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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).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Gioachino Rossini

    The Thieving Magpie: Overture

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Ständchen, D920

    Singer: Brigitte Fassbaender. Choir: Capella Bavariae. Performer: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • WARNER.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Variations in E flat on an original theme, Op.44

    Ensemble: Trio de Trieste.
    • DG.
  • Erik Satie

    Trois mélodies: No.3 Sylvie

    Singer: Barbara Hannigan. Performer: Reinbert de Leeuw.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Valse Caprice in D, Op.4

    Performer: Mami Shikimori.
    • NAXOS.
  • Heinrich Isaac

    Quis dabit capiti meo aquam

    Choir: La Capella Reial de Cataluyna. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Richard Strauss

    6 Lieder, Op.68: No.5 Amor

    Singer: Rita Streich. Performer: Günther Weissenborn.
    • DG.
  • Imogen Heap's first choice

    • Steve Reich

      Electric Counterpoint: II. Slow

      Performer: Pat Metheny.
      • NONESUCH.
  • Imogen Heap's second choice

    • Taylor Deupree

      Post_Piano 02.11.02  

      Composer: Kenneth Kirschner.
  • Imogen Heap's third choice

    • Imogen Heap

      Hide and Seek  

  • Imogen Heap's fourth choice

    • Arvo Pärt

      Cantus in Memory of Benjamin Britten 

      Orchestra: Estonian National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
      • ERATO.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in F, Op.46 No.4

    Orchestra: Bamberg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • DG.
  • MUSIC ON LOCATION: Darmstadt

    • Georg Philipp Telemann

      Overture in C, TWV 55:C6

      Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in A minor, Op.59 No.1

    Performer: Emanuel Ax.
    • CBS.
  • Artist of the Week: Alisa Weilerstein

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Cello Concerto No.2 in G, Op.126

      Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
      • DECCA.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Assumpta est Maria

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Wind Octet in E flat, Op.103

    Ensemble: PhilHarmonia Octet.

Musical Challenge: Mystery Object

The mystery object was the vocal cords


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