Monday - Rob Cowan with David Quantick
With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Nocturnes; Rodgers and Hammerstein: Carousel; Artist of the Week: violinist Nathan Milstein, featured in Dvorak's Violin Concerto.
A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... Nocturnes'. Rob explores works with this name ranging from the poetic character pieces for piano of Chopin, Fauré and John Field (the inventor of the genre) to the orchestral impressionist portraits of Debussy and Delius.
Take part in our daily musical challenge and identify the place associated with a well-known work.
Rob's guest is David Quantick, who started out as a rock music journalist before going on to write comic material for many of the funniest people around today, from Graham Norton and Harry Hill to Sally Phillips and Mitchell and Webb. He's written scripts for satirical TV shows including The Thick of It and BBC Radio's The Now Show, and the controversial series Brass Eye. His taste in music is wide-ranging and exploratory, and throughout the week he'll be choosing some of his favourite classical pieces by composers including Vaughan Williams, Kurt Weill and Leos Janacek.
Rob features the Building a Library recommendation from last Saturday's CD review
Rodgers and Hammerstein
This week Rob features recordings by one of the great violinists of the 20th century, Nathan Milstein, a musician of impeccable taste whose breathtaking virtuosity burns across the years like a laser. He was a violinist's violinist who, whenever he played, was utterly at one with the instrument. Born in Odessa, Milstein studied with the great Hungarian violin teacher Leopold Auer at the St Petersburg Conservatory before settling in New York. With a career that lasted an incredible 72 years, he was worthy of his title 'the prince of the violin'.
Nathan Milstein (violin)
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra
William Steinberg (conductor).
5 REASONS TO LOVE...NOCTURNES
DAVID QUANTICK'S CHOICE NO.1
DAVID QUANTICK'S CHOICE NO.2
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: NATHAN MILSTEIN
Mapping the Music
The place was Kars.
The music played:
The Capture of Kars
USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra
Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)