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Music in the Great War: Rob Cowan with Jay Winter

With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: Volodos plays Mompou; Brainteaser: Who/What/Where Am I?; Historian Jay Winter; Essential Choice: Debussy: Sonata for flute, viola and harp.

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

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.

Rob's Essential Choice
Sonata for Flute, Viola and Harp
Melos Ensemble.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Léo Delibes

    Scene (Finale from Tableau II of Coppelia)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • Decca.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Overture: The Bartered Bride

    Orchestra: Pro Arte Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • EMI.
  • Federico Mompou

    Dialogues 1; Musica callada I Angelico

    Performer: Arcadi Volodos.
    • Sony.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Organ Concerto in F major, HWV 295, 'The Cuckoo and the Nightingale'

    Performer: Bob van Asperen. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
    • Virgin.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Hungarian March (The Damnation of Faust)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • Philips.
  • Edward Elgar

    La capricieuse, Op 17

    Performer: Natalie Clein. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Three Shakespeare Songs

    Choir: Finzi Singers. Conductor: Paul Spicer.
    • Chandos.
  • Anton Webern

    Movement for piano

    Performer: Gianluca Cascioli.
    • DG.
  • Magnard

    Chant funebre, Op 9

    Orchestra: Toulouse Capitole Orchestra. Conductor: Michel Plasson.
    • EMI.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto grosso in G minor, Op 5 No 8 (Christmas Concerto)

    Performer: The Brandenburg Consort. Performer: Roy Goodman (violin/director).
  • Ivor Novello

    Keep the home fires burning

    Singer: John McCormack.
    • Flapper.
  • Ernest MacMillan

    String Quartet in C minor (III. Lento ma non troppo)

    Ensemble: Alcan Quartet.
    • Atma Classique.
  • Arthur Benjamin

    3 Pieces for violin and piano (1919): Arabesque; Carnavalesque

    Performer: John Harding. Performer: Ian Munro.
    • Tall Poppies.
  • Claude Debussy

    Sonata for flute, viola and harp

    Ensemble: Melos Ensemble.
    • Decca.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony No 3, Op 27 (Sinfonia espansiva)

    Performer: Nancy Wait Kromm (soprano). Performer: Kevin McMillan (baritone). Performer: San Francisco Symphony. Performer: Herbert Blomstedt (conductor).
    • DECCA.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Solvieg's Song (Peer Gynt)

    Performer: MariAnne Haggander (soprano). Performer: San Francisco Symphony. Performer: Herbert Blomstedt (conductor).
    • DECCA.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Who am I?

Anton Webern, who with Berg and Schoenberg made up the so-called `Second Viennese School’. He was shot by an American soldier after the end of WWII when he stepped outside his house to have a smoke. The soldier who killed him was overcome by remorse and died an alcoholic.


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