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Monday - Sara Mohr-Pietsch

3 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 01 November 2010

Sara Mohr-Pietsch with music to begin the day including this week - Breakfast's "Free Thoughts".

Each morning this week Breakfast will be presenting a two-minute "Free Thought" reflection on the theme of "happiness". It's all part of BBC Radio 3's Free Thinking festival of ideas which starts on Friday 5 November and is taking "the pursuit of happiness" as its central theme.

Radio 3 asked a group of leading novelists and poets to use fiction or memoir to explore their thoughts on the subject in under 120 seconds. You can hear them read the results every day from Monday till Sunday, after 8.30 a.m.

Amongst the writers:

Helen Dunmore, author of The Siege and former winner of the Orange Prize, meditates on a moment of childhood by the sea.

Frank Cottrell Boyce, screenwriter of Hilary and Jackie and winner of the Carnegie Children's Award, plays with the emotional responsibility of Happy of the Seven Dwarfs, cheerleader for his brothers' happiness.

David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet, explores the meaning of happiness through a character who is sure he hasn't yet found it.

Aminatta Forna, British-Sierra Leonean novelist, has set her story about happiness in a care home.

Daljit Nagra reflects on the happiness of his childhood breakfast experiments, colliding his Indian family tastes with his discovery of new breakfast pleasures.

Free Thinking, BBC Radio 3's unique festival of ideas, takes place at the Sage Gateshead from 5-7 November, with audience events led by Jacqueline Wilson, Fiona Shaw, Lord Blair, Kevin McCloud and many others. Almost everything will be broadcast on BBC Radio 3 over the subsequent weeks. Go to bbc.co.uk/radio3/freethinking for more details.

Music Played

23 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach B minor Mass: Sanctus

    Performer: Collegium Vocale Performer: Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

    Harmonia Mundi HMC 901614

  • Image for Joseph Haydn

    Joseph Haydn Piano Sonata in D major Hob. XVI/37

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

    Hyperion CDA67554

  • Image for Tchaikovsky

    Tchaikovsky Coffee: Arabian Dance (from Divertissement in Act II of the Nutcracker)

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Performer: Sir Simon Rattle

    EMI Classics white label – new release

  • Image for Giovanni Bassano

    Giovanni Bassano Frais et gaillard

    Performer: Pamela Thorby (recorder) Performer: Andrew Lawrence King (harp)

    Linn CKD 291

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert Octet: 3rd movement

    Performer: The Fibonacci Sequence

    Deux-Elles DXL 1145

  • Image for Frank Bridge

    Frank Bridge Blow out, you bugles

    Performer: Philip Langridge (tenor) Performer: BBC National Orhcestra of Wales Performer: Richard Hickox (conductor)

    CHAN 10310

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041

    Performer: Rachel Podger (violin/director) Performer: Brecon Baroque

    Channel Classics CCS SA 30910

  • Image for George Gershwin

    George Gershwin Promenade

    Performer: New York Philharmonic Performer: André Kostelanetz (conductor)

    Sony SBK 63034

  • Image for Jules Massenet

    Jules Massenet Toccata

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)


  • Image for Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Ralph Vaughan Williams Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

    Performer: London Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Vernon Handley (conductor)

    EMI CD-EMX 9508

  • Image for Jules Massenet

    Jules Massenet Toccata

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)


  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Adagio for Violin and Orchestra K261

    Performer: Monica Huggett (violin/director) Performer: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

    Virgin VC 5 45060 2

  • Image for Carl Nielsen

    Carl Nielsen Helios Overture

    Performer: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra Performer: Neeme Järvi (conductor)

    DG 447 757-2

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert Die Forelle

    Performer: Elizabeth Watts (soprano) Performer: Roger Vignoles (piano)

    RCA 88697329322

  • Image for Franz Liszt

    Franz Liszt Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor

    Performer: Lang Lang (piano)

    DG 00289 477 5976

  • Image for Sir Charles Villiers Stanford

    Sir Charles Villiers Stanford Great Service in C major: Magnificat

    Performer: The Choir of St Paul’s Cathedral Performer: Christopher Dearnley (organ) Performer: John Scott (conductor)

    Helios CDH55401

  • Image for Leonard Bernstein

    Leonard Bernstein Candide: overture

    Performer: Cleveland Pops Orchestra Performer: Louise Lane (conductor)

    Sony SBK 63034

  • Image for Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

    Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov Etudes-Tableux, Op 33 No. 5 in D minor

    Performer: John Ogdon (piano)

    Nimbus NI 5439

  • Image for Thomas KELLY

    Thomas KELLY 3 Pieces for strings

    Performer: Irish Chamber Orchestra Performer: Fionnuala Hunt (director)

    Black box BBM1003

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Le Nozze di Figaro: Deh, vieni, non tardar

    Performer: Barbara Bonney (soprano) Performer: Drottningholm Court Theatre Orchestra Performer: Arnold Östman (conductor)

    Decca 468 818-2

  • Image for Antonio Vivaldi

    Antonio Vivaldi Violin Concerto in G minor RV317 Op 12 No. 1

    Performer: Sarah Chang (violin) Performer: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

    EMI 0946 3 94431 2 3

  • Image for Ludwig van Beethoven

    Ludwig van Beethoven Piano Quartet in C major No. 3

    Performer: New Zealand Piano Quartet

    NAXOS 8.570998

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert Marche Militaire D733 No 1

    Arranger: Guiraud Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra Performer: Efrem Kurtz (conductor)

    Seraphim 5 69588 2


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