Wednesday - Rob Cowan
With Rob Cowan
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Couperin: works for harpsichord played by Gustav Leonhardt - PHILIPS 4544702
A daily brainteaser, and performances by the Artist of the Week, cellist and conductor Mstislav Rostropovich.
Friday 25th January is Burns Night and Rob Cowan's guest this week is the Scottish writer Janice Galloway, whose works include novels, short stories, prose-poetry, non-fiction and libretti. Her novel The Trick is to Keep Breathing (1990) is now widely regarded as a contemporary Scottish classic, and was shortlisted for numerous awards, winning the MIND/Allan Lane Book of the Year. Her memoirs, This is Not About Me (2008) was shortlisted for the Biographer's Club First Book, and won Scottish non-fiction Book of the Year. Her latest book, All Made Up (the next instalment of her memoirs), was published by Granta Books in September 2011.
Janice has been a writer in residence for four Scottish prisons, and was Times Literary Supplement Research Fellow to the British Library. She has also written and presented three radio series for BBC Scotland (Life as a Man, Imagined Lives and Chopin's Scottish Swansong) and works extensively with musicians and visual artists including Sally Beamish, Anne Bevan, Michael Wolchover, Norman McBeath and Alasdair Nicolson.
Rob's Essential Choice
Saint-Saëns: Clarinet Sonata in E flat Op. 167
Martin Fröst (clarinet)
Roland Pöntinen (piano)
Medtner: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor, Op. 33
Dmitri Alexeev (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Alexander Lazarev (conductor)