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Monday - Rob Cowan with Karen Koren

Discover definitive recordings of classical music with your trusted guide, Rob Cowan. His guest is comedy promoter and producer, Karen Koren.

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 musical person.

Rob's guest this week is the comedy promoter and producer, Karen Koren. Karen has been heavily involved in the comedy scene for more than 30 years and is the founder and artistic director of the Gilded Balloon, a major comedy venue at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Karen devised the competition So You Think You're Funny?, which has been won by major comics such as Lee Mack, Peter Kay and Dylan Moran. Karen has also launched the careers of many other comedians including Alistair McGowan, Bill Bailey and Tim Minchin. As well as discussing her Norwegian roots, her life and her work, Karen shares some of her favourite classical music throughout the week by composers including Grieg, Elgar and Barber.

Music on Location: Norway
Rob spends the week exploring the classical music connections found in Norway, beginning with the country's most famous composer, Edvard Grieg. The composer wrote the first of his many Lyric Pieces shortly after committing to write music rooted in Norwegian folk traditions. Rob shares a selection recorded by Leif Ove Andsnes on Grieg's own piano at his villa, Troldhaugen.

Rob's Proms Artist of the Week is the Estonian conductor, Paavo Järvi. Born into one of the most illustrious musical families in the Northern Hemisphere, Järvi - upcoming chief conductor of the Tonhalle Orchester Zürich - is among the most compelling conductors on the current performing circuit. His approach combines clarity of vision with dynamism, a heady mix that especially suits key works from the early twentieth century. Järvi is currently Artist Director of the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen whom he conducts at the BBC Proms this week, and he's also conducted a number of leading orchestras including the Orchestre de Paris, Budapest Festival Orchestra and Vienna Symphony Orchestra. From Järvi's sizeable discography, Rob has chosen his recordings of Bizet with the Orchestre de Paris, Lutosławski and Prokofiev with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, Shostakovich with the Estonian National Symphony Orchestra, and Mozart with the Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.

Symphony in C
Paris Orchestra
Paavo Järvi (conductor)

Producer Dominic Wells.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Léo Delibes

    Sylvia, Act III: Cortege de Bacchus

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • SFS MEDIA.
  • Henryk Wieniawski

    Polonaise brillante No 1 in D major, Op 4

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Performer: Ian Brown.
    • EMI.
  • Poldowski

    Columbine; L'heure exquise; Mandoline

    Performer: Joseph Middleton. Singer: Carolyn Sampson.
    • BIS.
  • Gustav Mahler

    What the Wild Flowers Tell Me

    Music Arranger: Benjamin Britten. Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • ERATO.
  • Francisco Tárrega

    Mazurka in G major

    Performer: Julian Bream.
    • RCA.
  • Louis Vierne

    Fantasy Pieces, Suite No.4: Naiades

    Performer: Olivier Latry.
    • BNL.
  • Jaromír Weinberger

    Schwanda the Bagpiper (Polka and Fugue)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
  • Georgy Vasilevich Sviridov

    The Ikon (Songs of Troubled Times)

    Singer: James Bowman. Choir: Holst Singers. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Karen Koren's First Choice

    • Edvard Grieg

      Norwegian Dance No.2

      Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
      • DG.
  • Karen Koren's Second Choice

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Fantasie-Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op.66

      Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
      • DG.
  • Karen Koren's Third Choice

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Nocturne in E flat major, Op.9 No.2

      Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
      • DG.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Serenata in E flat major

    Orchestra: Members of the Bologna Municipal Theatre Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • Music on Location: Norway (Troldhaugen)

    • Edvard Grieg

      Lyric Pieces (Selection)

      Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
      • EMI.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Night Ride and Sunrise

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Horst Stein.
    • DECCA.
  • Artist of the Week: Paavo Järvi

    • Georges Bizet

      Symphony in C

      Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
      • VIRGIN.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Sonata in D major, Op 12 No 1

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
    • Wigmore Hall Live.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Two Sinfonias (Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria, Sc 1 and 5)

    Ensemble: Concerto Italiano. Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • Night. Stories of Lovers and Warriors.
    • Naive.
    • 9 + 14.

Musical Challenge: Mystery Person

The Mystery Person was the counter-tenor James Bowman.


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