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Friday - Rob Cowan with Noma Dumezweni

With Rob Cowan. My Favourite Baroque Concertos. Music in Time: George Walker; Artist of the Week: Emil Gilels, featured in Mozart's Double Piano Concerto in E flat, K365.

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 musical challenge: trace the classical theme behind a track from the world of rock music.

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. Nigerian organist and composer Fela Sowande (1905-1987) is considered the "father of Nigerian Art Music". In 1934 he came to London, where he studied the organ and European classical music, and worked as a bandleader, BBC Theatre organist, and accompanist for Adelaide Hall. His African Suite for string orchestra includes traditional melodies and a popular highlife tune.

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.

Piano Sonata No. 3 in B minor
Emil Gilels (piano).

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Music Played

  • Adolphus Hailstork

    Every Time I Feel the Spirit

    Orchestra: Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • NAXOS.
  • My Favourite...baroque concerto

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Concerto in A minor for flute, violin and harpsichord, BWV1044

      Performer: Frans Brüggen. Performer: Marie Leonhardt. Performer: Gustav Leonhardt. Ensemble: Leonhardt‐Consort. Director: Frans Brüggen.
      • TELDEC.
  • Artist of the weel: Emil gilels

    • Edvard Grieg

      Lyric Pieces, Op.68: No.3 At your feet

      Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
      • DG.
  • Jacques Ibert

    3 Pieces breves

    Performer: Les Vents Français.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet in D major. K.155

    Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Turangalila Symphony: V. Joy of the Blood of the Stars

    Performer: Dominique Kim. Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kent Nagano.
    • TELDEC.
  • Noma Dumezweni's Choice

    • Moisés Vivanco

      Virgin of the Sun God (Taita Inty)

      Singer: Yma Sumac. Ensemble: Les Baxter and His Orchestra.
  • Rob's choice for Noma Dumezweni

    • Bedrich Smetana

      String Quartet No.1 in E minor, 'From My Life': IV. Vivace

      Ensemble: Talichovo kvarteto.
      • LA DOLCE VITA.
  • Josef Suk

    Fantastic Scherzo op.25

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • Decca.

    • George Walker

      Lyric for Strings (version for string quartet)

      Ensemble: Son Sonora String Quartet.
      • NAXOS.
    • George Walker

      Reponse; I went to heaven

      Performer: George Walker. Singer: Phyllis Bryn‐Julson.
      • NEW WORLD.
  • Adolphus Hailstork

    An American Port of Call 

    Orchestra: Virginia Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • NAXOS.
  • Astor Piazzolla

    Histoire du Tango: Nightclub 1960

    Performer: Judith Hall. Performer: Tim Walker.
    • Collins Classics.
  • Artist of the weel: Emil gilels

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Concerto for two pianos and orchestra in E flat major, K.365

      Performer: Elena Gilels. Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Karl Bohm.
      • DG.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vocalise, Op.34

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Singer: Sabine Devieilhe.
    • ERATO.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 59 in A major

    Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 31, 59 & 73.
    • Teldec.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Turangalila Symphony: V. Joy of the Blood of the Stars
Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano)
Dominique Kim (ondes martenot)
Berlin Philharmonic
Kent Nagano (conductor)


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