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Friday - Rob Cowan with Tom Conti

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Tenor Arias; Music in Time: Beethoven: Agnus Dei (Missa Solemnis); Artist of the Week: Daniil Shafran, featured in Rachmaninov's 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: Two pieces of music have been altered. Can you identify them?

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: Classical
Rob places Music in Time. Today the spotlight is on the Classical era and the Agnus Dei from Beethoven's mighty Missa Solemnis. Originally intended for performance at the installation of Beethoven's friend and pupil Rudolph Johannes Joseph Rainier von Habsburg-Lothringen as Archbishop of Olmütz, the work grew to unpredicted dimensions and Beethoven overshot his self-imposed deadline by three years and ten days, though, by then, no-one was counting.

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.

Rachmaninov
Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19
Daniil Shafran, cello
Anton Ginsburg, piano.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    'Heil! Heil unsern Enkeln!' (King Stephen)

    Choir: Ambrosian Singers. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • CBS.
  • Jacques Ibert

    Bacchanale

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • MY FAVOURITE...TENOR ARIAS

    • Ruggero Leoncavallo

      'Recitar!... Vesti la giubba' (Pagliacci)

      Singer: Franco Corelli. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Lovro von Matačić.
      • EMI.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Trio in D major, H.15.8

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    'Komm, Jesu, komm', BWV229

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SDG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsody in G minor, Op.79 No.2

    Performer: Julius Katchen.
    • DECCA.
  • Philip Glass

    Violin Concerto (3rd movement)

    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi.
    • DG.
  • TOM CONTI'S CHOICE NO.1

    • George Frideric Handel

      Piangero la sorte mia (Giulio Cesare)

      Singer: Simone Kermes. Ensemble: Lautten Compagney. Conductor: Wolfgang Katschner.
      • BERLIN CLASSICS.
  • TOM CONTI'S CHOICE NO.2

    • George Frideric Handel

      Hallelujah (Messiah)

      Choir: Royal Philharmonic Chorus. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
      • RCA.
  • ROB'S PERSONAL CHOICE FOR TOM CONTI

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves (Nabucco)

      Choir: Westminster Choir. Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Arturo Toscanini.
      • RCA.
  • François Couperin

    La Zenobie

    Performer: Olivier Baumont.
    • WARNER.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: CLASSICAL

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Agnus Dei (Missa Solemnis)

      Singer: Edda Moser. Singer: Hanna Schwarz. Singer: René Kollo. Singer: Kurt Moll. Choir: Hilversum Radio Chorus. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
      • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in E major, BWV566

    Performer: Ton Koopman.
    • WARNER.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: DANIIL SHAFRAN

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Cello Sonata in G minor, Op.19

      Performer: Daniil Borisovich Shafran. Performer: Anton Ginsburg.
      • MELODIYA.
  • Aucune gent / Qui plus aimme / Fiat voluntas tua

    • HYPERION.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Ondine (Gaspard de la nuit)

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • DG.
  • Franz von Suppé

    Morning, Noon and Night in Vienna Overture

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • Mercury.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

Berlioz
Dies irae (Symphonie fantastique)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
DECCA

Glass
Violin Concerto: III
Gidon Kremer (violin)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Christoph von Dohnanyi (conductor)
DG

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