Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Jessica Hynes
With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Impromptus; Music in Time: Chopin: Ballade No 4; Proms Artist of the Day: Hakan Hardenberger, featured in Telemann's Trumpet Concerto.
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.
Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.
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.
Music in Time: Romantic
Rob places Music in Time. He heads to the Romantic era to look at the Ballade - a piece of music often written for the piano, and with storytelling characteristics. Rob plays a fine example of the genre: Chopin's turbulent Ballade No.4 in F minor.
In tonight's Prom, trumpeter Håkan Hardenberger will be performing HK Gruber's Busking, a piece written for Hardenberger himself. This morning Rob features him in Telemann's Trumpet Concerto in D. Hardenberger combines an aria-like approach in the opening Adagio with dynamism and buoyancy in the other movements.
Trumpet Concerto in D
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Iona Brown (conductor).