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Music in the Great War: Germany at War

With Sarah Walker. CD of the Week: Elgar: Piano Music; Brainteaser: Listeners' Puzzle; Music and literature scholar Kate Kennedy; Essential Choice: Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie.

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
Eine Alpensinfonie
Berlin Philharmonic
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)

3 hours

Music Played

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  • Richard Strauss

    Eine Alpensinfonie

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    The Noonday Witch, Op 108

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Teldec.
  • Edward Elgar

    Idylle, Op 4 No 1

    Performer: Ashley Wass.
    • NAXOS.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Der verlorene Haufen, Op. 12 No. 2

    Singer: Thomas Hampson. Performer: Wolfram Rieger.
    • Orfeo.
  • Sigfrid Karg-Elert

    A selection of his 30 Caprices, Op.107 'Gradus ad Parnassum'

    Performer: Thies Roorda.
    • NAXOS.
  • Xavier Montsalvatge

    "Yambamo, yambambe!" (Cinco canciones negras)

    Performer: Mats Lidström. Performer: Bengt Forsberg.
  • Max Reger

    Eines Vaterlandisches Overture

    Ensemble: Piano Duo Trenkner-Speidel.
    • MDG.
  • Max Reger

    Requiem Op. 144b

    Singer: yoko Kawahara. Singer: Marga Höffgen. Singer: Hans-Dieter Bader. Singer: Nikolaus Hillebrand. Choir: North German Radio Choir. Orchestra: North German Symphony Orchestra, Hamburg. Conductor: Roland Bader.
    • Koch Schwann [Musica Sacra].
  • Richard Wagner

    A Faust Overture

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu, D.899 No. 2

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • Decca.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in B flat RV376

    Orchestra: Venice Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Andrea Marcon.
    • Sony.
  • Vincent Youmans

    Tahiti Trot

    Music Arranger: Dmitry Shostakovich. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.

Today's Brainteaser Answer - Puzzle

What connects the  composer’s surname initial and the numbers of the symphonies to an island in the South Seas, famous for a story of mutiny?


Answer: Tea for Two (T 4 2), which was orchestrated by Shostakovich with the title 'Tahiti Trot'.

The music played:


1st mvmt Symphony No 4
Berlin Philharmonic
Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
DG 419 872 2    

1st mvmt Symphony No 2
Russian National Orchestra
Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)
DG 449 970 2 


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