Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Imogen Heap
With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: Darmstadt and Telemann; Artist of the Week: Alisa Weilerstein, featured in Shostakovich's Cello 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 today's musical challenge: listen to the clues and identify a mystery person.
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: Darmstadt
Rob explores music connected with Darmstadt by Telemann. In the early-eighteenth century the city had a crack orchestra for which Telemann wrote a series of suites that brilliantly marry the French and German styles.
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 No.2, Op.126
Alisa Weilerstein (cello)
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Pablo Heras-Casado (conductor).