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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.

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 our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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: 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.

10:45am
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.

Telemann
Trumpet Concerto in D
Håkan Hardenberger (trumpet)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Iona Brown (conductor).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Giovanni Battista Martini

    Toccata

    Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Performer: Simon Preston. Music Arranger: Marie‐Claire Alain.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Creation: Overture (Representation of Chaos)

    Orchestra: Vienna Haydn Sinfonietta. Conductor: Manfred Huss.
    • BIS.
  • MY FAVOURITE...IMPROMPTUS

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Impromptu No.3 in A flat, Op.34

      Performer: Jean‐Philippe Collard.
      • BRILLIANT.
  • Zoltán Kodály

    Dances of Galanta

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • MERCURY.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O coruscans lux stellarum [O glistening starlight]

    Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Conductor: Timothy Brown.
    • COLLEGIUM.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Helios - Overture, Op 17

    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • DACAPO.
  • Franz Schubert

    Quartettsatz in C minor

    Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
    • DG.
  • JESSICA HYNES' CHOICE NO.1

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Peter and the Wolf (excerpt)

      Narrator: Sean Connery. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
      • DECCA.
  • JESSICA HYNES' CHOICE NO.2

    • Gustav Holst

      The Planets: Mars, the Bringer of War

      Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: William Steinberg.
      • Holst: The Planets / Ligeti: Lux aeterna.
      • DG.
      • 1.
  • Francisco Tárrega

    Capricho Arabe

    Performer: Sharon Isbin.
    • Vring Classics.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: ROMANTIC

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Ballade No.4 in F minor, Op.52

      Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
      • DG.
  • Joseph Canteloube

    Chants d'Auvergne: Lou dizious be

    Singer: Dawn Upshaw. Orchestra: Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon. Conductor: Kent Nagano.
    • Warner Apex.
  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE DAY: HAKAN HARDENBERGER

    • Georg Philipp Telemann

      Trumpet Concerto in D major

      Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Iona Brown.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Georges Bizet

    Carmen: Entr'acte to Act 4; L'Arlesienne Suite No.2: Farandole

    Orchestra: Imperial Music Choir. Conductor: Yevgeny Mravinsky.
    • PROFIL.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Schubert
Quartettsatz in C minor
Amadeus Quartet
DG

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