Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Andrew Motion
With Rob Cowan. Including Essential CD of the Week: Simpson: The Monthes - Sonnerie; Artist of the Week: Malcolm Sargent; Rob's Essential Choice: Brahms: Piano Concerto No 1.
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 1 in D minor, Op 15
Leon Fleisher (piano)
George Szell (conductor).
Today's Brainteaser Answer - Puzzle
Where exactly am I and what might I be doing? Answer: Bird watching in the Norfolk Fens.
The music played:
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In the Fen Country (Symphonic Impression)
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Bernard Haitink (conductor)
EMI CDC 556 762 2
The Lark Ascending
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
Neville Marriner (conductor)
DECCA 430 493 2
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra
Norman del Mar (conductor)
EMI CDM 565131 2