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Friday - Rob Cowan with Gerald Scarfe

With Rob Cowan. Musical challenge; Music in Time: Gebrauchsmusik: Hindemith; Artist of the Week: keyboard player George Malcolm, featured in Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb.

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: trace the classical theme behind a track from the world of pop 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: Modern
Looking back to the twentieth century, Rob examines Gebrauchsmusik - 'utility music', or music with a social or political purpose - featuring a work by the composer most associated with this genre: Paul Hindemith.

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.

Rejoice in the Lamb
Michael Hartnett (treble)
Jonathan Steele (alto)
Philip Todd (tenor)
Donald Francke (bass)
Purcell Singers
George Malcolm (organ)
Benjamin Britten (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Paul Hindemith

    Suite of French Dances: No.5 Bransle simple

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: José Serebrier.
    • ASV.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Galliarde No.287 (Terpsichore)

    Orchestra: Capriccio Stravagante. Director: Skip Sempé.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Herr, nun lässt du deinen Diener in Frieden fahren

    Choir: Vox Luminis. Conductor: Lionel Meunier.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No.3 in A flat major, Op.47

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • DG.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz

    Violin Concerto No.1

    Performer: Piotr Pławner. Orchestra: Kammersymphonie Berlin. Conductor: Jürgen Bruns.
    • NAXOS.
  • François Couperin

    Messe a l'usage ordinaire des paroisses: Offertoire

    Performer: Adriano Falcioni.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Divertimento in D major, K.136

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Jane Glover.
    • EMI Classics.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Carnival of the Animals: Aquarium

    Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Fiedler.
    • RCA.

    • Tobias Picker

      Fantastic Mr. Fox: opening

      Singer: John Brancy. Singer: Krista River. Orchestra: Odyssey Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Gil Rose.

    • Jean Sibelius

      The Minpins: Billy meets the Minpins (music from Sibelius' The Tempest)

      Narrator: Robbie Coltrane. Orchestra: London Schools Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Peter Ash.
  • Rob's choice for Gerald Scarfe

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Chout (excerpt)

      Orchestra: State Symphony Orchestra of the Ministry of Culture of the USSR. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
      • OLYMPIA.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Romance in D flat major, Op.24 No.9

    Performer: Håvard Gimse.
    • Sibelius: Piano Music Vol.1: Havard Gimse.
    • Naxos.
    • 18.

    • Paul Hindemith


      Performer: Lawrence Power. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Atherton.
      • HYPERION.
  • Lukas Foss

    Fantasy Rondo

    Performer: Scott Dunn.
    • NAXOS.
  • Domenico Natale Sarro

    L'Arsace: "Quell'usignuolo"

    Singer: Terry Wey. Ensemble: Bach Consort Wien. Director: Rubén Dubrovsky.

    • Benjamin Britten

      Rejoice in the Lamb

      Performer: George Malcolm. Singer: Michael Hartnett. Singer: Jonathan Steele. Singer: Philip Todd. Choir: Purcell Singers. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
      • DECCA.
  • Thomas Adès

    Polaris: Voyage for Orchestra

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Adès.
    • LSO LIVE.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Symphony No.2 in B minor

    Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Silvio Varviso.
    • DECCA.

Classical Roots

Answer: the piece was William Orbit's version of Saint-Saëns' Aquarium from The Carnival of the Animals


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