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Friday - Rob Cowan with Samantha Bond

With Rob Cowan. My Favourite Gypsy-Style Showpieces; Music in Time: The Triumphs of Oriana; Artist of the Week: Staatskapelle Dresden, featured in Tchaikovsky's Serenade in C.

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.

Take part in today's musical challenge: trace the classical theme behind a well-known song.

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.

Music in Time: Renaissance
Rob places Music in Time. He selects English madrigals from "The Triumphs of Oriana", a collection compiled by Thomas Morley in 1601 and said to be in honour of Queen Elizabeth. The 25 madrigals encompass a wide range of composers, but all end with the same refrain: "Then sang the shepherds and nymphs of Diana: Long live fair Oriana".

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.

Serenade in C major, Op.48, for string orchestra
Staatskapelle Dresden
Otmar Suitner (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ellis Gibbons

    Round about her charret, with all-admiring strains

    Choir: I Fagiolini. Performer: David Miller. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonatina No.1 in D major for violin and piano, D384

    Performer: Josef Suk. Performer: Jan Panenka.

    • Johann Strauss II

      Der Zigeunerbaron: Overture

      Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
      • J. Strauss: Der Zigeunerbaron: Wiener Symphoniker/Harnoncourt.
      • Teldec.
      • 1.
  • Clara Schumann

    Sechs Lieder aus Jucunde, Op.23: No.2 An einem lichten Morgen

    Singer: Geraldine McGreevy. Performer: Graham Johnson.
  • William Lawes

    Royal Consort Sett No.8 in C

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Ensemble: Phantasm. Director: Laurence Dreyfus.
    • LINN.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No.3 in A flat major, Op.47

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • DG.
  • George Gershwin

    Porgy and Bess: Introduction and Summertime

    Singer: Harolyn Blackwell. Choir: Glyndebourne Chorus. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Arnold Bax

    Country-Tune for piano

    Performer: Eric Parkin.
    • Chandos.

    • Erik Satie

      Gymnopédie No 1 in D major

      Performer: Alexandre Tharaud.
      • Satie: Avant-Dernieres Pensees.
      • Harmonia Mundi.
      • 3.

    • Robert Schumann

      Piano Quartet in E flat major, Op.47: III. Andante cantabile

      Ensemble: Pro Arte Piano Quartet.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Introduction and Allegro

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jean Martinon.
    • RCA.

    • John Wilbye

      The Lady Orianna

      Performer: David Miller. Ensemble: I Fagiolini. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
      • CHANDOS.
    • Thomas Morley

      Hard by a crystal fountain

      Ensemble: I Fagiolini. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
      • CHANDOS.
    • John Mundy

      Lightly she whipped o'er the dales

      Ensemble: I Fagiolini. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
      • CHANDOS.
    • Thomas Hunt

      Hark! Did ye ever hear so sweet a singing?

      Performer: David Miller. Ensemble: I Fagiolini. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
      • CHANDOS.
    • Thomas Weelkes

      As vesta was from Latmos hill descending

      Ensemble: I Fagiolini. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Courtly Dances from Gloriana

    Ensemble: Julian Bream Consort.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Sommerfugl, Op 43 No 1 (Lyric Pieces)

    Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Serenade in C major for string orchestra, Op.48

      Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Otmar Suitner.
    • Richard Strauss

      Le bourgeois gentilhomme Suite, Op.60: The Dinner

      Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
      • Warner Classics.
  • Percy Grainger

    Country Gardens

    Performer: Penelope Thwaites. Performer: John Lavender.
    • Pavillion.
  • Jonathan Dove

    Wellcome, all wonders in one sight

    Choir: Wells Cathedral Choir. Conductor: Matthew Owens.
  • George Gershwin


    Performer: Artie Shaw. Ensemble: Billie Holiday.
    • FLAPPER.

Classical Roots

Answer: Janis Joplin's Summertime is based on Gershwin's original

The music played:

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