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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

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    'Nun ist das heil und die kraft', BWV 50

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SDG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Gesang der Parzen, Op.89

    Choir: Berlin Radio Choir. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Madrigals, Book 6: 'Beltà poi che t'assenti'

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • PHI.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Piano Sonata No.9 in F, Op.68 'Black Mass'

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • SONY.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Fidelio [Leonore] Op.72 (Overture)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • DECCA.
  • Franz Xaver Mozart

    5 Variations on a Romance from Méhul's 'Joseph', Op.23

    Performer: Leslie Howard.
  • Luigi Cherubini

    Les deux journées: Act 2, finale - 'Allons sans tarder d'avantage'

    Singer: Thilo Dahlmann. Singer: Gregor Finke. Singer: Andreas Schmidt. Choir: Chorus Musicus Köln. Orchestra: Das Neue Orchester. Conductor: Christoph Spering.
    • OPUS.
  • Wendy Cope's first choice

    • Pierre Boulez

      Le Marteau sans Maître: I. Avant L'Artisanat furieux. Rapide

      Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
      • DG.
  • Wendy Cope's second choice

    • Peter Hope

      Tallis Remembered

      Performer: Thomas Verity. Performer: John Turner. Performer: Simon Passmore.
      • DIVINE ART.
  • Wendy Cope's third choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Cantata BWV140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme: opening chorus

      Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
      • Bach Cantatas - Gardiner.
      • SDG.
      • 19.
  • Vsevolod Zaderatsky

    Prelude No.15 in D flat

    Performer: Ksenia Bashmet.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: classical

    • Joseph Haydn

      Piano Sonata in D, H.16:37

      Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet.
      • CHANDOS.
  • DOuble take

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus 6, a 4 'im Stile Francese'

      Orchestra: Philomusica of London. Conductor: George Malcolm.
    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Contrapunctus 6, a 4 'im Stile Francese'

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • SONY.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    Canto di bella bocca

    Ensemble: Musica Secreta.
    • Amon Ra records.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Giuseppe Sinopoli

    • Richard Strauss

      Salome: Scene 4 (extract)

      Singer: Horst Hiestermann. Singer: Cheryl Studer. Singer: Leonie Rysanek. Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
      • DG.
    • Giuseppe Sinopoli

      Lou Salomé, Suite No.2: Waltz

      Orchestra: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
      • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata in A minor for arpeggione and piano, D 821

    Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Performer: Benjamin Britten.

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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