Thursday - Rob Cowan with Bonnie Greer
With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Concert Overtures; Artist of the Week: Maria Joao Pires; Essential Choice: Rozsa: El Cid (Suite of the film music).
A selection of music including '5 Reasons to Love... Concert Overtures'. Throughout the week Rob offers a selection of his favourite overtures which were composed specifically for the concert hall. His choice includes music by Szymanowski, Dvorak, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.
Recording Rewind: Take part in our daily musical challenge and see if you can identify the piece of music played in reverse.
Rob's guest this week is playwright, novelist and critic Bonnie Greer. Originally from Chicago, now living in London, she is an award-winning playwright having gained a Verity Bargate Award and an OBE for her contribution to the arts in 2010. She has appeared regularly on Newsnight Review and has served on the boards of many leading arts organisations, including the Royal Opera House and the British Museum. She is a self-professed classical musical fan and wrote an opera in 2011 inspired by her appearance alongside BNP leader Nick Griffin on Question Time.
This week Rob's Artist of the Week is Maria Joao Pires, one of the finest pianists of her generation, whose performances are celebrated for their integrity, eloquence, and vitality. Rob showcases her recordings of works by the great classical and romantic composer/pianists, including Mozart, Schubert and Chopin.
Rob's Essential Choice
El Cid (Suite of the film music)
MGM Studio Orchestra
Miklos Rozsa (Conductor).