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Thursday - Rob Cowan with Angela Rippon

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Schoenberg: String Trio, Op 45; Artists of the Week: Borodin Quartet, featured performing Brahms's Piano Quartet No 2.

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: listen to the clues and identify a mystery musical personality.

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: Modern
Rob focuses on the modern era and a chamber-music masterpiece Schoenberg wrote during his convalescence from a near-fatal heart attack.

Double Take
Rob explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two recordings of an orchestral piece by Stravinsky.

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).

Piano Quartet No.2 in A major, Op.26
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
Borodin Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Arnold Schoenberg

    'Ei, du lutte' (O, you little one)

    Choir: Simon Joly Chorale. Conductor: Robert Craft.
    • NAXOS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dance in D flat, WoO 1 No.6

    Performer: Julius Katchen.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Keyboard Concerto No.5 in F minor, BWV1056

    Performer: Jean Rondeau. Performer: Sophie Gent. Performer: Louis Creac'h. Performer: Fanny Paccoud. Performer: Antoine Touche. Performer: Thomas de Pierrefeu. Performer: Evolene Kiener.
    • ERATO.
  • Pavel Haas

    Wind Quintet Op. 10

    Ensemble: Stuttgart Wind Quintet.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Der Schauspieldirektor, K486: Overture

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • TELDEC.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Elegie auf den Tod eines Pudels (Elegy on the death of a poodle), WoO110

    Performer: Leonard Hokanson. Singer: Hermann Prey.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Trinklied, WoO109

    Performer: Leonard Hokanson. Singer: Hermann Prey. Choir: Heinrich Schütz choir of berlin. Conductor: Wolfgang Matkowitz.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Capriccio in G major H.17.1

    Performer: Shai Wosner.
    • ONYX.
  • Johann Peter Salomon

    Romance in D for violin and string orchestra

    Performer: Simon Standage. Performer: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake: Introduction; Act I No.1 Scene (Allegro giusto)

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • DG.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Piano Concerto No 2 in F major, Op 102 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Dmitri Shostakovich Jr.. Orchestra: I Musici de Montréal. Conductor: Maxim Dmitrievich Shostakovich.
    • Shostakovich: Piano concerto no. 2: I Musici de Montréal.
    • Chandos.
    • 2.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring, Part 2: Sacrificial Dance

    Orchestra: Atlanta Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Yoel Levi.
    • TELARC.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    String Trio, Op.45

    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Performer: Veronika Hagen. Performer: Clemens Hagen.
    • DG.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo a la Russe

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
    • DG.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo à la russe

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • MERCURY.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Quartet No.2 in A, Op.26

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter. Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Clara Schumann

    Three Lieder, Op.12

    Performer: Miah Persson.

Musical Challenge: Mystery Person

The mystery person was the German violinist, conductor, composer and impresario Johann Peter Salomon.


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