Wednesday - Rob Cowan
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Autograph by pianist Alexandre Tharaud and at 9.30 our brainteaser - 'Listener Puzzle'
Artist of the Week: Henryk Szeryng
This week marks the 50th anniversary of the first performance given by the National Theatre. To mark this event Rob's guest is the celebrated director Sir Richard Eyre, who ran the National Theatre between 1987 and 1997. Some of Sir Richard's most noted theatre productions include Hamlet with Jonathan Pryce and Daniel Day-Lewis; Richard III with Ian McKellen; and numerous new plays by David Hare, Tom Stoppard, Trevor Griffiths, Howard Brenton and Alan Bennett. He has also directed operas, making his debut with the 1994 production of La Traviata at the Royal Opera House, starring Angela Gheorghiu and conducted by Sir Georg Solti. More recently, he directed a new production of Bizet's opera Carmen for the Metropolitan Opera's 2009-2010 season. On film, he directed The Ploughman's Lunch (which won the Evening Standard Award for Best Film), Iris, a biopic of Iris Murdoch (starring Judi Dench, Kate Winslet and Jim Broadbent), and Notes on a Scandal.
Rob's Essential Choice
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Also in this hour, Lucky Dip: Rob dips into his CD collection and shares a piece - it could be a recent discovery, an old favourite, or simply something that just has to be heard. Expect the unexpected!