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Monday - Rob Cowan with Angela Rippon

With Rob Cowan. Musical challenge; Music in Time: Mahler: Symphony No 2; Artists of the Week: Borodin Quartet, featured performing Beethoven's String Quartet in A, Op 18 No 5.

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: which location is being depicted in this piece of music?

Rob's guest this week is the newsreader, broadcaster and writer Angela Rippon. Angela started her career in print journalism before moving into television at BBC South West. She went on to present the Nine O'Clock News, making her the first female journalist to regularly present national news. After her remarkable appearance dancing with Morecambe and Wise on one of their Christmas specials, Angela went on to host Come Dancing, and since has presented shows such as Antiques Roadshow, Top Gear, and more recently Rip-Off Britain and How to Stay Young. Aside from broadcasting Angela has written a series of children's books and was one-time chair of English National Ballet. As well as discussing her life and career, Angela shares some of her favourite classical music, including Mendelssohn, Canteloube and Villa Lobos.

Music in Time: Romantic
Rob dips into the Romantic period to cast a spotlight on an early symphonic poem by Mahler that ultimately became the first movement of his 2nd Symphony.

Artists of the Week: Borodin Quartet
Rob's Artists of the Week are without question one of the great chamber ensembles of the last century: the Borodin Quartet. Founded in 1945 and still going strong today, the Borodins are stylistically distinctive, yet their performances are always at the service of the music. Across the week Rob features them in string quartets by Beethoven, Borodin and Shostakovich, whose work they have always championed; in Brahms's Second Piano Quartet (with Sviatoslav Richter); and in Schnittke's Piano Quintet (with Ludmilla Berlinsky).

String Quartet in A major, Op.18 No.5
Borodin Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    String Quartet in E flat, D87: II. Scherzo and Trio

    Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • Virgin.
  • Carl Michael Ziehrer

    Hereinspaziert Waltz, Op.518 (From Der Schatzmeister)

    Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker. Conductor: Manfred Honeck.
    • Wiener Symphoniker.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Christus factus est

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Anton Webern

    Passacaglia, Op.1

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Toccata and Fugue in F, BWV 540

    Performer: Ton Koopman.
    • Teldec.
  • Robert Schumann

    Fantasiestücke, Op.73

    Performer: Richard Hosford. Performer: Ian Brown. Ensemble: Nash Ensemble.
  • Angela Rippon's Choice No.1

    • Georges Bizet

      Au fond du temple saint (The Pearl Fishers)

      Singer: Jussi Björling. Singer: Robert Merrill. Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Renato Cellini.
      • RCA.
  • Angela Rippon's Choice No.2

    • Gustav Holst

      The Planets: Jupiter, the Bringer of Jollity

      Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • DECCA.
  • Angela Rippon's Choice No.3

    • Pietro Mascagni

      Intermezzo from Cavalleria Rusticana

      Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • DG.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Gustav Mahler

      Totenfeier (Funeral Rites), symphonic poem in C minor

      Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
      • DG.
  • Artist of the Week: Borodin Quartet

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      String Quartet in A, Op.18 No.5

      Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata no.14 in A minor D 784 (op. 143)

    Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
    • Sony Music Entertainment.

Musical Challenge: Mapping the Music

The answer was: Venice. The piece played was the 'Venetian Boatsong" from the Songs Without Words by Mendelssohn - Op.18 No.6 in G minor.


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