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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Clare Teal

With Rob Cowan. Including Favourite Schubert Chamber Works; Music in Time: Berg: Violin Concerto; Artist of the Week: Victoria de los Angeles. Falla: Seven Popular Spanish Songs.

My favourite...Schubert chamber works. Throughout the week Rob focuses on Schubert's smaller-scale chamber works, from sonatinas for violin and piano that Schubert wrote when he was a teenager, to music from his final years. These shorter pieces are often remarkable essays, the Notturno for Piano Trio as sublime as the great slow movement of the String Quintet in C and his urgent Quartettsatz, a tantalising hint of a great string quartet that might have been, but never was.

Take part in today's musical challenge: listen to the clues and identify a mystery musical object.

Especially for the week of the London Jazz Festival, Rob's guest is the celebrated jazz singer and broadcaster Clare Teal. Three-times winner of British Jazz Singer of the Year, Clare performs regularly at the world-renowned Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, and has appeared at Glastonbury and the BBC Proms. Her acclaimed albums include the chart topping Don't Talk, And So It Goes and Hey Ho. Clare's most recent album Twelve O'Clock Tales, recorded with the Hallé orchestra, was released earlier this year. She is also a familiar voice on radio, as the host of Big Band Special and more recently with her own weekly show presenting the best in big band, swing and jazz. Clare will be talking about her singing career and sharing a selection of her favourite classical music with Rob every day at 10am.

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
Music in Time: Modern
Rob places Music in Time, with a work from the Modern period dedicated "to the memory of an angel." Alban Berg composed his Violin Concerto in 1935, following the death of Manon, the young daughter of Alma Mahler and the architect Walter Gropius. It's an intense, elegiac work, which combines modern serial techniques with a more traditional, tonal style, including a quotation from a Bach chorale. The concerto has become one of Berg's best-loved works; it was also his last.

Rob's artist of the week is the Spanish soprano Victoria de los Angeles. De los Angeles was one of the best-loved singers of the post-war period, eloquent in opera and song, and a charming stage presence, with a sweet, immediately distinctive voice. Rob selects his highlights from her wide recorded repertoire. There's music from her native Spain by Falla and Granados, a song-cycle by Berlioz, and arias from operas by Rossini and Massenet, as well as an acclaimed recording of Puccini's La Bohème with Jussi Björling, in which de los Angeles recreates the role of Mimi, the part in which she made her operatic debut at the age of 18.

Seven Popular Spanish Songs
Victoria de los Angeles (soprano)
Gonzalo Soriano (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Pietro Locatelli

    24 Capriccios from L'arte del violino (no.23)

    Performer: Henryk Szeryng. Performer: Charles Reiner.
    • Mercury Living Presence.
  • Joaquín Rodrigo

    4 Madrigales amatorios: No.4 De los alamos vengo, madre

    Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Trio in E flat major for piano and strings, D.897 'Notturno'

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • PHILIPS.
  • François Couperin

    Les Nations - l'Espagnole: Rondeau, Bourree and Double, and Passagacaglia

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in F sharp minor, Op.59 No.3

    Performer: Pavel Kolesnikov.
    • Hyperion.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Fest- und Gendenkspruche (Wo ist ein so herrlich Volk)

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Claude Debussy

    Images: No.3 Rondes de Printemps

    Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Armin Jordan.
    • ERATO.
  • Tomaso Giovanni Albinoni

    Concerto à 5 in D major, Op 9 No 12

    Performer: Frank de Bruine. Performer: Alfredo Bernardini. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Decca.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Requiem in D minor, K.626: Lacrimosa

    Choir: Radiokören. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    All-Night Vigil, Op.37: Christ is risen from the dead

    Choir: Государственный академический русский хор. Conductor: Alexander Sveshnikov.
  • David Fanshawe

    African Sanctus: opening movement

    Performer: Kwasi Asare Kantamanto. Choir: Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. Ensemble: African Sanctus Ensemble. Conductor: Neville Creed.
    • African Sanctus.
  • Alban Berg

    Violin Concerto

    Performer: Henryk Szeryng. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Seven Popular Spanish Songs

    Performer: Gonzalo Soriano. Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles.
    • EMI.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    Quintet in C major, Op.30 No.6: 'La Musica notturna delle strade di Madrid'

    Performer: Eckart Runge. Ensemble: Casals Quartet.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Franz Schubert

    An die Musik

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles.
    • EMI.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Dein blaues Auge

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles.
    • EMI.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Flute Concerto in D minor, H.425

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Orchestra: Kammerakademie Potsdam. Director: Trevor Pinnock.

Mystery Object

Answer: a double reed


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