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Monday - Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch. Including a Free Thought on the theme of happiness.

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 for more details.

3 hours

Last on

Mon 1 Nov 2010 07:00

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    B minor Mass: Sanctus

    Performer: Collegium Vocale Performer: Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

    • Harmonia Mundi HMC 901614.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata in D major Hob. XVI/37

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

    • Hyperion CDA67554.
  • Peter Ilyich 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.
  • Giovanni Bassano

    Frais et gaillard

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

    • Linn CKD 291.
  • Franz Schubert

    Octet: 3rd movement

    Performer: The Fibonacci Sequence

    • Deux-Elles DXL 1145.
  • Frank Bridge

    Blow out, you bugles

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

    • CHAN 10310.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041

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

    • Channel Classics CCS SA 30910.
  • George Gershwin


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

    • Sony SBK 63034.
  • Jules Massenet


    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

    • CHANDOS CHSA 5084.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Five Variants of Dives and Lazarus

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

    • EMI CD-EMX 9508.
  • Jules Massenet


    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano)

    • CHANDOS CHSA 5084.
  • 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.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Helios Overture

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

    • DG 447 757-2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Die Forelle

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

    • RCA 88697329322.
  • Franz Liszt

    Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2 in C sharp minor

    Performer: Lang Lang (piano)

    • DG 00289 477 5976.
  • 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.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Candide: overture

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

    • Sony SBK 63034.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

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

    Performer: John Ogdon (piano)

    • Nimbus NI 5439.
  • Thomas KELLY

    3 Pieces for strings

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

    • Black box BBM1003.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Quartet in C major No. 3

    Performer: New Zealand Piano Quartet

    • NAXOS 8.570998.
  • Franz Schubert

    Marche Militaire D733 No 1

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

    • Seraphim 5 69588 2.


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