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Monday - Rob Cowan with Lee Hall

With Rob Cowan. My Favourite French Operetta; Beethoven: Piano Sonata (Pathetique); Artist of the Week: Gennady Rozhdestvensky, featured conducting Glazunov's Symphony No 5.

9am
My favourite... French operetta. Rob taps into his lighter musical side as he selects highlights from five of his favourite operettas. Rob chooses music by the grandfather of operetta, Jacques Offenbach, as well as works by composers including André Messager and Charles Lecocq.

9.30am
Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

10am
Rob's guest is the playwright and screenwriter Lee Hall. Lee's Oscar-nominated screenplay for the film Billy Elliot went on to become a Tony and Olivier Award-winning stage musical. He has also written plays including the critically acclaimed The Pitmen Painters, and has adapted works ranging from Shakespeare in Love to Brecht's Mother Courage and Alan Warner's The Sopranos. Lee will be sharing a selection of his favourite classical music with Rob, every day at 10am.

10:30
Rob features the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review

Beethoven
Piano Sonata in C minor, Op.13 'Pathétique'

11am
Rob's Artist of the Week is the Russian conductor Gennady Rozhdestvensky. Rozhdestvensky made his debut at the Bolshoi Theatre when he was just twenty years old, conducting Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker. He went on to become chief conductor of the Bolshoi Theatre, as well as the conductor of the Moscow Radio Symphony Orchestra before leaving Soviet Russia in the 1970s for Stockholm and then London. There he took the role of chief conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the week Rob plays a selection of Rozhdestvensky's recordings, covering a wide range of Romantic repertoire from Glazunov to Prokofiev.

Glazunov
Symphony No.5 in B flat major Op.55 'The Heroic'
USSR Ministry of Culture Symphony Orchestra
Gennady Rozhdestvensky (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: GENNADY ROZHDESTVENSKY

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Mercutio (Romeo and Juliet)

      Orchestra: Bolshoi Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
      • MELODIYA.
  • Henry Purcell

    Timon of Athens (Overture)

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • DG.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Impromptu in B minor, Op.5 No.5

    Performer: Folke Gräsbeck.
    • BIS.
  • MY FAVOURITE...FRENCH OPERETTA

    • André Messager

      Rossignol (Monsieur Beaucaire)

      Singer: Florence Raynal. Orchestra: Light Symphony Orchestra of Monte Carlo. Conductor: Paul Bonneau.
      • DECCA.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Trio in E flat major, H.15.10

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • Phillips.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita No 5 in G major for keyboard, BWV 829

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • ECM.
  • anon.

    Ein pauer gab seim son ein weib (Das Liederbuch des Arnt von Aich)

    Choir: Singer Pur.
    • OEHMS.
  • LEE HALL'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Trad.

      Come ye not from Newcastle

      Music Arranger: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Kathleen Ferrier. Performer: Frederick Stone.
      • DECCA.
  • LEE HALL'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Trad.

      The Keel Row

      Music Arranger: William Gillies Whittaker. Singer: Kathleen Ferrier. Performer: Phyllis Spurr.
      • NAXOS.
  • LEE HALL'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Vincenzo Bellini

      Casta Diva (Norma)

      Singer: Maria Callas. Choir: Chorus of La Scala, Milan. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Tullio Serafin.
      • EMI.
  • LEE HALL'S CHOICE NO.4

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Sarabande (French Suite No.5, BWV816)

      Performer: Angela Hewitt.
      • HYPERION.
  • Béla Bartók

    Swineherd’s Dance (Hungarian Sketches)

    Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis. Orchestra: Hungarian National Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • HUNGAROTON.
  • THE BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION FROM LAST SATURDAY'S RECORD REVIEW

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata in C minor, Op 13, 'Pathétique'

      Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
      • EMI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op 3 No 1

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Erato.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: GENNADY ROZHDESTVENSKY

    • Alexander Glazunov

      Symphony No.5 in B flat major Op.55 ‘The Heroic’

      Orchestra: State Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture of the USSR. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
      • OLYMPIA.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Quis est homo, qui non fleret (Stabat Mater)

    Singer: Stefania Woytowicz. Singer: Věra Soukupová. Singer: Ivo Zidek. Singer: Kim Borg. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Václav Smetáček.
    • SUPRAPHON.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Barcarolle in F major, Op 108

    Performer: Cristina Ortiz. Ensemble: Fine Arts Quartet.
    • NAXOS.

Mapping the Music

Answer: The River Rhine

The music played:

Wagner
Prelude to Das Rheingold
Vienna Philharmonic
Georg Solti (conductor)
DECCA

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