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Tuesday - 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 Bruch's Violin Concerto No 1.

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

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
To celebrate the new BBC Ten Pieces project, Rob chooses music that complements this exciting selection of works.

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.

Bruch
Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.26
Erica Morini (violin)
Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra
Ferenc Fricsay (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo in C major, Op 119 No 3

    Performer: Julius Katchen.
    • DECCA.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Romantic Intermezzo, Op 69

    Orchestra: Philharmonia of Russia. Conductor: Dmitry Yablonsky.
    • NAXOS.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...FAURE SONGS

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Le secret

      Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
      • NAIVE.
  • André Cardinal Destouches

    Les éléments (Chaconne)

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • L'OISEAU LYRE.
  • Gustav Holst

    A Fugal Overture, Op 40 No 1

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • Holst: Egdon Heath/Hammersmith etc: LSO/Hickox.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Valse Triste, Op.44 No.1

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Eduard van Beinum.
    • DECCA.
  • Claude Debussy

    Ballade

    Performer: Hubert Rutkowski.
    • PIANO CLASSICS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Danse bohemienne

    Performer: Hubert Rutkowski.
    • PIANO CLASSICS.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt Suite No.1, Op.46

    Orchestra: Prague Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Václav Neumann.
    • SUPRAPHON.
  • JEAN SPRACKLAND'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Johannes Brahms

      'Ihr habt nur Traurigkeit' (Ein Deutsches Requiem Op.45)

      Singer: Dorothea Röschmann. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Choir: Rundfunkchor Berlin.
      • EMI.
  • JEAN SPRACKLAND'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Franz Schubert

      IV. Allegro (Piano Sonata in C minor D.958)

      Performer: Alfred Brendel.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Exsultate Deo

    Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Conductor: John Rutter.
    • Collegium.
  • Steve Reich

    Come Out

    • NONESUCH.
  • Padre Antonio Soler

    Fandango in D

    Performer: Rafael Puyana.
  • Henry Purcell

    Sweeter than Roses

    Performer: Anthony Rooley. Singer: Emma Kirkby.
    • DECCA.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: FERENC FRICSAY

    • Max Bruch

      Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor Op.26

      Performer: Erica Morini. Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.
      • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Trio in F, Hob.XV No.17

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Anon.

    Farruca

    Performer: Pepe Romero.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: FERENC FRICSAY

    • Tcherepnin

      Ten Bagatelles

      Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Grieg
Peer Gynt: Anitra’s Dance
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Jerzy Maksymiuk (conductor)
NAXOS

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