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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Noma Dumezweni

With Rob Cowan. My Favourite Baroque Concertos; Music in Time: Florence B Price: Concerto in One Movement; Artist of the Week: Emil Gilels, featured in Schubert: Sonata in D.

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.

Take part in today's challenge. Two pieces of music are played together - can you work out what they are?

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.

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This week, Rob places Music in Time, and explores the music of six pioneering African and African-American composers. Florence B Price (1887-1953), born in Little Rock, was a concert pianist, organist and composer - the first African-American woman to have a symphony performed by a major American orchestra. In 1930 she gave the premiere of her Concerto In One Movement, a virtuoso and romantic work, ending with a lively dance in the style of a Juba.

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.

Sonata in D, D850
Emil Gilels (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Florence Price

    Suite for organ No.1: IV. Toccata

    Performer: Kimberly Marshall.
  • My Favourite...Baroque Concertos

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Bassoon Concerto in C major, RV467

      Performer: Gustavo Nunes. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
      • Pentatone.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Fantasia in C major, Hob.XVII:4

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Philips.
  • John Ireland

    The Forgotten Rite

    Orchestra: Halle. Conductor: John Wilson.
    • HALLE.
  • Jean Françaix

    L'heure du berger

    Performer: Susan Tomes. Ensemble: Gaudier Ensemble.
  • Antonio Salieri

    La Locandiera (Overture)

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • Chandos.
  • Percy Grainger

    Molly on the Shore

    Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker: Russian Dance

    Music Arranger: Nicolas Economou. Performer: Martha Argerich. Performer: Nicolas Economou.
    • DG.
  • Duke Ellington

    The Nutcracker Suite: The Volga Vouty (Russian Dance)

    Orchestra: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra.

    • Edvard Grieg

      Lyric Pieces Op.47: No.3 Melodie

      Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
      • DG.

    • Giuseppe Verdi

      Un ballo in maschera, Act 1: 'Re dell'abisso, affrettati'

      Singer: Marian Anderson. Singer: Jan Peerce. Choir: Metropolitan Opera Chorus. Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Dimitri Mitropoulos.
      • RCA.

    • Gustave Charpentier

      Louise: 'Depuis le jour'

      Performer: Arpád Sándor. Singer: Dorothy Maynor.
      • BRIDGE.

    • Jerome Kern

      Showboat: 'I still suits me'

      Singer: Paul Robeson. Singer: Elisabeth Welch. Orchestra: New Mayfair Orchestra. Conductor: Clifford Greenwood.
      • CONIFER.

    • Florence Price

      Concerto in One Movement

      Performer: Karen Walwyn. Orchestra: New Black Music Repertory Ensemble. Conductor: Leslie Dunner.
      • Albany records.
  • Florence Price

    'My Soul's been anchored in the Lord'

    Performer: Franz Rupp. Singer: Marian Anderson.
    • RCA .
  • Henry Purcell

    The Fairy Queen: Second Musick - Air

    Orchestra: The Symphony of Harmony and Invention. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.

    • Franz Schubert

      Piano Sonata in D major, D.850

      Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
      • RCA.
  • Jan Dismas Zelenka

    Capriccio No.1 in D major

    Performer: Alexander Van Wijnkoop. Ensemble: Camerata Bern. Director: Alexander Van Wijnkoop.

Imperfect Harmony

The music played:

Molly on the Shore
Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble

Tchaikovsky (arr. Economou)
The Nutcracker: Trepak
Martha Argerich & Nicolas Economou (piano)


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