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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Al Murray

With Rob Cowan. My Favourite Piano Duos; Beethoven: An die ferne Geliebte; Artists of the Week: Academy of St Martin in the Fields, featured in Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No 2.

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 and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

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: Classical
Rob places Music in Time. Today the spotlight is on the Classical era and Beethoven's pioneering 'An die ferne Geliebte', a series of interlinking love-songs which paved the way for song-cycles by Schubert and Schumann.

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.

Piano Concerto No. 2 in D minor, Op. 40
Murray Perahia, piano
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner, conductor.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Nicolò Paganini

    Caprice in G minor, Op.1 No.10

    Performer: Mayuko Kamio.
    • RCA.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Variations on a Theme by Paganini for 2 pianos

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nelson Freire.
    • DECCA.
  • Josquin des Prez

    Missa Di dadi (Gloria)

    Choir: Tallis Scholars. Director: Peter Phillips.
    • GIMELL.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Harpsichord Concerto No.7 in G minor, BWV1058

    Performer: Andreas Staier. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op.45: 'Wie lieblich sind deine Wohnungen'

    Choir: Philharmonia Chorus. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Otto Klemperer.
    • EMI.
  • Richard Wagner

    Good Friday Music (Parsifal)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • TELDEC.
  • Vincent d’Indy

    Tableaux de Voyage, Op.33: Beuron (B-A-C-H); Depart Matinal

    Performer: Micaela Schäfer.
    • GENUIN.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Scheherazade: II. The Story of the Kalender Prince

    Performer: Steven Staryk. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • after Vivaldi Bach

    Concerto in D, BWV 977

    Performer: Wanda Landowska.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    An die ferne Geliebte

    Performer: Jörg Demus. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.10 in D

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Piano Concerto No.2 in D minor, Op.40

    Performer: Murray Perahia. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Director: Neville Marriner.
    • Mendelssohn: Piano Concertos Nos. 1&2: Perahia.
    • CBS.
    • 4.
  • Jenkins

    Fancy and Ayre divisions No 4 in C

    Ensemble: The Consort of Musicke. Conductor: Trevor Jones.
  • Turina

    Piano Trio No 1, Op 35

    Performer: Jascha Heifetz, violin. Performer: Gregor Piatigorsky, cello.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Miller's Dance (Three-Cornered Hat)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • Falla: Three Cornered Hat: Chicago SO, Reiner.
    • RCA.
    • 15.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Lermoos

The music played:

Tableaux de voyage, Op.33: 'Lermoos'
Michael Schäfer (piano)


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