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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Liz Lochhead

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Old-School Violinists; Chopin: Rondo a la Krakowiak; Artist of the Week: Antal Dorati, featured conducting Schumann's Violin Concerto.

My favourite... old-school violinists. Throughout the week Rob shares recordings by some of his favourite violinists. The line-up includes Jascha Heifetz, Ivry Gitlis, Christian Ferras, Toscha Seidel and Philippe Hirschhorn, in music by Richard Strauss, Lili Boulanger, Paganini, Tartini, Wagner and Saint-Saëns.

Take part in today's musical challenge: trace the classical theme behind a well-known song.

Rob's guest this week, in the run-up to Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend, is the Scots Makar - the National Poet for Scotland - Liz Lochhead. Liz's poetry collections include Dreaming Frankenstein, True Confessions and New Cliches, Bagpipe Muzak and The Colour of Black and White: Poems 1984-2003. Liz is also a successful dramatist known for her historical play Mary Queen of Scots Got Her Head Chopped Off, her award-winning interpretation of the story of Medea, and her critically acclaimed translation of Molière's Tartuffe. She has been announced as the 2016 recipient of the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry. Every day at 10am Liz will be sharing a selection of her favourite classical music, including music by Gluck, Sibelius and Korngold, plus Robert Burns' song Green Grow the Rashes.

Rob places Music in Time. This week, in the lead-up to Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend, Rob chooses works inspired by folk music, starting with the Romantic era and Chopin's early adoption of Polish folk influences in his Rondo à la Krakowiak. The eighteen-year-old Chopin wrote his Rondo à la Krakowiak in Warsaw shortly before leaving Poland on a European concert tour - never, as it would turn out, to return.

Rob's artist of the week is the acclaimed Hungarian-American conductor Antal Doráti, whose early experience in opera houses in Budapest, Münster, Dresden and Monte Carlo led to a dazzling international career at the helm of a string of top orchestras in the USA and Britain. His vast and varied recording legacy is witness to his performing style, which combined dramatic intensity, rhythmic vigor and an acute ear for colour. Throughout the week Rob showcases a selection of Doráti's finest interpretations of works including Tchaikovsky's Suite No. 3 in G, Schumann's Violin Concerto in D minor, Bartók's Dance Suite, Koechlin's Les Bandar-Log and Beethoven's Fifth Symphony.

Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO23
Henryk Szeryng, violin
London Symphony Orchestra
Antal Doráti, conductor.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in A flat major, Op.7 No.4

    Performer: Garrick Ohlsson.

    • Nicolò Paganini

      Caprice in A minor, Op.1 No.24

      Performer: Ivry Gitlis.
      • DECCA.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Exultet iam angelica turba

    Singer: Jeremy Budd. Singer: Samuel Boden. Singer: Greg Skidmore. Choir: Ex Cathedra Choir. Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts. Ensemble: Concerto Palatino. Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore.
  • Franz Liszt

    Les préludes

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Constantin Silvestri.
    • EMI.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Concerto in D major for strings, 'Basle Concerto'

    Orchestra: Columbia Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Igor Stravinsky.
    • SONY.
  • Johann Pachelbel

    Canon and Gigue in D major

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • ARCHIV.

    • Engelbert Humperdinck

      'Little brother dance with me' (Hansel and Gretel)

      Singer: Jennifer Larmore. Singer: Rebecca Evans. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
      • CHANDOS.

    • Jean Sibelius

      Finlandia, Op.26

      Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
      • DG.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Homo quidam fecit coenam (A certain man prepared a great meal)

    Ensemble: The Cardinall’s Musick. Conductor: Andrew Carwood.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Rondo à la krakowiak in F major, op 14

      Performer: Garrick Ohlsson. Orchestra: Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Narodowej. Conductor: Kazimierz Kord.
      • HYPERION.
  • Marin Marais

    Sujet diversitez (i.e. theme and variations) for viola da gamba and continuo

    Performer: Paolo Pandolfo. Performer: Thomas C. Boysen. Performer: Markus Hünninger.

    • Robert Schumann

      Violin Concerto in D minor, WoO23

      Performer: Henryk Szeryng. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
      • MERCURY.
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    Toccata nona

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock.
  • arr. Wenzel Sedlak Rossini

    Suite from The Barber of Seville

    Ensemble: Nederlands Blazers Ensemble.

Classical Roots

Answer: The Farm's 'All Together Now' is based on Pachelbel's Canon in D major

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Peter Hooton/Stephen Grimes
'All Together Now'
The Farm
Union Square Music Songs Limited


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