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Tuesday - 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: can you remember the television show or film that featured this piece of classical music?

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, today focusing on a suite that György Ligeti wrote whilst studying at the city's Ferenc Liszt Academy of Music. Ligeti had become involved in cultivating a national heritage by writing a suite on 19th-century Hungarian dance melodies.

Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences between two interpretations of Liszt's Consolation No 3 in D flat major by pianists Grace Francis and Jorge Bolet.

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. Tomorrow (6th September) she 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 Sonata No 2 in D major
Alina Ibragimova (violin)
Steven Osborne (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Gabriel Fauré

    Dolly Suite: Le pas espagnol

    Performer: Katia Labèque. Performer: Marielle Labèque.
    • Bizet, Ravel, Faure: Katia & Marielle Labeque.
    • Philips.
    • 18.
  • Fernando Sor

    Introduction and variations on Mozart's 'O cara armonia', Op 9

    Music Arranger: Andrés Segovia. Performer: John Williams.
    • DECCA.
  • Judith Weir

    Illuminare, Jerusalem

    Performer: Annie Lydford. Choir: Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Conductor: Geoffrey Webber.
  • Judith Weir

    Love bade me welcome

    Choir: Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge. Conductor: Geoffrey Webber.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    L'eraclito amoroso: Udite amanti

    Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Performer: Jakob Lindberg. Performer: Anders Ericson.
    • ARCHIV.
  • César Franck

    Chorale No 3 in A minor

    Performer: Marcel Dupré.
    • MERCURY.
  • Luigi Boccherini

    Quintet in E major, Op 13 No 5: Minuet

    Orchestrator: Leopold Stokowski. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: José Serebrier.
    • NAXOS.
  • Dominic Dromgoole's first choice

    • Thomas Tallis

      Spem in alium

      Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
      • CORO.
  • Dominic Dromgoole's second choice

    • Niel Gow

      Lament for the Death of his Second Wife

      Music Arranger: Bjarte Eike. Ensemble: Barokksolistene. Director: Bjarte Eike.
      • BIS.
  • Dominic Dromgoole's third choice

    • Michael William Balfe

      The Bohemian Girl: 'I dreamt I dwelt in marble halls'

      Singer: Greta Bradman. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge.
      • DECCA.
  • Music on Location: Budapest

    • György Ligeti

      Old Hungarian Ballroom Dances

      Ensemble: Asko Ensemble. Ensemble: Schoenberg Ensemble. Conductor: Reinbert de Leeuw.
      • WARNER.
  • Double take

    • Franz Liszt

      Consolation No 3 in D flat major

      Performer: Jorge Bolet.
      • DG.
    • Franz Liszt

      Consolation No 3 in D flat major

      Performer: Grace Francis.
  • Peter Warlock

    Capriol Suite

    Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Clio Gould.
    • English String Classics 2: Vaughan Williams/Warlock/Tippet/Elgar etc.
    • Warner Apex.
    • 7.
  • Proms artist of the week: Alina Ibragimova

    • Sergei Prokofiev

      Violin Sonata No 2 in D major

      Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Performer: Steven Osborne.
      • HYPERION.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Le Tombeau de Couperin for orchestra [after nos. 1, 3, 5 & 4 of piano work]

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Giovanni Rigatti

    Dixit Dominus

    Ensemble: Gabrieli Consort & Players. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • Archiv.

Musical Challenge: Heard on Screen

The film was The Ladykillers, and the music, the Minuet from Boccherini's String Quintet in E major, Op.13 No.5


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