Richard Coles presents a discussion series looking at collaborations between two musicians.


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0101Bob Dylan And Joan Baez2007060520070910The king and queen of the folk revival in the early 1960s, Bob Dylan and Joan Baez were the darlings of the emerging civil rights movement until Dylan turned his back on the folk scene, and on Baez, for his distinctive style of electric blues-rock.
0102Igor Stravinsky And Sergei Diaghilev2007061220070917Richard and guests explore the creative storm whipped up by Igor Stravinsky and Sergei Diaghilev when Modernism was reshaping art and The Rite of Spring was scandalising Paris.
0103 LASTDuke Ellington And Billy Strayhorn2007061920070924Richard is joined by Ian Smith and John Dankworth to discuss the contribution that composer and pianist Billy Strayhorn, whose pieces include Lush Life and Take the A Train, made to Duke Ellington's work.
Would Ellington's reputation have been so great without him and why did Strayhorn's name never become so prominent as the Duke's?
0201Billie Holiday And Lester Young 2009011320091221
The recordings that Billie Holiday made with the saxophonist Lester Young were lauded for the way in which both artists complemented one another's sound.
He called her Lady Day and she nicknamed him Prez because of his presidential mastery of his instrument.
But away from the studio they also shared addictions to alcohol and drugs, which led to their early deaths.
Richard is joined by jazz singer Clare Teal and saxophone player and jazz writer Dave Gelly to explore the personalities of Young and Holiday and to investigate the musical legacy which they left.
Billie Holiday and Lester Young were lauded for complementing one another's sound.
The recordings that Billie Holiday made with the saxophonist Lester Young were lauded for the way in which both artists complemented one another's sound, but away from the studio they also shared addictions to alcohol and drugs, which led to their early deaths.
Richard is joined by jazz singer Clare Teal and saxophone player and jazz writer Dave Gelly to explore the personalities and music of Young and Holiday.
0202Elisabeth Schwarzkopf And Walter Legge2009012020091222
Richard examines the musical and domestic partnership of the singer Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and the record producer Walter Legge.
In conversation with the pianist Graham Johnson and broadcaster Richard Osborne, Richard assesses the extent to which producer Legge acted as a musical Svengali to his singer wife, deciding her repertoire choices and directing her interpretations of operatic roles.
He also asks if Schwarzkopf was really as subservient to her husband as has been rumoured.
Richard Coles examines the partnership of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf and Walter Legge.
To what extent did producer Legge dominate his opera singer wife?
0203 LASTWalter Becker And Donald Fagen 2009012720091223
Richard analyses the partnership between Walter Becker and Donald Fagen, who formed the band Steely Dan in 1971.
He is joined by author Brian Sweet and music journalist David Hepworth to analyse how the collaboration between Becker and Fagen developed and what effect it had on the popular music of the time.
The programme also features extracts of some of the band's music and archives of interviews given by the band members over the years.
Richard Coles on the collaboration between Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of Steely Dan.
Richard analyses the collaboration between Becker and Fagen, who formed the band Steely Dan in 1971, and the effect it had on the popular music of the time.
Featuring extracts of some of the band's music, archive interviews given by Becker and Fagen and contributions from music journalist David Hepworth and Brian Sweet, author of a book about the band.
The collaboration between Walter Becker and Donald Fagen of the band Steely Dan.

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