Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Paul Morley
With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love the Cello; Musical Challenge; Artist of the Week: Marc Minkowski; Rob's Essential Choice: Handel: Ode for St Cecilia's Day.
A selection of music including '5 Reason to Love...the cello.' Rob showcases works for the cello by Pergolesi, Debussy, Bach, Schumann and Boccherini and shares recordings by celebrated performers including Janos Starker, Emanuel Feuermann and Mischa Maisky as he explores just what it is that makes the cello so special.
Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.
Rob's guest this week, sharing his favourite classical music every day at 10am, is music journalist Paul Morley. Paul first made a name for himself working for the music magazine, New Musical Express. He co-founded the record label Zang Tumb Tuum, was a founder member of the group Art of Noise and was instrumental in the success of the band Frankie Goes to Hollywood. Though known primarily for his work as a rock 'n' roll journalist, Paul has also documented his conversion to classical music. He has published several books about music, including a work about the history of pop, has written for numerous publications including The Guardian, The Observer and The Sunday Telegraph and has also worked as a TV broadcaster, presenting BBC Two's The Late Show and featuring as a regular panellist on The Review Show.
This week's featured artist is the French conductor Marc Minkowski. Though he is best known as a champion of French Baroque and Classical repertoires, Minkowski is also renowned for his interpretations of later masterpieces with leading European orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic, the Vienna Philharmonic and the Dresden Staatskapelle.
This week's Essential Choices are all works written in honour of St. Cecilia.
Ode for St Cecilia's Day
Mary Bevan (soprano)
Ed Lyon (tenor)
5 reasons to love... the cello
artist of the week: marc minkowski
Paul Morley's choice no. 1
Paul Morley's choice no. 2
Musical Challenge - Mapping the Music
The answer: Algeria
The music played:
L’italiana in Algeri
Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Claudio Abbado (conductor)