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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Chris Addison

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: Haydn's Symphony No 22; Artist of the Week: Claudio Abbado, featured conducting Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 2.

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 name the television show or film that featured this piece of classical music? 

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: Esterházy Palace
Rob explores music connected with the Esterházy Palace, the summer residence of one the leading Hungarian aristocratic families. Composer Joseph Haydn worked for the Esterházy family for over 30 years, composing the majority of his symphonies for the orchestra there, including the Symphony No.22 'Philosopher'.

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.

Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 'Little Russian'
New Philharmonia
Claudio Abbado (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    Marche joyeuse

    Orchestra: Detroit Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Paray.
    • Paray Conducts Chabrier & Roussel.
    • Mercury.
    • 9.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream (Overture)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Terpsichore: Suite de voltes

    Ensemble: Early Music Consort of London. Conductor: David Munrow.
    • EMI.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Twelve Variations on Les Folies d'Espagne

    Performer: George Malcolm.
    • DECCA.
  • John Taverner

    Audivi vocem de caelo

    Choir: Alamire. Director: David Skinner.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Clarinet Sonata in E flat major, Op.167

    Performer: Richard Stoltzman. Performer: Irma Vallecillo.
    • RCA.
  • Carlos Gardel

    Por una cabeza

    Ensemble: Carlos Gardel and his Orchestra.
  • Benjamin Britten

    A Midsummer Night's Dream, Act 3 (conclusion): "Now the hungry lion roars"

    Singer: Richard Dakin. Singer: John Pryor. Singer: Ian Wodehouse. Singer: Gordon Clark. Narrator: Stephen Terry. Singer: Alfred Deller. Singer: Elizabeth Harwood. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • DECCA.
  • Emmanuel Chabrier

    L'Etoile, Act 1: Rondeau du colporteur, "Je Suis Lazuli"

    Singer: Kate Lindsey. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
  • Edgar Bainton

    And I saw a new heaven

    Performer: Rebecca Baker. Choir: Choir of Queen's College, Oxford. Conductor: Owen Rees.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Béla Bartók

    Romanian Folk Dances arr Szekely

    Performer: James Ehnes. Performer: Andrew Armstrong.
    • Bartok: Works for Violin and Piano, Vol.2: Ehnes, Armstrong.
    • Chandos.
    • 24-29.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 22 in E flat major, H.1.22 'The Philosopher'

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Haydn: Symphonien Nr. 22, 86 & 102.
    • EMI.
    • 1-4.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsody Op.79 No.1 in B minor

    Performer: Julius Katchen.
    • Decca.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No.2 in C minor, Op.17 'Little Russian'

    Orchestra: New Philharmonia. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Suite in D major, TWV 55:D6

    Orchestra: Camerata Köln. Conductor: Michael Schneider.


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