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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Chris Addison

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: Tintagel and Baxl; Artist of the Week: Claudio Abbado, featured conducting Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 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 our daily musical challenge: can you identify the piece of music, played in reverse?

Rob's guest this week is the comedian, writer and actor, Chris Addison. Chris is well known for appearances in 'The Thick of It', 'Mock the Week', 'Have I Got News for You' and 'Live at the Apollo', as well as producing and directing the American TV series ' Veep'. He also co-wrote and starred in the political satire 'The Department' for BBC Radio 4. Chris's passion for classical music started at a young age, and with his school choir he made recordings with the Hallé Orchestra. More recently, he appeared in a production of Chabrier's opera 'L'Étoile' at the Royal Opera House. As well as discussing his comedy and acting work, Chris shares some of his favourite classical music throughout the week by composers including Chabrier, Britten and Márquez.

Music on Location: Tintagel
Rob explores music connected with Tintagel in Cornwall composed by Arnold Bax. Bax visited Tintagel in the Summer of 1917, taking in the ruined medieval castle, the cliffs and the sea, and was inspired to write a symphonic poem.

Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences between two interpretations of Robert Schumann's song 'Mondnacht', in performances by two sopranos, Barbara Bonney and Elisabeth Schumann.

Artist of the Week: Claudio Abbado
Rob's Artist of the Week is the Italian conductor Claudio Abbado. Abbado is considered one of the greatest conductors of the 20th century and remains one of the few chosen to be Principal Conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic. After studying in his native Milan, and later Vienna, he won the Koussevitzky Conducting Competition. He also won the Dimitri Mitropoulos Prize which allowed him to assist Leonard Bernstein at the New York Philharmonic. He's held major posts at La Scala, the London Symphony Orchestra, the Vienna State Opera and the Berlin Philharmonic. After Berlin he founded a number of orchestras: the European Union Youth, the Gustav Mahler Youth Orchestra, the Lucerne Festival Orchestra and Orchestra Mozart, which he led until his death in 2014. Abbado will be long remembered for his conducting, but also for his enterprise and his championing of contemporary music. From a vast discography, Rob has chosen to feature Abbado in Beethoven with the Berlin Philharmonic, Bach and Mozart with Orchestra Mozart, Tchaikovsky with the New Philharmonia, and Prokofiev with the London Symphony Orchestra.

J.S. Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No.1 in F major, BWV1048
Orchestra Mozart
Claudio Abbado (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Artist of the Week: Claudio Abbado

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      The Creatures of Prometheus, Op.43: Finale

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • SONY.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    String Quartet movement in B flat major

    Ensemble: Endellion Quartet.
    • CRD.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Liturgy of St John Chrysostom: It is meet

    Choir: The National Academic Choir of Ukraine "Dumka". Conductor: Yevhen Savchuk.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Rhapsody No.2 on Breton Songs

    Performer: Andrew-John Smith.
  • Muriel Herbert

    The Lake Isle of Innisfree

    Singer: James Gilchrist. Performer: David Owen Norris.
    • LINN.
  • John Dowland

    Sir Henry Umpton's Funerall

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Capriccio Espagnol, Op.34

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ataúlfo Argenta.
    • DECCA.
  • Traditional Irish

    Alexander's Hornpipe; Harvest Home

    Performer: Jordi Savall. Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King. Performer: Frank McGuire.
    • The Celtic Viol 2: Savall/Lawrence-King/McGuire.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 7.
  • Chris Addison's first choice

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Sonata for violin & piano No.5, 'Spring': IV. Rondo: Allegro ma non troppo

      Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
  • Chris Addison's second choice

    • Benjamin Britten

      Spring Symphony: Part IV "London, to thee I do present"

      Singer: Alison Hagley. Singer: Catherine Robbin. Singer: John Mark Ainsley. Choir: Choristers of Salisbury Cathedral. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
      • DG.
  • Franz Liszt


    Performer: Jean Muller.
    • Fondamenta.

    • Arnold Bax


      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
      • EMI.

    • Robert Schumann

      Liederkreis Op.39: No.5 Mondnacht

      Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Singer: Barbara Bonney.
      • DECCA.
    • Robert Schumann

      Liederkreis Op.39: No.5 Mondnacht

      Performer: Karl Alwin. Singer: Elisabeth Schumann.
      • EMI.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford

    8 Partsongs, Op. 119: No. 3. The blue bird

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • Music of the Spheres.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 15.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Müller und der Bach (Müllerlieder von Franz Schubert)

    Music Arranger: Franz Liszt. Performer: Arcadi Volodos.
    • SONY.
  • Artist of the Week: Claudio Abbado

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Brandenburg Concerto No 1 in F major, BWV 1046

      Performer: Victor Aviat. Performer: Lucas Macías Navarro. Performer: Guido Gualandi. Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Orchestra: Orchestra Mozart.
      • J.S. Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos; Orchestra Mozart, Abbado.
      • Deutsche Grammophon.
      • 1.
  • Albert Roussel

    Symphony No.4 in G, Op.53

    Orchestra: Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire. Conductor: André Cluytens.
    • ERATO.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Mandolin Concerto in C major, RV 425

    Performer: Duilio Galfetti. Ensemble: I Barocchisti. Conductor: Diego Fasolis.
    • Vivaldi: The Four Seasons: Galfetti/I Barocchisti/Fasolis.
    • Claves.
    • 13.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The piece played in reverse was Rimsky-Korsakov's Capriccio Espagnol


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