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Monday - Rob Cowan with Simon Callow

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Mozart's Trio in E flat, K498 'Kegelstatt'; Artist of the Week: Thomas Beecham, featured conducting Delius's Brigg Fair.

9am
Rob sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain.

9.30am
Take part in today's musical challenge: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

10am
Rob's guest is the actor, writer and director Simon Callow. Sir Laurence Olivier gave Simon his first theatre job - in the box office of the National Theatre - and after that the young Callow soon found his way onto the stage, first coming to prominence playing Mozart in Peter Shaffer's play Amadeus. He has since become one of the UK's best-loved actors, not only on the stage, but in TV series such as Chance in a Million, and films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral. Simon is often referred to as a writer who acts, having produced not only books about his own life as an actor, but also biographies of Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Orson Welles and most recently Richard Wagner. During the week Simon discusses all this and more and chooses music by Sibelius, Grainger, Mozart and Wagner.

10.30am
Music in Time: Classical
Rob places Music and Time. Today he heads back to the Classical period, his destination, Vienna in 1786, for a piece sometimes said to have been composed during a game of skittles: Mozart's Trio in E flat Major, K498, nicknamed the 'Kegelstatt' and written for the unprecedented combination of clarinet, viola and piano.

11am
Artist of the Week: Sir Thomas Beecham
'The Beecham Touch' is an epithet for all that is stylish, delicate, mischievous and spontaneous in conducting. Sir Thomas was the living embodiment of charm, genuine authenticity (in that he conducted from the heart as well as from the head) and a sense of theatre that could leave an audience breathless with excitement. Rob's selection of Beecham recordings ranges from Handel and Haydn to Delius and Sibelius, all of them 'first-loves' for this most charismatic of conductors.

Frederick Delius
Brigg Fair
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Thomas Beecham (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Die Zauberflote (K.620), Act 2, no.14; Der Holle Rache kocht [Queen of Night]

    Singer: June Anderson. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • LONDON.
  • Max Bruch

    8 pieces for Clarinet, Viola and Piano, Op.83: No.6, Nocturne

    Performer: Janet Hilton. Performer: Nobuko Imai. Performer: Roger Vignoles.
    • CHANDOS CHAN.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: THOMAS BEECHAM

    • Emmanuel Chabrier

      España

      Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
      • LPO.
  • Antonio de Cabezón

    Tiento Primo tono

    Performer: Véronique Musson-Gonneaud.
    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS.
  • Cristóbal Halffter

    Tiento del primer tono y batalla imperial

    Orchestra: Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Cristóbal Halffter.
    • COL LEGNO.
  • William Byrd

    Come to me, grief, for ever

    Ensemble: The Consort of Musicke. Director: Anthony Rooley.
    • DECCA.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Prelude, Fugue and Riffs

    Performer: Benny Goodman. Ensemble: Columbia Jazz Combo. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • SONY.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Suite No.1 in B flat major for keyboard, HWV434

    Performer: Sophie Yates.
    • Chandos Chan.
  • Simon Callow's CHoice no.1

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      String Quintet, K516: III. Adagio ma non troppo

      Performer: William Primrose. Ensemble: Griller Quartet.
      • VANGUARD CLASSICS.
  • Simon Callow's CHoice no.2

    • Malcolm Arnold

      Symphony No.5: III. Con fuoco

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Music in time: Classical

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Trio in E flat, K.498, 'Kegelstatt'

      Performer: Jack Brymer. Performer: Patrick Ireland. Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
      • DECCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    12 Duos for Horn K487: (nos. 4, 7 and 8)

    Performer: Lisa Klevit. Performer: Erich Hoeprich.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Robert Schumann

    Romance, Op 94 No 1

    Performer: Gervase de Peyer. Performer: Gwenneth Pryor.
    • Schubert, Schumann, Weber: Gervase de Peyer.
    • Chandos.
    • 8.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: THOMAS BEECHAM

    • Frederick Delius

      Brigg Fair

      Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
      • EMI.
    • George Frideric Handel

      Solomon: Sinfonia 'The arrival of the Queen of Sheba'

      Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
      • DUTTON LABORATORIES.
  • Robert Schumann

    Romance, Op.94 No.2: Einfach, innig

    Performer: Isabelle Faust. Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Michael Tippett

    Fantasia on a Theme of Handel for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Steven Osborne. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • HYPERION.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: THOMAS BEECHAM

    • Franz Liszt

      Orpheus

      Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
      • EMI.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Bells; Intonazione ottavo tono; Canzona No.13 a 12

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort. Director: Paul McCreesh.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.

By Association

Answer: Tippett and Handel

The music played:

Tippett
Fantasia on a Theme of Handel
Steven Osborne (piano)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
HYPERION

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