Essential Classics

Essential Classics




9.00 My favourite Gypsy-style showpieces. Gypsy music has inspired generations of composers to write some of their fieriest and most appealing lighter, and sometimes not-so-light, music. Rob's selection ranges from authentic gypsy tunes played by the great Romanian violinist Grigoras Dinicu (and an Enescu Rhapsody that was inspired by them) to Brahms Zigeunerlieder and Strauss's effervescent Gypsy Baron overture. 9.30 Take part in today's musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards. 10.00 Actress Samantha Bond shares her favourite pieces of classical music. 10.30 Music in Time: Modern. Rob places Music in Time. Stravinsky's The Firebird was his first ballet score, and his first collaboration with Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes. 11.00 Artist of the Week: Staatskapelle Dresden. The Staatskapelle Dresden visits the Proms this week with Principal Conductor, Christian Thielemann. Vivaldi: Concerto in E minor, RV.277, ll Favorito. Arthur Grumiaux (violin), Staatskapelle Dresden, conductor Vittorio Negri.

Cast & Crew

Presenter Rob Cowan
Producer Susan Kenyon