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Monday - Rob Cowan with Ken Hom

With Rob Cowan. Musical challenge; Music in Time: Handel's Concertos a due cori; Artist of the Week: Nikolaj Znaider, featured performing Korngold's Violin Concerto.

Rob sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain.

Take part in today's musical challenge: listen to the music and name the two composers associated with it.

Rob's guest this week is the American chef, author and TV presenter Ken Hom. Whilst studying at Berkeley University, where he undertook studies in History of Art and French History, Ken began to give cooking lessons to fund his education. He soon realised that he wanted to make it his career and started teaching at a school for professional chefs in San Francisco. During his career Ken has published over 35 best-selling books on cookery, presented TV shows including Ken Hom's Chinese Cookery and Take on the Takeaway, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest authorities on Asian cooking. In 2009 he was appointed an honorary OBE for 'services to culinary arts'. As well as discussing his life and work, Ken has chosen a selection of his favourite classical music and across the week we'll hear works by composers including Saint-Saëns, Bizet and Brahms.

Music in Time: Baroque
Today Rob's in the Baroque period exploring one of Handel's concertos "a due cori" - music with two distinct 'choirs' or ensembles of wind instruments.

Artist of the Week: Nikolaj Znaider
Rob's Artist of the Week is the violinist and conductor Nikolaj Znaider. Feted in particular for the quality of his tone and his musical sensitivity, Znaider plays a Guarneri del Gesu violin, built in 1741 and previously played by the legendary violinist Fritz Kreisler. Znaider's performances and recordings regularly earn critical acclaim across the globe; they include accounts of violin concertos by Elgar, Korngold, Prokofiev and Nielsen - all of which feature this week on Essential Classics. As well as maintaining a busy career as a violin virtuoso, Znaider is passionate about supporting the next generation of musical talent, and spent ten years as Founder and Artistic Director of the annual Nordic Music Academy summer school.

Violin Concerto
Nikolaj Znaider (violin)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Valery Gergiev (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pablo de Sarasate

    Romanza Andaluza

    Performer: Nikolaj Znaider. Performer: Daniel Gortler.
    • RCA.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Nabucco: Overture

    Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
    • DG.
  • Pablo Ortiz

    Gallos y Huesos: Si cuando cae la noche

    Performer: Tine Rehling. Ensemble: Ars Nova Copenhagen. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
    • ORCHID.
  • Leos Janáček

    'Zdenka' Variations

    Performer: Rudolf Firkušný.
    • DG.
  • Anonymous

    Jag haver ingen kärare (No one is dearer to me)

    Ensemble: Trio Mediæval.
    • ECM.
  • Gerald Finzi


    Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Anton Hoffmeister

    Quintet No.6 for oboe, violin, 2 violas & bassoon

    Performer: Simon Fuchs. Performer: Primož Novšak. Performer: Michel Rouilly. Performer: Katja Fuchs. Performer: Jakob Hefti. Performer: Manfred Sax.
    • TUDOR.
  • Ken Hom's First Choice

    • Hector Berlioz

      Harold in Italy, Op.16 - ii. March of the Pilgrims

      Performer: William Primrose. Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
      • RCA.
  • Ken Hom's Second Choice

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Samson et Dalila: Mon coeur s'ouvre à ta voix

      Singer: Olga Borodina. Singer: José Cura. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
      • ERATO.
  • Ken Hom's Third Choice

    • Maurice Ravel

      Pavane pour une infante défunte

      Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Guido Cantelli.
      • TESTAMENT.
  • Music in Time: Baroque

    • George Frideric Handel

      Concerto a due cori No.3 in F major HWV 334

      Ensemble: Zefiro. Director: Alfredo Bernardini.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Sonata octavi toni a 12

    Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    Eternal Father, Op.135 no.2

    Choir: St Paul's Cathedral Choir. Director: John Scott.
    • Remembrance: The Choir of St Paul's Cathedral, John Scott.
    • Hyperion.
    • 6.
  • Artist of the Week: Nikolaj Znaider

    • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

      VIolin Concerto

      Performer: Nikolaj Znaider. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
      • RCA.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le Tombeau de Couperin

    Performer: Yvonne Lefébure.
  • Reinhold Moritzevich Glière

    Holiday at Ferghana, Op.75

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
    • Chandos.

Musical Challenge: By Association

The piece of music we played was Mozart's String Quartet No.20 'Hoffmeister'. The two associated composers are, therefore, Mozart & Franz Anton Hoffmeister, to whom Mozart dedicated his string quartet.


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