Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Wendy Cope
With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Harrison Birtwistle; Artist of the Week: Giuseppe Sinopoli, featured conducting Beethoven's Piano Concerto No 1.
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 clues and identify a mystery musical term.
Rob's guest this week is the poet, Wendy Cope. After spending 15 years as a primary school teacher, Wendy released her first collection of poetry and it became a surprise bestseller. She's since published three more collections and her poetry has become renowned for being humorous and terse, even when tackling serious subjects such as death. As well as writing poetry for children, she has been commissioned to write poetry to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Endellion String Quartet, and the 400th anniversary of the death of Shakespeare. As well as sharing some of her favourite classical music, Wendy will be discussing her work and life as a writer, and reading some of her music-inspired poetry.
Music in Time: Modern
Rob's in the Modern era exploring a work by Sir Harrison Birtwistle which heralded a coming of age for Modernist music in Britain.
Artist of the Week: Giuseppe Sinopoli
Rob's featured artist is the Italian conductor Giuseppe Sinopoli. Sinopoli was not only an immensely talented and original conductor, but also a gifted composer, whose sudden death at the age of 54 was particularly tragic when you consider that many celebrated conductors continue to work well past retirement age. Rob's choices include highly distinctive performances of symphonies by Schubert, Schumann, Liszt and Webern, as well as Beethoven's 1st Piano Concerto (with Martha Argerich as soloist) and the conclusion of Richard Strauss' hair-raising operatic masterpiece Salome.
Piano Concerto No.1 in C major
Martha Argerich (piano)
Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor).