Friday - Rob Cowan
With Rob Cowan. Including CD of the Week: Paavo Berglund - The Bournemouth Years; Artist of the Week: Brigitte Fassbaender; Rob's Essential Choice: Mahler: Symphony No 1.
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: Only Connect
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
Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik (conductor).
Today's Brainteaser Answer
Only Connect: the connection was Death.
The music played:
Death and Transfiguration
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra
Tadaaki Otaka (conductor)
NIMBUS NI 5235
Adagietto – Symphony No. 5 (used in the film Death in Venice)
New York Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein (conductor)
CBS CD 45502
'Death and the Maiden' quartet in D minor: 2nd mvmt
DG 431 814 2