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Friday - Rob Cowan with Dominic Dromgoole

Discover definitive recordings of classical music with your trusted guide Rob Cowan. His guest is theatre and film director Dominic Dromgoole.

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: three pieces of music are played together - can you identify them?

Rob's guest this week is the theatre and film director Dominic Dromgoole. Dominic was the Artistic Director of Shakespeare's Globe on London's Southbank for 10 years from 2006 to 2016. He grew up in a theatrical household; his mother was an actress, his father a director, and he'd formed his first theatre company by the age of 16. Dominic held positions at theatres in London and Oxford before taking the helm at Shakespeare's Globe where he built on the work of his predecessor, Mark Rylance, by emphasising his love of new writing and expanding the possibilities of the Globe; between 2014 and 2016 he took a production of Shakespeare's Hamlet to 197 countries. Despite Dominic's commitment to Shakespeare, he's renowned for nurturing contemporary talent; 65 new plays were premiered during his tenure at the Bush Theatre in London. As well as discussing his work as a director, Dominic shares his passion for classical music, choosing a selection of his favourite works.

Music on Location: Budapest
This week Rob explores music connected with Budapest, focusing today on a leading light of the city's current music scene. Iván Fisher is the co-founder and Music Director of the Budapest Festival Orchestra, which has been rated as one of the world's top ten orchestras.

Proms Artist of the Week: Alina Ibragimova
Rob's Proms Artist of the Week is the Russian violinist Alina Ibragimova. Ibragimova is one of the world's leading violinists, excelling in a wide range of repertoire and as both a soloist and chamber player. Born in 1985, she studied at the Moscow Gnesin School before moving to the UK where she studied at the Yehudi Menuhin School and Royal College of Music. So far in her career, Ibragimova has performed with orchestras such as the London Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Orchestra, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Finnish Radio Symphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, and with leading conductors including Valery Gergiev, Sir Mark Elder and Gianandrea Noseda. She's also worked as a soloist-director touring with groups such as the Britten Sinfonia, Academy of Ancient Music, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra. Ibragimova is also a member of the Chiaroscuro Quartet and has a regular recital partner in pianist Cédric Tiberghien. This week (6th September) Ibragimova performs Prokofiev's First Violin Concerto at the BBC Proms with the London Philharmonic Orchestra and Vladimir Jurowski as part of a Russian-themed programme. Throughout the week Rob will be showcasing her wealth of recordings, from solo Bach, to Prokofiev's Second Sonata, Schubert's Fantasy in C major, D.934, and concertos by Karl Amadeus Hartmann and Mendelssohn.

Violin Concerto in D minor
Alina Ibragimova (violin)
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
Vladimir Jurowski (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    The Old Hundredth

    Performer: Timothy Byram-Wigfield. Choir: Waynflete Singers. Choir: Winchester Cathedral Choir. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Hill.
    • Vaughan Williams/Walton: O clap your hands: Choir of Winchester Cathedral/David.
    • Argo.
    • 1.
  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Armide (Overture)

    Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • Archiv.
  • Kenneth J. Alford

    Colonel Bogey

    Ensemble: Eastman Wind Ensemble. Director: Frederick Fennell.
    • MERCURY.
  • Dudley Moore

    "And the Same to You"

    Performer: Dudley Moore.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Marche Slave, Op. 31

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • ORFEO.
  • Giuseppe Torelli

    Sonata in D major for trumpet, strings and continuo

    Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Ensemble: I Musici.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Richard Wagner

    The Mastersingers of Nuremberg: Prelude

    Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Trio in B flat major, D 471

    Performer: Willi Boskovsky. Performer: Rudolf Strassner. Performer: Robert Scheiwein.
    • DECCA.
  • Dominic Dromgoole's choice

    • George Frideric Handel

      Zadok the Priest

      Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
      • CORO.
  • Rob's choice for Dominic Dromgoole

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Fugue No.18 in G sharp minor

      Performer: Friedrich Gulda.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Frederick Delius

    The Walk to the Paradise Garden (A Village Romeo and Juliet)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Music on Location: Budapest

    • Iván Fischer

      A German-Yiddish Cantata

      Singer: Nora Fischer. Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
      • CHANNEL.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fantasy in F minor for piano duet, D.940

    Performer: Ingrid Haebler. Performer: Ludwig Hoffmann.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Proms artist of the week: Alina Ibragimova

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Violin Concerto in D minor

      Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
      • Hyperion.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Bacchanale (Samson et Dalila)

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • Sir Thomas Beecham: The French Collection.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 11.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Tabula Rasa

    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Performer: Tatiana Grindenko. Performer: Alfred Schnittke. Orchestra: Lietuvos kamerinis orkestras. Conductor: Saulius Sondeckis.
    • ECM.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect Harmony

Today's was a triple! The three pieces played simultaneously were:

Bach's Organ Concerto in D minor BWV 596 (after Vivaldi's Op.3 No.11); the traditional American folksong 'I am a Poor Wayfaring Stranger'; and the Theme from Elgar's Enigma Variations


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