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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Jane Lapotaire

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite British Light Music; Music in Time: Spohr: Violin Concerto No 8; Artist of the Week: Zoltan Kocsis (piano) in Rachmaninov: Piano Sonata No 2.

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: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

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 places Music in Time. The spotlight is on the Classical period as Rob highlights the way the violin imitates the human voice in Spohr's Violin Concerto No. 8.

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.

Rachmaninov
Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 36
Zoltan Kocsis (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • William Kroll

    Banjo and Fiddle

    Performer: Jascha Heifetz. Performer: Emanuel Bay.
    • RCA.
  • 5 REASONS TO LOVE...BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC

    • Geoffrey Toye

      The Haunted Ballroom

      Orchestra: RTÉ Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Ernest Tomlinson.
      • NAXOS.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Barcarolle in F major, Op 108

    Performer: Cristina Ortiz. Ensemble: Fine Arts Quartet.
    • NAXOS.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto for 3 Trumpets and Timpani in D major, TWV 54:D3

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Christopher Hogwood.
    • L’OISEAU LYRE.
  • Cecilia McDowall

    Church Bells Beyond the Stars

    Performer: John Kitchen.
    • DELPHIAN.
  • Johann David Heinichen

    Dresden Concerto in F major, S 235

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • DG.
  • Erik Satie

    Gymnopedie No.1 (orch. Debussy)

    Orchestrator: Claude Debussy. Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • DECCA.
  • JANE LAPOTAIRE'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Edward Elgar

      Sospiri, Op 70

      Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
      • EMI.
  • JANE LAPOTAIRE'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Miriam Makeba

      Ask the Rising Sun

      • NASCENTE.
  • JANE LAPOTAIRE'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Gaetano Donizetti

      'Una furtiva lagrima' (L’elisir d’amore, Act II)

      Singer: Jussi Björling. Orchestra: Royal Orchestra. Conductor: Nils Grevillius.
      • EMI.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: CLASSICAL

    • Louis Spohr

      Violin Concerto No.8

      Performer: Jascha Heifetz. Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Izler Solomon.
      • RCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Non, piu di fiori (La Clemenza di Tito)

    Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • DG.
  • Michael Tippett

    Steal Away (A Child of our Time)

    Choir: Rundfunkchor Berlin. Conductor: Simon Halsey.
    • Coviello Classics.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ZOLTAN KOCSIS

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.36

      Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    String Quartet No 1 in C minor, Op 51

    Ensemble: Belcea Quartet.
    • EMI.

By Association

Answer: Satie and Debussy

The music played:

Satie (orch. Debussy)
Gymnopedie No.1
Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit (conductor)
DECCA

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