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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Jean Sprackland

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love the Songs of Gabriel Faure; Artist of the Week: Ferenc Fricsay, featured conducting Rachmaninov's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini.

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 object.

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.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Gerald Finzi

    V. Fughetta: Allegro Vivace (5 Bagatelles Op.23)

    Performer: Robert Plane. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia. Conductor: Howard Griffiths.
    • NAXOS.
  • Sébastien de Brossard

    Symphonie pour le Graduel in D major

    Ensemble: La Nuova Musica. Conductor: David Bates.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Rondo in B flat major for piano and orchestra, WoO 6

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • WARNER.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...FAURE SONGS

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Notre amour, Op.33 No.2

      Performer: Janine Reiss. Singer: Mady Mesplé.
      • EMI.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Romeo and Juliet (Act 4)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Prokofiev, Romeo and Juliet: Valery Gergiev, LSO.
    • LSO Live.
    • 27.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Representation of Chaos (The Creation)

    Ensemble: Handel and Haydn Society. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Knut Nystedt

    Jesus, din sote forening a smake

    Choir: Concert Clemens. Conductor: Carsten Seyer-Hansen.
    • DANACORD.
  • Gustav Holst

    A Somerset Rhapsody, Op 21 No 2

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker (Dance of the Sugar-Plum Fairy)

    Conductor: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutshe Grammophon.
    • 14.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Sugar Rum Cherry

    Music Arranger: Duke Ellington. Orchestra: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra.
    • COLUMBIA.
  • Franz Waxman

    Promenade (Four Scenes from Childhood)

    Performer: Marianne Thorsen. Performer: Ian Brown.
    • Hyperion.
  • JEAN SPRACKLAND'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Song to the Moon (Rusalka)

      Singer: Krassimira Stoyanova. Orchestra: Münchner Rundfunkorchester. Conductor: Pavel Baleff.
      • ORFEO.
  • JEAN SPRACKLAND'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Thomas Tallis

      Spem in alium

      Choir: Tallis Scholars. Conductor: Peter Phillips.
      • GIMELL.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Clarinet Concerto

    Performer: Michael Collins. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Collins.
    • CHANDOS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: FERENC FRICSAY

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Symphony No.6 in B minor 'Pathetique'

      Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.
      • DG.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    La muse et le poète, Op 132

    Performer: Ulf Hoelscher. Performer: Ralph Kirshbaum. Conductor: Pierre Dervaux. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • Brilliant Classics.

Mystery Object

Answer: Celesta

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