iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Sarah Walker, Valentina Lisitsa, Tippett Quartet

Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Sarah Walker, Valentina Lisitsa, Tippett Quartet

2 hours
First broadcast:
Tuesday 12 March 2013

Sean Rafferty's guests today include 70th birthday girl mezzo-soprano Sarah Walker CBE, whose stunning voice and sparkling charisma have firmly secured her place among the great British singers of the last half-century. Who can forget her dazzling appearance at the 1989 Last Night of the Proms?

Live music from Ukrainian-born YouTube sensation, pianist Valentina Lisitsa marking the release of her new Rachmaninov recording and the Tippett String Quartet play live in the studio and discuss the new Barnes Music Festival.

As part of Baroque Spring for Comic Relief, Beastly Baroque. Eavesdrop on the extra-musical difficulties encountered by Bach, Lully, Monteverdi, Purcell and Handel, as Simon Russell Beale stars as five of the greatest Baroque composers. Fun family listening, also featuring Felicity Duncan, Philip Pope, and Mitch Benn.

2/5 'Lully the Bully' - No one gets in the way of the Sun King's favourite property-speculating composer until he loses control of his pole.

Main headlines are at 5pm and 6pm.

Music Played

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

    Johann Sebastian Bach Suite no. 1 in C major BWV.1066 for orchestra

    Performer: Monica Huggett Performer: Ensemble Sonnerie

    AVIE, AV-2171

  • Image for Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

    Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov 13 Preludes Op.32 for piano

    Performer: Valentina Lisitsa

  • Image for George Frideric Handel

    George Frideric Handel Hercules - a musical drama

    Conductor: John Eliot Gardiner Performer: Sarah Walker Performer: English Baroque Soloists Performer: Monteverdi Choir.

    ARCHIVE, 423-137 2

  • Interview: Sarah Walker

  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert Erlkonig D.328

    Performer: Graham Johnson Performer: Sarah Walker

    HYPERION, CDJ-33008

  • Image for Pablo de Sarasate

    Pablo de Sarasate Gavota de Mignon

    Performer: Akira Eguchi Performer: Gil Shaham

    CANARY, CC07

  • Image for Johann Christian Schieferdecker

    Johann Christian Schieferdecker Concerts musicaux for orchestra

    Performer: Berlin Academy of Ancient Music


  • Image for Franz Schubert

    Franz Schubert Standchen (Hark hark, the Lark", arr. Liszt for piano

    Performer: Valentina Lisitsa

  • Interview: Valentina Lisitsa

  • Image for Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov

    Sergey Vasilievich Rachmaninov Concerto no. 1 in F sharp minor Op.1 for piano and orchestra

    Conductor: Michael Francis Performer: Valentina Lisitsa Performer: London S O.

    DECCA, 478 4890

  • Image for Antonio Vivaldi

    Antonio Vivaldi Dorilla in tempe - opera in 3 acts RV.709

    Performer: Elin Manahan Thomas Performer: Orchestra of The Age of Enlightenment

    HELIODOR, 4765970

  • Image for Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart Divertimento in E flat major K.563 for violin, viola and cello

    Performer: Zimmermann Trio

    BIS, BIS-SACD-1817

  • Beastly Baroque: Lully the Bully

  • Interview: Daniel Turner

  • Image for Jim Parker

    Jim Parker Hurdy Gurdy

    Performer: Tippett Quartet

  • Image for Johann Sebastian Bach

    Johann Sebastian Bach Goldberg variations BWV.988

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim

    WARNER, 0927 49705 2

  • Interview: Jez Nelson

  • Image for Louis Couperin

    Louis Couperin Gigue in F major B`D.76 for harpsichord ["Pieces de clavecin" ed. Brunold rev. Dart]

    Performer: Christophe Rousset

    APARTE, AP-006

  • Interview: Tod Machover

  • Image for Joseph Haydn

    Joseph Haydn Quartet in C major Op.20`2 for strings

    Performer: Tippett Quartet

  • Interview: Tippett Quartet

  • Image for Gustav Holst

    Gustav Holst Phantasy String Quartet

    Composer: Roderick Swanston Performer: Tippett Quartet



  1. Image for In Tune Highlights

    In Tune Highlights

    Highlights from BBC Radio 3’s weekday drivetime programme In Tune - featuring interviews with…

  2. Image for In Tune Sound of Cinema

    In Tune Sound of Cinema

    As part of BBC Sound of Cinema, a special series of interviews with major names from the industry,…

  3. Image for Music and Culture of WW1

    Music and Culture of WW1

    Highlights of BBC Radio 3’s special programmes to mark the WW1 centenary. Classical music, art,…

  4. Image for Radio 3 Story of Music in Fifty Pieces

    Radio 3 Story of Music in Fifty Pieces

    Radio 3 Story of Music in 50 Pieces. Howard Goodall in conversation with Suzy Klein. 50 pieces of…

  5. Image for Radio 3's Piano A to Z

    Radio 3's Piano A to Z

    Radio 3's Piano A to Z

  6. Image for Ravel Revealed

    Ravel Revealed

    Maurice Ravel revealed through guides to his work and life. Ravel and Jazz, Ravel and literature,…

  7. Image for The In Tune A-Z of Opera

    The In Tune A-Z of Opera

    A comprehensive guide to the language of opera with contributions from singers, conductors,…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss