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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).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jacques Offenbach

    Gaîté parisienne (Overture)

    Orchestra: Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Max Steiner

    Victory; Trojan Horse (Helen of Troy)

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Elmer Bernstein.
    • Film Score Monthly.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata No 14 in C major, H XVI 3

    Performer: John McCabe.
    • DECCA.

    • Jacques Offenbach

      Duo (La belle Helene, Act II)

      Singer: Jane Rhodes. Singer: Bernard Plantey. Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: Manuel Rosenthal.
      • DECCA.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Bransles de Poictu

    Orchestra: Capriccio Stravagante. Conductor: Skip Sempé.
    • Paradizo.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Les entretiens de la belle at de la bête (Mother Goose Suite)

    Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • EMI.
  • Reinhold Moritzevich Glière


    Performer: Lavinia Meijer.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsody in B minor, Op 79 No 1

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • DG.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    'O dolcissimi lumi' to end of act (L'Orfeo, Act IV)

    Singer: Ian Bostridge. Singer: Patrizia Ciofi. Choir: European Voices. Ensemble: Les Sacqueboutiers. Ensemble: Le Concert d’Astrée. Director: Emmanuelle Haïm.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV727 (chorale prelude for organ)

    Performer: Peter Hurford.
    • HMV Classics.

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      III. Molto Adagio (String Quartet in A minor, Op.132)

      Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet.
      • DG.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    I. Explorer (3 Portraits from The England of Elizabeth)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • RCA.

    • John Taverner

      In nomine a 4

      Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • William Byrd

      Ye sacred muses

      Singer: Robin Blaze. Ensemble: Concordia.
      • HYPERION.
    • Henry Purcell

      Fantasia No.7 in C minor, Z.738

      Ensemble: Fretwork.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    The Fair Melusine Overture, Op.32

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in D major, Kk.29

    Performer: George Malcolm.

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 'Little Russian'

      Orchestra: Large Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture, Russian Federation. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
      • ALTO.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Wind Quintet Op.43

    Ensemble: Melos Ensemble.
    • EMI.

Mystery Person

Answer: Orpheus (legendary musician)


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