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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Noma Dumezweni

With Rob Cowan. My Favourite Baroque Concertos; Music in Time: Duke Ellington's The Far East Suite; Artist of the Week: Emil Gilels, featured in Scarlatti's Sonata in B minor, K27.

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: which location is the setting for this piece of music?

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. Today, he focuses on Duke Ellington (1899-1974): legendary pianist, band leader and composer. His exalted levels of invention, his ability to spin profound melodies and harmonies and his ear for texture and rhythm marked him out as unique in the twentieth century. The Far East Suite, composed in collaboration with Billy Strayhorn, finds the Duke at his most seductive.

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.

Scarlatti
Sonata in B minor, K27
Emil Gilels (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Duke Ellington

    It Don't Mean a Thing (If It Ain't Got That Swing)

    Singer: Ivie Anderson. Orchestra: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra.
    • ASV.
  • Béla Bartók

    Romanian Folk Dances for string orchestra

    Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar. Conductor: Adam Fischer.
    • Bartok: Dance Suite etc: Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra/Fischer.
    • Nimbus.
    • 1.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: EMIL GILELS

    • Johannes Brahms

      Ballade in D major, Op.10 No.2

      Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
      • DG.
  • My favourite...baroque concertos

    • Arcangelo Corelli

      Concerto Grosso in C minor, Op.6 No.3

      Performer: Amandine Beyer. Performer: Yoko Kawakubo. Ensemble: Gli Incogniti. Director: Amandine Beyer.
      • ZIG ZAG.
  • Claude Debussy

    Nocturne et Scherzo

    Performer: Philippe Graffin. Performer: Claire Désert.
    • Debussy/Enescu/Ravel: In the shade of forests: Graffin/Desert.
    • Avie.
    • 13.
  • Dario Castello

    Sonata duodecima (Book 1)

    Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Richard Egarr.
    • AAM RECORDINGS.
  • Jean Langlais

    Fete

    Performer: Sarah Baldock.
    • HERALD.
  • NOMA DUMEZWENI'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Simon Slater

      3 cues from Carmen Disruption

      Composer: Georges Bizet. Performer: Harry Napier. Performer: Jamie Cameron. Singer: Victoria Vizin.
  • NOMA DUMEZWENI'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Arve Henriksen

      Cumulus

      Composer: Linda Neil.
      • MEGAPHONIC RECORDS.
  • NOMA DUMEZWENI'S CHOICE NO.3

    • Franz Schubert

      Music for Rosamunde, D.797: Ballet music II

      Orchestra: Saarbrücken Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Gielen.
      • SWR MUSIC.
  • MUSIC IN TIME

    • Duke Ellington

      Far East Suite: excerpts

      Composer: Billy Strayhorn. Orchestra: Duke Ellington & His Orchestra.
      • RCA.
    • Duke Ellington

      Caravan

      Composer: Juan Tizol. Performer: Duke Ellington. Performer: Charles Mingus. Performer: Max Roach.
      • BLUE NOTE.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: EMIL GILELS

    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Keyboard Sonata in B minor, K.27

      Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
      • LE CHANT DU MONDE.
    • Johannes Brahms

      Piano Quartet in G minor, Op.25

      Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels. Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
      • DG.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Prince Igor: Overture

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. Conductor: René Leibowitz.
    • SCRIBENDUM.

Mapping the Music

Answer: Winchester

The music played:

Howells
Winchester Service: Magnificat
Choir of Winchester Cathedral
Simon Bell (organ)
Andrew Lumsden (conductor)

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