Friday - Rob Cowan with Simon Callow
With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Trio sonatas by Corelli and Telemann; Artist of the Week: Thomas Beecham, featured conducting Haydn's Symphony No 100.
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: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?
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.
Music in Time: Baroque
Rob places Music in Time, and explores a form characteristic of the Baroque Era: the Trio Sonata. Despite its name, this type of sonata is generally played by four players, and first appeared in the Opus 1 of Arcangelo Corelli, published in 1681. Rob introduces Corelli's very first trio sonata, as well as a later example by Telemann - who was born in that same year.
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.
Symphony No.100 in G major, 'Military'
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Sir Thomas Beecham (conductor).