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Monday - Rob Cowan with Samantha Bond

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Gypsy-Style Showpieces; Music in Time: Classical; Artists of the Week: Staatskapelle Dresden, featured performing Weber's Oberon Overture.

9am
My favourite... Gypsy-style showpieces
Gypsy music has inspired generations of composers to write some of their fieriest and most appealing lighter, and sometimes not-so-light, music. Rob's selection ranges from authentic gypsy tunes played by the great Romanian violinist Grigoras Dinucu (and an Enescu Rhapsody that was inspired by them) to Brahms Zigeunerlieder and Strauss's effervescent Gypsy Baron overture.

9.30am
Take part in today's musical challenge: which location is being depicted in this piece of music?

10am
Rob's guest is the celebrated actress Samantha Bond, one of our most versatile actresses. Born into an acting family, her great uncle was a music hall performer and her father was in The Onedin Line, Samantha is famous for her appearances as Lady Rosalind Painswick in the worldwide hit Downton Abbey and the role of Auntie Angela in the comedy series Outnumbered. Her notable stage and screen appearances also include Juliet in Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet with Kenneth Branagh, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels with Robert Lindsay, and Miss Moneypenny to Pierce Brosnan's James Bond. Through the week, Samantha shares her favourite pieces of classical music with Rob.

10:30am
Music in Time: Classical
Rob places Music in Time. He focuses on the fashion during the Classical period for mechanical curiosities: automata such as musical clocks, and a strange instrument invented by Benjamin Franklin and featured by Mozart in his Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Violin, Cello - and Glass Harmonica.

11am
Artist of the Week: Staatskapelle Dresden
The Staatskapelle Dresden visits the Proms this week with Principal Conductor Christian Thielemann. With a roll-call of past directors that has included Schütz, Weber and Wagner, the orchestra is one of Europe's musical glories, its sound warm yet transparent, full-bodied and dynamic. Rob chooses a diverse and distinctive roster of recordings from Vittorio Negri in Vivaldi to Herbert Blomstedt in Beethoven and Otmar Suitner in Tchaikovsky.

Weber
Oberon Overture
Staatskapelle Dresden
Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Works for flute clock, Hob.XIX:21: Vivace

    Performer: Hans-Ola Ericsson.
    • BIS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: STAATSKAPELLE DRESDEN

    • George Gershwin

      Strike up the Band: Overture

      Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
      • DG.
  • MY FAVOURITE...GYPSY-STYLE SHOWPIECES

    • Franz Liszt

      Hungarian Rhapsody No.7 in D minor

      Performer: Cyprien Katsaris.
      • PIANO 21.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto da camera in G minor for recorder, 2 violins and continuo, TWV43:g3

    Performer: Michael Schneider. Ensemble: Camerata Köln.
    • CPO.
  • Franz Schubert

    Abends unter der Linde, D235 and D237

    Singer: Anthony Rolfe Johnson. Performer: Graham Johnson.
    • HYPERION.
  • Dario Castello

    Sonata No.10 a 3

    Performer: David Staff. Performer: Jeremy West. Performer: William Lyons. Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts.
    • HELIOS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Images, Book 2: Et la lune descend sur le temple qui fut

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
  • SAMANTHA BOND'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Aram Khachaturian

      Adagio of Spartacus and Phrygia (Spartacus)

      Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov.
      • EMI.
  • SAMANTHA BOND'S CHOICE NO.2

    • James James

      Welsh National Anthem (Hen Wlad fy Nhadau)

      Music Arranger: Chris Hazell. Singer: Bryn Terfel. Choir: The Black Mountain Male Chorus. Choir: Risca Male Choir. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera. Conductor: Gareth Jones.
      • DG.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in B flat minor, Op.9 No.1

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: CLASSICAL

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Adagio and rondo in C minor K.617 for glass harmonica, flute, oboe, vla & vcl

      Performer: Dennis James. Ensemble: Salzburg Soloists.
      • NAXOS.
    • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

      March for flute clock, Wq.193/16

      Performer: Anton Holzapfel.
      • ORLANDO RECORDS.
    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Scherzo in G major for mechanical clock, WoO33 No.2

      Performer: Anton Holzapfel.
      • ORLANDO RECORDS.
    • Joseph Haydn

      Symphony No.101, 'The Clock': III. Menuet (played on a musical clock)

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Fantasia in F minor for mechanical organ, K.608

      Performer: Murray Perahia. Performer: Radu Lupu. Music Arranger: Ferruccio Busoni.
      • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: STAATSKAPELLE DRESDEN

    • Carl Maria von Weber

      Overture to Oberon

      Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
      • PROFIL.
    • Richard Wagner

      Siegfried: beginning of Act 3

      Singer: Theo Adam. Singer: Ortrun Wenkel. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Marek Janowski.
      • EURODISC.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Welcome as the dawn of day (Solomon)

    Singer: Iestyn Davies. Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Orchestra: King's Consort. Conductor: Robert King.
    • Your Tuneful Voice.
    • VIVAT.
    • 8.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Sextet for Piano and Winds, iii Finale

    Ensemble: Les Vents Français.
    • Warner.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: STAATSKAPELLE DRESDEN

    • Richard Strauss

      Capriccio: Moonlight Music

      Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
      • WARNER.

Mapping the Music

Answer: a Chinese temple garden  

The music played:

Albert W. Ketelbey 
In a Chinese temple garden 
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus
Eric Rogers (conductor)

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