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Friday - Rob Cowan with Colin Salmon

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Locatelli's L'arte del violino; Artist of the Week: Charles Dutoit, featured conducting Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake (Act 1).

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: listen to the music and name the two composers associated with it. 

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: Baroque
Rob's ventures back to Baroque Italy to explore the flourishing of string music that was happening at that time. He focuses in particular on the work of Pietro Locatelli, whose L'arte del violino took the instrument to new technical heights.

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.

Swan Lake: Act I
Montreal Symphony Orchestra
Charles Dutoit (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    The Swan (The Carnival of the Animals)

    Performer: Alban Gerhardt. Performer: Cécile Licad.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Scherzi musicali (1632): Quel sguardo sdegnosetto

    Singer: Emanuela Galli. Ensemble: La Venexiana. Director: Claudio Cavina.
    • GLOSSA.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Scherzi musicali (1632): Ecco di dolci raggi

    Singer: Rolando Villazón. Ensemble: Le Concert d’Astrée. Director: Emmanuelle Haïm.
    • ERATO.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    For Ian

    Performer: John York.
    • BLACK BOX.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Suite Pastoral

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • MERCURY.
  • Pierre Villette

    O sacrum convivium

    Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Conductor: Graham Ross.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    Ghiribizzi, MS 43: No.41 in C major

    Performer: Denis Sungho Janssens.
    • NAXOS.
  • Robert Schumann

    Gesange Op.107: No.6 Abendlied

    Performer: Markus Hinterhäuser. Singer: Matthias Goerne.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Alexander Nevsky, Op. 78: excerpt from Battle On Ice

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Phillips.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Violin Sonata in G major

    Performer: Viktoria Mullova. Performer: Bruno Canino.
    • Phillips.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    On the Waterfront Suite (excerpt)

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
  • Pietro Locatelli

    L'arte del violin, Op.3 No.1

    Performer: Igor Ruhadze. Ensemble: Ensemble Violini Capricciosi.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Magnificat a 14

    Ensemble: The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Choir: I Fagiolini.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake: Act I

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

Musical Challenge: By Association

We heard the movement ‘Paganini’ from Schumann’s piano work Carnaval, so the two composers we were looking for were Schumann and Paganini.


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