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Music in the Great War: Rob Cowan with Jay Winter

With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: Volodos plays Mompou; Brainteaser: Transports of Delight; Historian Jay Winter; Building a Library: Ravel: La Valse.

Music in the Great War, with Rob Cowan and his guest, the historian Jay Winter.

BBC Radio 3 continues to tell the story of World War One through the music of the time. For two weeks (23 June-6 July) the station will dedicate much of its schedule to exploring wartime composers and musicians from Britain, Europe and across the globe. The programmes show how a rich variety of music powerfully expressed the nationalism, pride, escapism, nostalgia, camaraderie, entertainment, grief and loss of a society at total war.

Each day this week, Radio 3's schedule will be a showcase for the musical and cultural experience of one of the major participants - France (30 June), Russia (1 July), the USA (2 July) and Empires (3 July).

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Volodos plays Mompou, SONY. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

9:30 - 10:30 Including a selection of music from the time of World War One.

Rob's guest this week is the American historian Jay Winter, a specialist in World War I and its impact on the 20th century. He has authored or co-authored several war-themed books, including The Great War and the British People, The Experience of World War I, and, most recently, Sites of Memory, Sites of Mourning: The Great War in European Cultural History, 1914-1918. He was also co-producer, co-writer and chief historian for the PBS series The Great War and the Shaping of the 20th Century, which won an Emmy Award. Jay is the Charles J. Stille Professor of History at Yale University and is a fellow of the Royal Historical Society.

La Valse
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Dance with mandolins (Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Federico Mompou

    Scenes d’enfants (IV. Jeu 3 and V. Jeunes filles au jardin)

    Performer: Arcadi Volodos.
    • SONY.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Intermezzo and Alla Marcia (Karelia Suite, Op 11)

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV 903

    Performer: George Malcolm.
    • Decca.
  • anon

    Transports of delight

    Conductor: anon.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Invitation to the Dance

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Orchestrator: Hector Berlioz. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • RCA Living Stereo.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Sonata in B flat major, Op 5 No 11

    Performer: Frans Brüggen. Performer: Anner Bylsma. Performer: Gustav Leonhardt.
    • RCA.
  • D'Indy, Vincent

    Symphony No 3 (Sinfonia brevis de bello gallico)

    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • Chandos.
  • Claude Debussy

    Berceuse heroique

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Eduard van Beinum.
    • Philips.
  • Erik Satie

    Parade (excerpt)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Menuet (Le tombeau de Couperin)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • Philips.
  • Maurice Ravel

    La Valse

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • Decca.
  • Claude Debussy

    En blanc et noir

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • Philips.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Italian Symphony

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Klemperer.
  • Maurice Ravel

    La valse

    Performer: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Performer: Charles Dutoit (conductor).
    • DECCA.
  • Claude Debussy

    En blanc et noir

    Performer: Martha Argerich and Stephen Kovacevich (pianos).
    • PHILIPS.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Symphony No 4 in A, Op 90 (The Italian)

    Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra. Performer: Otto Klemperer (conductor).
    • EMI.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Transports of Delight

The Orient Express.


The music played:


Richard Rodney Bennett
Murder on the Orient Express: Waltz
Hollywood Bowl Orchestra
John Mauceri (conductor)
PHILIPS 438 685-2


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