Friday - Rob Cowan with Nigel Williams
With Rob Cowan. CD of the Week: My Violin Legends, with Pavel Sporcl and Petr Jirikovsky; Artist of the Week: Charles Munch; Essential Choice: Beethoven: Violin Concerto, Op 61.
A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: My Violin Legends - Pavel Šporcl (violin) & Petr Jiríkovský (piano), SUPRAPHON SU41412. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30 - today: Only Connect.
Artist of the Week: Charles Munch
Rob's guest this week is the novelist, screenwriter and playwright, Nigel Williams. Nigel's most successful work has been his script for the 2005 TV drama Elizabeth I (starring Helen Mirren), for which he received an Emmy Award nomination. His novels include the bestselling 'Wimbledon Trilogy' - The Wimbledon Poisoner, They Came from SW19 and East of Wimbledon - the first of which he adapted into a successful television film. He won a television BAFTA for his screen adaptation of William Horwood's Skallagrigg, and was the primary scriptwriter for the second season of Jim Henson's Storyteller series. As a playwright, Nigel has adapted William Golding's Lord of the Flies for the stage, and his first play, Class Enemy, has been translated into more than thirty languages.
Rob's Essential Choice
Violin Concerto in D, Op. 61
Thomas Zehetmair (violin)
Orchestra of the 18th Century
Frans Brüggen (conductor).
Today's Brainteaser Answer
The connection was Bears.
The music played:
"The Wild Bears" (final mvmt Wand of Youth Suite no 2)
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner (conductor)
Opening of the last movement of Symphony 82 "The Bear"
Bruno Weil (conductor)
SONY CLASSICAL SK 66295
“I was a constant, faithful wife” from The Bear
Della Jones (soprano)
Richard Hickox (conductor)