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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Gerald Scarfe

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Franck: Les Eolides; Artist of the Week: George Malcolm, featured conducting Vivaldi's Guitar Concerto in D, RV93.

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 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: Romantic
Rob heads back to the Romantic period to see how César Franck put his own stamp on one of the most liberating forms of nineteenth-century orchestral music, the symphonic poem. Rob explores how Franck's Les Éolides translates poetic images into sound.

Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two recordings of You are my Heart's Delight from Lehár's operetta, The Land of Smiles.

11am Artist of the Week
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.

Vivaldi arr. Malipiero
Guitar Concerto in D major, RV93
Eduardo Fernandez (guitar)
English Chamber Orchestra
George Malcolm (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played


    • Domenico Scarlatti

      Sonata in G major, Kk.146

      Performer: George Malcolm.
      • DECCA.
  • Richard Heuberger

    The Opera Ball (Overture)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Rudolf Kempe.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Fantasia in C minor, K.475

    Performer: Piotr Anderszewski.
    • WARNER.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Intermezzo in D minor for string quintet

    Ensemble: The Raphael Ensemble.
    • Bruckner: String Quintet, STrauss: Capriccio Sextet - The Raphael Ensemble.
    • Helios.
    • 6.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Marche joyeuse

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • Paray Conducts Chabrier & Roussel.
    • Mercury.
    • 9.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Apollo e Dafne: 'Cara pianta'

    Singer: Christopher Purves. Orchestra: Arcangelo. Conductor: Jonathan Cohen.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Flute Sonata

    Performer: Katherine Bryan. Orchestrator: Lennox Berkeley. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
    • LINN.

    • Gustav Mahler

      Symphony No.7 in E minor: V. Rondo. Finale

      Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
      • AUDITE.
  • Asprilio Pacelli

    Gaudent in caelis

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Eamonn Dougan.
    • CORO.

    • César Franck

      Les Eolides

      Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
      • DECCA.

    • Franz Lehár

      The Land of Smiles: 'You are my Heart's Delight'

      Singer: Richard Tauber. Orchestra: Uncredited orchestra. Conductor: Franz Lehár.
      • PEARL.
    • Franz Lehár

      The Land of Smiles: 'You are my Heart's Delight'

      Singer: Fritz Wunderlich. Orchestra: Münchner Symphoniker. Conductor: Carl Michalski.
      • WARNER.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Overture on Hebrew Themes

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Guitar Concerto in D, RV93

      Performer: Eduardo Fernández. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: George Malcolm.
      • DECCA.
    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Concerto in D minor for harpsichord, strings and continuo BWV 1052

      Performer: George Malcolm. Orchestra: Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. Conductor: Karl Münchinger.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Masquerade Suite

    Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin. Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra.
    • Khachaturian/Kabalevsky/Tchaikovsky/Rimsky-Korsakov: Kondrashin.
    • BMG.
    • 1.

Musical Challenge: By Association

The piece of music played was Poulenc's Flute Sonata, orchestrated by Lennox Berkeley. The two associated composers were, therefore, Francis Poulenc and Lennox Berkeley.


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