Tuesday - Rob Cowan
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Piers Lane Goes to Town featuring Piers Lane (pianist). Also, at 9:30am, our brainteaser: Who's Singing?
Artist of the Week: Rafael Kubelik
In the week marking the 150th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Rob's guest is the doctor of 18th-century British History and author of historical novels, Amanda Foreman. Her book, 'A World on Fire: An Epic History of Two Nations Divided', traces turbulent Anglo-American relations during the American Civil War. She has compared the task with writing a symphony. Amanda's the daughter of Carl Foreman, the Oscar-winning screen writer of many film classics including, The Bridge on the River Kwai, High Noon, and The Guns of Navarone. She divides her time between London and New York and has served as judge on almost every major literary prize including the Man Booker and the National Book Award. Her book 'Georgiana, Duchess of Devonshire' won the Whitbread Prize and has inspired a television documentary, a radio play starting Dame Judi Dench; and the recent movie 'The Duchess', staring Keira Knightley and Ralph Fiennes.
Rob's Essential Choice
Symphony No.55 'The Schoolmaster'
Aldeburgh Festival Orchestra
Benjamin Britten (conductor).
Today's Brainteaser Answer
Who's Singing? Jussi Bjorling and Robert Merrill, in the duet from Bizet's opera The Pearl Fishers.
The music played:
“Au fond du temple saint” (The Pearl Fishers)
Jussi Bjorling (tenor)
Robert Merrill (baritone)
RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra
Renato Cellini (conductor)