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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Wendy Cope

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Couperin keyboard suites; Artist of the Week: Giuseppe Sinopoli, featured conducting Schumann's Symphony No 2.

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: which location is being depicted in this piece of music?

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, Wendy will be discussing her work and life as a writer, and reading some of her music-inspired poetry.

Music in Time: Baroque
Today Rob heads back to the Baroque period to explore how François Couperin re-invented the keyboard suite.

Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two recordings of Brahms's Hungarian Dance No.1.

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 1st Piano Concerto (with Martha Argerich as soloist) and the conclusion of Richard Strauss' hair-raising operatic masterpiece Salome.

Symphony No.2 in C major
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance No 15 in B flat

    Orchestrator: Albert Parlow. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Franz Liszt

    19 Hungarian Rhapsodies, S 244; No.10 in E major, 'Preludio'

    Performer: Roberto Szidon.
    • DG.
  • Cristóbal de Morales

    Officium defunctorum for 4 voices: 'Parce mihi Domine'

    Ensemble: The Hilliard Ensemble. Director: Paul Hillier.
    • EMI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Grosso in D, Op 6 No 5 [HWV 323]

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
  • Gustav Holst

    Brook Green Suite

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

    Piano Trio in D, Hob XV:24

    Ensemble: The Florestan Trio.
  • Wendy Cope's First Choice

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      The Magic Flute: "Bei Männern, welche Liebe fühlen"

      Singer: Kiri Te Kanawa. Singer: Olaf Bär. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Wendy Cope's Second Choice

    • George Frideric Handel

      The Messiah: The Trumpet shall Sound

      Performer: Robert Farley. Choir: The Sixteen. Singer: Christopher Purves. Director: Harry Christophers.
      • CORO.
  • Wendy Cope's Third Choice

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Elijah - Trio of angels: Lift thine eyes

      Singer: Renée Fleming. Singer: Libby Crabtree. Singer: Sara Fulgoni. Singer: Patricia Bardon. Conductor: Paul Daniel.
      • Decca.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Grand Duchess Alexandra Waltz, Op 181

    Orchestra: Eesti Riiklik Sümfooniaorkester. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
  • Music in Time: Baroque

    • François Couperin

      Troisième livre de pièces de clavecin: Dix-huitième ordre

      Performer: Olivier Baumont.
      • WARNER.
  • Double Take

    • Johannes Brahms

      Hungarian Dance No.1 in G minor

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
      • MERCURY.
    • Johannes Brahms

      Hungarian Dance No.1 in G minor

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Wilhelm Furtwängler.
      • EMI.
  • Artist of the Week: Giuseppe Sinopoli

    • Robert Schumann

      Symphony No 2 in C, Op 61

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
      • DG.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Piano Concerto no 2 in F, Op 102

    Orchestra: Tatarstan National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Alexander Sladkovsky.

Musical Challenge: Mapping the Music

Answer: Camberwell Green. The piece we played was Mendelssohn's Op.62 No.6 'Spring Song' from his collection of Songs without Words. This piece was written whilst Mendelssohn was staying in Camberwell Green & is sometimes subtitled as such


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