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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Gerald Scarfe

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Monteverdi: Lament of the Nymph; Artist of the Week: George Malcolm, featured playing Mozart's Piano Sonata in F, K497.

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 name the television show or film that featured this piece of classical music? 

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: Baroque
Rob's examines the overlap between the Italian Madrigal and Baroque Opera in the passionate Lament of the Nymph, from Monteverdi's Eighth Book of Madrigals.

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.

Sonata for Piano Duet in F major, K.497
András Schiff & George Malcolm (fortepiano duo).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Louis‐Claude Daquin

    Premier livre de pieces de clavecin - Troisieme Suite: Le Coucou

    Performer: George Malcolm.
    • DECCA.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pezzo Capriccioso Op.62

    Performer: Johannes Moser. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
  • Sophia Corri Dussek

    Sonata in C minor

    Performer: Isabelle Perrin.
    • CALA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in F major, Op 6 No 2

    Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Director: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Handel: Twelve Concerti Grossi, Op.6 Il Giardino Armonico - Giovanni Antonini.
    • Decca.
    • 6.
  • Alberto Ginastera

    Danzas Argentinas Op.2

    Performer: Gabriela Montero.
    • EMI.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Carnival Overture

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • Antonin Dvorak.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Friday Afternoons, Op.7: Old Abram Brown

    Performer: Alexander Wells. Choir: New London Children's Choir. Conductor: Ronald Corp.
    • NAXOS.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Ebony Concerto

    Performer: Benny Goodman. Ensemble: Columbia Jazz Ensemble. Conductor: Igor Stravinsky.
    • SONY.
  • Aaron Copland

    Rodeo: Hoedown

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Aaron Copland.
    • SONY.
  • Carlo Gesualdo


    Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe. Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent.
    • PHI.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Madrigali Guerrieri et amoroso: Lamento della ninfa

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Singer: Paul Agnew. Singer: Andrew King. Singer: Alan Ewing. Ensemble: Consort of Musicke. Director: Anthony Rooley.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Edward Elgar

    In the South 'Alassio'

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata for Piano Duet in F, K.497

    Performer: Sir András Schiff. Performer: George Malcolm.
    • DECCA.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Jota aragonesa

    Orchestra: NBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Arturo Toscanini.
    • RCA.
  • Franz Liszt

    Die Lorelei

    Performer: James Lockhart. Singer: Margaret Price.
    • EMI.
  • Gustav Holst

    St Paul's Suite

    Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.

Musical Challenge: Heard on Screen

The answer to today's challenge was Wes Anderson's 'Moonrise Kingdom', which featured music by Benjamin Britten, including the 'Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra'. The clip we played was from the Variations on a Theme by Purcell movement of that work.


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