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Monday - Rob Cowan

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 08 July 2013

Rob's guest this week is the author David Mitchell, whose first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His two subsequent novels were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize: number9dream (2001); and Cloud Atlas (2004), which was made into a film starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, and four years later he was listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World. As well as novels, David has also written opera libretti: Wake, based on the 2000 Enschede fireworks disaster with music by Klaas de Vries, was performed by the Dutch National Reisopera in 2010. Most recently, he worked with the Dutch composer and video director Michel van der Aa on the opera Sunken Garden, premiered earlier this year by English National Opera.

On Friday this week on Radio 3 we begin a new feature for the 2013 Proms: 'Proms Artist Recommends'. Each day an artist performing in this year's season recommends a musical work, and on Essential Classics across the Proms season we'll play one of those pieces at around 10am.

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: The Last Night of the Proms, GUILD.

9.30-10.30am
A daily brainteaser, and performances by our Artist of the Week, Otto Klemperer.

10.30am
Rob's guest this week is the author David Mitchell, whose first novel, Ghostwritten (1999), won the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award. His two subsequent novels were both shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize: number9dream (2001); and Cloud Atlas (2004), which was made into a film starring Tom Hanks and Halle Berry. In 2003, he was selected as one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists, and four years later he was listed among Time magazine's 100 Most Influential People in The World. As well as novels, David has also written opera libretti: Wake, based on the 2000 Enschede fireworks disaster with music by Klaas de Vries, was performed by the Dutch National Reisopera in 2010. Most recently, he worked with the Dutch composer and video director Michel van der Aa on the opera Sunken Garden, premiered earlier this year by English National Opera.

11am
Beethoven: Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.

Music Played

14 items
  • Image for Richard Strauss

    Richard Strauss The Fencing Master (Le bourgeois gentilhomme)

    Performers: Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Erich Leinsdorf (conductor)

    ASV CD COE 809

  • 9.02: Rob's Essential CD of the Week

    • Image for Sullivan

      Sullivan Overture di ballo

      Performers: BBC Symphony Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent (conductor)

      GUILD GHCD 2393

  • Image for Gioachino Rossini

    Gioachino Rossini Quartet in B flat

    Performers: Michael Thompson Wind Quartet

    NAXOS 8.554098

  • Image for Hector Berlioz

    Hector Berlioz Hungarian March (The Damnation of Faust, Op. 24)

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)

    PHILIPS 456 143-2

  • 9.30am

    • Image for Today's Brainteaser

      Today's Brainteaser Who's Dancing?

      Performers: The answer will appear at the bottom of this page at 12pm.

  • 9.34: Artist of the Week - Otto Klemperer

    • Image for Johannes Brahms

      Johannes Brahms Tragic Overture, Op. 81

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      EMI CDM769651-2

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel Trio Sonata in F major, HWV 405

    Performers: Michala Petri and Elizabeth Selin (recorders), Denis Vigay (cello), George Malcolm (harpsichord)

    PHILIPS 412 598-2

  • Image for Domenico Scarlatti

    Domenico Scarlatti Sonata in D minor, Kk213

    Performers: John Williams (guitar)

    SONY SBK 62425

  • 10am: Artist of the Week - Otto Klemperer

    • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Symphony No. 39

      Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

      EMI CDM 567334-2

  • 10.30: David Mitchell's Choices

    • Image for John Cage

      John Cage In a Landscape

      Performers: Alexei Lubimov (piano)

      ECM 461812

  • Image for Anton Bruckner

    Anton Bruckner Symphony No. 9: Scherzo

    Performers: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor)

    EMI 52969 

  • 11am

    • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

      Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Sonata in C minor, Op. 111

      Performers: The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review

  • Image for Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky The Tempest, Op 18

    Performers: Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

    SONY 82876-8807-2

  • Image for Francis Poulenc

    Francis Poulenc 4 Petites prieres de St Francois d'Assise

    Performers: The King's Singers

    EMI 566842-2

  • Today's Brainteaser Answer

    Who was dancing? The Gnomes, from Liszt's Gnomenreigen (Dance of the Gnomes).

    The music played:

    Liszt
    Gnomenreigen (2 Etudes de concert, S145, No. 2)
    Claudio Arrau (piano)
    PHILIPS 422 268-2

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