Tuesday - Rob Cowan with David Quantick
With Rob Cowan. Five Reasons to Love Nocturnes; Bernstein: Symphonic Dances (West Side Story); Artist of the Week: violinist Nathan Milstein, featured in Mozart's Sonata in C, K296.
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: identify a piece of music played backwards.
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.
Following on from Monday's Building a Library recommendation of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, Rob offers his personal choice of works by American composers who wrote for the stage.
Symphonic Dances from West Side Story
New York Philharmonic
Leonard Bernstein (conductor)
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'.
Violin Sonata in C major, K296
Nathan Milstein (violin)
Leon Pommers (piano).