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.
My favourite...piano duos
Al Murray's Choice No.1
Al Murray's Choice No.2
Al Murray's Choice No.3
MUSIC IN TIME: RENAISSANCE
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Heard on Screen
Answer: The Shining (1980)
The music played:
Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta: III. Adagio
Herbert von Karajan