Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Lee Hall
With Rob Cowan. My Favourite French Operetta; Music in Time: English Renaissance viol music; Artist of the Week: Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conducting Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 2.
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.
Take part in today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.
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.
Rob places Music in Time as he explores the place of the viol in English Renaissance music. It was introduced to England in the early 16th century, early in the reign of Henry VIII where composers including Taverner and Tye made the most of its expressive and resonant qualities.
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.
Symphony No. 2 in C minor Op. 17 'Little Russian'
USSR Ministry of Culture Large Symphony Orchestra
Gennady Rozhdestvensky (conductor).