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Friday - Rob Cowan with Jean Sprackland

With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love the Songs of Gabriel Faure; Artist of the Week: Ferenc Fricsay conducts Mozart's Symphony No 29 in A.

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: listen to the music and see if you can trace the classical inspiration.

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.

Mozart
Symphony No. 29 in A major K201
Vienna Symphony Orchestra
Ferenc Fricsay (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: FERENC FRICSAY

    • Johann Strauss II

      Eljen a Magyar Op.332

      Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.
      • DG.
  • Franz Liszt

    Mephisto Waltz No 4

    Performer: Dezső Ránki.
    • QUINTANA.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...FAURE SONGS

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Les berceaux, Op.23 No.1

      Performer: Marguerite Long. Singer: Ninon Vallin.
      • PEARL.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Voyevoda, Op 78

    Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • DG.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Ave Maria (Vespers)

    Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Conductor: Graham Ross.
    • Veni Emmanuel: Music for Advent.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 21.
  • Johann Rosenmüller

    Sinfonia in D major

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • WARNER.
  • Claude Debussy

    Petite suite arr Busser

    Music Arranger: Henri Büsser. Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • NAXOS.
  • Muzio Clementi

    Keyboard Sonatina in G Op.36 No.5

    Performer: Howard Shelley.
    • HYPERION.
  • JEAN SPRACKLAND'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Roderick Williams

      O Adonai

      Choir: Ex Cathedra Choir. Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore.
      • EX CATHEDRA.
  • JEAN SPRACKLAND'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Claude Debussy

      La cathédrale engloutie (Preludes, Book 1)

      Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
      • DG.
  • Robert Schumann

    Dichterliebe Op.48 (songs 1-4)

    Singer: Christian Gerhaher. Performer: Gerold Huber.
    • RCA.
  • Robert Schumann

    Overture, Scherzo and Finale Op.52

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Franz Konwitschny.
    • Brilliant Classics.
  • Richard Strauss

    Dance of the Seven Veils (Salome)

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • RCA.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: FERENC FRICSAY

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Symphony No.29 in A major K.201

      Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.
      • DG.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Quartet in G, TWV43:G2

    Performer: Jean‐Pierre Rampal. Orchestra: Ensemble Baroque de Paris.
    • ERATO.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    L’Horizon chimerique Op.118

    Singer: Gérard Souzay. Performer: Jacqueline Bonneau.
    • TESTAMENT.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: FERENC FRICSAY

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Concert Rondo for Piano and Orchestra in D major K.382

      Performer: Annie Fischer. Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra. Conductor: Ferenc Fricsay.
      • DG.

Classical Roots

Answer: 'A Groovy Kind of Love' is based on Clementi's Sonatina in G major, Op.36 No.5 (3)

The music played:

Tony Wine/Carole Bayer
A Groovy Kind of Love
The Mindbenders
FONTANA

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