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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Garry Richardson

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Marches; Music in Time: Lully: Orchestral Suite (Atys); Proms Artist of the Week: Alban Gerhardt, featured in Alkan's Cello Sonata in E.

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.

Take part in our daily musical challenge. Two pieces of music are played together: can you identify them?

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.

Music in Time: Baroque
Rob places Music in Time. Rob heads back to the Baroque era to hear an orchestral suite from Lully's opera Atys, assembled, not by Lully himself, but by the pioneering Dutch publisher Estiennes Roger a decade or so after the composer's untimely death. Roger's commercial instincts proved to be spot-on, and the suite from Atys was not only popular but also enormously influential, helping to kickstart the development of the Baroque orchestral suite.

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.

Cello Sonata in E, Op. 47
Alban Gerhardt, cello
Steven Osborne, piano.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Xerxes: Air pour les docteurs, Frivelins et Polichinelles

    Orchestra: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
    • DG.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    In nature's realm, Op.91

    Orchestra: Prague Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Liebeslieder Waltz, Op.52 No.6: 'Ein kleiner, hubscher Vogel'

    Performer: Rudolf Serkin. Performer: Leon Fleisher. Singer: Benita Valente. Singer: Marlena Kleinman. Singer: Wayne Conner. Singer: Martial Singher.
    • SONY.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Liebeslieder Waltz, Op.52 No.9: 'Am Donaustrande'

    Performer: Rudolf Serkin. Performer: Leon Fleisher. Singer: Benita Valente. Singer: Marlena Kleinman. Singer: Wayne Conner. Singer: Martial Singher.
    • SONY.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Liebeslieder Waltz, Op.52 No.17: 'Nicht wandle, mein Licht'

    Performer: Rudolf Serkin. Performer: Leon Fleisher. Singer: Benita Valente. Singer: Marlena Kleinman. Singer: Wayne Conner. Singer: Martial Singher.
    • SONY.

    • Jean Sibelius

      Karelia Suite Op.11: III. Alla marcia

      Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
      • Sibelius: Finlandia/Luonnota U.A. : Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra/Jarvi.
      • DG.
      • 3.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Divertimento in B flat major, K.270

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Bach: Cello Suite No. 6: Prelude

    Performer: Alban Gerhardt.
  • Claude Debussy

    Children's Corner: I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum

    Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
    • DG.

    • Jeff Beal

      House of Cards: Theme Music

      Orchestra: The Hollywood Studio Orchestra.

    • Ron Goodwin

      Where Eagles Dare: main theme

      Orchestra: Ron Goodwin Orchestra.
      • Ron Goodwin and His Orchestra: Adventure and Excitement.
      • EMI.
      • 004.

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      La Traviata, Act I: ‘Libiamo ne’ lieti calici’

      Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Singer: José Carreras. Singer: Plácido Domingo. Choir: Los Angeles Music Centre Opera Chorus. Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
      • TELDEC.

    • Maurice Jarre

      Lawrence of Arabia (Overture and main title)

      Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Maurice Jarre.
  • Girolamo Frescobaldi

    Toccata quarta

    Performer: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
  • Music in Time: Baroque

    • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

      Ouverture avec tous les Airs a jouer de l’Opera d’Atys

      Performer: Dominik Kiefer. Orchestra: Capriccio Barockorchester.
      • TUDOR.
  • Thea Musgrave

    Cantilena, for oboe and string trio

    Performer: Nicholas Daniel. Performer: Oboe. Ensemble: Members of the Chilingirian Quartet.

    • Charles-Valentin Alkan

      Cello Sonata in E major, Op.47

      Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Performer: Steven Osborne.
      • HYPERION.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No 35 in D, K385 ('Haffner')

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

Symphony of Psalms: 3rd movement
Russian State Academy Chorus
Russian State Academy Orchestra
Igor Markevitch (conductor)
Children’s Corner: I. Doctor Gradus ad Parnassum
Pascal Roge (piano)


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