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Portraits Day - Petroc Trelawny

2 hours, 30 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 07 May 2012

Portraits Day

In a special day of performance and debate, Radio 3 celebrates centuries of music that have painted pictures of personalities. From Breakfast to Jazz on 3, each piece reflects a person in music, creating an extensive musical gallery. Greta Garbo, Nelson Mandela, Marie Antoinette and Louis Armstrong will all have a place, alongside other famous and unknown figures.

All day presenters will be exploring the questions: who were the people behind the music, why did they inspire composers, and how are they captured in sound? Alongside musical repertoire, they will be joined by guests for debates on why portraiture is such a driving force in so many art forms; including painting, photography, poetry, sculpture and music. The composer Jonathan Dove will write a new musical portrait for later in the year as a BBC commission, and he will be joining the debate. Writers Aminatta Forna, Daljit Nagra, Louise Welsh, Osi Rhys Osmond and Paul Farley will feature throughout the day, with their descriptions of visual portraits which are significant to them.

6.30am Breakfast
With Petroc Trelawny

Mozart: Piano sonata in C, K.309 (2nd movement)
Duke Ellington: Portrait of Louis Armstrong
Rossini: William Tell overture
Jerome Kern: Mark Twain.

Music Played

33 items
Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes
  • Image for Frédéric Chopin

    Frédéric Chopin Etude in F minor Op 25'2 [Maria Wodzinska]

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini (piano)

    DG 413 794-2

  • Image for Gioachino Rossini

    Gioachino Rossini William Tell; Overture [William Tell]

    Performer: Orchestra del’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Performer: Antonia Pappano (conductor)

    EMI 28826 2

  • Image for Bedrich Smetana

    Bedrich Smetana String Quartet no 1 in E minor "from my life"; Movement 1 [Smetana]

    Performer: Emerson string Quartet

    DG 429 723-2

  • Image for Philip Glass

    Philip Glass A Musical Portrait of Chuck Close; movement 1 [Chuck Close]

    Performer: Bruce Levingston (piano)


  • Image for Thomas Erskine, 6th Earl of Kellie

    Thomas Erskine, 6th Earl of Kellie Lord Kelly's Reel [Thomas Erskine, 6th Earle of Kellie]

    Performer: Concerto Caledonia Performer: David McGuinness (director)

    Linn CKD 240

  • Image for William Wallace

    William Wallace Villon [Francois Villon]

    Performer: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra Performer: Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

    Hyperion CDA66848

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Piano Sonata No 7 in C major K309; second movement [Rosa Cannabich]

    Performer: Maria João Pires (piano)

    Denon C37-7387

  • Image for Jean-Philippe Rameau

    Jean-Philippe Rameau La Dauphine [Princess Maria of Saxony]

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)

    CRD 3320

  • Image for Jerome Kern

    Jerome Kern Mark Twain – Portrait for orchestra [Mark Twain]

    Performer: Tony Chipurn (trombone) Performer: Cincinnati Pops Orchestra Performer: Erich Kunzel (conductor)

    MMG MWCD 7125

  • Image for Johannes Brahms

    Johannes Brahms Rhapsody in E flat Op 119'4 [Clara Schumann]

    Performer: Emmanuel Ax (piano)

    Sony SK 69 284

  • Image for Antonin Dvorak

    Antonin Dvorak Cypresses: movement 1 – I know that in your sweet glance; movement 2 – Death reigns in ma

    Performer: The Chilingirian Quartet

    Chandos CHAN 8826

  • Image for Claude Debussy

    Claude Debussy Prelude: Général Lavine – excentric, orchestrated Colin Matthews [Ed (General) Lavine]

    Performer: Hallé Performer: Mark Elder (conductor)

    CD HLL 7513

  • Image for Franz Liszt

    Franz Liszt Un Portrait en Musique [Mme la Marquise de Blocqueville]

    Performer: Leslie Howard (piano)

    Hyperion CDA66433

  • Image for Edward Elgar

    Edward Elgar Violin Concerto in B minor; first movement [Alice Stuart-Wortley]

    Performer: Tasmin Little (violin) Performer: Royal Scottish National Orchestra Performer: Andrew Davis (conductor)

    Chandos CHSA 5083

  • Image for Antoine Forqueray

    Antoine Forqueray La Couperin [Francois Couperin]

    Performer: Davitt Maroney (harpsichord)

    Harmonia Mundi HMC 901275

  • Image for Hector Berlioz

    Hector Berlioz Symphonie Fantastique; Un bal [Harriet Smithson]

    Performer: Orchestre de Paris Performer: Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

    Philips 438 939-2

  • Image for Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Portrait of Louis Armstrong [Louis Armstrong]

    Performer: Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra Performer: Wynton Marsalis (conductor)

    Jazz At Lincoln Center 0698982000

  • Image for Fryderyk (1810-1849) Chopin

    Fryderyk (1810-1849) Chopin Maria Wodzinska, as portrayed by Chopin in his Etude in F minor, Op.25 no.2

  • Image for Gioachino Rossini

    Gioachino Rossini William Tell, as portrayed by Rossini in the overture to William Tell

    Rossini: William Tell: Antonio Pappano, EMI Classics, 1

  • Image for Antonín (1841-1904) Dvorak

    Antonín (1841-1904) Dvorak Smetana portraying himself in the String Quartet no.1 in E minor 'From my life': 1st mvt

  • Image for Philip Glass

    Philip Glass Chuck Close as portrayed by Philip Glass: a musical portrait of Chuck Close, 1st mvt

  • Image for THOMAS ERSKINE

    THOMAS ERSKINE Thomas Erskine 6th Earle of Kellie portraying himself in Lord Kelly's Reel

  • Image for William Wallace

    William Wallace Francois Villon portrayed by William Wallace in his tone poem Villon

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Mozart Rosa Cannabich as portrayed by Mozart in the Piano sonata in C, K.309: 2nd mvt

  • Image for Jean-Philippe Rameau

    Jean-Philippe Rameau Princess Maria Josepha of Saxony, also the Dauphine of France, portrayed by Rameau

  • Image for Jerome Kern

    Jerome Kern Mark Twain, as portrayed by Jerome Kern in Mark Twain: Portrait for Orchestra

  • Image for Johannes (1833-1897) Brahms

    Johannes (1833-1897) Brahms Clara Schumann, portrayed by Brahms in the Rhapsody in E flat, Op.119 no.4

  • Image for Claude (1862-1916) Debussy

    Claude (1862-1916) Debussy General (Edward)Lavine portrayed by Debussy in his Prelude: General Lavine (orch. Colin Ma

  • Image for Franz (1811-1848) Liszt

    Franz (1811-1848) Liszt Mme la Marquise de Blocqueville portrayed by Liszt in Un portrait en musique

  • Image for Edward (1857-1934) Elgar

    Edward (1857-1934) Elgar Alice Stuart-Wortley or Helen Weaver, as portrayed by Elgar in his Violin concerto (1st mv

  • Image for Jan Ladislav (1760-1812) Dussek

    Jan Ladislav (1760-1812) Dussek Tableau 'Marie Antoinette' Op.23

  • Image for Hector (1803-1869) Berlioz

    Hector (1803-1869) Berlioz Harriet Smithson portrayed by Berlioz in the Symphonie fantastique: Un bal

  • Image for Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Duke Ellington & His Orchestra Louis Armstrong portrayed by Duke Ellington in the Portrait of Louis Armstrong

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