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Breaking Free: Friday - Rob Cowan with Susie Orbach

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Modern; Breaking Free, featuring the Juilliard String Quartet performing Schoenberg's String Quartet No 4, Op 37.

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

Take part in our daily musical challenge. Two pieces of music are played together. Can you identify them?

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 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: Do the Correct Notes Matter?
10/12 Tom Service looks at Schoenberg's plea to musicians to play the correct notes in his String Trio, and why it matters so much to his serial music.

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.4, Op.37 (1936)
Juilliard String Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Study in C major, Op 10 No 1

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • DG.
  • Samuel Scheidt

    Galliarda battaglia à 5

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Schatz-Walzer, Op.418 (The Gypsy Baron)

    Music Arranger: Anton Webern. Ensemble: Linos Ensemble.

    • Manuel Ponce


      Orchestra: San Luis Potosi Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Zaeth Ritter.
      • STERLING.
  • Johann Georg Orschler

    Sonata for 2 violins and continuo

    Ensemble: Collegium 1704.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Faust: Ballet music (excerpts)

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • MERCURY.
  • Susie Orbach's Choice

    • Carl Orff

      Carmina Burana, Part 1: Chramer gip die varwe mir; Reie

      Choir: Hamburg Boys Choir. Choir: Opera Chorus of Niedersächsischen Staatstheaters Hannover. Choir: NDR Chor. Orchestra: NDR Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Günter Wand.
      • PROFIL.
  • Rob's choice for Susie Orbach

    • Franz Schubert

      Piano Sonata in A major, D.664: II. Andante

      Performer: Sviatoslav Richter.
      • WARNER.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: Modern

    • Anton Webern

      Variations for piano, Op.27

      Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
      • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
      • Deutshe Grammophon.
      • 7.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Fanciulla del West, Act 3: Ch'ella mi creda libero e lontano

    Singer: Plácido Domingo. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • SONY.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Prince Igor Overture

    Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Fiedler.
    • RCA Living Stereo.
  • Jean-Joseph de Mondonville

    Trio Sonata No.5 in D major

    Ensemble: Ensemble Diderot.
    • Audax.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    String Quartet No.4, Op.37

    Ensemble: Juilliard String Quartet.
  • George Gershwin

    Cuban Overture

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue / An American in Paris.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Anton Webern

    String Quartet, Op.28

    Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    German Dance No.2 (with No.1 da capo)

    Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Orchestra. Conductor: Anton Webern.

Musical Challenge: By Association

The two associated composers were Gounod and Bach. The music played was Gounod's meditation on the 1st Prelude of Bach.


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