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Breaking Free: Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Susie Orbach

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Modern; Breaking Free, featuring the Leipzig String Quartet in Schoenberg's String Quartet No 1 in D minor, Op 7.

Rob sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain.

Take part in today's musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards

Rob's guest this week is the psychotherapist Susie Orbach who besides specializing in couple and relationship counselling is the author of the book 'Fat is a Feminist Issue' which has been continuously in print since 1978. Susie is also a broadcaster whose series 'In Therapy' on BBC Radio 4 has attracted large audiences and garnered critical acclaim. Susie is Co-founder of The Women's Therapy Centre in London and New York, she lectures widely across the world and continues to practice in London. She talks to Rob about how music fits into her life and chooses works including music by Handel, Bach, Bernstein and Philip Glass.

Music in Time: Breaking Free - the minds that changed music
Rob places music in time, this week looking at five works from the Modern period which reflect the tumultous nature of musical thought and expression in the early years of the 20th century.

The Listening Service Extra: Schoenberg's Idea.
4/12 We listen to Schoenberg's conception of what the "idea" of a piece of music really was - something even bigger than the sounds it makes.

New feature
Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two recordings of a piece by JS Bach made by the organist Wolfgang Rubsam, 20 years apart.

11am Breaking Free - the minds that changed music
As part of Radio 3's focus on the works of Schoenberg and the 2nd Viennese School, Rob explores the development of Arnold Schoenberg's musical style and language through his String Quartets, from the Dvorak-like early String Quartet in D of 1897 and the Second String Quartet with soprano, which sets the poetry of Stefan George, to the serial masterpieces: the Third Quartet, commissioned by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge, and the Fourth, written in 1936.

String Quartet No.1 in D minor, Op.7
Leipzig String Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Leonard Bernstein

    West Side Story: Something's Coming

    Singer: Jim Bryan. Ensemble: Members of the Cast. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • SONY.
  • Norman Hallam

    Dance Suite

    Ensemble: Galliard Ensemble.
    • Deux-Elles.
  • Featured Work

    • Eleni Karaindrou

      David: Overture

      Orchestra: Camerata Orchestra. Conductor: Alexandros Myrat.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Dixit and Magnificat, K.193

    Choir: La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Quintet (The Iron Brigade) for piano and strings

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Atherton.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel

    La bella capricciosa, Op.55

    Performer: Florian Uhlig.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    The Bartered Bride: Overture

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
    • Testament.
  • Susie Orbach's Choice No.1

    • George Frideric Handel

      Sosarme: "Per le porte del tormento"

      Performer: Marino Lagomarsino. Performer: Stefano Rossi. Singer: Patrizia Ciofi. Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Orchestra: Il Complesso Barocco.
  • Susie Orbach's Choice No.2

    • Leonard Bernstein

      Mass: Part 4, Confession

      Choir: Morgan State University Choir. Choir: Peabody Children's Chorus. Orchestra: Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
      • NAXOS.
  • Music in Time: Modern

    • Heinrich Isaac

      Choralis Constantinus: Haec Dies

      Choir: Ensemble Officium. Director: Wilfried Rombach.
    • Anton Webern

      Two Songs for voice and 8 instruments, Op.8

      Singer: Heather Harper. Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
      • SONY.
    • Anton Webern

      4 Lieder, Op.12

      Performer: Eric Schneider. Singer: Christiane Oelze.
      • DG.
  • Double Take

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV535

      Performer: Wolfgang Rübsam.
      • PHILIPS.
    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Prelude and Fugue in G minor, BWV535

      Performer: Wolfgang Rübsam.
      • NAXOS.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Gurrelieder, III Teil, Part II

    Performer: Deckel des Sarges Klappert und KlapptVienna Philharmonic. Performer: Claudio Abbado.
    • Gurrelieder.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    String Quartet 4, Op. 37

    Performer: Arditti Quartet.
    • Arnold Schoenberg 2.
    • Montaigne.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    String Quartet No.1 in D minor, Op.7

    Ensemble: Leipziger Streichquartett.
    • MDG.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The answer to today's Musical Challenge was the Overture to the Bartered Bride, by Smetena.


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