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Wednesday - Rob Cowan with Angela Rippon

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Renaissance; Artists of the Week: Borodin Quartet, featured performing Borodin's String Quartet No 1 in A, Op 26.

Rob sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain.

Take part in our daily musical challenge. Two pieces of music are played together. Can you identify them?

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: Renaissance
Rob turns his attention to the Renaissance era and one of the most celebrated pieces in the repertory of the Sistine Chapel.

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 No.1 in A major, Op.26
Borodin Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Richard Strauss

    Schlichte Weisen, Op.21: No.1 'All mein gedanken'

    Performer: Georg Solti. Singer: Kiri Te Kanawa.
    • DECCA.
  • Richard Strauss

    Der Rosenkavalier, Op.59: 1st sequence of waltzes (1944)

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • DECCA.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Polonaise-Fantaisie in A flat, Op.61

    Performer: David Fray.
    • ERATO.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    In ecclesiis à 14

    Choir: I Fagiolini. Conductor: Robert Hollingworth.
    • 1612 Italian Vespers: I Fagiolini/Robert Hollingworth.
    • Decca.
    • 17.
  • Samuel Barber

    Summer music Op.31

    Performer: London Winds.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue in B flat minor, BWV867

    Performer: John Butt.
    • LINN.
  • Angela Rippon's Choice No.1

    • Joseph Canteloube

      Songs of the Auvergne, Series 4: Pastorale

      Singer: Kiri Te Kanawa. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Jeffrey Tate.
      • Decca.
  • Angela Rippon's Choice No.2

    • Erik Satie

      Gymnopédie No 1 in D major

      Performer: Anne Queffélec.
      • Satie: Gymnopedies, Gnossiennes & Sports et Divertissements: Anne Queffelec.
      • Virgin Classics.
      • 5.
  • Angela Rippon's Choice No.3

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      1812 Overture: conclusion

      Orchestra: Boston Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Arthur Fiedler.
      • DG.
  • Moniuszko

    Civic Polonaise

    Orchestra: Orkiestra Symfoniczna Filharmonii Narodowej. Conductor: Antoni Wit.
  • Music in Time: Renaissance

    • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

      Stabat Mater a 8

      Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
      • CORO.
  • arr Arthur Ancelle Liszt

    Après une lecture de Dante

    Performer: Ludmila Berlinskaya and Arthur Ancelle.
  • Franz Liszt

    Es muss ein Wunderbares sein, S314

    Performer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
  • Artist of the Week: Borodin Quartet

    • Alexander Borodin

      String Quartet No.1 in A, Op.26

      Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
      • ONYX.
  • Domenico Cimarosa

    Il maestro di cappella

    Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect Harmony

The two pieces playing were Bach's Prelude & Fugue No.22 in B flat minor, from Book 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier and The opening of Nixon in China by John Adams.


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