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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Alan Ayckbourn

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Romantic and 20th-Century Shakespearean Music; Pierre de la Rue; Artist of the Week: Marc Minkowski conducts Berlioz's Symphonie fantastique.

9am
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.

9.30am
Take part in today's music-related challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery person.

10am
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.

10.30am
Music in Time: Renaissance
Rob places Music in Time, looking at the Renaissance period and music by the Franco-Flemish composer Pierre de la Rue, whose early setting of the Requiem Mass paved the way for numerous later composers, from Mozart and Brahms to Fauré and Verdi.

11am
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.

Berlioz
Symphonie fantastique
Mahler Chamber Orchestra
Marc Minkowski (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MARC MINKOWSKI

    • Hector Berlioz

      Villanelle (Les Nuits d’ete)

      Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • NAÏVE.
  • George Frideric Handel

    'Sibilar gli angui d'Aletto' (Rinaldo)

    Music Arranger: Cox. Performer: Matthew Gee. Ensemble: Septura.
    • NAXOS.
  • MY FAVOURITE...ROMANTIC AND 20TH-CENTURY SHAKESPEAREAN MUSIC

    • Otto Nicolai

      Overture to The Merry Wives of Windsor

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Willi Boskovsky.
      • DECCA.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Rondo brillant in E flat major, Op.29

    Performer: Martin Helmchen. Orchestra: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • PENTATONE.
  • Sofia Gubaidulina

    The Drummer (Musical Toys)

    Performer: Mei Yi Foo.
    • ODRADEK.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Dance of the Comedians (The Bartered Bride)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Gianandrea Noseda.
    • Chandos.
  • Vincent d’Indy

    Sarabande et Menuet, Op.24

    Performer: Catherine Cantin. Performer: Maurice Bourgue. Performer: Michel Portal. Performer: Amaury Wallez. Performer: André Cazalet. Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • DECCA.
  • Vincent d’Indy

    Sarabande et Menuet, Op.24

    Performer: Catherine Cantin. Performer: Maurice Bourgue. Performer: Michel Portal. Performer: Amaury Wallez. Performer: André Cazalet. Performer: Pascal Rogé.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Overture to Die Fledermaus

    Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber.
    • DG.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Die Fledermaus (Overture)

    Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber.
    • DG.
  • ALAN AYCKBOURN'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.19: III. Moderato

      Performer: Kyung Wha Chung. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
      • DECCA.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    III. Moderato (Violin Concerto No.1 in D major, Op.19)

    Performer: Kyung-wha Chung. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • DECCA.
  • ALAN AYCKBOURN'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Antonio Bazzini

      Calabrese, Op.34 No.6

      Performer: Chloë Hanslip. Performer: Caspar Frantz.
      • NAXOS.
  • Antonio Bazzini

    Calabrese, Op.34 No.6

    Performer: Chloë Hanslip. Performer: Caspar Frantz.
    • NAXOS.
  • Jules Grison

    Toccata for organ in F major

    Performer: Jane Parker‐Smith.
    • EMI.
  • Jules Grison

    Toccata for organ in F major

    Performer: Jane Parker‐Smith.
    • Grandes Toccatas For Organ.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 9.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: RENAISSANCE

    • Pierre de la Rue

      Requiem: Introitus & Sanctus

      Choir: Cappella Pratensis. Conductor: Stratton Bull.
      • CHALLENGE.
  • Pierre de la Rue

    Introitus & Sanctus (Requiem)

    Choir: Cappella Pratensis. Director: Stratton Bull.
    • CHALLENGE.
  • César Franck

    Prelude, choral et fugue

    Performer: Bertrand Chamayou.
    • NAÏVE.
  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MARC MINKOWSKI

    • Hector Berlioz

      Symphonie fantastique

      Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • DG.

Mystery Person

Answer: Carlos Kleiber

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