Monday - Rob Cowan with Antony Beevor
With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Fugues; Music in Time: Renaissance harmony; Artist of the Week: pianist Clara Haskil, featured in Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain.
My favourite... Fugues
This week, Rob explores that ultimate test of a composer's mettle, the fugue - a musical form in which successive entries of the same melody weave together to create a complex contrapuntal fabric. Rob's favourites include fugues by Bach, Mozart, Walton and Shostakovich - plus a rarely-heard vocal one by the pianist Glenn Gould, aptly titled: "So you want to write a fugue?"
Take part in today's musical challenge: which location is being depicted in this piece of music?
Rob's guest this week, sharing his favourite classical music every day, is the acclaimed military historian Antony Beevor. Famous for the best-selling histories of World War Two, Stalingrad and Berlin - The Downfall 1945, his works also include Crete: The Battle and the Resistance and The Battle for Spain: The Spanish Civil War 1936-39. Antony studied at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, and went on to serve with the 11th Hussars before becoming a writer, and this week he shares with Rob music including works by Vaughan Williams, Dvorak, Bach and Vivaldi
Music in Time: Renaissance
Rob places Music in Time. Today the spotlight is on the Renaissance era and the extraordinary experiments in harmony that took place towards the end of the 16th century at the court of Naples, including music written for harpsichords with 14, 19 and 31 notes to the octave - rather than the usual 12!
Artist of the Week: Clara Haskil
Rob's Artist of the Week is the Romanian pianist Clara Haskil, one of the finest musicians of her generation, who endured a life of great suffering but was adored by a discerning public. Her precious discography has stood the test of time and includes many celebrated recordings - not least, Mozart concertos, heartfelt Schumann, sultry Falla, poetic Chopin, and Beethoven violin sonatas with Arthur Grumiaux, with whom she gave her last concert.
Nights in the Gardens of Spain
Clara Haskil (piano)
Orchestre des Concerts Lamoureux
Igor Markevitch (conductor).
Antony Beevor's Choice No.1
Antony Beevor's Choice No.2
Antony Beevor's Choice No.3
MUSIC IN TIME: RENAISSANCE
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: CLARA HASKIL
Mapping the Music
The music played:
Eine kleine Gigue in G, K.574 'Leipziger Gigue'
Andreas Staier (fortepiano)