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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Ken Hom

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Satie's Parade; Artist of the Week: Nikolaj Znaider, featured performing Nielsen'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 clues and identify a mystery musical person.

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: Modern
Today Rob's in the Modern period with a work by one of music's most eccentric characters: Erik Satie. Famous for his Gymnopédies and Gnossiennes, much of Satie's work is infused with an anarchic, Bohemian spirit, not least his madcap ballet of 1917, Parade.

Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences between two interpretations of "Il mio tesoro", an aria from Mozart's opera Don Giovanni - one by Jussi Björling and one by John McCormack.

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)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Lawrence Foster (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Carl Nielsen

    Maskarade (Overture)

    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • DACAPO.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto Op.4 No.6

    Performer: Rudolf Innig.
    • MDG.
  • Francesco Canova da Milano

    Fantasia No.34 'La Compagna'

    Performer: Jakob Lindberg.
    • BIS.
  • William Walton

    Crown Imperial

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Charles Groves.
    • EMI.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Waltz in A flat major, Op.38

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • DECCA.
  • Robert White

    Tota pulchra es

    Choir: Contrapunctus. Conductor: Owen Rees.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in E minor for oboe d'amore, strings and continuo

    Performer: Carin van Heerden. Orchestra: Orfeo Baroque Orchestra. Director: Michi Gaigg.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
  • Richard Wagner

    Siegfried: Forest Murmurs

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: George Szell.
    • CBS.
  • Ken Hom's CHoice No.1

    • Heinrich Bach

      Ich danke dir, Gott

      Choir: Rheinische Kantorei. Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Ken Hom's CHoice No.2

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Requiem: Introitus & Kyrie

      Singer: Joanne Lunn. Orchestra: Dunedin Consort. Director: John Butt.
      • LINN.
  • Ken Hom's CHoice No.3

    • Georges Bizet

      Les Pecheurs de Perles: "Au fond du temple saint"

      Singer: Jussi Björling. Singer: Robert Merrill. Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Renato Cellini.
      • RCA.
  • Astor Piazzolla

    Tango-étude No.5 for flute solo

    Performer: Patrick Gallois.
    • DG.

    • Erik Satie


      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
  • DOuble take

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Don Giovanni: "Il mio Tesoro"

      Performer: Frederick Schauwecker. Singer: Jussi Björling.
      • SONY.
    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Don Giovanni: "Il mio Tesoro"

      Singer: John McCormack. Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Walter B. Rogers.
      • NIMBUS.
  • Reinhold Moritzevich Glière


    Performer: Lavinia Meijer.

    • Carl Nielsen

      Violin Concerto

      Performer: Nikolaj Znaider. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Lawrence Foster.
      • EMI.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Psycho Suite

    Ensemble: Tippett Quartet.
    • Signum.
  • Louis James Alfred Lefébure-Wély

    Sortie in E flat major for organ

    Performer: David Sanger.
    • Lefebure-Wely Organ Music played by David Sanger.
    • 8.

Musical Challenge: Mystery Person

The mystery person was the 20th century composer and famed conductor of the Cleveland Orchestra, George Szell.


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