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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Jane Lapotaire

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite British Light Music; James MacMillan: The Confession of Isobel Gowdie; Artist of the Week: Zoltan Kocsis directing Bartok: Dance Suite.

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.

Take part in our daily music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

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.

Rob places Music in Time with James MacMillan's The Confession of Isobel Gowdie - a piece of storytelling from 1990 that reacted against increasingly abstract Modern music.

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), as well as in solo piano music by Wagner and Rachmaninov.

Dance Suite
Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra
Zoltán Kocsis (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Béla Bartók

    Swineherd’s Dance (Hungarian Sketches)

    Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis. Orchestra: Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Carnival Waltz, Op.73

    Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Performer: Peter Jablonski.
    • DG.
  • My favourite... British light music

    • Edward Elgar

      Chanson de matin

      Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
      • TELDEC.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in D major, Op 33 No 6

    Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
  • Knut Nystedt

    Peace I leave with you, Op.43 No.2

    Choir: Norwegian Soloists' Choir. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
    • BIS.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Sonata XXI (1615)

    Performer: Bojan Čičić. Performer: Stephen Pedder. Performer: Julia Kuhn. Performer: William Carter. Performer: Richard Egarr.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Le carnaval romain

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • RCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations: Variation 30 (Quodlibet) & Aria da capo

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
    • WARNER.
  • Jane Lapotaire's Choice No. 1

    • Giacomo Puccini

      Chi il bel sogno di Doretta (La rondine)

      Performer: Ian Watson. Singer: Renée Fleming. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Jeffrey Tate.
      • DECCA.
  • Jane Lapotaire's Choice No. 2

    • Arvo Pärt

      Spiegel im Spiegel

      Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: Martin Roscoe.
      • EMI.
  • Jane Lapotaire's Choice No. 3

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      'Ave Maria' (Otello, Act IV)

      Singer: Maria Callas. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. Conductor: Nicola Rescigno.
      • EMI.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fantazia à 3 No 3 in G minor

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
  • Music in Time: Modern

    • Sir James MacMillan

      The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

      Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Osmo Vänskä.
      • BIS.
  • Wilhelm Stenhammar

    I skogen

    Performer: Paul Rivinius. Singer: Camilla Tilling.
    • BIS.
  • Artist of the Week: Zoltan Kocsis

    • Béla Bartók

      Dance Suite

      Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar. Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Missa brevis in G minor, BWV235

  • Béla Bartók

    Rhapsody No.2 for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Barnabas Kelemen. Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar. Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis.

Mystery Person

Answer: Johann Gottlieb Goldberg


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