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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Imogen Heap

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: Wagner: Siegfried Idyll; Artist of the Week: cellist Alisa Weilerstein, featured in Schumann's Piano Trio No 3.

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: two pieces of music are played together - can you identify them?

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. Throughout the week she'll be sharing some of her favourite classical music as well as discussing her life and work.

Music on Location: Tribschen, Switzerland
Rob explores music connected with Tribschen, a district of Lucerne in Switzerland. For a time the composer Richard Wagner lived in Tribschen, which overlooks the stunning Lake Lucerne, and it's where he composed Siegfried Idyll as a birthday present for his wife Cosima.

Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two recordings of Brahms's Intermezzo in E flat minor, Op.118 No.6, by Walter Gieseking and Arcadi Volodos.

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.

R. Schumann
Piano Trio No.3 in G minor, Op.110
Weilerstein Trio.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Igor Stravinsky


    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • Stravinsky: The Firebird; Petrushka; The Rite of Spring - Chicago Symphony Orche.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 16.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Fantasia in C, Hob XVII:4

    Performer: Shai Wosner.
    • ONYX.
  • Robert Schumann

    Overture, Scherzo & Finale, Op.52

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • EMI.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in C for cello, strings and basso continuo, RV 398

    Performer: Christophe Coin. Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Director: Giovanni Antonini.
    • NAIVE.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata in C, K545 ('Sonata facile')

    Performer: Lili Kraus.
    • SONY.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fantazia upon one note in F, Z.745

    Ensemble: Ricercar Consort. Director: Philippe Pierlot.
    • MIRARE.
  • Percy Grainger

    The Immovable Do

    Orchestra: Royal Northern College of Music Wind Orchestra. Conductor: Clark Rundell.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Imogen Heap's First Choice

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Die Zauberflöte: Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem Herzen

      Singer: Cheryl Studer. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Imogen Heap's Second Choice

    • György Ligeti


      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • DG.
  • Imogen Heap's Third Choice

    • John Corigliano

      Red Violin Soundtrack: The Gypsies; Journey across Europe

      Performer: Joshua Bell. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
      • SONY.
  • Music on Location: Tribschen

    • Richard Wagner

      Siegfried Idyll

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Georg Solti.
      • DECCA.
  • Double Take

    • Johannes Brahms

      Intermezzo in E flat minor, Op.118 No.6

      Performer: Walter Gieseking.
      • APR.
    • Johannes Brahms

      Intermezzo in E flat minor, Op.118 No.6

      Performer: Arcadi Volodos.
      • SONY.
  • Artist of the Week: Alisa Weilerstein

    • Robert Schumann

      Piano Trio in G minor, Op.110

      Performer: Donald Weilerstein. Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Performer: Vivian Hornik Weilerstein.
      • E1.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Non mirar, non mirare

    Choir: La Dolce Maniera. Choir: Luigi Gaggero.
    • Stradivarius.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphony in C

    Orchestra: CBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Igor Stravinsky.
    • SONY.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect Harmony

The two pieces performed simultaneously were Stravinsky's Symphony in C & Terry Riley's In C.


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