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Monday - Rob Cowan with Tom Phillips

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words; Bellini's Norma; Artist of the Week: David Willcocks, featured conducting Allegri's Miserere.

9am
A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words'. Rob explores the tonal variety, subtle poetry, drama and aria-like expression of Felix Mendelssohn's intimate miniatures, in the hands of pianists including Livia Rév, Vladimir Horowitz and Ignaz Friedman. He also showcases a pair of songs by Felix's sister Fanny, which demonstrate that her compositions matched his in their charm and originality.

9.30am
Take part in today's music-related challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

10am
Rob's guest this week is the artist Tom Phillips. Tom is renowned for his portraiture, sculpture and collages, including his extraordinary ongoing project A Humument, an altered Victorian novel (the pages of which Tom paints, draws and collages over), 49 years in the making. An illustrator, set designer, librettist, composer, curator and collector, Tom is also the author of Music in Art, a survey of art inspired by music. Tom will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, every day at 10am.

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

Bellini
Norma

11am
Rob's Artist of the Week is Sir David Willcocks. Throughout the week Rob pays tribute to Sir David Willcocks: organist, composer, and the most celebrated British choral conductor of his generation, who died in September, aged 95. From 1957 until 1974 he was Director of Music at King's College, Cambridge; under his leadership and training the choir became internationally renowned for its precision, immaculate tuning and pure beauty of tone. Through their annual broadcasts of the Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, and Sir David's dazzling carol arrangements and descants, his name has become indelibly associated with Advent and Christmas. For 38 years he was also the musical director of the Bach Choir, conducting them in some eighty performances of the St Matthew Passion, as well as championing music by contemporary British composers. Rob surveys Sir David's glittering recorded legacy, showcasing some of his most acclaimed interpretations, and unearthing some rare gems.

Allegri
Miserere
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Roy Goodman (solo treble)
Sir David Willcocks (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS

    • Trad.

      Sussex Carol

      Music Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. Performer: Simon Preston. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
      • DECCA.
    • George Frideric Handel

      Zadok the Priest

      Performer: Thurston Dart. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
      • DECCA.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...MENDELSSOHN'S SONGS WITHOUT WORDS

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Song without words, Op.62 No.1

      Performer: Lívia Rév.
      • HYPERION.
    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Song without Words, Op 62 No 2

      Performer: Lívia Rév.
      • HYPERION.
    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Song without words, Op.62 No.5 'Venetian Gondola Song'

      Performer: Lívia Rév.
      • HYPERION.
  • Jean Françaix

    Le Gay Paris

    Performer: Sven Geipel. Ensemble: Saxon Wind Philharmonic. Conductor: Thomas Clamor.
    • GENUIN.
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel

    Octet-Partita in E flat major

    Ensemble: Wind Soloists of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • ASV.
  • Erik Satie

    La Piccadilly

    Performer: Anne Queffélec.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
  • TOM PHILLIPS' CHOICE NO.1

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Bagatelle No.25 'Fur Elise'

      Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
      • DG.
  • TOM PHILLIPS' CHOICE NO.2

    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Keyboard Sonata in C minor, K.11

      Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
      • DECCA.
  • TOM PHILLIPS' CHOICE NO.3

    • John Cage

      Sonata XVI (Sonatas and Interludes)

      Performer: John Tilbury.
      • DECCA.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Khovanshchina (Prelude)

    Orchestrator: Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Orchestra: Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • EMI.
  • THE BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION FROM LAST SATURDAY'S CD REVIEW

    • Vincenzo Bellini

      Casta Diva (Norma, Act I)

      Singer: Maria Callas. Choir: Chorus of La Scala, Milan. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Tullio Serafin.
      • WARNER CLASSICS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 44 in E minor, 'Trauer'

    Orchestra: Tafelmusik. Conductor: Bruno Weil.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS

    • Gregorio Allegri

      Miserere mei, Deus (sung in English)

      Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Singer: Roy Goodman. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
      • DECCA.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Overture to La scala di seta

    Ensemble: The Hanover Band. Conductor: Roy Goodman.
    • RCA.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS

    • Henry Purcell

      Hear my prayer, o Lord

      Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
      • DECCA.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Ballade in D major, Op 10 No 2

    Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
    • DG.
  • Frank Bridge

    Cherry ripe

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
    • HYPERION.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland, BWV659

      Performer: Sir David Willcocks.
      • EMI.
    • Patrick Hadley

      I sing of a maiden

      Performer: Simon Preston. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
      • DECCA.
    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      St. Matthew Passion (conclusion)

      Choir: Bach Choir. Choir: Choristers of St. Paul's Cathedral Choir. Orchestra: The Thames Chamber Orchestra. Singer: Robert Tear. Singer: Paul Hillier. Singer: Felicity Lott. Singer: Alfreda Hodgson. Singer: Neil Jenkins. Singer: Stephen Roberts.
      • ASV.

Mapping the Music

Answer: London

The music played:
 
Ireland
A London Overture
Halle
John Wilson (conductor)
HALLE

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