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Monday - Rob Cowan with Jane Lapotaire

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite British Light Music; Building a Library: Mascagni: Cavalleria rusticana; Artist of the Week: Zoltan Kocsis (piano) in Debussy: Images, Set I.

9am
My favourite... British light music. Throughout the week Rob shares some of his favourite light music by British composers. He features musical treats including Ronald Binge's classic Elizabethan Serenade, Geoffrey Toye's waltz The Haunted Ballroom, Charles Ancliffe's Nights of Gladness and Elgar's Chanson de Matin, plus there's a trip to Knightsbridge with the march from Eric Coates's London Suite.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery object.

10am
Rob's guest this week, sharing a selection of her favourite classical music every day at 10am, is the actress Jane Lapotaire. Jane first achieved stardom with her Tony-award winning portrayal of the French songstress Édith Piaf. She is known for taking on great tragic roles and throughout her career has played leading ladies ranging from Cleopatra and Lady Macbeth to Joan of Arc, Marie Curie and opera star Maria Callas. Throughout the week Jane talks about her favourite acting parts, remembers working alongside Laurence Olivier as a young actress and explains how classical music helped her to recover from a devastating brain injury.

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

Mascagni
Cavalleria Rusticana

11am
Rob's artist of the week is the renowned pianist, conductor, composer, and founding member of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, Zoltan Kocsis. Throughout the week Rob features some of Kocsis's top records, including his Gramophone Instrumental Award winning interpretation of Debussy's Images, a recording of him as soloist in Mozart's popular Piano Concerto No. 23, where he's joined by the Budapest Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra, and as conductor in a pair of works by his compatriot, Bartok (Dance Suite and Rhapsody No. 2), plus Kocsis plays solo piano music by Wagner and Rachmaninov.

Debussy
Images, Set I
Zoltan Kocsis (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ZOLTAN KOCSIS

    • Claude Debussy

      Arabesque No.2 in G major

      Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
      • PHILIPS.
  • MY FAVOURITE...BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC

    • Ronald Binge

      Elizabethan Serenade

      Orchestra: The New London Orchestra. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
      • HYPERION.
  • Johann Friedrich Fasch

    Recorder Concerto in F major, FWV L:F6

    Performer: Pamela Thorby. Ensemble: Marsyas Ensemble.
    • LINN.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Scherzo capriccioso

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Aequalis No.1, WAB 114

    Performer: Mark Templeton. Performer: Helen Vollam. Performer: Patrick Jackman.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Ecce sacerdos

    Performer: Mark Templeton. Performer: Helen Vollam. Performer: Patrick Jackman. Performer: Alexander Mason. Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Voyage à Paris (Banalités)

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Felicity Lott.
    • HELIOS.
  • JANE LAPOTAIRE'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Giacomo Puccini

      'Sono andati' (La Boheme, Act IV)

      Singer: Rolando Villazón. Singer: Anna Netrebko. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Bertrand de Billy.
      • DG.
  • JANE LAPOTAIRE'S CHOICE NO.2

    • anon.

      Toute seule, passerai (I will go all alone)

      Ensemble: Sinfonye. Director: Stevie Wishart.
      • HYPERION.
  • JANE LAPOTAIRE'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Nocturne in G major, Op.37 No.2

      Performer: Arthur Rubinstein.
      • RCA.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Espana arr for guitar, Op 165 (Serenata in D major)

    Performer: Xuefei Yang. Music Arranger: Xuefei Yang.
    • Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez: Xuefei Yang.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 12.
  • Pietro Mascagni

    Cavalleria rusticana (excerpt)

    Singer: Agnes Baltsa. Singer: Vera Baniewicz. Singer: Juan Pons. Choir: Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
    • DG.
  • Ernest Tomlinson

    Shenandoah

    Composer: Trad.. Orchestra: Symfonický orchester Slovenského rozhlasu. Conductor: Ernest Tomlinson.
    • NAXOS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ZOLTAN KOCSIS

    • Claude Debussy

      Images (Book 1)

      Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Henry Purcell

    Gentle Shepherds, You that Know Z.464

    Singer: Iestyn Davies. Ensemble: Ensemble Guadagni.
    • WIGMORE HALL LIVE.
  • Leos Janáček

    Sinfonietta

    Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • Philips.
  • Joseph Canteloube

    Bailero (Chants d'Auvergne: Volume 1)

    Singer: Dawn Upshaw. Orchestra: Orchestre de l'Opera National de Lyon. Conductor: Kent Nagano.
    • WARNER.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Paris

The music played:

Mozart
Symphony No.31 'Paris'
Scottish Chamber Orchestra
Charles Mackerras (conductor)
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