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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Lee Hall

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite French Operetta; Music in Time: CPE Bach: Symphony in D; Artist of the Week: Gennady Rozhdestvensky, featured conducting Nielsen's Aladdin.

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 our daily musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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. The focus is on the 'Sturm und Drang' (storm and stress) period of Classical music. The heightened expression and dramatic contrast in CPE Bach's Symphony in D major exemplifies this movement, and highlights the transition from the Baroque.

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.

Aladdin Op.34
Danish National Radio Orchestra
Gennady Rozhdestvensky (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Contredanse en Rondeau (Les Boreades, Act I)

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Claude Debussy

    Sonata for Violin and Piano in G minor

    Performer: Shlomo Mintz. Performer: Yefim Bronfman.
    • DG.

    • Louis Varney

      Chanson de Bridaine (Les mousquetaires au couvent)

      Singer: Jacques Loreau. Ensemble: Grand Symphony Orchestra & Chorus. Conductor: Jésus Etcheverry.
      • DECCA.
  • André Messager

    Solo de concours for clarinet and piano

    Performer: Julian Bliss. Performer: Julien Quentin.
    • Music for Clarinet and Piano.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Suite in D major, HWV 341

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Performer: Trevor Pinnock. Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Purcell, Handel: Sound the Trumpet: Alison Balsom, Trevor Pinnock.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Sonata for clarinet and bassoon

    Performer: Richard Hosford. Performer: Ursula Leveaux.
    • Poulenc: Complete Chamber Music: Nash Ensemble.
    • 13.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Voices of Spring Op.410

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • SONY.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Study in G flat major, Op 10 No 5, 'Black key'

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • Chopin: Etudes Op.10 & Op.25: Maurizio Pollini.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 5.
  • Henry Purcell

    Moonlight on the Green - Scotch Tune

    Composer: James Oswald. Ensemble: Concerto Caledonia.
    • Purcell's Revenge - Sweeter Than Roses?.
    • Delphian.
    • 1.

    • Olivier Messiaen

      Louange à l'Éternité de Jésus (Quartet for the End of Time)

      Performer: Jian Wang. Performer: Myung-Whun Chung.
      • DG.

    • Franz Schubert

      Im Abendrot

      Performer: Elly Ameling. Performer: Dalton Baldwin.
  • Armas Järnefelt

    Sostenuto and Allegro vivace from Serenade (1893)

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jaakko Kuusisto.
    • BIS.

    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

      Symphony in D major, Wq 183 No 1

      Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Rebecca Miller.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Lyric Pieces, Op 43 (selection)

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Philips.
  • César Franck

    Panis Angelicus (Mass, Op 12)

    Performer: Cinzia Maurizio. Performer: Luigi Piovano. Performer: Daniele Rossi. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli.
    • Sospiri: Cecilia Bartoli.
    • Decca.
    • 12.
  • Edward Elgar

    Sospiri, Op 70, for strings, harp and organ

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Elgar: The Music Makers: Short Pieces: BBC Symphony Orchestra / Davis.
    • Teldec.
    • 6.

    • Carl Nielsen

      Aladdin: Act III (excerpts)

      Ensemble: Danish National Radio Orchestra & Chamber Choir. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
  • Thomas Morley

    Can shee excuse (The Earl of Essex galliard) for consort a 6...

    Performer: Julian Bream. Performer: Catherine Mackintosh. Performer: Nancy Hadden. Performer: Jane Ryan. Performer: James Tyler. Performer: Robert Spencer. Ensemble: The Julian Bream Consort. Singer: Robert Tear.
    • Fantasies, Ayres and Dances: The Julian Bream Consort.
    • RCA Victor.
    • 18.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No. 3 in E flat major

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: José Serebrier.
  • Nicolay Andreyevich Rimsky-Korsakov

    Flight of the Bumblebee transc for piano

    Performer: Olga Kern.
    • Rachmaninov: Transcriptions/variations: Olga Kern.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 13.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Etude in G flat major, Op.10 No.5 ‘Black Keys’
Maurizio Pollini (piano)


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