Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Simon Sebag Montefiore
With Rob Cowan. My Favourite Duos; Music in Time: Bach: Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit; Proms Artist of the Day: pianist Martha Argerich, featured in Ravel's Jeux d'eau.
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 and identify the place associated with a well-known work.
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: Baroque
Rob places Music in Time. He heads back to the Baroque period to explore the unique instrumental colour that Bach brought to his sacred works, focusing on his early funeral cantata Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, BWV106, 'God's time is the very best time', also known as Actus Tragicus.
Rob's Proms artist of the day is the pianist Martha Argerich, who will be performing Liszt's Piano Concerto No.1, with the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, conducted by Daniel Barenboim at tonight's BBC Prom. This morning Rob features her in Ravel's Jeux d'eau, a euphoric depiction of water fountains, inspired by a piece by Franz Liszt.
Martha Argerich (piano).
SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE'S CHOICE NO.1
SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE'S CHOICE NO.2
Music in Time: Baroque
PROMS ARTIST OF THE DAY: MARTHA ARGERICH
Mapping the Music
The music played:
Norfolk Rhapsody No.1 in E minor
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Bryden Thomson (conductor)