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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Wendy Cope

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Haydn; Artist of the Week: Giuseppe Sinopoli, featured conducting part of Strauss's Salome, Op 54.

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 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: Classical
Rob's in the Classical era exploring how a new employment contract for Joseph Haydn freed him to write music for the wider world and build his reputation internationally.

Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two recordings of a movement from J.S. Bach's Art of Fugue - one played on an organ, and one played by a chamber orchestra.

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's hair-raising operatic masterpiece Salome.

Richard Strauss
Salome, Op.54 (conclusion)
Herod ..... Horst Hiestermann (tenor)
Salome ..... Cheryl Studer (soprano)
Herodias ..... Leonie Rysanek (soprano)
Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin
Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor).

3 hours

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Musical Challenge: By Association

The piece played was the final movement of Hummel's Trumpet Concerto, which quotes from Cherubini's rescue opera, Les deux journées. The two associated composers were, therefore, Hummel & Cherubini.


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