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Episode 12

Counterpoint, Series 26 Episode 12 of 13

28 minutes
First broadcast:
Monday 09 July 2012

Which classic British film of 1945 was made into an opera in 2009, with music by Andre Previn? And which was the first Beatles album to feature nothing but Beatles compositions?

If you can answer these questions you might be able to give the contestants in Counterpoint a run for their money. Paul Gambaccini is in the chair for the third and last of this series' semi-finals - with the one remaining place in the 2012 Final at stake. The competitors are from Worksop, Stafford and Swindon.

As ever, they'll need to display musical knowledge across a wide spectrum, from the classics to jazz, show tunes, film music, and six decades of rock and pop.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.


    DARREN DUTTON, a lecturer from Worksop;

    JILL GOODWIN, retired, from Swindon;

    NEIL ROBINSON, a lawyer from Stafford.


    Round One
    Schubert: 'Gretchen am Spinnrade' (Lazar Berman)
    Arthur Smith: 'Guitar Boogie Shuffle' (Bert Weedon)
    Arne/Shakespeare: 'Where The Bee Sucks' (Elisabeth Schwarzkopf)
    Maurice Jarre: Lawrence of Arabia - Overture (City of Prague Philharmonic c. Nic Raine)
    Buddy Holly: 'Words of Love' (The Beatles)
    Herold/Lanchbery: La Fille Mal Gardee - Clog Dance

    Operatic Premieres
    Verdi: Aida, Act I - 'Celeste Aida'
    Puccini: Turandot, Act III - 'Liu, bonta, perdona, perdona!' (John Aldis Choir/LPO c. Mehta)
    Wagner: Tannhauser - Overture (Vienna Philharmonic c. Solti)

    East Meets West
    Rodgers & Hammerstein: The King & I - 'March of the Siamese Children'
    'Bangla Dhun' - Ravi Shankar (sitar) from George Harrison & Friends 1971 Concert for Bangla Desh
    Britten: The Prince of the Pagodas - March & Gavotte

    Dido and Aeneas - 'When I Am Laid In Earth' (Jessye Norman/English Chamber Orch/Raymond Leppard)
    Fantasia for Viols in F Major (Zorian String Quartet/Britten)
    'Rejoice In The Lord Alway' (King's Consort/Robert King)


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