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Monday - Rob Cowan, plus Sarah Walker with John Lithgow

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Operetta; Musical challenge; Artist of the week: the Vienna Philharmonic, featured performing Brahms's Symphony No 2.

A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... operetta'. Throughout the week Rob makes the case for this sometimes overlooked genre, showcasing some personal favourites that demonstrate the many delights of light opera: charm, wonderful tunes, great singers and quirky and amusing storylines. You may not hear operetta in quite the same way again!

Take part in our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

This week Sarah interviews the stage and screen actor John Lithgow. John has appeared on Broadway 22 times, winning Tony Awards for The Changing Room and Sweet Smell of Success. He received back-to-back Academy Award nominations for The World According to Garp and Terms of Endearment and is well known for his Emmy Award-winning performances in the television series 3rd Rock From the Sun and Dexter. Most recently he has starred in Love is Strange, Interstellar and The Homesman. John shares a selection of his favourite classical music and tells Sarah about catching the acting bug performing in Gilbert and Sullivan, how he appeared as the elephant in a ballet of Saint-Saëns's Carnival of the Animals and why Yo-Yo Ma once gave him a private performance of Bach.

Vintage Proms 1915 - music inspired by a Prom from 100 years ago
During the BBC Proms 2015 Rob takes a look at the Proms season from a century ago and plays music that reflects a time when concert programmes were quite different from those of today. This week Rob showcases highlights including two Elgar rarities, Carillon and Polonia, Parry's Overture to an Unwritten Tragedy and Mendelssohn's Rondo brillant in E flat major, all of which received their Proms premiere during the 1915 season.

Rob's artist of the week is one of the world's finest orchestras, the Vienna Philharmonic. Since its foundation in 1842 the orchestra has earned a reputation as one of the greats, making top recordings stretching back to 1905 and performing over a hundred concerts every season. Throughout the week Rob shares the Vienna Philharmonic's interpretations of works by composers including Mozart, Beethoven and Strauss, under the batons of maestros such as Karl Böhm, Claudio Abbado and Fritz Reiner.

Symphony No.2 in D Op.73
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Pierre Monteux (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Strauss II

    Persian March

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Willi Boskovsky.
    • DECCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rosamunde (Ballet in G major)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Karl Münchinger.
    • Decca.

    • Johann Strauss II

      'Woiwode der Zigeuner' (Gypsy Baron, end of Act I)

      Singer: Herbert Lippert. Singer: Christiane Oelze. Singer: Hans-Jurgen Lazar. Singer: Jurgen Flimm. Singer: Elisabeth von Magnus. Singer: Rudolf Schasching. Singer: Pamela Coburn. Singer: Julia Hamari. Choir: Arnold Schoenberg Chor. Orchestra: Vienna Symphonic Orchestra Project. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
      • TELDEC.
  • Johann Joseph Fux

    Concentus musico-instrumentalis No.3

    Ensemble: Clemencic Consort. Director: René Clemencic.
  • Étienne Moulinié

    Veni sponsa mea

    Ensemble: Les Pages et les Chantres de Musique Baroque de Versailles. Conductor: Olivier Schneebeli.
    • ALPHA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet in D major, K 155

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • DG.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Dance of the Blessed Spirits (Orfeo ed Euridice)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Monteux.

    • Arthur Sullivan

      'When I went to the Bar as a Very Young Man' (Iolanthe, Act 1)

      Singer: George Baker. Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
      • ARABESQUE.

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Gente, gente, all'armi, all'armi

      Singer: Thomas Allen. Singer: Samuel Ramey. Singer: Lucia Popp. Singer: Kiri Te Kanawa. Singer: Philip Langridge. Singer: Robert Tear. Singer: Giorgio Tadeo. Singer: Kurt Moll. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
      • DECCA.

    • John Adams

      Boulevard Night (City Noir)

      Orchestra: Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Robertson.
      • NONESUCH.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Henry VIII: Ballet-Divertissement

    Orchestra: Razumovsky Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Mogrelia.
    • NAXOS.
  • Joseph Kosma

    Les feuilles mortes

    Singer: Elly Ameling. Performer: Rudolf Jansen.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ciaconna (Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV1004)

    Performer: Yves Rechsteiner.
    • ALPHA.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Dance of the Blessed Spirits
London Symphony Orchestra
Pierre Monteux (conductor)


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