    • Vladimir Horowitz

      Carmen Fantasy after Bizet

      Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
      • SONY.

By Association

Answer: Brahms and Paganini

The music played:

Paganini Variations, Book 1  
Julius Katchen (piano) 


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