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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Tom Phillips

With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Mendelssohn's Songs Without Words; Arvo Part: Fratres; Artist of the Week: David Willcocks, featured conducting Haydn's Nelson Mass.

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 our daily musical challenge: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

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 places Music in Time. Rob focuses on the Modern period and the music of Estonian composer Arvo Pärt. In Fratres his rich but pure harmonic writing edges towards us with hypnotic consistency.

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.

Haydn
Missa in angustiis, Hob.XXII:II 'Nelson Mass'
Sylvia Stahlman (soprano)
Helen Watts (contralto)
Wilfred Brown (tenor)
Tom Krause (bass)
Choir of King's College, Cambridge
Simon Preston (organ)
London Symphony Orchestra
Sir David Willcocks (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Gloria in excelsis Deo (Gloria, RV.589)

      Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Performer: Sir Andrew Davis. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
      • DECCA.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...MENDELSSOHN'S SONGS WITHOUT WORDS

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Song without Words, Op.19 No.5

      Performer: Bernd Glemser.
      • OEHMS.
    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Song without words, Op.62 No.3 'Trauermarsh'

      Performer: Bernd Glemser.
      • OEHMS.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Blumine

    Orchestra: Tonhalle Orchester Zürich. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • RCA.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Trio for piano, oboe and bassoon

    Performer: Gareth Hulse. Performer: Ursula Leveaux. Performer: Ian Brown.
    • HYPERION.
  • Béla Bartók

    Stick Dance - No 1 of Romanian Folk Dances, Sz 68

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Franz Liszt

    Prometheus

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto grosso in F major Op.6`2

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV.
  • TOM PHILLIPS' CHOICE NO.1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude (Partita for solo violin in E, BWV1006)

      Performer: Alina Ibragimova.
      • HYPERION.
  • TOM PHILLIPS' CHOICE NO.2

    • Benjamin Britten

      Nocturne (Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings)

      Performer: Dennis Brain. Singer: Peter Pears. Orchestra: Boyd Neel String Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
      • DECCA.
  • TOM PHILLIPS' CHOICE NO.3

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      'Dies Bildnis ist bezaubernd schon' (The Magic Flute, Act 1)

      Singer: Jonas Kaufmann. Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • DECCA.
  • François Couperin

    Les baricades mistérieuses (Pieces de clavecin - ordre no. 6)

    Music Arranger: Thomas Adès. Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • Warner.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: MODERN

    • Arvo Pärt

      Fratres

      Performer: Gil Shaham. Performer: Roger Carlsson. Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
      • DG.
  • Michael Tippett

    Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Apex.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: SIR DAVID WILLCOCKS

    • Joseph Haydn

      Missa in angustiis, Hob.XXII:II 'Nelson Mass'

      Singer: Sylvia Stahlman. Singer: Helen Watts. Singer: Wilfred Brown. Singer: Tom Krause. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir David Willcocks.
      • DECCA.
  • Franz Liszt

    Ricordanza (Transcendental Study No.9)

    Performer: Olivia Sham.
    • AVIE.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    German Dance No 6 in D major, K 571

    Ensemble: Concentus Musicus Wien. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Walzer Revolution.
    • Sony.
    • 9.

By Association

Answer: Tippett and Corelli

The music played:

Tippett
Fantasia Concertante on a Theme of Corelli
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Andrew Davis (conductor)
APEX

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