Thursday - Rob Cowan with Deborah Moggach
With Rob Cowan. Including Five Reasons to Love Cello Miniatures; Musical challenge; Artist of the Week: Andris Nelsons, featured conducting Stravinsky's The Firebird.
A selection of music including '5 reasons to love... cello miniatures'. Rob chooses a selection of bite-sized treats for cello that showcase all that the instrument has to offer, from its singing voice and mellow quality to a sense of gutsy attack and varied range of colour and tone. Throughout the week Rob shares his favourite compact works for the cello, with gems by composers including Rachmaninov, Saint-Saëns and Mendelssohn.
Take part in today's challenge: listen to the clues and identify the mystery music-related object.
Rob's guest is author Deborah Moggach, who wrote the book behind the hit movie The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, and whose novel Tulip Fever is currently being filmed. Her screenplays for TV include adaptations of Pride and Prejudice (starring Keira Knightley) and the Diary of Anne Frank, plus dramas Seesaw and Stolen. She talks about the challenges of adapting novels for the screen and how she constructs a story, and her music choices range from Mozart and Shostakovich to Gershwin and Verdi.
Rob's artist of the week is the Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons. In anticipation of Nelsons' performance of Beethoven's Ninth Symphony at the Proms this weekend, Rob shares some major recordings by this exciting young conductor, who is currently in his first season as music director of the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Throughout the week Rob guides you through Nelsons' interpretations of works by composers ranging from Shostakovich and Stravinsky to Strauss and Brahms.
City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons (conductor).