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Monday - Rob Cowan with Noma Dumezweni

With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Baroque Concertos; Music in Time: William Grant Still's Symphony No 1; Artist of the Week: Emil Gilels. Beethoven: Piano Concerto No 1.

9am
My favourite...Baroque concertos. Rob's selection includes a lively bassoon concerto by Vivaldi, a festive trumpet concerto by Torelli, and Bach's darkly intense Triple Concerto for flute, violin and harpsichord. He also chooses a pair of Concerti Grossi: the final (and Rob believes the loveliest) of Handel's Op. 6, and one of the Corelli set that was Handel's inspiration.

9.30am
Take part in today's musical challenge: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

10am
Rob's guest this week is the actress Noma Dumezweni. Noma is currently starring as Hermione in the West End play Harry Potter and The Cursed Child, the much-anticipated stage sequel to J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. She has recently played the title role in Linda at the Royal Court Theatre, receiving outstanding reviews. Her other theatre credits include Feast and Belong also for the Royal Court, A Human Being Died That Night at the Hampstead Theatre, The Fugard and The Market theatres in South Africa and Brooklyn Academy of Music, New York and Macbeth, Breakfast With Mugabe, The Winter's Tale and Romeo and Juliet for the Royal Shakespeare Company. She won the Olivier Award for Best Performance in a Supporting Role for A Raisin In The Sun for the Young Vic at the Lyric Hammersmith. Her film credits include The Incident, Dirty Pretty Things and Macbeth, and she has made appearances in television series including Casualty, Capital and Dr Who. Noma will be talking about her career and sharing a selection of her favourite classical music throughout the week.

10.30am
Power of Three - the next episode in a 70-part daily series of pioneering sounds from the BBC Third Programme and Radio 3 archives presented by David Hendy.

Followed by
This week, Rob places Music in Time, and explores the music of six pioneering African and African-American composers. William Grant Still (1895-1978) has been described as "the Dean of Afro-American composers", and was the first to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra. His Afro-American Symphony of 1930 incorporates blues, jazz, and a hint of folksong and spirituals.

11am
Rob's artist of the week is the pianist Emil Gilels. Gilels was born in Odessa on 19th October 1916, and Rob celebrates the centenary of this great musician with dazzling recordings demonstrating the breadth of his repertoire. Gilels married power to finesse like no other pianist. His Mozart was elegant and incisive, his Beethoven rigorously argued, his Schubert graced by charm and clarity, and his Chopin, ever attentive to the music's emotional and intellectual aspects, making him in Rob's eyes the complete musician.

Beethoven
Piano Concerto No. 1
Emil Gilels (piano)
Paris Conservatoire Orchestra
Andre Vandernoot (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: EMIL GILELS

    • Claude Debussy

      Images, Book 1: Mouvement

      Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Alberto Domínguez

    Frenesi

    Performer: Artie Shaw. Music Arranger: William Grant Still. Orchestra: Artie Shaw and His Orchestra.
    • RCA.
  • My Favourite...Baroque Concertos

    • Giuseppe Torelli

      Trumpet Concerto in D major

      Performer: Alison Balsom. Orchestra: The Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen.
      • EMI.
  • Florent Schmitt

    Suite en rocaille for flute, harp, violin, viola and cello, Op.84

    Ensemble: Mirage Quintet.
    • NAXOS.
  • Henry Purcell

    Chacony in G minor

    Ensemble: The Parley of Instruments. Director: Peter Holman.
    • HYPERION.
  • Franz Schubert

    Rosamunde Overture

    Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra. Conductor: Stanisław Skrowaczewski.
    • MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE.
  • Thomas Tallis

    God Grant with Grace (Tallis Canon)

    Choir: Stile Antico.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Noye’s Fludde: conclusion

    Ensemble: Finchley Childrens Music Group. Singer: David Wilson‐Johnson. Singer: Catherine Wyn‐Rogers. Singer: Willard White. Performer: Jennifer Bate. Ensemble: H.M. Welsh Guards Band. Performer: Elizabeth Shepherd. Performer: Richard Wise. Performer: Tristan Fry. Ensemble: Mole Valley Handbell Ringers. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Wilks.
    • SOMM RECORDINGS.
  • NOMA DUMEZWENI'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cello Suite No.1 in G major, BWV1007: Prelude

      Performer: Heinrich Schiff.
      • EMI.
  • NOMA DUMEZWENI'S CHOICE NO.2

    • J. Fred Coots

      'For all we know'

      Performer: Nina Simone.
      • CHARLY.
  • NOMA DUMEZWENI'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Italian Concerto, BWV971: 1st movement

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • COLUMBIA.
  • William Byrd

    Fantasia à 5 'Two in One'

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Virgin.
  • MUSIC IN TIME

    • William Grant Still

      Symphony No.1, 'Afro-American'

      Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
      • CHANDOS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: EMIL GILELS

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Concerto No.1 in C major

      Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. Conductor: André Vandernoot.
      • EMI.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Humoresque No 2 in D major, Op 87

    Performer: Vilde Frang. Orchestra: WDR Symphony Orchestra Cologne. Conductor: Thomas Søndergård.
    • Sibelius Prokofiev: Violin Concerto.
    • EMI.
    • 8.
  • John Dowland

    Time stands still

    Performer: Julian Behr. Singer: Andreas Scholl.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    'Fugue a la gigue' in G major, BWV577

    Orchestrator: Gustav Holst. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • Bach: Transcriptions for Orchestra: Leonard Slatkin.
    • Chandos.
    • 11.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: EMIL GILELS

    • Franz Liszt

      Hungarian Rhapsody No.9 in E flat major, 'Carnival at Pest'

      Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
      • NAXOS.

By Association

Answer: Benjamin Britten and Thomas Tallis

The music played:

Benjamin Britten 
Noye’s Fludde: conclusion

Finchley Children’s Music Group
David Wilson-Johnson (baritone)
Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo-soprano)
Willard White (bass)
Jennifer Bate (organ)
Elizabeth Shepherd and Richard Wise (piano duet)
Trumpeters of the Welsh Guards Band
Tristan Fry (percussion)
Members of the Mole Valley Handbell Ringers
Members of the BBC Concert Orchestra
Nicholas Wilks (conductor)
SOMM RECORDINGS

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