Rodin, Curtis Sittenfeld, Mark Simpson's cello concerto, Korean television drama
Rodin and the art of ancient Greece is a new exhibition at the British Museum which highlights the influence the Greek Parthenon sculptures had on the French artist on his first visit to the museum in 1881. The show's curators, Ian Jenkins and Celeste Farge, discuss the relationship between Auguste Rodin's works, including The Kiss and The Thinker, and Pheidias's Elgin Marbles.
One of Britain's leading young composers Mark Simpson, himself a winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year Award, has written a cello concerto for his friend, Leonard Elschenbroich. Mark and Leonard reveal the collaborative process involved in its composition and Leonard performs an extract live in the studio.
Novelist Curtis Sittenfeld, famous for her novels American Wife and Eligible, talks to John Wilson about her first collection of short stories, You Think It, I'll Say It. The book, nominated for the Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award, includes a story told from the point of view of Hillary Clinton as she runs for the Democrat nomination for president. Other stories delve into parenthood, extra-marital affairs and reconciling our teenage selves with how we are in middle age.
Momtaza Mehri, the London Youth Laureate, explains the huge popularity among young people of television dramas made in Korea, and the significance of the Korean Wave or Hallyu, as it is known.
Presenter: John Wilson
Producer: Julian May.…read more