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Monday - Rob Cowan with Gerald Scarfe

With Rob Cowan. Musical challenge; Music in Time: Schubert: Fantasia in C for violin and piano; Artist of the Week: keyboard player George Malcolm, featured performing Bach.

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: identify a piece of music played backwards. 

Rob's guest this week is the cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe. Gerald began working for Punch magazine and Private Eye, and went on to become one of the UK's most distinguished cartoonists, enjoying long associations with The Sunday Times and The New Yorker. He's also designed sets for productions at both English National Opera and English National Ballet, as well as animation sequences for Walt Disney's Hercules. In the course of a career spanning more than 50 years, Gerald has met and drawn luminaries including Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland and former US President Lyndon B Johnson, so he has a few stories up his sleeve. As well as discussing his life, Gerald will be sharing some of his favourite classical music, including Stravinsky, Mahler and Sibelius.

Music in Time: Classical
Today Rob turns his attention to the Classical period with Schubert's Fantasia in C major for violin and piano - a hybrid between a virtuoso showpiece and a serious chamber work that incorporates both the Classical and the newly developing Romantic styles.

Artist of the Week: George Malcolm
This week Rob celebrates 100 years since the birth of English keyboard player and conductor George Malcolm. Malcolm was one of the most revered harpsichordists of his generation, and each day this week Rob explores his illustrious career with recordings that demonstrate his talents not only as a harpsichordist, but also as an organist, fortepianist and conductor. The recordings reflect Malcolm's fervent championing of baroque keyboard masters such as Domenico Scarlatti and JS Bach, in addition to his association with Benjamin Britten, plus a rare instance of him duetting with András Schiff in a sonata by Mozart.

Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV903
George Malcolm (harpsichord).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Alec Templeton

    Bach Goes to Town

    Performer: George Malcolm.
    • DECCA.
  • Jonathan Dove

    Seek Him that maketh the Seven Stars

    Performer: Jeremy Filsell. Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Henry Purcell

    Incidental Music to 'The Married Beau': Slow Air, Z.603

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • Philips.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    The Love for Three Oranges Suite, Op 33b

    Conductor: Antal Doráti. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Prokofiev: Symphony No.5/The Love for 3 Oranges Suite/Scythian Suite - Minneapol.
    • Mercury.
    • 5.
  • Franz Schubert

    Schwangesang: Ständchen

    Performer: Alfred Brendel. Singer: Matthias Goerne.
    • DECCA.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in D major for trumpet, violin, strings and continuo, TWV53:D5

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • DG.
  • Charles Ives

    The Unanswered Question

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • CBS.
  • Gerald Scarfe's First Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cello Suite No.6 in D major, BWV1012: Prelude

      Performer: János Starker.
      • RCA.
  • Gerald Scarfe's Second Choice

    • Jacques Larue

      Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White

      Ensemble: Eddie Calvert and his Band.
      • EMI.
  • Gerald Scarfe's Third Choice

    • Johannes Brahms

      Violin Concerto in D major, Op.77: II. Adagio

      Performer: David Oistrakh. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Franz Konwitschny.
      • DG.
  • Music in Time: Classical

    • Franz Schubert

      Fantasia in C, D.934

      Performer: Gidon Kremer. Performer: Valery Afanassiev.
      • DG.
  • Henry Purcell

    Music for a while (Oedipus)

    Performer: Jory Vinikour. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
    • Anne Sofie von Otter: Music for a While - Baroque Melodies.
    • Archiv Produktion.
    • 13.
  • Artist of the Week: George Malcolm

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor, BWV903

      Performer: George Malcolm.
      • DECCA.
  • Thomas Arne

    Harpsichord Concerto No. 5 in G minor

    Performer: George Malcolm. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird Suite (1910)

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
  • Claude Debussy

    Feux d'artifice (Preludes, Book 1)

    Performer: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
    • Debussy: Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 12.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The piece of music being played in reverse was 'The Unanswered Question' by Charles Ives.


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