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Semi-Final 2, 2016

Episode 11 of 13

Three more amateur music lovers compete for a place in the 30th Counterpoint final, with Paul Gambaccini asking the questions about music of every variety.

The second semi-final of Counterpoint 2016 features another three competitors who've won through from the heats stage. Paul Gambaccini asks the questions, requiring a knowledge ranging from symphonic poems to no.1 pop albums of 2016. As always, the competitors also have to pick a special topic on which to answer an individual round of questions, with no prior warning of the categories. The winner will return in two weeks' time in the grand Final at the BBC Proms.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

28 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita in E Major

    Performer: Jacques Loussier.
    • MCCD-113.
  • Tommy Steele

    Singing The Blues

    • DECCA.
    • 466-409-2.
  • John Williams

    Theme from Jurassic Park

    • MCA.
    • MCAD-10859.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Non! Non!...Ah! Je veux vivre dans le reve

    Performer: Angela Gheorghiu/Orch du Capitole de Toulouse.
    • EMI.
    • 7243 5-57706 2.
  • Jacob Gade

    Tango Jalousie

    Conductor: José Serebrier. Performer: Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya.
    • BIS.
    • BIS CD-1175.
  • Chet Baker

    My Funny Valentine

    • Pacific Jazz.
    • CDP8282622.
  • Rick Astley

    Keep Singing

    • BMG.
    • 001.
  • Classical Guitar

  • Lendle

    Recuerdos de la Alhambra

    Performer: Sharon Isbin.
    • Denon.
    • 38C37 7149.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No 7

    Performer: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
    • 0777 7 54344 2 2.
  • Incidental Music

  • Edvard Grieg

    Morning Mood - Peer Gynt Suite No. 1

    Conductor: Herbert von Karajan. Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 439 010-2.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'Arlesienne Suite no 2, Farandole

    Conductor: Thomas Beecham. Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI.
    • CDC-7477942.
  • Symphonic Poems

  • Franz Liszt

    Les Preludes - Symphonic Poem

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • Sony Classical.
    • SMK 47572.
  • Jean Sibelius

    En Saga

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • RCA Viktor.
    • 09026 683122.

Today's competitors

JOHN BRIGHT, a retired local government officer from Ingatestone in Essex

PAUL MOUNTAIN, a solicitor from Worcester

NATHAN HAMER, a civil servant from London.


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