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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Alan Ayckbourn

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Romantic and 20th-Century Shakespearean Music; Music in Time; Artist of the Week: Marc Minkowski conducts Handel's Il delirio amoroso.

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: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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: Medieval
Rob places Music in Time, heading back to the Medieval era. Machaut's Messe de Notre Dame shows the artistic developments in the church in the late Middle Ages, moving from simple plainchant to more ornate liturgical works.

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.

Il delirio amoroso
Magdalena Kozena (mezzo-soprano)
Les Musiciens du Louvre
Marc Minkowski (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Bouree (Water Music Suite in D major, HWV349)

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Queen Mab Scherzo (Romeo et Juliette)

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
    • RCA.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O vis aeternitatis

    Performer: Gjermund Larsen. Performer: Bjorn Kjellemyr. Music Arranger: Grete Pedersen. Choir: Norwegian Soloists' Choir. Conductor: Grete Pedersen.
    • BIS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Trio in F major, Hob.XV:2

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
  • Nikolaj Pavlov Budashkin

    Fantasy on Two Folk Songs

    Performer: Rudolf Belov. Orchestra: Osipov State Russian Folk Orchestra. Conductor: Vitaly Gnutov.
    • MERCURY.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in E minor for flute, recorder and strings, TWV 52 e1

    Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • Concertos pour Instruments à Vent (Ensemble : Musica Antiqua Köln - Direction :.
    • Archiv.
    • 16.
  • Vincent Youmans

    Tea for Two (Tahiti trot)

    Music Arranger: Dmitry Shostakovich. Music Arranger: Dmitry Shostakovich. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Kyrie (Petite Messe Solennelle)

    Performer: Raymond Alessandrini. Performer: Emmanuel Mandrin. Singer: Françoise Pollet. Singer: Jacqueline Mayeur. Singer: Jean-Luc Viala. Singer: Michel Piquemal. Choir: Ensemble Vocal Michel Piquemal.
    • ACCORD.
  • Alfred Schnittke

    The Building Site

    Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Frank Strobel.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Prague Waltzes

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • Dvorak: Legends: Prague Waltzes: Buadapest festival Orchestra / Ivan Fischer.
    • Phillips.
    • 16.
  • Guillaume de Machaut

    Kyrie & Gloria (Messe de Nostre Dame)

    Choir: Orlando Consort.
  • Louis Vierne

    Pieces de fantaisie - suite no. 3 Op.54 for organ: Carillon de Westminster

    Performer: Olivier Latry.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Souvenir d'un lieu cher Op.42: Meditation

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
    • DECCA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Il deliro amoroso

    Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Édouard Lalo

    Namouna, Suite No.1

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

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Youmans (arr. Shostakovich)
Tea for Two (Tahiti trot)
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Riccardo Chailly (conductor)


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