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Music in the Great War: Britain at War - At the Front

With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week: Elgar: Piano Music; Brainteaser: Critics' Corner; music and literature scholar Kate Kennedy; Sarah's Essential Choice: Bliss: Piano Quartet.

with Sarah Walker and her guest, the music and literature scholar, Kate Kennedy.

A selection of music, including the Essential CD of the Week: Elgar: Piano Music, Ashley Wass, NAXOS. We also have our daily brainteaser at 9.30.

9:30 - 10:30 Including a selection of music from the time of World War One.

Sarah's guest this week is the consultant to the Radio 3 World War One programming, Kate Kennedy. Kate is a Research Fellow at Girton College, Cambridge, where she teaches in the English and Music Faculties. She has published numerous papers on music and literature around the First World War, and is currently working on a biography of the poet and composer Ivor Gurney, and co-editing The Silent Morning: Cultural Responses to the Armistice, 1918. She has also recently co-edited and contributed to a special edition of the Journal of First World War Studies, entitled The First World War: Music, Literature, Memory. She gives regular lectures in music festivals, pre-concert talks, contributes as a guest to programmes for Radio 3 and is a freelance baroque cellist.

Sarah's Essential Choice
Piano Quartet
Peter Donohoe (piano)
Maggini Quartet

3 hours

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Preludes Op.28: No.3 in G

    Performer: Evgeny Kissin.
    • RCA.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto a due cori No.2 in F, HWV333

    Ensemble: Zefiro. Director: Alfredo Bernardini.
  • Edward Elgar

    May Song

    Performer: Ashley Wass.
    • NAXOS.
  • Claude Debussy

    Danse (orch. Ravel)

    Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lyon. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • Naxos.
  • George Butterworth

    Two English Idylls

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Halle.
  • John Dowland

    Lady Hunsdon's Puffe

    Performer: Nigel North.
    • NAXOS.
  • Burgmuller

    Duo, Op. 15

    Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Michael McHale.
    • Chandos.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Valse-Scherzo, Op.34

    Performer: Julia Fischer. Orchestra: Russian National Orchestra. Conductor: Yakov Kreizberg.
    • Pentatone.
  • Cecil Coles

    Fra Giacomo

    Singer: Paul Whelan. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Hyperion.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Concerto No 10 in C major

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Largo (from Xerxes)

    Performer: Tianwa Yang. Music Arranger: Pablo de Sarasate. Performer: Markus Hadulla.
    • Naxos.
  • elliot

    There's a Long, Long Trail

    Singer: John McCormack. Orchestra: Orchestra.
    • Naxos.
  • Dreyschock

    Salut a Vienna: Rondo brillant op 32

    Performer: Howard Shelley. Performer: Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra.
  • Arthur Bliss

    Piano Quartet

    Performer: Peter Donohoe. Ensemble: Maggini Quartet.
    • NAXOS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No.2 in B flat D.125

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: István Kertész.
    • Decca.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude & Fugue in F minor (Well Tempered Clavier Bk 1 no 12)

    Performer: Peter Hill.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Critics' Corner

The author was the notorious Viennese critic Eduard Hanslick, reviewing the first performance of Tchaikovsky’s Violin Concerto.


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