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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).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    The Flight of the Bumblebee (The Tale of Tsar Saltan)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • DECCA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Gott ist mein Hirt

    Performer: Ingrid Andsnes. Choir: Norwegian Soloists' Choir. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
    • BIS.

    • Charles Ancliffe

      Nights of Gladness

      Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
      • SONY.
  • Ernest Chausson

    Poeme, Op.25

    Performer: Philippe Graffin. Performer: Pascal Devoyon. Ensemble: Chilingirian Quartet.
  • Alexander Glazunov

    Concert Waltz No.1 in D major, Op.47

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Berglund.
    • WARNER.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Nocturne in B major, Op.33 No.2

    Performer: Jean‐Philippe Collard.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Nocturne in A flat major, Op 33 No 3

    Performer: Jean‐Philippe Collard.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Funeral March of a Marionette

    Orchestra: Royal Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Gibson.
    • DECCA.

    • Jean Sibelius

      I. Allegro moderato (Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47)

      Performer: Jascha Heifetz. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Walter Hendl.
      • RCA.

    • Frederick Delius

      La Calinda

      Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Eric Fenby.
      • HERITAGE.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    A Child's Prayer

    Choir: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • SIGNUM.

    • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

      Scheherazade, Op.35 (The Festival at Baghdad; The Sea; The Shipwreck)

      Performer: Herman Krebbers. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Dumbarton Oaks

    Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Concerto No.23 in A major, K.488

      Performer: Zoltán Kocsis. Orchestra: Liszt Ferenc Kamarazenekar. Conductor: János Rolla.
  • Henry Purcell

    Come ye sons of art

    Singer: Felicity Lott. Singer: Charles Brett. Singer: John Williams. Singer: Thomas Allen. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: Monteverdi Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ERATO.
  • Lili Boulanger

    D'un matin de printemps

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Yan Pascal Tortelier.
    • Boulanger: Faust Et Helene Etc. - Soloists/CBSC/BBC Phil./Tortelier.
    • Chandos.
    • 4.

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
BBC Philharmonic
Yan Pascal Tortelier (conductor)


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