Wednesday - Rob Cowan
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Suppe & Auber Overtures - Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray, MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 434309
A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artists of the Week, the Amadeus Quartet.
Rob Cowan's guest this week is the author, journalist and radio/television presenter Martin Sixsmith. From 1980 to 1997 Martin was a BBC correspondent in Moscow, Washington, Brussels and Warsaw. He then worked for the Government as Director of Communications and Press Secretary first to Harriet Harman, then to Alistair Darling and finally to Stephen Byers.
He is the author of two novels: Spin, and I Heard Lenin Laugh. Martin's recent non-fiction books include The Lost Child of Philomena Lee (2009); Putin's Oil (2010); and Russia: A 1,000-Year Chronicle of the Wild East (2011). In February 2008 he worked on two BBC documentaries exploring the legacy of the KGB in today's Russia and also presented a BBC radio programme, The Snowy Streets of St. Petersburg, about artists and writers who fled the former Eastern bloc. Most recently, in 2011, he presented Russia: The Wild East, a 50-part history of Russia for BBC Radio 4. Martin works as an advisor to the BBC political sitcom The Thick of It.
Rob's Essential Choice
Britten: Piano Concerto, Op.13
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
English Chamber Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor)
DECCA 473 715-2.