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Tuesday - Rob Cowan with Angela Rippon

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Vivaldi; Artists of the Week: Borodin Quartet, featured performing Schnittke's Quintet for piano and strings.

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: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?

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.

Music in Time: Baroque
Robs heads back to the Baroque period to explore a genre-busting concerto by Vivaldi - with eleven soloists!

Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two recordings of one of Beethoven's most famous piano miniatures.

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).

Quintet for piano and strings
Ludmilla Berlinsky (piano)
Borodin Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle in C, Op.119 No.7

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • DECCA.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in E, K380, Andante commodo

    Performer: Yuja Wang.
    • DG.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Ritual Fire Dance from El Amor Brujo

    Music Arranger: Arthur Rubinstein. Performer: Arthur Rubinstein.
    • SONY.
  • Franz Schubert

    Psalm 23, D.706

    Choir: Kammerchor Stuttgart. Performer: Andreas Rothkopf. Conductor: Frieder Bernius.
    • PROFIL.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Overture, Les Francs-Juges, Op.3

    Conductor: Georg Solti. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
    • DECCA.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Quartet movement in A minor for piano and strings

    Performer: Ludmila Berlinskaya. Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Tomás Luis de Victoria

    Super flumina Babylonis (Psalm 136), a 8

    Choir: Ensemble Plus Ultra. Conductor: Michael Noone.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Fireworks, Op.4

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • BMG.
  • Angela Rippon's Choice No.1

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Violin Concerto in E minor: III. Allegretto non troppo - Allegro molto vivace

      Performer: Yehudi Menuhin. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Efrem Kurtz.
      • EMI.
  • Angela Rippon's Choice No.2

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18: I. Moderato

      Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
      • DECCA.
  • Music in Time: Baroque

    • Antonio Vivaldi

      Concerto in C 'con molti strumenti', RV 558

      Performer: John Corigliano. Performer: Laszlo V arga. Performer: Giovanni Vicari. Performer: Carlo De Filippo. Performer: John Wummer. Performer: Robert Morris. Performer: William Vacchiano. Performer: Nathan Prager. Performer: Engelbert Brenner. Performer: Christine Stavrache. Performer: Aristid Wurtzler. Music Arranger: Alfredo Casella. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic.
      • SONY.
  • Double Take

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Bagatelle in A minor WoO 59 (für Elise)

      Performer: Alfred Brendel.
      • PHILIPS.
    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Bagatelle in A minor WoO 59 (für Elise)

      Performer: Wilhelm Kempff.
      • DG.
  • Robert Schumann

    Overture to The Bride of Messina - Op.100

    Conductor: Michael Gielen. Orchestra: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra.
  • Alfred Schnittke

    Quintet for piano and strings

    Performer: Ludmila Berlinskaya. Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.9 in E flat, Op.70

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • LONDON.
    • 4437382.
    • 18.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Berceuse in D flat major, Op 57

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Chopin: The Solo Piano Works: Ashkenazy.
    • London.
    • 18.

Musical Challenge: By Association

The two associated composers were Oliver Knussen and Igor Stravinsky. The piece played was Knussen's 'Flourish with Fireworks', which uses material from Stravinsky's 'Fireworks'.


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