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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Suzannah Lipscomb

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music on Location: Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet; Artist of the Week: Reinhard Goebel, featured in Heinrich Bach's Ich danke dir, Gott.

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 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.

Music on Location: Paris
Rob features music from Berlioz's Romeo and Juliet, which was premiered at the Paris Conservatoire by a 200-strong orchestra ensemble and choir in November 1839.

Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences between two interpretations of "Largo al factotum", the famous 'Figaro, Figaro' aria from Rossini's comic opera The Barber of Seville. We'll hear renditions by baritones Hermann Prey and Robert Merrill.

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.

Heinrich Bach
Cantata: Ich danke dir, Gott
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.

Serenade in D major, K320 'Posthorn'
Bruno Weil (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Gioachino Rossini

    The Barber of Seville: Overture

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
    • EMI.
  • Giacomo Puccini


    Ensemble: Arabella String Quartet.
    • Naxos.
  • Jacobus Clemens non Papa

    Ego flos campi

    Choir: Stile Antico.
  • Frederick Delius

    A Village Romeo and Juliet: The Walk to the Paradise Garden

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • EMI.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Valse arabesque

    Performer: Eric Parkin.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Samuel Wesley

    Symphony in D major (1784)

    Orchestra: London Mozart Players. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Nocturnal after John Dowland: Dreaming

    Performer: Craig Ogden.
  • John Dowland

    Sleep, wayward thoughts; Come, heavy Sleep

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Singer: Mark Padmore.
  • Suzannah Lipscomb's First Choice

    • Franz Schubert

      Piano Quintet in A major, D667 'The Trout': I. Allegro vivace

      Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels. Performer: Rainer Zepperitz. Ensemble: Amadeus Quartet.
      • DG.
  • Suzannah Lipscomb's Second Choice

    • Franz Schubert

      Impromptu in G flat, D899 No.3

      Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
      • DG.
  • Music on Locations: Paris (Paris Conservatoire)

    • Hector Berlioz

      Romeo and Juliet (Queen Mab Scherzo)

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

    Violin Concerto in B flat major, RV 362, 'La caccia'

    Orchestra: Europa Galante. Director: Fabio Biondi.
    • Virgin.
  • Double Take

    • Gioachino Rossini

      The Barber of Seville (Largo al factotum)

      Singer: Hermann Prey. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
      • Decca.
    • Gioachino Rossini

      The Barber of Seville: "Largo al factotum"

      Singer: Robert Merrill. Orchestra: Metropolitan Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Erich Leinsdorf.
      • RCA.
  • Artist of the Week: Reinhard Goebel

    • Heinrich Bach

      Cantata: Ich danke dir, Gott

      Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Köln. Director: Reinhard Goebel.
      • DG.
  • George Antheil

    Jazz Symphony for three pianos and orchestra

    Performer: Frank Dupree. Performer: Adrian Brendle. Performer: Uram Kim. Orchestra: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland‐Pfalz. Conductor: Karl‐Heinz Steffens.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Der Freischütz (Overture)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in D major, K320 'Posthorn'

    Orchestra: Tafelmusik. Conductor: Bruno Weil.
    • SONY.

Musical Challenge: By Association

The piece of music we played was 'Dreaming' from Benjamin Britten's Nocturnal after John Dowland. The two associated composers were therefore Britten and Dowland.


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