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Portraits Day - Petroc Trelawny

Portraits Day: With Petroc Trelawny. Mozart: Piano Sonata in C, K309 (2nd mvt). Ellington: Portrait of Louis Armstrong. Rossini: William Tell Overture. Jerome Kern: Mark Twain.

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.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

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

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini (piano)

    • DG 413 794-2.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    William Tell; Overture [William Tell]

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

    • EMI 28826 2.
  • Bedrich Smetana

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

    Performer: Emerson string Quartet

    • DG 429 723-2.
  • Philip Glass

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

    Performer: Bruce Levingston (piano)

    • OMM0025.
  • Thomas Alexander Erskine

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

    Performer: Concerto Caledonia Performer: David McGuinness (director)

    • Linn CKD 240.
  • William Wallace

    Villon [Francois Villon]

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

    • Hyperion CDA66848.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

    Performer: Maria João Pires (piano)

    • Denon C37-7387.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    La Dauphine [Princess Maria of Saxony]

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock (harpsichord)

    • CRD 3320.
  • Jerome Kern

    Mark Twain – Portrait for orchestra [Mark Twain]

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

    • MMG MWCD 7125.
  • Johannes Brahms

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

    Performer: Emmanuel Ax (piano)

    • Sony SK 69 284.
  • Antonín Dvořák

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

    Performer: The Chilingirian Quartet

    • Chandos CHAN 8826.
  • Claude Debussy

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

    Performer: Hallé Performer: Mark Elder (conductor)

    • CD HLL 7513.
  • Franz Liszt

    Un Portrait en Musique [Mme la Marquise de Blocqueville]

    Performer: Leslie Howard (piano)

    • Hyperion CDA66433.
  • Edward Elgar

    Violin Concerto In B Minor, Op. 61: I. Allegro

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

    • Chandos CHSA 5083.
  • Antoine Forqueray

    La Couperin [Francois Couperin]

    Performer: Davitt Maroney (harpsichord)

    • Harmonia Mundi HMC 901275.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie Fantastique; Un bal [Harriet Smithson]

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

    • Philips 438 939-2.
  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Portrait of Louis Armstrong [Louis Armstrong]

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

    • Jazz At Lincoln Center 0698982000.
  • Fryderyk (1810-1849) Chopin

    Maria Wodzinska, as portrayed by Chopin in his Etude in F minor, Op.25 no.2

  • Gioachino Rossini

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

    • Rossini: William Tell: Antonio Pappano.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.
  • Antonín (1841-1904) Dvorak

    Smetana portraying himself in the String Quartet no.1 in E minor 'From my life': 1st mvt

  • Philip Glass

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


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

  • William Wallace

    Francois Villon portrayed by William Wallace in his tone poem Villon

  • Wolfgang Amadeus (1756-1791) Mozart

    Rosa Cannabich as portrayed by Mozart in the Piano sonata in C, K.309: 2nd mvt

  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

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

  • Jerome Kern

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

  • Johannes (1833-1897) Brahms

    Clara Schumann, portrayed by Brahms in the Rhapsody in E flat, Op.119 no.4

  • Claude (1862-1916) Debussy

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

  • Franz (1811-1848) Liszt

    Mme la Marquise de Blocqueville portrayed by Liszt in Un portrait en musique

  • Edward (1857-1934) Elgar

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

  • Jan Ladislav (1760-1812) Dussek

    Tableau 'Marie Antoinette' Op.23

  • Hector (1803-1869) Berlioz

    Harriet Smithson portrayed by Berlioz in the Symphonie fantastique: Un bal

  • Duke Ellington & His Orchestra

    Louis Armstrong portrayed by Duke Ellington in the Portrait of Louis Armstrong


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