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Baroque Around the Clock

Petroc Trelawny launches a 12-hour Baroque marathon, including the Top of the Baroque presenter challenge for Comic Relief.

Baroque around the Clock for Red Nose Day. Petroc Trelawny launches a 12-hour Baroque marathon for on Radio 3's Breakfast show. A day of live music, sketches and comedy and part of the Baroque Spring season. Top of the Baroque runs through the day, where five Radio 3 presenters (Sara Mohr-Pietsch, Tom Service, Suzy Klein, Jez Nelson and Sarah Walker) battle it out to persuade listeners to support them in their choice of Baroque work. Listen out for zany stunts to support their cause in aid of Comic Relief.

Through the day, Beastly Baroque for Comic Relief - Simon Russell Beale leads a stellar cast in hilarious sketches about Bach, Lully, Monteverdi, Handel and Purcell - bringing the Baroque to life.

2 hours, 30 minutes

Music Played

  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Times of Day Cantata: Morning

    Performer: Mechthild Bach, soprano Performer: Freiburger Vokalensemble Performer: Collegium Musicum Freiburg Performer: Wolfgang Schafer, conductor

    • Harmonia Mundi RD77092.
  • William Byrd

    Pavane and Gigue (arranged Stokowski)

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic Performer: Matthias Bamert, conductor

    • Chandos CHAN9930.
  • Benedetto Marcello

    Concerto for oboe and strings in D minor, second movement; Adagio

    Performer: Albrecht Meyer, oboe Performer: New Seasons Ensemble

    • Decca 478 0313.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Nisi Dominus

    Performer: Cantus Colln Performer: Concerto Palatino Performer: Konrad Jünghanel, director

    • DHM 05472773322.
  • Hughes de Courson

    Ensemble Baroque 'Le Orfanelle della pieta' (arranged from traditional Irish and Vivaldi)

    Performer: O’stravanganza

    • Virgin Classics 545494-2.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Four Seasons: Spring: third (final) movement Allegro

    Performer: Piero Toso, violin Performer: I Solisti Veneti Performer: Claudio Scimone

    • Erato 2292-45945-2.
  • John Jenkins

    Fantasy no 11 in g minor

    Performer: Phantasm

    • Avie AV2099.
  • Diego José de Salazar

    Salga el torillo hosquillo for a capella choir

    Performer: Ex Cathedra Consort Performer: Jeffrey Skidmore

    • Hyperion CDA 67600.
  • Pietro Locatelli

    Concerto grosso No 2 in C minor: second movement, Allegro (a fugue)

    Performer: The Raglan Baroque Players Performer: Directed by Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin) & Nicholas Kramer

    • Hyperion CDA669812.
  • Capel Bond

    Concerto no 6 in B flat (first movement)

    Performer: Sally Jackson, Concertino Bassoon Performer: The Parley of Instruments Performer: Roy Goodman, conductor

    • Hyperion CDA 66467.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Saul: Oh Lord whose mercies numberless

    Performer: Andreas Scholl, counter-tenor Performer: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment Performer: Sir Roger Norrington

    • Decca 466 196-2.
  • Jeremiah Clarke

    Trumpet Voluntary (arranged Iveson)

    Performer: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble Performer: Elgar Howarth, director

    • Decca 421 633-2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for 2 violins BWV 1043 second movement, Largo ma non troppo

    Performer: Petra Müllejans / Gottfried von der Goltz, violins and directors Performer: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

    • Harmonia Mundi HMC 902145.
  • Henry Purcell

    Sweeter than roses

    Performer: Emma Kirkby, soprano Performer: Anthony Rooley, lute

    • L’Oiseau-Lyre 417232.
  • Johann Pachelbel


    Performer: Musica Antiqua Koln Performer: Reinhard Goebel

    • Deutsche Grammophon 477 8168.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Hallelujah Chorus

    Performer: Monteverdi Choir Performer: English Baroque Soloists Performer: John Eliot Gardiner

    • Philips 434 297-2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations: Aria

    Performer: Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord

    • Teldec 8.43632.
  • Henry Purcell

    Dido's Lament

    Performer: Gillian Fisher, soprano Performer: King's Consort Performer: Robert King, director

    • Regis RRC 1062.
  • François Couperin

    Les Baricades Mistérieuses

    Performer: Blandine Verlet, harpsichord

    • Astrée Audivis E7754.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Zoroastre: Overture

    Performer: Le Concert des Nations Performer: Jordi Savall

    • Alia Vox AVSA 9882.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    BWV 857 – Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 12 in F minor

    Performer: Masaaki Suzuki, harpsichord

    • BIS CD813814.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Double concerto in A minor for recorder, gamba and strings: Final movement: Allegro

    Performer: Clas Pehrsson, recorder Performer: Olaf Larsson, gamba Performer: The Drottningholm Baroque Orchestra

    • Bis CD617.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Regina Coeli (for 3 sopranos)

    Performer: Monique Zanetti Performer: Arlette Steyer Performer: Marie Boyer Performer: Les Arts Florissants Performer: William Christie, director

    • Harmonia Mundi HMC 901274.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for 2 pianos in C major (after BWV 1060): third (final) movement: Fuga (arranged

    Performer: Güher and Süher Pekinel, pianos Performer: Jacques Loussier Trio

    • Teldec 8573-80823-2.


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