Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Gerald Scarfe
With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Monteverdi: Lament of the Nymph; Artist of the Week: George Malcolm, featured playing Mozart's Piano Sonata in F, K497.
Rob sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain.
Take part in today's musical challenge: can you name the television show or film that featured this piece of classical music?
Rob's guest this week is the cartoonist and illustrator Gerald Scarfe. Gerald began working for Punch magazine and Private Eye, and went on to become one of the UK's most distinguished cartoonists, enjoying long associations with The Sunday Times and The New Yorker. He's also designed sets for productions at both English National Opera and English National Ballet, as well as animation sequences for Walt Disney's Hercules. In the course of a career spanning more than 50 years, Gerald has met and drawn luminaries including Igor Stravinsky, Aaron Copland and former US President Lyndon B Johnson, so he has a few stories up his sleeve. As well as discussing his life, Gerald will be sharing some of his favourite classical music.
Music in Time: Baroque
Rob's examines the overlap between the Italian Madrigal and Baroque Opera in the passionate Lament of the Nymph, from Monteverdi's Eighth Book of Madrigals.
Artist of the Week: George Malcolm
This week Rob celebrates 100 years since the birth of English keyboard player and conductor George Malcolm. Malcolm was one of the most revered harpsichordists of his generation, and each day this week Rob explores his illustrious career with recordings that demonstrate his talents not only as a harpsichordist, but also as an organist, fortepianist and conductor. The recordings reflect Malcolm's fervent championing of baroque keyboard masters such as Domenico Scarlatti and JS Bach, in addition to his association with Benjamin Britten, plus a rare instance of him duetting with András Schiff in a sonata by Mozart.
Sonata for Piano Duet in F major, K.497
András Schiff & George Malcolm (fortepiano duo).