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Monday - Rob Cowan with Suzannah Lipscomb

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: Rameau: In convertendo; Artist of the Week: violinist Reinhard Goebel, featured in Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No 3.

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 historian and broadcaster, Suzannah Lipscomb. Suzannah's interest in history started at home growing up near the site of one of Henry VIII's former palaces, Nonsuch, and since then she's become a Senior Lecturer in Early Modern History at New College of the Humanities, London. She's written a number of books about Henry VIII and Tudor England, and has specialised in the study of women in this period. She's also a frequent broadcaster: most recently appearing on our screens in The Great Fire: In Real Time, she also co-wrote and co-presented Henry VIII and his Six Wives for Channel 5, and wrote and presented Hidden Killers for BBC Four. As well as discussing her work as an historian, Suzannah shares her passion for classical music, choosing a selection of her favourite works, by composers including Schubert, Beethoven, Berlioz.

Music on Location: Paris
Rob explores the Concert Spirituel, the first public concert society in France, which was inaugurated in Paris in 1725. Rameau's grand motet In convertendo was performed in a concert in 1751.

Rob's Artist of the Week is the German conductor and violinist, Reinhard Goebel. In 1973 Goebel founded Musica Antiqua Köln, an instrumental ensemble initially made up of his fellow students at the Cologne Conservatory. Together they became one of the leading exponents of Baroque performance practice and have played a significant role in increasing the profile of Baroque composers such as Telemann, Heinichen, Biber and the wider Bach dynasty. Goebel usually led the group from the violin, but an unexpected focal dystonia in his left hand brought his solo career to an end and forced him to bow with the other arm. In 2000 he gave up the violin entirely and focused on conducting, but he is still Professor of Baroque Violin at the Mozarteum, Salzburg. This week Rob's chosen a selection of Goebel's recordings with Musica Antiqua Köln: their highly-acclaimed account of J.S. Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No.3, a motet by Heinrich Bach (J.S. Bach's great-uncle), part of Telemann's Tafelmusik, Biber's programmatic Battalia and one of Heinichen's Dresden Concerti.

J.S. Bach
Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G major, BWV1048
Musica Antiqua Köln
Reinhard Goebel (violin/director)

Canada 150
Rob marks the 150th anniversary of Canada's birth as a country by sharing a favourite recording by a classic Canadian artist.

Piano Sonata in A, D959
Anton Kuerti (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Phaëton (Chaconne in G major)

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
    • Blow, Corelli, Finger, Marini: Chaconne: Musica Antiqua Koln.
    • DG.
    • 1.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Pavane pour une infante défunte

    Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • BIS.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata No.48 in C major, Hob.XVI:35

    Performer: György Sebök.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Orfeo ed Euridice: "Che farò senza Euridice?"

    Singer: Bernarda Fink. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: René Jacobs.
  • John Ireland

    A London Overture

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

    Die stille Stadt

    Performer: Helmut Deutsch. Singer: Angelika Kirchschlager.
    • SONY.
  • Suzannah Lipscomb's First Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Sheep may safely graze (Cantata BWV.208)

      Performer: Leon Fleisher. Music Arranger: Egon Petri.
      • Leon Fleisher: Two Hands.
      • SONY.
      • 2.
  • Suzannah Lipscomb's Second Choice

    • Hector Berlioz

      Symphonie fantastique: V. Songe d'une nuit du sabbat

      Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
      • LSO LIVE.
  • Suzannah Lipscomb's Third Choice

    • Fritz Kreisler

      Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani

      Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: John Lenehan.
      • BIS.
  • Music on Location: Paris (Le Concert Spirituel)

    • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

      Grand motet: In convertendo

      Singer: Sophie Daneman. Singer: Noémie Rime. Singer: Paul Agnew. Singer: Nicolas Rivenq. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Director: William Christie.
      • MBF.
  • Marc-André Hamelin

    Étude No 6 in D minor, 'Esercizio' (12 Études in all the minor keys)

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Hamelin: Etudes, Con Intimissimo Sentimento, Cathy's Variations, Marc-Andre Hame.
    • Hyperion.
    • 6.
  • Artist of the Week: Reinhard Goebel

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Brandenburg Concerto No 3 in G major BWV.1048

      Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Conductor: Reinhard Goebel.
      • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in A, D959

    Performer: Anton Kuerti.
    • MASTERS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Aria for organ in F major, BWV 587

    Performer: Peter Hurford.
    • J.S. Bach Toccata and Fugue in D minor.
    • HMV Classics.
    • 9.

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