Monday - Rob Cowan
Rob Cowan presents a sequence of great music in classic recordings.
Rob Cowan's guest this week is the novelist Alan Hollinghurst, whose latest book, The Stranger's Child, was longlisted for the 2011 Man Booker Prize. A fine stylist, Hollinghurst won the 2004 Man Booker Prize for The Line of Beauty, set in the 1980s at the height of Thatcherism, and later filmed for BBC TV. His first novel, The Swimming Pool Library, won the 1989 Somerset Maugham Award, and his second, The Folding Star, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction. His first four books (including The Spell, 1998) form a quartet that explore British gay life - Hollinghurst says himself that he thought of them as a four-movement symphonic structure, coming back at the end to the time that the first book was set. Music, poetry and the novels of Henry James are among Hollinghurst's great passions.
Also in the programme this week...
From 9am, there's a selection of music including the Essential CD of the Week - this week (16th-20th April) performances by Barry McDaniel of German lieder.
From 9.30am, the Artist of the Week - this week, the cellist, Alban Gerhardt
And at 11am, we've major works of the classical music repertoire in outstanding performances.
Presenter: Rob Cowan
Producer: Chris Barstow.