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Portraits Day

Potraits Day: Rob Cowan presents musical portraits with journalist Helen Wallace, and his guest of the week: portrait painter Jonathan Yeo. With music by Berlioz and Berg.

A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: Frederick Fennell conducting the London Pops and Eastman-Rochester Pops Orchestras:

A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, the clarinettist Eduard Brunner.

Today is Portraits Day on Radio 3 where each piece is reflecting a person in music, creating an extensive musical gallery of personalities. Today's programme will be exploring the people behind the music, and finding out why they have inspired composers. Today and throughout the week Rob Cowan's guest is the portrait painter Jonathan Yeo. Jonathan introduces his essential pieces of classical music. Rob is also joined throughout Monday morning by journalist Helen Wallace, with whom he will discuss the various musical portraits featured on Essential Classics, ranging from Elizabethan figures to Mao Tse Tung.

Rob's Essential Choice

Violin Concerto
Arthur Grumiaux (violin)
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam
Igor Markevitch (conductor)
DECCA 480 0481.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Hector Berlioz

    Overture Benvenuto Cellini

    Performers: Boston Symphony Orchestra, Charles Munch (conductor)

    • RCA 09026 61400-2.
  • 9.10:

    • Granville Bantock

      Variations for Orchestra on the theme HFB, Helena Variations

      Performers: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor)

      • HYPERION  CDA66810.
  • Adams

    The Chairman Dances

    Performers: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor)

    • EMI CDC 555051.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    L'Aly Rupalich

    Performers: Miklós Spányi (harpsichord)

    • BIS 1198.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Andante favori, WoO 57

    Performers: Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

    • DG 479 0014.
  • 10am:

    • Béla Bartók

      Two Portraits: No. 2 'Grotesque'

      Performers: Philharmonia Hungarica, Antal Dorati (conductor)

  • Richard Arnell (completed Martin Yates)

    Symphony No. 7 'Mandela' (1st movement)

    Performers: Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martin Yates (conductor)

  • 10:30: Jonathan Yeo's Choices

    • John Barry

      Chaplin (original soundtrack recording)

      Performers: English Chamber Orchestra, John Barry (conductor)

      • EPIC SOUNDTRAX 4726022.
  • Mascagni/Rantala

    Intermezzo (portrait of Pavarotti)

    Performers: Ioro Rantala (piano)

    • ACT95042.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Four Anniversaries Nos. 1-3

    Performers: Alexander Frey (piano)

    • KOCH 3-7426-2.
  • 11am:

    • Alban Berg

      Violin Concerto

      Performers: Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Concertgebouw Orchestra, Amsterdam, Igor Markevitch (conductor)

      • DECCA 480 0481.
  • 11.25:

    • Benjamin Britten

      Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge

      Performers: English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten (conductor)

      • DECCA 417 509-2.


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