Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Liz Lochhead
With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Old-School Violinists; Haydn: Piano Trio (Gypsy Rondo); Artist of the Week: Antal Dorati, featured conducting Bartok's Dance Suite, Sz 77.
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 music-related challenge and identify a piece of music played backwards.
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. The spotlight is on the Classical period and Haydn's famous piano trio with its so-called 'Gypsy Rondo' finale. Haydn spent much of his working life at Eszterháza in Hungary, where he would have encountered gypsy and Hungarian folk music. The finale of this trio, written in 1795, incorporates a number of gypsy melodies.
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.
Dance Suite, Sz 77
Antal Doráti, conductor.