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Tuesday - 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: Delibes: Tableau I (Coppelia).

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 music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

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.

Rob's Essential Choice
This week Rob explores great ballet scores
Coppelia: Tableau I
Suisse Romande Orchestra
Ernest Ansermet (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Wilhelm Peterson‐Berger

    Froso Flowers, Book 3 - 1. Forspel (Prelude)

    Performer: Noriko Ogawa.
    • BIS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in A minor for 2 violins, RV 523

    Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Performer: Viktoria Mullova. Conductor: Andrea Marcon. Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra.
    • ARCHIV.
  • 5 reasons to love... French melodies

    • Hector Berlioz

      La Belle Voyageuse (Irlande, Op. 2 No. 4)

      Performer: Geoffrey Parsons. Singer: Thomas Hampson.
      • WARNER.
  • George Enescu

    Romanian Rhapsody No 1

    Orchestra: Symphony of the Air. Conductor: Leopold Stokowski.
    • RCA.
  • Artist of the Week: Arthur Grumiaux

    • Edward Elgar

      La Capricieuse

      Performer: Arthur Grumiaux. Performer: Istvan Hadju.
      • Favourite Violin Encores.
      • DECCA.
      • 019.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Salve Regina

    Conductor: Stephen Layton. Choir: Polyphony.
  • Jaromír Weinberger

    Schwanda the Bagpiper (Polka and Fugue)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen (Rückert-Lieder)

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Katarina Karnéus.
    • EMI.
  • Antonia Fraser's Choice No. 1

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Don Carlo: Io la vidi, e il suo sorriso

      Singer: Plácido Domingo. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
      • EMI.
  • Antonia Fraser's Choice No. 2

    • William Byrd

      Mass for 5 Voices: Credo

      Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Martin Baker.
      • HYPERION.
  • Artist of the Week: Arthur Grumiaux

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Violin Concerto No. 4 in D

      Performer: Arthur Grumiaux. Conductor: Colin Davis. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    A New Song

    Performer: Christopher Glynn. Director: Harry Christophers. Choir: The Sixteen.
    • Great British Choral Works: The Sixteen/Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
    • 14.
  • Essential Choice

    • Léo Delibes

      Coppelia: Tableau I

      Conductor: Ernest Ansermet. Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra.
  • Alma Mahler-Werfel

    Funf Lieder

    Performer: Cord Garben. Singer: Iris Vermillion. Singer: Christian Elsner.
    • CPO.
  • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

    Kikimora, Op 63

    Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev. Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra.
    • Newton Classics.

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The Mystery Person was Gustav Mahler.


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