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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Lee Hall

With Rob Cowan. My Favourite French Operetta; Music in Time: Shostakovich: Jazz Suite No 1; Artist of the Week: Gennady Rozhdestvensky, conducting Rachmaninov's Symphony No 1.

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: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

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 places Music in Time as he heads back to the USSR in the 1930s to see how Shostakovich steered a path between conforming to the state's requirements and writing with a certain Modern freedom in his Jazz Suite No.1.

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.

Rachmaninov
Symphony No. 1
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Gennady Rozhdestvensky (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Anthony Holborne

    Muy Linda

    Ensemble: Barokksolistene. Director: Bjarte Eike.
  • William Walton

    Portsmouth Point Overture

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: William Walton.
  • Max Reger

    Suite in G minor for solo viola, Op.131d No.1

    Performer: Nobuko Imai.
    • BIS.
  • MY FAVOURITE...FRENCH OPERETTA

    • Charles Lecocq

      Jours fortunes de notre enfance (La fille de Madame Angot, Act II)

      Singer: Lyne Cumia. Singer: Claudine Collart. Ensemble: Grand Orchestra & Chorus. Conductor: Jésus Etcheverry.
      • DECCA.
  • Robert Schumann

    John Anderson (Romances and Ballads III, Op 145)

    Choir: Polyphony. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • HYPERION.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    From Bohemia’s Woods and Fields (Ma Vlast)

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in A minor for 2 violins, RV 522

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Performer: Johannes Pramsohler. Director: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS.
  • LEE HALL'S CHOICE NO. 1

    • Kurt Weill

      Alabama Song (Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny)

      Singer: Lotte Lenya. Ensemble: The Three Admirals. Orchestra: Orchestra of Kurfurstendamm, Berlin. Conductor: Hans Sommer.
      • VIDEO ARTISTS INTERNATIONAL.
  • LEE HALL'S CHOICE NO. 2

    • Hanns Eisler

      Hotelzimmer 1942 (Hollywood Song Book)

      Performer: Thomas Larcher. Singer: Matthias Goerne.
      • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • LEE HALL'S CHOICE NO. 3

    • Richard Wagner

      Liebestod (Tristan und Isolde)

      Singer: Margaret Price. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber.
      • DECCA.
  • Luigi Rossi

    Il Predica a sole a 5

    Ensemble: Ensemble Européen William Byrd. Director: Graham O’Reilly.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: ROMANTIC

    • Franz Schubert

      Fantasia in F minor for piano duet, D 940

      Performer: Murray Perahia. Performer: Radu Lupu.
      • SONY.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Adagio for violin and orchestra, K.261

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: Nederlands Kamerorkest. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
    • PENTATONE.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: GENNADY ROZHDESTVENSKY

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Symphony No.1

      Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Miroirs (Oisaux tristes; Une barque sur l’ocean; Alborda del gracioso)

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: GENNADY ROZHDESTVENSKY

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      The Limpid Stream – March, Act I

      Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.

By Association

Answer: J.S. Bach and Vivaldi

The music played:

Bach, J.S.
I. Allegro (Organ Concerto in A minor, BWV593 (after Vivaldi’s Op.3 No.8))
David Goode (organ)
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