Friday - Rob Cowan
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: The Last Night of the Proms, GUILD, and at 9.30 our daily brainteaser.
A new feature for the 2013 Proms Season: 'Proms Artist Recommends'.
An artist performing later today in the BBC Proms recommends three musical works, and on Essential Classics we'll play one of those pieces around 10am.
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.
Essential Choice - A Great Proms Performance
Purcell: Abdelazar Suite
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Malcolm Arnold (conductor).