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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
Philharmonia Hungarica
Antal Doráti, conductor.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jean Françaix

    V. Merengue (Cinq danses exotiques for alto saxophone and piano)

    Performer: Mario Marzi. Performer: Paolo Zannini.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Fantasia in C major H.17.4

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • WARNER.
  • My favourite... old-school violinists

    • Richard Wagner


      Performer: Toscha Seidel. Performer: Max Rabinovitch. Music Arranger: August Wilhelmj.
      • BIDDULPH.
  • César Franck

    Variations symphoniques

    Performer: Clifford Curzon. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
    • DECCA.
  • Jan Dismas Zelenka

    Trio Sonata No.6 in C minor for 2 oboes, bassoon and basso continuo

    Performer: Paul Dombrecht. Performer: Marcel Ponseele. Performer: Danny Bond. Performer: Richte van der Meer. Performer: Robert Kohnen.
    • GLOSSA.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Hymn of the Cherubim (Liturgy of St John Chrysostom)

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Sonata in A major, K.331: III. Rondo alla Turca

    Performer: Yuja Wang. Music Arranger: Arcadi Volodos.
    • DG.
  • Liz Lochhead's Choice No. 1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV1007

      Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
      • SONY.
  • Weinberg

    Capriccio for string quartet, Op 11

    Ensemble: Quatuor Danel.
  • Music in Time: Classical

    • Joseph Haydn

      Piano Trio in G major, Hob.XV:25, 'The Gypsy'

      Performer: Jacques Thibaud. Performer: Pau Casals. Performer: Alfred Cortot.
      • EMI.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in E minor for violin, strings and continuo, RV 277

    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux, violin. Orchestra: Members of the Staatskapelle Dresden.
  • Artist of the Week: Antal Doráti

    • Béla Bartók

      Dance Suite, Sz.77

      Orchestra: Philharmonia Hungarica. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
      • MERCURY.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    Galliard à 6

    Ensemble: Phantasm.
    • Gibbons: Consorts for viols: Phantasm.
    • Avie.
    • 20.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto for piano and orchestra no. 22 (K.482) in E flat major, [complete]

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Director: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Mozart The Collectors Edition 50 CDs The Masterpieces The Greatest Artists.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

III. Rondo alla turca (Piano Sonata in A major, K.331)
Andras Schiff (piano)


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