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Friday - Rob Cowan with Angela Rippon

With Rob Cowan. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Beethoven; Artists of the Week: Borodin Quartet, featured performing Shostakovich's String Quartet No 8.

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: identify a piece of music played in reverse.

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: Classical
Rob looks at the Classical period and Beethoven's first major set of variations - a form he would return to throughout his life.

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.8 in C minor, Op.110
Borodin Quartet.

3 hours

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    String Quartet No.1 in C, Op.49: III. Allegro Molto

    Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Spring (The Sicilian Vespers)

    Orchestra: La Scala Orchestra, Milan. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
    • EMI.
  • Rodion Shchedrin

    Quadrille from the opera Not Love Alone

    Performer: Oleg Vedernikov. Performer: Alexey Goribol.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto Grosso in F, Op.6 No.2

    Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Franz Liszt

    Saint Francois d'Assise: La predication aux oiseaus, S175 No.1

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • DG.
  • Johann Nepomuk Hummel

    Mass in B flat, Op.77: Kyrie and Gloria

    Choir: Collegium Musicum 90. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Diabelli Variatoins, Op.120: Theme

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • ECM.
  • Angela Rippon's Choice No.1

    • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

      Bachianas brasileiras No 5

      Singer: Victoria de los Ángeles. Orchestra: Orchestre National de la Radiodiffusion Française. Conductor: Heitor Villa‐Lobos.
      • EMI.
  • Rob's Choice for Angela

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Nutcracker, Act II: No.14 Pas de deux: Intrada

      Orchestra: Leningrad Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Yevgeny Mravinsky.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Hélène de Montgeroult

    Etude No 28 in E, from Complete Course for the instruction of the pianoforte

    Performer: Edna Stern.
  • Music in Time: Classical

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      24 Variations in D on Righini's Arietta 'Venni amore', WoO.65

      Performer: Ronald Brautigam.
      • BIS.
  • Frederick Delius

    Summer Night on the River

    Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury.
    • Sony.
  • Artist of the Week: The Borodin Quartet

    • Dmitry Shostakovich

      String Quartet No.8 in C minor, Op.110

      Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
      • DECCA.
  • Gubaidulina

    Jauchzet vor Gott, for choir and organ

    Choir: North German Radio Choir. Conductor: Philipp Ahmann.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite No 3 in D for orchestra, BWV 1068

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The music we heard in reverse was the Theme from the Diabelli Variations Op.120 by Beethoven.


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