Essential Classics

Essential Classics




With Rob Cowan. 9.00 Rob sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain. 9.30 A musical challenge to name the television show or film that featured a particular piece of classical music. 10.00 Rob's guest this week is the American chef, author and TV presenter Ken Hom, who shares a selection of his favourite classical music. 10.30 Music in Time: Modern. Turning his attention to the Modern era, Rob looks at an early use of the saxophone with music by Glazunov. Although invented in the 1840s, the saxophone was still fairly new and unfamiliar when Glazunov wrote his Saxophone Concerto almost a century later. 11.00 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 10 years as Founder and Artistic Director of the annual Nordic Music Academy summer school. Brahms: Sonata No 1 in G. Nikolaj Znaider (violin), Yefim Bronfman (piano).

Cast & Crew

Presenter Rob Cowan
Producer Dominic Wells