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Monday - Rob Cowan with Jean Sprackland

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love the Songs of Gabriel Faure; Verdi: Requiem; Artist of the Week: Ferenc Fricsay, featured conducting Beethoven's Symphony No 5.

9am
A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... the songs of Gabriel Fauré' Throughout the week Rob dips into the songbooks of Fauré, with choices including Le Secret, Après un rêve and Lydia. Rob highlights Fauré's subtle word settings, unusual harmonies and the sympathetic way he depicts nature and the world around him, with recordings by singers including Gérard Souzay, Pierre Bernac and Anne Sofie von Otter.

9.30am
Take part in today's challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related place.

10am
Especially for National Poetry Day, Rob's guest this week is the poet and writer Jean Sprackland. Jean's first collection of poetry, Tattoos for Mothers Day was shortlisted for the Forward Poetry Prize for Best First Collection and her second book, Hard Water, was on the shortlist for the T.S. Eliot Prize and the Whitbread Poetry Award. Her third collection, Tilt, won the Costa Poetry Award and The Guardian described her most recent book of poetry, Sleeping Keys, as 'an uncommon pleasure to read'. Jean has also written a series of short stories and a non-fiction work titled Strands, a series of meditations on walking the beaches between Blackpool and Liverpool. She will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music with Rob every day at 10am.

10.30am
Rob features the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review

Verdi
Requiem

11am
Rob's artist of the week is the conductor Ferenc Fricsay. One of the most acclaimed conductors of his generation, and famed for conducting without a baton, Hungarian-born Fricsay studied violin and piano with Bartók and composition with Kodály. After going into hiding during the Nazi occupation of Budapest, he conducted the first symphony concert in the Hungarian capital after the liberation in 1945, and was appointed as conductor of the Budapest Opera and the Budapest Philharmonic Orchestra. Fricsay went on to forge an international career, conducting orchestras including the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, the Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. He performed his final concerts with the London Philharmonic Orchestra at the Royal Festival Hall before his untimely death from stomach cancer at the age of 48. Throughout the week Rob showcases gems from Fricsay's small but precious catalogue of recordings.

Beethoven
Symphony No.5 in C minor Op.67
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Ferenc Fricsay (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: FERENC FRICSAY

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Dance of the Moorish Slaves (Aida, Act II)

      Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.
      • DG.
  • Guillaume Dufay

    Apostolo glorioso

    Choir: The Binchois Consort. Conductor: Andrew Kirkman.
    • HYPERION.
  • George Enescu

    Romanian Rhapsody No.2

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • MERCURY.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...FAURE SONGS

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Clair de lune, Op 46 No 2

      Singer: José van Dam. Performer: Jean‐Philippe Collard.
      • WARNER.
  • Friedrich Kuhlau

    The Robbers' Castle (Overture)

    Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Conductor: Michael Schønwandt.
    • Chandos.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Dialogues des carmelites: Prelude to Act III, Scene 2

    Orchestra: Orchestra of Lyon National Opera. Conductor: Kent Nagano.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Herr Jesu Christ, du hochstes Gut, BWV1114

    Performer: Peter Hurford.
    • DECCA.
  • Franz Liszt

    Mephisto Waltz No 1

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • MERCURY.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Six Anthems Op.79 (Nos. 4, 5 & 6)

    Choir: The Choirs of St. Albans Cathedral. Director: Tom Winpenny.
    • NAXOS.
  • JEAN SPRACKLAND'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Nocturne in E flat major, Op.9 No.2

      Performer: Stefan Askenase.
      • DG.
  • JEAN SPRACKLAND'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Charles Villiers Stanford

      The Blue Bird, Op 119 No 3

      Choir: RIAS Kammerchor. Conductor: Marcus Creed.
      • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • JEAN SPRACKLAND'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Michael Tippett

      Concerto for Double String Orchestra (2nd mvt)

      Orchestra: Moscow Chamber Orchestra. Orchestra: Bath Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Rudolf Barshai.
      • EMI.
  • THE BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION FROM LAST SATURDAY'S CD REVIEW

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Lux aeterna (Requiem)

      Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano. Singer: Anja Harteros. Singer: Sonia Ganassi. Singer: Rolando Villazón. Singer: René Pape. Choir: Chorus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome.
      • EMI.
      • 5.
    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Libera me (Requiem)

      Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano. Singer: Anja Harteros. Singer: Sonia Ganassi. Singer: Rolando Villazón. Singer: René Pape. Choir: Chorus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome.
      • EMI.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Seraph (1st mvt)

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble.
    • EMI.
  • Élisabeth Jacquet de La Guerre

    Keyboard Suite in D minor (Chaconne; Minuet)

    Performer: Carol Cerasi.
    • Jacquet de La Guerre - Suites for Harpsichord.
    • Metronome.
    • 7-8.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: FERENC FRICSAY

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.
      • DG.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in F minor for 3 violins and orchestra from Musique de Table

    Orchestra: European Union Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Roy Goodman.
  • Thomas Tallis

    If ye love me

    Choir: The Cardinall’s Musick. Director: Andrew Carwood.
    • Tallis: Salve Intemerata Virgo.
    • Hyperion.
    • 9.

Mystery Place

Answer: St Alban's Cathedral

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