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Tuesday - 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: identify a piece of music played in reverse.

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.

Music on Location: Norway
Rob explores one of Norway's most celebrated ensembles, The Norwegian Soloists' Choir. Founded by composer and conductor Knut Nystedt, the choir has been a driving force in promoting Norwegian music new and old.

Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two recordings of the Polonaise from Tchaikovsky's opera Eugene Onegin, by conductors Antal Dorati and Seiji Ozawa

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.

Concerto for Orchestra
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Järvi (conductor)

Producer Dominic Wells.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Traditional Norwegian

    Song of Roland

    Performer: Birger Mistereggen. Ensemble: Trio Mediæval.
    • ECM.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Night on A Bare Mountain

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Dmitri Georgievich Kitayenko.
    • VIRGO.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Pieces, Op. 76 No. 4 Intermezzo in B flat major. Allegretto grazioso

    Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto grosso in F major Op.6`9

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
  • Henri Duparc


    Singer: Felicity Lott. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Armin Jordan.
    • AEON.
  • Edward Elgar

    5 Polkas: No.1 Maud

    Ensemble: Innovation Chamber Ensemble. Conductor: Barry Collett.
    • SOMM.
  • Alban Berg

    Piano Sonata Op.1

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Karen Koren's First Choice

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Nutcracker, Act 1: March

      Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Karen Koren's Second Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Toccata in D Minor

      Performer: Ton Koopman.
      • TELDEC.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Monteux.
  • Music on Location: Norway

    • Knut Nystedt

      O Crux

      Choir: Norwegian Soloists Choir. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
      • BIS.
  • Double Take

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Eugene Onegin: Polonaise

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
      • EMI.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Eugene Onegin: Polonaise

    Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • MERCURY.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Exsultate, Jubilate K.165

    Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Orchestra: Bach Collegium Japan. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • BIS.
  • Artist of the Week: Paavo Järvi

    • Witold Lutoslawski

      Concerto for Orchestra

      Orchestra: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
      • TELARC.
  • Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin

    Toccatina for piano, Op 36

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Kaleidoscope: Marc-Andre Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
    • 20.
  • Michel-Richard de Lalande

    Te Deum

    Singer: Véronique Gens. Singer: Sandrine Piau. Singer: Arlette Steyer. Singer: Jean-Paul Fouchécourt. Singer: François Piolino. Singer: Jérôme Corréas. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Director: William Christie.
    • Delalande / Te Deum / Les Arts Florissants / Christie.
    • 1.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The music we heard in reverse  was the conclusion of Berg’s Violin Concerto.


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