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Monday - Rob Cowan with Wendy Cope

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Bruch; Artist of the Week: Giuseppe Sinopoli, featured conducting Schubert's Symphony No 8 and Webern's Symphony, Op 21.

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: identify a piece of music played in reverse.

Rob's guest this week is the poet, Wendy Cope. After spending 15 years as a primary school teacher, Wendy released her first collection of poetry and it became a surprise bestseller. She's since published three more collections and her poetry has become renowned for being humorous and terse, even when tackling serious subjects such as death. As well as writing poetry for children, she has been commissioned to write poetry to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Endellion String Quartet, and the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. As well as sharing some of her favourite classical music by composers including J.S. Bach, Felix Mendelssohn and Pierre Boulez, Wendy will be discussing her work and life as a writer, and reading some of her music-inspired poetry.

Music in Time: Romantic
Today Rob's in the 20th century exploring a late flowering of Romanticism in music by Max Bruch written in the aftermath of World War One and the death of his wife.

Artist of the Week: Giuseppe Sinopoli
Rob's featured artist is the Italian conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli. Sinopoli was not only an immensely talented and original conductor, but also a gifted composer, whose sudden death at the age of 54 was particularly tragic when you consider that many celebrated conductors continue to work well past retirement age. Rob's choices include highly distinctive performances of symphonies by Schubert, Schumann, Liszt and Webern, as well as Beethoven's First Piano Concerto (with Martha Argerich as soloist) and the conclusion of Richard Strauss's hair-raising operatic masterpiece Salome.

Symphony No.8 in B minor, 'Unfinished'
Philharmonia Orchestra
Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)

Symphony, Op.21
Staatskapelle Dresden
Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Hugo Wolf

    Italienisches Liederbuch; 'Ein Ständchen Euch zu bringen'

    Performer: Hilko Dumno. Singer: Christoph Prégardien.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in F for violin, cello, string and basso continuo, RV 544

    Performer: Enrico Onofri. Performer: Christophe Coin. Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Director: Giovanni Antonini.
    • WARNER.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Capriccio Italien, Op 45

    Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin.
    • BMG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String quartet in D minor, Op.103

    Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080; Contrapunctus XIV

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    'Ihr Grab', D736

    Performer: Gerald Moore. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    'Die Rose', D745b

    Performer: Irwin Gage. Singer: Christa Ludwig.
    • DG.
  • Colin Matthews

    Strugnell's Haiku

    Singer: Mary Wiegold. Ensemble: The Composers Ensemble. Conductor: Dominic Muldowney.
    • NMC.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet No.13 in B flat major, Op.130 (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Endellion Quartet.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Charles Wesley

    Lo! He Comes with Clouds Descending

    Composer: Paul Trepte. Performer: Scott Farrell. Choir: Choir of Ely Cathedral. Director: Paul Trepte.
    • PRIORY.
  • Eduard Nápravník


    Orchestra: State Academic Orchestra of the USSR. Conductor: Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov.
  • Max Bruch

    String Octet in B flat, Op.posth

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Laudate dominum from Vesperae solennes de confessore, K339

    Performer: Sandrine Piau. Orchestra: Insula Orchestra.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 8 in B minor, D759 ('Unfinished')

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
    • DG.
  • Anton Webern

    Symphony, Op 21

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
    • TELDEC.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Toccata in C minor, BWV 911

    Performer: Artur Schnabel.
    • EMI.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Ave Maria

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The excerpt we heard in reverse was from the opening of the 1st movement of Schubert's 'Unfinished' Symphony.


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