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Monday - Rob Cowan with Simon Sebag Montefiore

With Rob Cowan. My Favourite Duos; Music in Time: Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries; Proms Artist of the Day: Thomas Ades, featured conducting Couperin's Les barricades mysterieuses.

My Favourite... Duos. Rob shares his favourite examples of these works for two musicians, where each artist's response to the other is put under the spotlight, creating what is perhaps the ultimate expression of chamber music. Rob's choices explore a selection of instrumental combinations including duos for strings by Bartók, a duo for pianos by Schubert, and duos for percussion, and guitars.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: can you remember the film or television programme that featured this piece of classical music?

Rob's guest, historian, writer and television presenter Simon Sebag Montefiore, will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, including works by Shostakovich, Prokofiev and Tchaikovsky that link to his writing on Russia, every day at 10am. Simon's acclaimed history books have been published in over 45 languages and include Jerusalem: The Biography, Catherine the Great and Potemkin and Young Stalin. His latest book, The Romanovs 1613-1918, chronicles the stories of twenty tsars and tsarinas, and is already a bestseller in the UK, Australia and the USA. Simon has also won literary prizes for his fiction work. He has written the first two instalments of a trilogy of thriller-love-stories set in Russia. The second in the series, 'One Night in Winter', won the Best Political Novel of the Year Prize and was longlisted for the Orwell Prize.

Music in Time: Romantic
Rob places Music in Time as he heads back to the Romantic period with Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries. This curtain raiser demonstrates Wagner's ability to combine music (rhythm and leitmotif) and drama (the arrival by winged steeds of warrior maidens returning from battle) to create a unique theatrical experience.

Rob's Proms artist of the day is the composer-conductor Thomas Adès, who takes to the rostrum in tonight's BBC Prom to conduct music by Prokofiev, Beethoven and Francisco Coll, as well as his own composition, Lieux retrouvés. This morning Rob features Adès conducting his transcription of Francois Couperin's Les Baricades Mistérieuses.

Couperin transcribed Adès
Les Barricades Mystérieuses.
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Thomas Adès (conductor).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, Act 2: 'Welche Wonne, welche Lust'

    Ensemble: La Scintilla dei Fiati.
  • Gustav Holst

    Suite for Military Band, Op.28 No.1

    Ensemble: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Timothy Reynish.
    • CHANDOS.
  • My Favourite...Duos

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Two-part Inventions Nos 1-4, BWV772-775

      Performer: Janine Jansen. Performer: Maxim Rysanov.
      • DECCA.
  • Josef Strauss

    Spharenklange, Op.235

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
  • Aaron Copland

    Rodeo: Four Dance Episodes

    Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • MERCURY.
  • William Bolcom

    3 Ghost rags for piano, no.1; The Graceful ghost

    Performer: William Bolcom.

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Jerusalem: Overture

      Orchestra: Filarmonica della Scala. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
      • DECCA.

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Requiem: Introitus

      Singer: Barbara Bonney. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists.
      • Mozart: Requiem K626/Kyrie K341: Monteverdi Choir/John Eliot Gardiner.
      • Philips.
      • 1.

    • Gustav Mahler

      Symphony No.5: IV. Adagietto

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • DG.

    • Richard Wagner

      Ride of Valkyries (Die Walkure)

      Orchestra: Leningrad Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Yevgeny Mravinsky.
      • MELODIYA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu No.1 in F minor, D935

    Performer: Clifford Curzon.
    • DECCA.
  • Proms Artist of the Day: Thomas Ades

    • François Couperin

      Les baricades misterieuses

      Music Arranger: Thomas Adès. Ensemble: The Composers Ensemble. Conductor: Thomas Adès.
      • EMI.
  • William Byrd

    Nunc dimittis for 5 voices

    Ensemble: Stile Antico.
    • Tallis/Byrd/Sheppard: Music for Compline: Stile Antico.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 15.

Heard on Screen

Answer: The Sting (1973)

The music played:

The Easy Winners 
Joshua Rifkin (piano)  


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