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Friday - Rob Cowan with Imogen Heap

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: Villa d'Este and Liszt; Artist of the Week: Alisa Weilerstein, featured performing Elgar'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: can you remember the television show or film that featured this piece of classical music?

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: Villa d'Este
Rob explores music connected with the Villa d'Este by Liszt. This 16th-century mansion in Tivoli, near Rome, replete with huge cypress trees and magnificent water gardens with cascades and fountains, inspired Liszt to create some of his most remarkable piano music.

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 E minor, Op.85
Alisa Weilerstein (cello)
Staatskapelle Berlin
Daniel Barenboim (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Pomp and Circumstance March in A minor, Op.39 No.2

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Elgar.
    • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise in A, Op 40 No 1 ('Militaire')

    Performer: Samson François.
    • EMI.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise in C minor, Op.40 No.2

    Performer: Arthur Rubinstein.
    • RCA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto in B flat, Op.4 No.2 (HWV 290)

    Performer: Ottavio Dantone. Orchestra: Accademia Bizantina.
    • DECCA.
  • Claude Debussy

    Nuages (Nocturnes)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • Philips.
  • György Ligeti

    Clocks and Clouds, for female voices and orchestra

    Ensemble: Asko Ensemble. Ensemble: Schoenberg Ensemble. Conductor: Reinbert de Leeuw.
    • TELDEC.
  • Imogen Heap's First Choice

    • Hildegard von Bingen

      O Virtus Sapientie

      Music Arranger: Marianne Pfau. Ensemble: Kronos Quartet.
      • NONESUCH.
  • Imogen Heap's Second Choice

    • Guy Sigsworth

      Nocturne for Leila

  • Imogen Heap's Third Choice

    • Max Richter

      Vivaldi Recomposed: Winter 1

      Composer: Antonio Vivaldi. Performer: Daniel Hope. Orchestra: Konzerthaus Kammerorchester Berlin. Conductor: André de Ridder.
      • DG.
  • Rob Cowan's Personal Shopper Choice for Imogen Heap

    • Marc Monnet

      Bibilolo: I. Handwurst

      Ensemble: Les Percussions de Strasbourg.
      • ACCORD.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dances nos 1, 17 & 21

    Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Arturo Toscanini.
  • Music on Location: Villa d'Este

    • Franz Liszt

      Années de pèlerinage, troisième année, S 163

      Performer: Alfred Brendel.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in D minor, Op 103 (unfinished)

    Ensemble: Dover Quartet.
  • Artist of the Week: Alisa Weilerstein

    • Edward Elgar

      Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85

      Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Berlin. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
      • DECCA.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Tafelmusik, Production 3 - Overture in B flat

    Orchestra: Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. Conductor: August Wenzinger.

Musical Challenge: Heard on Screen

The piece we heard was Liszt's 'Nuages Gris'. This piece was featured in Stanley Kubrick's 'Eyes Wide Shut', which also features the second movement of Ligeti's Musica Ricercata.


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