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Monday - Rob Cowan with Imogen Heap

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: Mozart: Symphony No 31 'Paris'; Artist of the Week: Alisa Weilerstein, featured performing Dvorak's Cello 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: identify a piece of music played in reverse.

Rob's guest in the week of BBC Music Day is the musician Imogen Heap. Imogen is best known as a singer-songwriter, but she's composed music for film and theatre as well as working in sound engineering and production. She's written music for the West End show Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and the film The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. She is also at the forefront of musical technological innovation with her recent development of musical gloves and a new way of running the music industry called Mycelia. Imogen is named after the composer Imogen Holst and is passionate about a wide range of classical music. As well as talking about her life and work, throughout the week she'll be sharing music by composers including Debussy, Steve Reich and Arvo Pärt.

Music on Location: Paris
Rob explores music connected with Paris by Mozart. The composer penned his Paris Symphony whilst visiting the city in 1778 and wowed the local audience.

Artist of the Week: Alisa Weilerstein
Rob's featured artist is the American cellist Alisa Weilerstein, who made her concert debut at the age of 13 and was soon recognised as an artist with exceptional powers of communication. Always a keen promoter of contemporary music, Weilerstein brings her radiant tone to the Seven Tunes Heard in China by the Chinese-American composer Bright Sheng, one of the pieces Rob's chosen to feature this week. She's joined by her parents, the violinist Donald Weilerstein and the pianist Vivian Hornik Weilerstein, for an emotionally potent performance of Schumann's G minor Piano Trio, and she can also be heard in a trio of concertos: Dvořák's evergreen Cello Concerto, the searingly dramatic 2nd Cello Concerto of Shostakovich, and the perennially affecting Elgar Concerto with Staatskapelle Berlin under Daniel Barenboim.

Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104
Alisa Weilerstein (cello)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jiří Bělohlávek (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    L'Isle Joyeuse

    Performer: Alexis Weissenberg.
    • SONY.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    O sacrum convivium

    Choir: Det Norske Solistkor. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
    • BIS.
  • Jan Dismas Zelenka

    Sonata in F, ZWV 181 No.5

    Ensemble: Ensemble Zefiro.
    • ASTREE.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    Variations on the theme ‘Dal tuo stellato soglio’ from Mosè in Egitto by Rossini (‘Moses Fantasy’)

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Performer: Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.
    • EMI.
  • Hugo Wolf

    Italian Serenade

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • DG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Romance in F for violin and orchestra, Op.50

    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • WARNER.
  • Imogen Heap's First Choice

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Peter and the Wolf: "Let me tell you a story."

      Narrator: Sting. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • DG.
  • Imogen Heap's Second Choice

    • Modest Mussorgsky

      Pictures at an Exhibition: The Great Gate of Kiev

      Orchestrator: Maurice Ravel. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • DG.
  • Imogen Heap's Third Choice

    • Claude Debussy

      Children's Corner: Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

      Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
      • DECCA.
  • William Byrd

    Domine, secundum actum meum

    Choir: Alamire. Director: David Skinner.
    • Tallis & Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575: Alamire, David Skinner.
    • Obsidian.
    • 5.
  • Music on Location: Paris

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Symphony No.31 in D, K 297 ('Paris')

      Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Franz Liszt

    Rhapsodie espagnole, S254

    Performer: Georges Cziffra.
  • Artist of the Week: Alisa Weilerstein

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Cello Concerto in B minor, Op.104

      Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
      • DECCA.
  • César Franck

    Fantaisie in C

    Performer: André Isoir.
  • Franz Liszt

    Grand galop chromatique

    Performer: Georges Cziffra.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The piece of music we reversed was the Presto finale of Beethoven's String Quartet Op.18 No.3


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