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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.

9am
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.

9.30am
Take part in today's musical challenge: listen to the clues and identify a mystery person.

10am
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.

10.30am
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.

11am
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.

Mendelssohn
Symphony No. 3 in A minor (Scottish)
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Charles Munch (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Gershwin

    Promenade 'Walking the Dog'

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Director: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • CBS.
  • Bernhard Crusell

    Divertimento

    Performer: Christopher O'Neal. Ensemble: Fibonacci Sequence.
    • DEUX-ELLES.
  • MY FAVOURITE... BACH AT ADVENT

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cantata 70, Wachet! Betet! Betet! Wachet!: excerpt from part 1

      Singer: Dietrich Henschel. Singer: Michael Chance. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
      • SOLI DEO GLORIA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata 132, Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn

    Performer: Frank Wakelkamp. Orchestra: Netherlands Bach Collegium. Singer: Bas Ramselaar. Conductor: Pieter Jan Leusink.
    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS.
  • Eugène Bozza

    Andante and Scherzo

    Ensemble: Kenari Quartet.
    • NAXOS.
  • James P.Johnson

    Drums - A Symphonic Poem

    Performer: Concordia Orchestra. Orchestra: Concordia Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • Victory Stride - The Symphonic Music of James P. Johnson.
    • NIMBUS RECORDS.
    • 9.
  • Claude Debussy

    Des pas sur la neige (Preludes, Book 1)

    Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
    • Debussy: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
    • DG.
    • 6.
  • Dame Ethel Mary Smyth

    The Wreckers (Overture)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Gibson.
    • EMI.
  • John Ireland

    Sea Fever

    Performer: Iain Burnside. Singer: Roderick Williams.
    • NAXOS.
  • TONY ROBINSON'S CHOICE NO.1

    • Jean Sibelius

      Finlandia

      Choir: The Tabernacle Choir at Temple Square. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
      • RCA RED SEAL.
  • TONY ROBINSON'S CHOICE NO.2

    • Modest Mussorgsky

      A Night on the Bare Mountain

      Music Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leopold Stokowski.
      • Stokowski: Russian Orchestral Music.
      • LONDON.
      • 2.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: MODERN

    • Roy Harris

      Symphony No.3

      Orchestra: Dallas Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Eduardo Mata.
      • DORIAN.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in D minor, Op.23 No.3

    Performer: Yara Bernette.
    • DECCA.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in D major, Op.23 No.4

    Performer: Yara Bernette.
    • DECCA.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: CHARLES MUNCH

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Symphony No.3 in A minor, Op.56 'Scottish'

      Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Munch.
      • RCA.
  • Joaquin Valverde

    La Gran Via

    Ensemble: Ensamble de Madrid.
    • CONCERO XXI.
  • Stan Kenton

    Christmas Medley

    Ensemble: Stan Kenton and His Orchestra.
    • CAPITOL JAZZ.

Mystery Object

Answer: the Sea

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