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Friday - Rob Cowan with Wendy Cope

With Rob Cowan. Includes Musical challenge; Music in Time: Cristobal de Morales; Artist of the Week: Giuseppe Sinopoli, featured conducting Liszt's A Faust Symphony.

Rob sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain.

Take part in our daily musical challenge. Two pieces of music are played together. Can you identify them?

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: Renaissance
Today Rob's in Renaissance Spain putting Cristóbal de Morales, Tomás Luis de Victoria's illustrious predecessor, in the context of his time.

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.

A Faust Symphony
Vinson Cole (tenor)
Chorus of the Dresden State Opera
Staatskapelle Dresden
Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Gustav Holst

    A Fugal Overture, Op.40 No.1

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Thomas Tallis

    O Sacrum Convivium (for 5 voices)

    Choir: Stile Antico.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fantazia No.10 in E minor, Z741

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ASTREE.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cockaigne Overture (In London Town) Op.40

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • SONY.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    The Capture of Kars - march

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • RCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in D, K 239 ('Serenata Notturna')

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • György Ligeti

    Le grand macabre: Finale, Passacaglia

    Singer: Laura Claycomb. Singer: Charlotte Hellekant. Singer: Derek Lee Ragin. Singer: Jard van Nes. Choir: London Voices. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • SONY.
  • Wendy Cope's Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV1043: II. Largo ma non tanto

      Performer: Andrew Manze. Performer: Rachel Podger. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Andrew Manze.
      • J.S.Bach, Solo & Double Violin Concertos.
      • Harmonia Mundi.
      • 2.
  • Sarah Walker's Personal Shopper Choice for Wendy Cope

    • Samuel Barber

      Dover Beach

      Singer: Thomas S. Allen. Ensemble: Endellion String Quartet.
      • Virgin Classics.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Valse carnavalesque for two pianos, Op 73

    Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Performer: Peter Jablonski.
    • DG.
  • Music in Time: Renaissance

    • Cristóbal de Morales

      Magnificat primi toni

      Ensemble: The Brabant Ensemble. Conductor: Stephen Rice.
      • HYPERION.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Singer Seele

    Performer: Ina Siedlaczek.
  • Artist of the Week: Giuseppe Sinopoli

    • Franz Liszt

      A Faust Symphony, S.108

      Singer: Vinson Cole. Choir: Chor der Staatsoper Dresden. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
      • DG.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect Harmony

The two pieces of music we heard simultaneously were the Car-horn Prelude from Ligeti's Le Grand Macabre and the overture from Offenbach's 'Orpheus in the Underworld'.


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