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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Andrew Motion

Duration:
3 hours
First broadcast:
Wednesday 07 May 2014

with Rob Cowan and his guest, the poet Andrew Motion.

9am
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Simpson: The Monthes - Sonnerie, VIRGIN VERITAS. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

10am
Artist of the Week: Malcolm Sargent.

10.30am
Rob's guest this week is the former Poet Laureate, Andrew Motion. Upon taking up the post of Poet Laureate in 1999, Andrew said he wanted to write poems related to commissions he received. Subsequently, he wrote about homelessness for the Salvation Army, bullying for ChildLine, and climate change for a song cycle by Peter Maxwell Davies. As laureate, he also founded the Poetry Archive, an online library with recordings of poets reciting their own work. In 2003, Andrew became Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, and since 2009 he has been Chairman of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council. He has been the jury chair for the Man Booker Prize, and has won numerous awards himself, including the Arvon Prize, and the Whitbread Prize for Biography. Andrew was knighted in the 2009 Queen's Birthday Honours list. He is currently President of the Campaign to Protect Rural England.

11am
Rob's Essential Choice
Brahms
Piano Concerto No 1 in D minor, Op 15
Leon Fleisher (piano)
Cleveland Orchestra
George Szell (conductor).

Music Played

16 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Today's Brainteaser Answer - Puzzle

    Where exactly am I and what might I be doing? Answer: Bird watching in the Norfolk Fens.

     

    The music played:

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    Vaughan Williams

    In the Fen Country (Symphonic Impression)

    London Philharmonic Orchestra

    Bernard Haitink (conductor)

    EMI CDC 556 762 2                   

     

    Vaughan Williams

    The Lark Ascending

    Academy of St Martin in the Fields

    Neville Marriner (conductor)

    DECCA 430 493 2                  

     

    Vaughan Williams

    Norfolk Rhapsody

    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra

    Norman del Mar (conductor)

    EMI CDM 565131 2                 

     

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