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Monday - Rob Cowan with Antonia Fraser

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love French Melodies; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: Arthur Grumiaux; Rob's Essential Choice: Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake.

A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love...French Melodies'. With performances of songs by composers including Berlioz, Ravel and Duparc from such diverse singers as Rita Streich, Thomas Hampson, Mady Mesplé, Leopold Simoneau and Sandrine Piau, Rob explores the wide range of expression this genre offers.

Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the personal relationship that connects two pieces of music.

Rob's guest this week is the biographer and novelist Lady Antonia Fraser. The author of many acclaimed historical works including Marie Antoinette and Mary Queen of Scots, Lady Fraser will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, including works by Byrd, Mozart and Schubert, every day at 10am.

This week Rob features the Belgian violinist Arthur Grumiaux. A fine pianist as well as a violinist, Grumiaux was known for his graceful performances and purity of tone. Rob features classic recordings of him in repertoire for which he is especially celebrated, including the solo violin music of Bach, as well as works by Mozart, Brahms, Debussy and Faure.

Today's Essential Choice is taken from the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.
Swan Lake.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jean‐Marie Leclair


    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux. Performer: Istvan Hadju.
    • Favourite Violin Encores.
    • DECCA.
    • 010.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto Grosso in F major, Op 6 No 2

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Corelli: Concerto Grossi op. 6.
    • ARCHIV.
    • 008.
  • 5 reasons to love... French melodies

    • Francis Poulenc

      Airs chantés

      Performer: Geoffrey Parsons. Singer: Rita Streich.
      • EMI.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Homage March (Sigurd Jorsalfar)

    Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
    • Grieg: Symphonic Dances, etc.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 013.
  • Pablo de Sarasate


    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux. Performer: Istvan Hadju.
    • Favourite Violin Encores.
    • DECCA.
    • 011.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto grosso in F major, Op 6 No 9 (HWV 327)

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Handel: Twelve Concerti Grossi op. 6.
    • 17-22.
  • Thomas Tallis

    O nata lux de lumine

    Conductor: John Rutter. Choir: The Cambridge Singers.
  • Antonia Fraser's Choice No. 1

    • Joseph Haydn

      Symphony No. 85 in B flat major ‘La Reine’: II. Romance. Allegretto

      Orchestra: Heidelberger Sinfoniker. Conductor: Thomas Fey.
      • HANSSLER.
  • Antonia Fraser's Choice No. 2

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Concerto No. 1: Movement III

      Performer: Alfred Brendel. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Guia pratico... - book 9 for piano, no.3; O ciranda, o cirandinha [Circle dance]

    Performer: Cristina Ortiz.
    • Villa-Lobos: Piano music: Cristina Ortiz.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Artist of the Week: Arthur Grumiaux

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Violin Sonata No. 1 in A, Op. 13

      Performer: Paul Crossley. Performer: Arthur Grumiaux.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Jonathan Dove

    Wellcome all wonders in one sight for a capella choir

    Choir: Wells Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Matthew Owens.
    • Jonathan Dove - Choral Music.
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.
  • Essential Choice

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Swan Lake (Act 2)

      Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
      • MELODIYA.
  • Michael Tippett

    Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli

    Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
    • APEX.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Tristesse, Op. 6 No. 2

    Performer: Jacqueline Bonneau. Singer: Gérard Souzay.

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The relationship was, teacher & pupil. The Composers were Byrd & Tallis.


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