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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Jessica Hynes

With Rob Cowan. My Favourite Impromptus; Music in Time: Tavener: Eternity's Sunrise; Proms Artist: Esa-Pekka Salonen, featured conducting Beethoven's Leonore Overture No 2.

9:00am
My Favourite... Impromptus. This week Rob shares a selection of his favourite impromptus, works that are based on improvisation and impulse. The line-up includes Schubert's Impromptu in G flat, performed by Alfred Brendel, Scriabin's Impromptu Op.14 No.1 with Klara Min and Bennett's Five Impromptus for guitar featuring Craig Ogden.

9:30am
Take part in today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

10am
Rob's guest this week is the BAFTA award winning actress and writer Jessica Hynes. Jessica was one of the creators and stars of the popular British sitcom Spaced, and is well known for her other comic roles including Cheryl in The Royle Family and Siobhan in the Olympics backroom comedy Twenty Twelve, and the BBC parody W1A. Jessica will be talking about her comedy writing and her acting roles, and sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, including works by John Ireland, Marcel Tournier and Will Todd, every day at 10am.

10:30am
Music in Time: Modern
Rob places Music in Time. Today he looks to one of the most successful British composers of the Modern period, John Tavener, whose minimalist techniques create a sense of stasis in his work, Eternity's Sunrise.

10:45am
Rob's featured Proms artist is the composer-conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, who conducted his Philharmonia Orchestra in music by Schoenberg, Dutilleux and Mahler in last night's Prom 32. Today on Essential Classics Salonen brings his creative instincts to bear on Beethoven's dramatic Leonore Overture No.2.

Beethoven
Leonore: Overture No.2
Philharmonia Orchestra
Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor).

2 hours

Music Played

  • John Tavener

    Schuon Lieder: Wenn Liebende sich milde Worte sagen

    Singer: Patricia Rozario. Ensemble: The Schubert Ensemble.
    • BLACK BOX.
  • Christopher Simpson

    Divisions on a ground

    Performer: Jonathan Manson. Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Performer: Laurence Cummings.
    • WIGMORE HALL LIVE.
  • MY FAVOURITE...IMPROMPTUS

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op.66

      Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
      • DG.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Suite Pastorale

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • MERCURY.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Serenade Espagnole, Op.150

    Music Arranger: Fritz Kreisler. Performer: Nils‐Erik Sparf. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
    • DG.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon No.9 a 10

    Orchestra: Gabrieli Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Robert Kajanus

    Finnish Rhapsody No.1 in D minor, Op.5

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
    • Robert Kajanus: Finnish Rhapsody, Kullervo's Funeral March, Sinfonietta, Aino.
    • BIS.
    • 001.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for Oboe and Strings in B flat major, RV464

    Performer: Heinz Holliger. Orchestra: I Musici.
    • PENTATONE.
  • JESSICA HYNES' CHOICE NO.1

    • Marcel Tournier

      Suite for flute, string trio and harp, Op.34

      Ensemble: Mirage Quintet.
      • NAXOS.
  • JESSICA HYNES' CHOICE NO.2

    • Trad.

      Raag Pahadi

      Performer: Shivkumar Sharma. Performer: Hariprasad Chaurasia. Performer: Brij Bhushan Kabra. Performer: Manikrao Popatkar.
      • HEMISPHERE.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: MODERN

    • John Tavener

      Eternity's Sunrise

      Singer: Patricia Rozario. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Paul Goodwin.
      • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE DAY: ESA-PEKKA SALONEN

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Leonore Overture No.2

      Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
      • SIGNUM.

Mystery Person

Answer: Heinz Holliger

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