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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Gerald Scarfe

With Rob Cowan. Musical challenge; Music in Time: Giaches de Wert: Vox in Rama; Artist of the Week: keyboard player George Malcolm, featured playing Poulenc's Organ Concerto.

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: listen to the clues and identify a musical mystery person.

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.

Music in Time: Renaissance
Today Rob explores an unsung composer of Renaissance polyphony, Giaches de Wert, who's associated with the final generation of the Franco-Flemish School. Rob's focusing on de Wert's Italian influences and the expressive use of harmony in his motet, Vox in Rama.

Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two interpretations of one of Reynaldo Hahn's best-loved songs, A Chloris, featuring soprano Véronique Gens and mezzo-soprano Susan Graham.

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.

Concerto in G minor for organ, strings and percussion
George Malcolm (organ)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Iona Brown (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Scherzo)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • LSO LIVE.
  • Dieterich Buxtehude

    Prelude and Fugue in G minor, Buxwv149

    Performer: Helmut Walcha.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Concertstuck in C sharp Minor, Op.40

    Performer: Danny Driver. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rebecca Miller.
    • The Romantic Piano Concerto 70 - Beach, Chaminade & Howell.
    • 6.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon per sonar a 4

    Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.
    • DECCA.
  • Gerald Barry

    Oh lord, how vain

    Choir: Chamber Choir Ireland. Conductor: Paul Hillier.
    • ORCHID.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Oriental Dance, Op.2 No.2

    Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Performer: Markus Becker.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Sinfonia in C, Wq.182 No.3

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
  • Gerald Scarfe's First Choice

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja (Die Zauberflöte)

      Singer: Daniel Schmutzhard. Orchestra: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin. Conductor: René Jacobs.
  • Gerald Scarfe's Second Choice

    • Jacques Offenbach

      Orpheus in the Underworld: Ballet Pastoral

      Orchestra: Toulouse Capitole Orchestra. Conductor: Michel Plasson.
      • EMI.
  • Gerald Scarfe's Third Choice

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      The Nutcracker (Closing Waltz; Grand Finale)

      Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
      • Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker: Berliner Philharmoniker/Rattle.
      • EMI Classics.
      • 14.
  • Music in Time: Renaissance

    • Giacches de Wert

      Vox in Rama audita est for 5 voices [1581]

      Choir: Stile Antico.
  • Double Take

    • Reynaldo Hahn

      A Chloris

      Singer: Véronique Gens. Performer: Susan Manoff.
      • ALPHA.
    • Reynaldo Hahn

      A Chloris

      Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Susan Graham.
      • SONY.
  • Josef Myslivecek

    Wind Octet No.1 in E flat major

    Ensemble: L'Orfeo Blaserensemble. Director: Carin van Heerden.
    • CPO.
  • Artist of the Week: George Malcolm

    • Francis Poulenc

      Concerto in G minor for organ, strings and percussion

      Performer: George Malcolm. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Iona Brown.
      • DECCA.
  • Edward Elgar

    Chanson de nuit, Op. 15 No. 1, arr. Cassidy

    Music Arranger: Brodsky Quartet. Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • Petits-Fours: Favourite Encores: Brodsky Quartet.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Aaron Copland

    Appalachian Spring (Suite)

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Eugene Ormandy.
    • RCA.

Musical Challenge: Mystery Person

The Mystery Person being described was the 'Berlin Bach', C.P.E Bach.


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