Monday - Rob Cowan
With Rob Cowan. Including Artist of the Week: pianist Martha Argerich in Chopin: Polonaise in A flat, Op 53. Ravel: Piano Concerto; Essential Choice: Verdi: Otello (excerpt).
In the week in which we celebrate the birthday of Charles Darwin, Rob Cowan's guest is one of Darwin's staunchest defenders. Steve Jones, Professor of Genetics, science writer and broadcaster, is an outspoken defender of science against what he sees as the 'anti-science' of creationism. Much of his own research has been concerned with snails and the light that their anatomy can shed on biodiversity and genetics. He is Professor of Genetics at Galton Laboratory, University College, London, and has held visiting posts at many of the world's great universities. A regular broadcaster and writer of popular books on scientific issues, he gave the 1991 Reith Lecture, has written and presented 'Blue Skies', a Radio 3 series on science and the arts and a TV series on human genetics, 'In the Blood', and regularly appears on topical radio and TV programmes. In 2009 he and others called for vital changes to the proposed science curriculum in English primary schools.
A selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week: English Idylls - Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Julian Lloyd Webber (cello), Neville Marriner (conductor) PHILIPS 442 8415.
A daily brainteaser and performances by the Artist of the Week, pianist Martha Argerich. Today we hear her in works by Chopin (Polonaise in A flat Op. 53), Mozart (Andante and Variations K. 501), and as soloist in Ravel's Piano Concerto.
The Essential Classics guest this week is science writer, broadcaster and professor of genetics Prof. Steve Jones. Today Steve talks about music he remembers from his childhood.
Rob's Essential Choice
The Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD Review.