Friday - Rob Cowan with Jane Lapotaire
With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite British Light Music; Music in Time: Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade; Artist of the Week: Zoltan Kocsis (piano) in Mozart: Piano Concerto No 23.
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 musical challenge: can you remember the television show that featured this piece of classical music?
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. Rob explores an aspect of the Romantic period as he shows off the brilliantly colourful orchestration of Rimsky-Korsakov's Scheherazade.
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.
Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K.488
Budapest Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra
Zoltan Kocsis (piano)
Janos Rolla (conductor).
MY FAVOURITE...BRITISH LIGHT MUSIC
JANE LAPOTAIRE'S CHOICE NO.1
JANE LAPOTAIRE'S CHOICE NO.2
MUSIC IN TIME: ROMANTIC
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ZOLTAN KOCSIS
Heard on Screen
Answer: Gounod's 'Funeral March of a Marionette' was the theme music for 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents'
The music played:
Funeral March of a Marionette
Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)