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Monday - Rob Cowan with Colin Salmon

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 32; Artist of the Week: Charles Dutoit, featured conducting Ravel's Ma mere l'oye.

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 identify the two pieces, played simultaneously?

Rob's guest this week is the actor Colin Salmon. Colin is best known for playing M's Chief of Staff in three James Bond films and for his roles in action-horror films such as Resident Evil and Alien vs. Predator. He made his feature debut in the TV series Prime Suspect 2 and recent credits include Limitless for CBS and Henry IX for UKTV. Colin had a very musical childhood playing the trumpet in a Salvation Army band and he still considers music as more than just a hobby. He's played at the Cheltenham Jazz Festival and he combined music with acting in his role for the BBC's adaption of Alexander McCall Smith's The No.1 Ladies' Detective Agency. As well as discussing his acting work, Colin shares his passion for classical music choosing a selection of his favourite works. Across the week we'll hear music by composers including Prokofiev, Richard Strauss and Gershwin.

Music in Time: Romantic
Today Rob's in the early Romantic period, exploring Beethoven's final piano sonata, which looks both to the past with its fugal sections, and to the future with passages that seem to anticipate ragtime and jazz.

Rob's Artist of the Week is the Swiss conductor Charles Dutoit. In 1977, Dutoit became the Artistic Director of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra (OSM) - a position he held for some twenty-five years. During his tenure, he raised the orchestra's recording profile and reputation significantly, making it one of the leading orchestras in the French-speaking world. While he's best-known for his association with the OSM, Dutoit has also conducted the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Orchestre National de France, Tokyo's NHK Symphony Orchestra, and the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, as well as the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. He is celebrated in particular for his recordings of the Romantic repertoire, and during the course of the week we'll hear him conduct Ravel's Mother Goose, Dutilleux's violin concerto L'arbre des songes (with soloist Isabelle van Keulen), Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake, Haydn's Symphony No.82 'The Bear' and Chopin's Piano Concerto No.2 in F minor, with Dutoit's former wife, Martha Argerich, as soloist.

Ma Mère l'Oye
Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelles Op.126: No.2 Allegro

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • PHILIPS.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Charles Dutoit

    • Maurice Ravel

      Miroirs: Alborada del gracioso

      Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
      • DECCA.
  • Monteverdi 450

    • Claudio Monteverdi

      Scherzi musicali (1632): Zefiro torna

      Singer: Anna Prohaska. Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Orchestra: La Cetra Barockorchester Basel. Director: Andrea Marcon.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Havanaise for violin and orchestra (Op.83)

    Performer: Sarah Chang. Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • EMI.
  • Cecilia McDowall

    The Lord is Good

    Singer: Susanna Fairbairn. Singer: Miranda Laurence. Choir: Sospiri. Conductor: Christopher Watson.
    • NAXOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and fugue in G major BWV.541 for organ

    Performer: David Goode.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in C major Op. 46 No.1

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • Gustav Mahler


    Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Hannu Lintu.
    • ONDINE.
  • COlin Salmon's first choice

    • George Gershwin

      My man's gone now (Porgy and Bess)

      Singer: Cynthia Clarey. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
      • EMI.
  • COlin Salmon's second choice

    • Richard Strauss

      Morgen, Op.27 no.4

      Singer: Jessye Norman. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Kurt Masur.
      • PHILLIPS.
  • COlin Salmon's third choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Goldberg Variations: No.25 (1955 recording)

      Performer: Glenn Gould.
      • CBS.
  • Franz von Suppé

    Overture to Boccaccio

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • Mercury.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: Romantic

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Sonata No.32, Op.111

      Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
      • EMI.
  • ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Charles Dutoit

    • Maurice Ravel

      Ma mère l'Oye

      Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
      • DECCA.
  • William Byrd

    Emendemus in melius for 5 voices

    Choir: Alamire. Director: David Skinner.
    • Tallis & Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575: Alamire, David Skinner.
    • Obsidian.
    • 4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quintet in E flat, K 614

    Performer: Guarneri Quartet. Performer: Kim Kashkashian.
    • Sony.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect Harmony

The two pieces of music played simultaneously were part of Mahler’s 1st symphony, the Frere Jacques theme which opens the third movement, and the Waltz movement from Dvorak’s Serenade for Strings


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