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.
5 reasons to love... French melodies
Antonia Fraser's Choice No. 1
Antonia Fraser's Choice No. 2
Artist of the Week: Arthur Grumiaux
Peter Phillips (conductor)GIMELL
O nata lux
John Rutter (conductor)