Thursday - Rob Cowan with Tony Robinson
With Rob Cowan. Including My Favourite Bach for Advent; Music in Time: Roy Harris: Symphony No 3; Artist of the Week: Charles Munch, featured conducting Mendelssohn's Symphony No 3.
My favourite... Bach for Advent. Rob explores the range of music that Bach wrote for performance during the season of Advent. From cantatas to chorale preludes, Rob chooses a selection of his favourite choruses, arias and organ works.
Take part in today's musical challenge: listen to the clues and identify a mystery person.
Rob's guest is the actor, comedian, writer and broadcaster, Sir Tony Robinson. Well known for his cunning plans as Baldrick in the hit series Blackadder and for writing and starring in Maid Marian and Her Merry Men, Sir Tony also presented Time Team for twenty years and has written a series of history books for children. Sir Tony shares some of his favourite pieces of classical music throughout the week, including Fauré's Dolly Suite, which he remembers as the theme tune to Listen with Mother, Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Handel's Messiah, which he sang as a schoolboy.
Music in Time: Modern
Rob places Music in Time. Today, the spotlight is on the Modern period and Roy Harris' Symphony No.3. An American epic, it marked the start of a new style of writing, free from the influence of Aaron Copland.
Rob's artist of the week is the conductor Charles Munch. Born in Strasbourg when it was still annexed to the German Empire, Munch gained a unique insight into both the French and German repertoire by serving as concertmaster under Wilhelm Fürtwangler, and Bruno Walter, and from conducting French orchestras including the Lamoureux and Orchestre Symphonique de Paris. As a conductor, Munch brought flair, panache and imagination to a whole host of varied masterpieces including Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet and Stravinsky's Jeu de Cartes, as well as symphonies by Dvorak and Mendelssohn, all of which are featured during the week.
Symphony No. 3 in A minor (Scottish)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch (conductor).