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Monday - Rob Cowan with Garry Richardson

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Marches; Music in Time: the Codex Calixtinus; Proms Artist of the Week: cellist Alban Gerhardt, featured performing Faure's Cello Sonata No 1.

9am
My Favourite... Marches. This week Rob slips on a sturdy pair of boots and steps out to the accompaniment of some of his favourite marches - imperious Mozart, Tchaikovsky's patriotic Marche slave, the humbling Dead March from Handel's dramatic oratorio Saul, the famous Alla marcia that closes Sibelius's Karelia Suite and, most imposing of all, the grief-laden Marche funèbre from Berlioz's Grande symphonie funèbre et triomphale.

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, sharing a selection of his favourite classical music, is the journalist and presenter Garry Richardson, who has been bringing sports news to radio listeners for over thirty years. Garry currently hosts 5 Live's Sportsweek, as well as presenting the sports section of Radio 4's Today programme, and has interviewed leading personalities from Muhammad Ali and David Beckham to Arnold Schwarzenegger and Bill Clinton. Garry will be talking about his career and sharing music by composers including Gershwin, Bach and Verdi every day at 10am.

10.30am
Music in Time: Medieval
Rob places Music in Time. Today the spotlight is on the Medieval era and the 12th-century Codex Calixtinus, a sort of 'complete pilgrim's guide' with sermons, travel advice, accounts of miracles... and music, including some of the earliest written-down examples of polyphonic composition.

11am
Rob's Proms Artist of the Week is Alban Gerhardt, who ranks among the most sensitive cellists of the younger generation. Gerhardt appears at London's Royal Albert Hall this Wednesday as the soloist in Dvorák's Cello Concerto. Throughout the week on Essential Classics we'll hear Gerhardt perform a rich variety of Romantic cello music. The repertoire ranges from the Bachian tones of a Max Reger solo suite and a rarely heard sonata by Alkan, to the subtly-woven sound-world of Fauré's First Cello Sonata and Enescu's powerful Sinfonia Concertante. Friday's featured work is Prokofiev's Symphony-Concerto, an affirmative piece in spite of the composer's declining health and the ever-present menace of Stalin's disapproval.

Fauré
Cello Sonata No. 1 in D minor, Op. 109
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Cécile Licad, piano.

3 hours

Music Played

  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ALBAN GERHARDT

    • Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich

      Humoresque, Op.5

      Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Performer: Markus Becker.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Overture to Benvenuto Cellini

    Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lyon. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • NAXOS.
  • MY FAVOURITE...MARCHES

    • George Frideric Handel

      Saul, Act 3: Dead March

      Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Richard Strauss

    Festmusik der Stadt Wien

    Performer: Locke Brass Consort. Conductor: James Stobart.
    • Strauss: Music for Symphonic Brass.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Hans Rott

    Symphony No 1 in E major (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • RCA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in B flat major, Op 3 No 1

    Orchestra: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Warner.
  • GARRY RICHARDSON'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Leroy Anderson

      Forgotten Dreams

      Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
      • NAXOS.
  • GARRY RICHARDSON'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata in C sharp minor, Op.27 No.2 ‘Moonlight'

      Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
      • DG.
  • Darius Milhaud

    Saudades do Brasil: Sumare

    Performer: Eudice Shapiro. Performer: Ralph Berkowitz.
    • VANGUARD CLASSICS.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: MEDIEVAL

    • Anonymous

      Music from the Codex Calixtinus

      Ensemble: Anonymous 4.
      • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata for bassoon and cello in B flat major, K.292

    Performer: Сергей Красавин. Performer: Yury Loyevsky.
    • MELODIYA.
  • PROMS ARTIST OF THE WEEK: ALBAN GERHARDT

    • Gabriel Fauré

      Cello Sonata No.1 in D minor, Op.109

      Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Performer: Cécile Licad.
      • HYPERION.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No.3 in C major, Op.52

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Vater unser im Himmelreich, BWV636

    Ensemble: Läubin Brass Ensemble.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Nun danket alle Gott, BWV657

    Ensemble: Läubin Brass Ensemble.
    • DG.

Mapping the Music

Answer: New York City

The music played:

Villa-Lobos
New York Skyline  
Nelson Freire (piano)
DECCA

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