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Howard Hodgkin remembered; Imogen Cooper; Edward Albee

Painter and printmaker Howard Hodgkin remembered, pianist Imogen Cooper performs live, and we discuss playwright Edward Albee.

The death was announced today of the artist Sir Howard Hodgkin at the age of 84. Artist Maggi Hambling and art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon remember the man who was described today as 'one of the great artists and colourists of his generation' by Tate director Sir Nicholas Serota.

Classical pianist Imogen Cooper is renowned for her recordings of works by Brahms, the Schumanns, and Chopin. Her latest CD explores the world of another great romantic, Franz Liszt, and places him alongside another giant, Richard Wagner. She explains why she put the two together and performs the music of each, live in the studio.

As two of the late Edward Albee's greatest plays open in the West End, starring Imelda Staunton, Conleth Hill, Damian Lewis and Sophie Okonedo, Kirsty talks to directors James Macdonald (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf) and Ian Rickson (The Goat) about the playwright.

Presenter: Kirsty Lang
Producer: Hannah Robins.

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30 minutes


  • Howard Hodgkin remembered

    Duration: 09:00

  • Imogen Cooper

    Duration: 09:40

  • Edward Albee

    Duration: 09:06

Howard Hodgkin remembered

Howard Hodgkin remembered

Sir Howard Hodgkin: 1932 -2017

Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends, an exhibition of his portraits is at the National Portrait Gallery, London from 23 March - 18 June 2017.

Painting India, which explores the influence of India on Hodgkin's work, is at the Hepworth Wakefield from 1 July - 8 October 2017 

Howard Hodgkin: India on Paper is at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath from 14 October 2017 – 7 January 2018


Main image above: Howard Hodgkin in front of his painting Where the Deer and the Antelope Play, Image credit: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images 

Image to the left: Howard Hodgkin,    Image credit: Marcella Leith/Tate Photography

Imogen Cooper

Imogen Cooper

Imogen Cooper's CD Liszt & Wagner is out now.

Image: Imogen Cooper

Image credit: Sussie Ahlburg

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Edward Albee's Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? is at the Harold Pinter Theatre, London until 27 May 2017.

Image: Imelda Staunton as Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

Image credit: Charlie Gray

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Edward Albee's The Goat, or Who is Sylvia? is at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London from 24 March - 24 June 2017.

Image: Sophie Okonedo (Stevie) and Damian Lewis (Martin) in The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?

Image credit: Uli Weber


Role Contributor
Presenter Kirsty Lang
Producer Hannah Robins
Interviewed Guest Maggi Hambling
Interviewed Guest Andrew Graham-Dixon
Interviewed Guest Imogen Cooper
Interviewed Guest James Macdonald
Interviewed Guest Ian Rickson



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