Thursday - Rob Cowan with Andrew Motion
with Rob Cowan and his guest, the poet Andrew Motion.
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.
Artist of the Week: Malcolm Sargent.
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.
Rob's Essential Choice
Piano Concerto No 4 in C minor, Op 44
Stephen Hough (piano)
Sakari Oramo (conductor).
Today's Brainteaser Answer - What am I?
The Gibson 'ex-Huberman’ Stradivarius of 1713. One of Stradivarius’s finest violins, it was stolen twice from the great Polish-American violinist Bronislaw Huberman, the second time by another musician who took it from Huberman’s Carnegie Hall dressing room during a concert, disguised it with boot polish, and played it at gigs for the next half-century, only confessing to the theft on his deathbed. It was then bought by Norbert Brainin of the Amadeus Quartet, and is now owned by Joshua Bell, who reputedly paid nearly $4 million for it.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />