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Monday - Rob Cowan with Bonnie Greer

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Concert Overtures; Artist of the Week: Maria Joao Pires; Essential Choice: Bizet: Carmen (excerpt).

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... Concert Overtures'. Throughout the week Rob offers a selection of his favourite overtures which were composed specifically for the concert hall. His choice includes music by Szymanowski, Dvorak, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

Mapping the Music: Take part in our daily musical challenge and guess the place associated with the piece of music.

Rob's guest this week is playwright, novelist and critic Bonnie Greer. Originally from Chicago, now living in London, she is an award-winning playwright having gained a Verity Bargate Award and an OBE for her contribution to the arts in 2010. She has appeared regularly on Newsnight Review and has served on the boards of many leading arts organisations, including the Royal Opera House and the British Museum. She is a self-professed classical musical fan and wrote an opera in 2011 inspired by her appearance alongside BNP leader Nick Griffin on Question Time.

This week Rob's Artist of the Week is Maria Joao Pires, one of the finest pianists of her generation, whose performances are celebrated for their integrity, eloquence, and vitality. Rob showcases her recordings of works by the great classical and romantic composer/pianists, including Mozart, Schubert and Chopin.

Carmen (excerpt)
The Building a Library recommendation from Saturday's CD Review.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Adriaan Willaert

    Vecchie letrose

    Ensemble: La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Artist of the Week: Maria Joao Pires

    • Franz Schubert

      Impromptu in E flat major, D.899 No.2

      Performer: Maria João Pires.
      • DG.
  • 5 Reasons to love Concert Overtures

    • Karol Szymanowski

      Concert Overture in E major, Op.12

      Orchestra: Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Narodowej. Conductor: Witold Rowicki.
  • Grigoras Dinicu

    Albumblatt and Hora Staccato

    Performer: Alexander Markovich. Composer: Alexander Glazunov. Performer: Sergei Nakariakov.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet in D minor, K.173

    Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Trad

    La Pastoura als camps; Brezairola; Lou Coucut

    Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles. Music Arranger: Joseph Canteloube. Orchestra: Lamoureux Concerts Orchestra. Conductor: Jean‐Pierre Jacquillat.
    • EMI.
  • Bonnie Greer's Choice No. 1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      St Matthew Passion, BWV 244; ‘O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden’

      Orchestra: Munich Bach Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Richter. Choir: Munich Bach Choir.
      • DG.
  • Bonnie Greer's Choice No. 2

    • Ralph Vaughan Williams

      Fantasia on Greensleeves

      Orchestra: Sinfonia of London. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
      • EMI.
  • Bonnie Greer's Choice No. 3

    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

      Scheherazade, symphonic suite Op 35; 4th mvt, Festival at Baghdad – The Sea

      Conductor: Antal Doráti. Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra.
      • MERCURY.
  • Artist of the Week: Maria Joao Pires

    • Robert Schumann

      Allegro in B flat major (Faschingsschwank aus Wien – Phantasiebilder, Op.26)

      Performer: Maria João Pires.
      • DG.
  • The Building a Library Recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review

    • Georges Bizet

      Carmen: Act I (excerpt)

      Singer: Plácido Domingo. Singer: Julia Migenes. Orchestra: Orchestre national de France. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
      • ERATO.
  • Carl Friedrich Abel

    Suite in D minor (Arpeggiata and Minuetto)

    Performer: Paolo Pandolfo.
    • GLOSSA.
  • Franz Liszt

    Festklange, S.101

    Conductor: Georg Solti. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Decca Eloquence.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Gavotte et doubles (Suite in A minor)

    Performer: Marcelle Meyer.
    • ERATO.

Mapping The Music

Trad. arr.  Canteloube
Baïlèro  (Set 1 no.2 of Songs of the Auvergne)
Victoria de los Angeles (soprano)
Lamoureux Concerts Orchestra
Jean-Pierre Jacquillat (conductor)


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