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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Samantha Bond

With Rob Cowan. My Favourite Gypsy-Style Showpieces; Music in Time: Brahms: Piano Sonata No 1; Artists of the Week: Staatskapelle Dresden, performing Beethoven's Symphony No 1.

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 Dinicu (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: listen to the clues and identify a mystery musical thing.

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: Romantic
Rob places Music in Time. Today he samples the work which Johannes Brahms presented to the world as his Opus One: his Piano Sonata No 1 in C, written when he was only 19. It's a virtuoso, highly romantic work, with an opening which seems to pay tribute to Beethoven.

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 have 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.

Beethoven
Symphony No 1 in C major, Op.21
Staatskapelle Dresden
Herbert Blomstedt (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No.1 in G minor

    Orchestrator: Johannes Brahms. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Epistle Sonata in C major, K.336

    Performer: Ian Watson. Orchestra: The King’s Consort. Director: Robert King.
    • Hyperion.
  • MY FAVOURITE...GYPSY-STYLE SHOWPIECES

    • Pablo de Sarasate

      Zigeunerweisen, Op.20

      Performer: Aaron Rosand. Orchestra: Southwest German Radio Orchestra. Conductor: Rolf Reinhardt.
      • VOX ALLEGRETTO.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV894

    Performer: Ivo Janssen.
    • VOID.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    L'inganno felice: overture

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Philips.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Sonata octavi toni a 12

    Ensemble: His Majestys Sagbutts and Cornetts.
    • HYPERION.
  • Franz Schubert

    Trio in one movement in B flat, D28

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • PHILIPS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Rodelinda (Vivi, tiranno)

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • DECCA.
  • SAMANTHA BOND'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Romeo and Juliet: Conclusion of Act I

      Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
      • DECCA.
  • SAMANTHA BOND'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Pyotr Tchaikovsky

      Swan Lake, Act I: No.5 Pas de deux (Tempo di Valse; Coda)

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
      • EMI.
  • Astor Piazzolla

    5 Tango Sensations: No.1 Asleep

    Ensemble: Kronos Quartet. Performer: Astor Piazzolla.
    • Elektra Nonesuch.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: ROMANTIC

    • Johannes Brahms

      Piano Sonata No.1 in C major, Op.1

      Performer: François-Frédéric Guy.
      • EVIDENCE CLASSICS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: STAATSKAPELLE DRESDEN

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Symphony No.1 in C major, Op.21

      Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
      • BRILLIANT CLASSICS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Chamber Concerto in G minor for flute, oboe, bassoon, violin and continuo, RV107

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
    • LINN.
  • Clara Schumann

    Nocturne (Soirées musicales)

    Performer: Lucy Parham.
    • CIRRUS CLASSICS.
  • Claude Debussy

    La boite a joujoux [The Toy Box]: The Toy Shop

    Music Arranger: André Caplet. Orchestra: Seattle Symphony. Conductor: Ludovic Morlot.
    • SEATTLESYMPHONY.

Mystery Thing

Answer: the Da capo sign

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