Monday - Rob Cowan with Ken Hom
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: listen to the music and name the two composers associated with it.
Rob's guest this week is the American chef, author and TV presenter Ken Hom. Whilst studying at Berkeley University, where he undertook studies in History of Art and French History, Ken began to give cooking lessons to fund his education. He soon realised that he wanted to make it his career and started teaching at a school for professional chefs in San Francisco. During his career Ken has published over 35 best-selling books on cookery, presented TV shows including Ken Hom's Chinese Cookery and Take on the Takeaway, and he is widely regarded as one of the greatest authorities on Asian cooking. In 2009 he was appointed an honorary OBE for 'services to culinary arts'. As well as discussing his life and work, Ken has chosen a selection of his favourite classical music and across the week we'll hear works by composers including Saint-Saëns, Bizet and Brahms.
Music in Time: Baroque
Today Rob's in the Baroque period exploring one of Handel's concertos "a due cori" - music with two distinct 'choirs' or ensembles of wind instruments.
Artist of the Week: Nikolaj Znaider
Rob's Artist of the Week is the violinist and conductor Nikolaj Znaider. Feted in particular for the quality of his tone and his musical sensitivity, Znaider plays a Guarneri del Gesu violin, built in 1741 and previously played by the legendary violinist Fritz Kreisler. Znaider's performances and recordings regularly earn critical acclaim across the globe; they include accounts of violin concertos by Elgar, Korngold, Prokofiev and Nielsen - all of which feature this week on Essential Classics. As well as maintaining a busy career as a violin virtuoso, Znaider is passionate about supporting the next generation of musical talent, and spent ten years as Founder and Artistic Director of the annual Nordic Music Academy summer school.
Nikolaj Znaider (violin)
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra
Valery Gergiev (conductor).