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Monday - Rob Cowan with Tom Conti

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Tenor Arias; Music in Time: J Strauss II: The Blue Danube; Artist of the Week: Daniil Shafran, in Shostakovich: Cello Sonata.

9am
My favourite... tenor arias. Throughout the week Rob shares some of his favourite tenor arias, with voices both familiar (Franco Corelli, Richard Tucker and the legendary Carlo Bergonzi) and unfamiliar (Bruno Prevedi and Flaviano Labo). The repertoire ranges from the touching simplicity of Pergolesi's 'Nina' to the searing melodrama of Leoncavallo's 'Vesti la giubba', via Verdi, Giordano and Ponchielli.

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

10am
Rob's guest this week is the Tony Award-winning and Oscar-nominated actor, writer and director Tom Conti. Famous internationally for his roles in films such as Shirley Valentine, Reuben, Reuben and The Dark Knight Rises, Tom was recently voted the most popular actor in the West End in the last 25 years. Tom talks about his career-defining acting roles and shares a selection of his favourite classical music, including works by Donizetti, Handel and Verdi, every day at 10am.

10.30am
Music in Time: Romantic
Rob places Music in Time. In conjunction with BBC 4's 19th-Century Music season, today the spotlight is on the Romantic era and arguably the world's most famous waltz - 'The Blue Danube', by Johann Strauss II. It was Strauss who guided this once sedate dance-form on its journey from ballroom to concert hall, and his musical celebration of the iconic European river marks the pinnacle of his achievement in this field.

11am
Rob's artist of the week is Daniil Shafran, the 'other' great Russian cellist, who Rob considers to have a more individual style than the better-known Rostropovich. Shafran is deliciously quick-witted in the Shostakovich Sonata, passionate in Brahms's 2nd, and profoundly responsive to the voices of Beethoven, Chopin and Rachmaninov. His tone, full and sensual, was quite unlike anyone else's.

Shostakovich
Cello Sonata in D minor, Op. 40
Daniil Shafran, cello
Dmitri Shostakovich, piano.

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: DANIIL SHAFRAN

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      VI. Gigue (Suite No.3 in C major for solo cello, BWV1009)

      Performer: Daniil Borisovich Shafran.
      • BRILLIANT.
  • Jacques Offenbach

    Overture to Vert-Vert

    Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Octet

    Ensemble: Twentieth-Century Classics Ensemble. Conductor: Robert Craft.
    • Naxos.
  • MY FAVOURITE...TENOR ARIAS

    • Umberto Giordano

      Colpito qui m'avete... Un di all’azzurra spazio' (Andrea Chenier)

      Singer: Bruno Prevedi. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Orchestra: Covent Garden. Conductor: Edward Downes.
      • DECCA ELOQUENCE.
  • Massimiliano Neri

    Sonata (a sei)

    Ensemble: Ensemble Ventosum.
    • PAN.
  • Edvard Grieg

    2 Nordic Melodies, Op.63

    Orchestra: Moscow Soloists. Conductor: Yuri Abramovich Bashmet.
    • SONY.
  • TOM CONTI'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Joseph Haydn

      II. Poco adagio cantabile (Piano Trio in G major, Hob.XV:25)

      Performer: Alfred Cortot. Performer: Jacques Thibaud. Performer: Pau Casals.
      • NAXOS.
  • TOM CONTI'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Dies Irae; Tuba Mirum (Requiem)

      Singer: Nicolaï Ghiaurov. Choir: Philharmonia Chorus. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
      • WARNER.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Romance for Violin No.1, Op.40

    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Edo de Waart.
    • Decca Eloquence.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: ROMANTIC

    • Johann Strauss II

      An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op 314

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • WARNER.
  • Jan Dismas Zelenka

    Sonata No.5 in F major, ZWV181/5

    Ensemble: Zefiro.
    • ARCANA.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: DANIIL SHAFRAN

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      Cello Sonata in D minor, Op.40

      Performer: Daniil Borisovich Shafran.
      • BRILLIANT.
  • Marie Jaëll

    La Legende des ours

    Singer: Chantal Santon-Jeffery. Orchestra: Brussels Philharmonic. Conductor: Hervé Niquet.
    • EDICIONES SINGULARES.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: DANIIL SHAFRAN

    • Artemiy Ayvazian

      Armenian Dance

      Performer: Daniil Borisovich Shafran. Performer: Nina Musinyan.
      • BRILLIANT.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Concord, Massachusetts

The music played:

Ives
III. The Alcotts (Concord Sonata)
Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano
WARNER

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