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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Ken Hom

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Medieval; Artist of the Week: violinist Nikolaj Znaider, featured performing Prokofiev's Violin Concerto No 2.

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

Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played in reverse

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.

Music in Time: Medieval
Rob ventures back to the Medieval period to look at the role music played in the worship of the Virgin Mary in 13th-century France.

Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two performances of Aleksander Zarzycki's virtuosic Mazurka - one by Bronisław Huberman and one by David Oistrakh.

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 No.2 in G minor
Nikolaj Znaider (violin)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Mariss Jansons (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • anon.

    Dance of the forest of no return

    Music Arranger: José Ferrero. Choir: Capilla Antigua de Chinchilla. Director: José Ferrero.
    • NAXOS.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Marche Slave

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
  • Ferenc Farkas

    Early Hungarian Dances from the 17th Century for wind ensemble

    Conductor: Laszlo Marosi. Ensemble: Budapest Wind Symphony.
  • George Butterworth

    The Banks of Green Willow

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • BELART.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Wedding day at Troldhaugen (Lyric pieces Book 8 No.6)

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • Leif Ove Andsnes: Ballad for Edvard Grieg.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 8.
  • Charles Avison

    Trio Sonata in A major, Op.7 No.6

    Ensemble: Avison Ensemble.
  • Max Bruch

    Kol Nidrei, Op.47

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • DECCA.
  • Ken Hom's First Choice

    • Tomaso Antonio Vitali

      Chaconne in G minor

      Performer: Henry Szerying. Performer: Charles Reiner.
      • RCA Living Stereo.
  • Ken Hom's Second Choice

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Concerto in D major, 'Il Gardellino', RV90

      Performer: Maurice Steger. Ensemble: I Barocchisti. Director: Diego Fasolis.
  • Music in Time: Medieval

    • anon.

      De la mere au sauveor; O maria virginei

      Choir: Anonymous 4.
  • Double Take

    • Aleksander Zarzycki


      Performer: Bronislaw Huberman. Performer: Siegfried Schulze.
      • Biddulph Recordings.
    • Aleksander Zarzycki


      Performer: David Oistrakh. Performer: Vladimir Yampolsky.
      • Chant du Monde.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Toccata in G major, BuxWV 165

    Performer: Christopher Herrick.
    • Buxtehude: The Complete Organ Works - 2, Christopher Herrick, Organ of Nidaros C.
    • Hyperion.
    • 15.
  • Artist of the Week: Nikolaj Znaider

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      VIolin Concerto No.2 in G minor

      Performer: Nikolaj Znaider. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
      • RCA.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Seasons: Spring

    Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Singer: Jeremy Ovenden. Singer: Andrew Foster-Williams. Orchestra: Wrocław Baroque Orchestra. Choir: Wroclaw Philharmonic Choir. Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • SIGNUM.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The piece of music we played in reverse was 'Kol Nidrei' for cello and orchestra by Max Bruch.


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