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.
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)