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Friday - 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.

Music on Location: Norway
Rob explores the music of Georg von Bertouch, a German-born Baroque composer who spent much of his adult life working in Norway as an officer in the Dano-Norwegian army.

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 No 5 in B flat major, Op 100
Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra
Paavo Järvi (conductor)

Producer Dominic Wells.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Carl Orff

    Tanz (Carmina burana)

    Conductor: André Previn. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Richard Strauss

    Serenade in E-Flat Major, Op. 7, TrV 106

    Performer: Alexei Ogrintchouk. Ensemble: Winds of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Director: Alexei Ogrintchouk.
    • R. Strauss: Oboe Concerto, Serenade & Sonatina No. 2.
    • BIS.
    • 5.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata in E flat major, K.282

    Performer: Leon McCawley.
    • AVIE.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O eterne deus

    Choir: Anonymous 4.
  • Jacobus Clemens non Papa


    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Musik zu einer Szene

    Orchestra: Turun filharmoninen orkesteri. Conductor: Leif Segerstam.
    • NAXOS.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen: Wenn mein Schatz Hochzeit macht

    Singer: Alice Coote. Orchestra: Nederlands Philharmonisch Orkest. Conductor: Marc Albrecht.
  • Dietrich Buxtehude

    Toccata in F major, BuxWV 156

    Performer: Bine Bryndorf.
    • DACAPO.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in C sharp, BWV 848

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • DECCA.
  • Karen Koren's First Choice

    • Edward Elgar

      Pomp & Circumstance March No.1

      Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Rob Cowan's Personal Shopper Choice for Karen Koren

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet in F major, Op.135: II. Vivace

      Ensemble: LaSalle Quartet.
      • DG.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Scherzo capriccioso, Op 66

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • Symphony No. 9 in E minor, Op. 95 "From the New World" / Scherzo capriccioso, Op.
    • DG.
    • 5.
  • Music on Location: Norway

    • Georg von Bertouch

      Sonata No.13 in C minor for 2 violins and continuo

      Ensemble: Trondheim Barokk.
      • SIMAX.
  • Alfred Schnittke

    Collected Songs Where Every Verse is Filled with Grief  

    Ensemble: Kronos Quartet.
  • William Walton

    Coronation Te Deum

    Performer: Francis Grier. Choir: Choristers of Worcester Cathedral. Choir: CBSO Chorus. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Louis Frémaux.
  • Artist of the Week: Paavo Järvi

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Symphony No. 5

      Orchestra: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
      • TELARC.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in F major, RV 286, 'Per la solennita di San Lorenzo'

    Ensemble: Europa Galante. Conductor: Fabio Biondi.
    • Glossa.

Musical Challenge: Mystery Person

Our Mystery person was the pianist Andras Schiff.


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