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Tuesday - Rob Cowan

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week - Tchaikovsky: Nutcracker; Aurora's Wedding. Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Charles Dutoit: DECCA ELOQUENCE 480 6549; and at 9.30 our daily brainteaser.

'Proms Artist Recommends'. A chance to hear a work recommended by an artist appearing in tonight's Prom. Today, Andrew Davis recommends Fauré's Piano Quartet No 1 in C minor, Op 15.

Rob's guest this week is Aminatta Forna, the award-winning author of The Memory of Love and Ancestor Stones. Her latest novel, The Hired Man, was published earlier this year. As well as novels, she has also published short stories and was a finalist for the 2010 BBC National Short Story Award. Her essays and articles have appeared in Granta, The Times, The Observer and Vogue. She has guest-presented BBC Radio's Open Book and Saturday Review, and is currently a judge for the 2013 International Man Booker Prize. Aminatta is Professor of Creative Writing at Bath Spa University, and from September 2013 she will be Sterling Brown Distinguished Visiting Professor at Williams College, Massachusetts.

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2 hours

Last on

Tue 27 Aug 2013 09:00

Essential Classics: Guest Choices

Essential Classics: Guest Choices

Hear the classical music chosen by our guests in full via BBC Playlister

Essential Choices on BBC Playlister - archive.

Essential Choices on BBC Playlister - archive.

Explore the Essential Choices via BBC Playlister as chosen by Rob Cowan and Sarah Walker.