Friday - Rob Cowan with Liz Lochhead
With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Old-School Violinists; Music in Time: Delius's Brigg Fair; Artist of the Week: Antal Dorati, featured conducting Beethoven's Symphony No 5.
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 challenge: two pieces of music are played together - can you work out what they are?
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 focus is on the Modern period and Delius's English rhapsody, Brigg Fair. Written in 1907, it was one of the earliest and most effective concert works to reflect the recent English Folk Song Revival, in which Cecil Sharp, Ralph Vaughan Williams and Percy Grainger were pioneering figures. 'Brigg Fair', the folksong, was 'collected' by Grainger in 1905 after a musical festival in the North Lincolnshire town of Brigg. When Delius heard Grainger's own arrangement of the song for solo tenor and chorus, he asked his permission to use it as the basis for this magnificent orchestral theme and variations.
Rob's artist of the week is the acclaimed Hungarian-American conductor Antal Doráti, whose early experience in opera houses in Budapest, Munster, 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.
Symphony No. 5 in C minor, Op. 67
London Symphony Orchestra
Antal Doráti, conductor.
MY FAVOURITE...OLD-SCHOOL VIOLINISTS
LIZ LOCHHEAD'S CHOICE NO.1
LIZ LOCHHEAD'S CHOICE NO.2
LIZ LOCHHEAD'S CHOICE NO.3
MUSIC IN TIME: MODERN
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ANTAL DORATI
The music played:
Six Bagatelles for Wind Quintet, No.1
Barry Tuckwell Wind Quintet
Symphony No.2: 1st movement
Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra
John Barbirolli (conductor)