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Monday - Rob Cowan with Alan Ayckbourn

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Romantic and 20th-Century Shakespearean Music; Dvorak's Suite (American); Artist of the Week: Marc Minkowski conducts Charpentier: Te Deum.

My favourite... Romantic and 20th-Century Shakespearean Music. Throughout the week Rob shares a selection of music from the last two hundred years inspired by the plays of the Bard. The line-up includes Korngold and Mendelssohn's musical interpretations of the comedies Much Ado About Nothing and A Midsummer Night's Dream, as well as the Queen Mab Scherzo from Berlioz's choral symphony Roméo et Juliette and the conclusion of Verdi's masterful comic opera Falstaff.

Take part in our daily musical challenge: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

Rob's guest is the Olivier and Tony Award winning playwright and director Sir Alan Ayckbourn. Alan has written eighty plays to date, including Relatively Speaking, How the Other Half Loves, Absurd Person Singular, Bedroom Farce and The Norman Conquests. His plays have been produced in the West End as well as around the world, though Alan is most associated with the Stephen Joseph Theatre in Scarborough where he was Artistic Director for many years, and where the majority of his work has been premiered. Alan will be talking about his life in the theatre and sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, including works by Janácek, Tallis and Bartók, every day at 10am.

Music in Time: Romantic
Rob places Music in Time. Today the spotlight is on the Romantic era. Having travelled to America in 1892, the Czech composer Dvorák was quick to embrace the culture of his new environment, resulting in several American-themed works, including his 'American' Suite in A major.

Rob's artist of the week is the conductor Marc Minkowski. Hailed as one of the finest early music specialists of his generation, Minkowski founded the period-instrument ensemble, Les Musiciens du Louvre. With this much-praised ensemble he has performed and recorded repertoire not only from the Baroque and Classical periods, but also by Romantic composers including Bizet and Wagner. Throughout the week Rob shares Minkowski's distinctive accounts of Charpentier's Te Deum, Berlioz's dramatic Symphonie fantastique, Schubert's final 'Great' Symphony in C major, Handel's cantata Il delirio amoroso (with soloist Magdalena Kozena), and Méhul's rarely-heard First Symphony.

Te Deum
Annick Massis (soprano)
Magdalena Kozená (mezzo-soprano)
Patrick Henckens (tenor)
Eric Huchet (tenor)
Russell Smythe (baritone)
Jean-Louis Bindi (bass)
Chorus of Les Musiciens du Louvre
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Over hill, over dale (Three Shakespeare Songs)

    Choir: Holst Singers. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • My favourite...Romantic and 20th-Century Shakespearean Music

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Overture to A Midsummer Night's Dream

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Peter Maag.
      • Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream: London Symphony Orchestra/Maag.
      • DECCA.
      • 5.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in B minor, K.197

    Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin.
    • BIS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Premiere Rhapsody

    Performer: Julian Bliss. Performer: Bradley Moore.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Chabuca Granda

    La Flor de la Canela

    Music Arranger: José Carli. Ensemble: Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker.
    • EMI.
  • Frank Bridge

    Fantasy Piano Quartet in F sharp minor

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
  • Richard Wagner

    II. Stehe still (Wesendonck Lieder)

    Singer: Jessye Norman. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Locus iste

    Choir: Tenebrae. Director: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.

    • Leos Janáček

      IV. Con Moto (String Quartet No.1 ‘The Kreutzer Sonata’)

      Ensemble: Lindsay String Quartet.
      • ASV.

    • Thomas Tallis

      Spem in alium

      Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
      • CORO.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    España arr for guitar (Tango)

    Performer: Xuefei Yang. Music Arranger: Xuefei Yang.
    • Rodrigo, Concierto de Aranjuez: Xuefei Yang.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 10.

    • Antonín Dvořák

      Suite in A major ‘American’

      Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
      • CHANNEL.
  • George Gershwin

    Three Preludes

    Performer: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Gershwin : The 1920's & the 1930's: Tilson Thomas.
    • CBS.
    • 2.

    • Marc‐Antoine Charpentier

      Te Deum (excerpt)

      Conductor: Marc Minkowski. Singer: Annick Massis. Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Singer: Patrick Henckens. Singer: Eric Huchet. Singer: Russell Smythe. Singer: Jean-Louis Bindi. Choir: Chorus of Les Musiciens du Louvre. Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Iiro Rantala

    Intermezzo (for Luciano Pavarotti)

    Performer: Iiro Rantala.
    • ACT MUSIC.

    • Joseph Haydn

      Symphony No.99 in E flat major

      Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre-Grenobles. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • Naive.
  • Franz Schubert

    Das Wandern (Die schöne Müllerin)

    Singer: Mark Padmore. Performer: Paul Lewis.
    • Harmonia Mundi.

By Association

Answer: Bruckner and Wagner

The music played:

Symphony No.3 in D minor 'Wagner Symphony': 1st movement
Netherlands Radio Philharmonic Orchestra
Jaap van Zweden (conductor)


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