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Monday - Rob Cowan with Al Murray

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Piano Duos; Music in Time: Victoria's Requiem Mass; Artists of the Week: Academy of St Martin in the Fields, featured playing music by Bartok.

My favourite... piano duos. If three's a crowd, two's definitely company, and when it comes to piano duos - whether for two pianos or for four hands at a single instrument - that company can be richly rewarding. Rob's favourite piano duos include works by Mozart, Schubert, Bartók and Lutoslawski, as well as a magical vintage recording of a waltz by Arensky - definitely not to be missed!

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

Rob's guest this week is the stand-up comedian Al Murray. Best known for his alter-ego 'The Pub Landlord', Al has performed sell-out shows around the world, as well as making television appearances at The Royal Variety Performance and Live at the Apollo. Al has written books in his pub landlord persona, including The Pub Landlord's Book of British Common Sense and Let's Re-Great Britain. Outside of his pub landlord character, Al has presented Al Murray's Road to Berlin, about the last phase of the Second World War, for the Discovery Channel and Al Murray's German Adventure for BBC Four. He is currently touring his new show 'Let's Go Backwards Together'. Al shares a selection of his favourite classical music, including works by Bach, Handel and Orff, and talks about playing percussion, and reminisces about his performance on the triangle in Dvorák's New World Symphony, every day at 10am.

Power of Three - The next episode in a 70-part daily series of pioneering sounds from the BBC Third Programme and Radio 3 archives presented by David Hendy.

Music in Time: Renaissance
Rob places Music in Time. Today the spotlight is on the late Renaissance era and Victoria's Requiem Mass, a work that seems to epitomize the sea-change in harmonic practice that was taking place around the turn of the 16th and 17th centuries, as the old Church Modes gradually gave way to the new system of tonality.

Rob's artists of the week are the late Sir Neville Marriner's orchestra, the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, a superb gathering of players who can turn their hands to virtually any repertoire and make a handsome job of it. We'll hear them in masterpieces from Bach to Bartók, dropping in on Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky along the way.

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner, conductor.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Herr Gott, dich loben alle wir, BWV130: opening chorus

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SDG.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Suite in G major 'des Nations anciens et modernes': I. Overture

    Orchestra: Collegium Musicum 90. Director: Simon Standage.
    • CHANDOS.
  • My favourite...piano duos

    • Anton Stepanovich Arensky

      Suite No.1 in F major for two pianos, Op.15: II. Valse

      Performer: Harold Bauer. Performer: Осип Сoломонович Габрилович.
      • DANTE.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegel's Merry Pranks

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Karel Ančerl.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    12 Variations on 'Ein Madchen oder Weibchen', Op.66

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Performer: Robert Levin.
  • Gustav Mahler

    5 Early Songs

    Music Arranger: Luciano Berio. Singer: Matthias Goerne. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Josep Pons.
  • Al Murray's Choice No.1

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Peter and the Wolf: Opening

      Narrator: Peter Ustinov. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Philip Ellis.
      • HEAR THIS.
  • Al Murray's Choice No.2

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      St Matthew Passion, Part I (excerpt)

      Singer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Singer: Peter Pears. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Choir: Philharmonia Chorus. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Otto Klemperer.
      • EMI.
  • Al Murray's Choice No.3

    • George Frideric Handel

      Zadok the priest - coronation anthem no. 1 HWV.258

      Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
      • PHILIPS.

    • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

      Assumpta est Maria a 5

      Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
      • CORO.
    • Tomás Luis de Victoria

      Requiem Mass (1605): Introit: Requiem aeternam

      Choir: Tenebrae. Director: Nigel Short.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Preludes, Op.103 Nos. 3, 4, 5, 6 & 8

    Performer: Jean‐Philippe Collard.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Academy of St Martin in the Fields

    • Béla Bartók

      Music for strings, percussion and celesta

      Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
      • DECCA.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in C major, Op.64 No.1

    Ensemble: The Aeolian String Quartet.
    • DECCA.

Heard on Screen

Answer: The Shining (1980)

The music played:

Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta: III. Adagio
Berlin Philharmonic
Herbert von Karajan


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