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Monday - Sarah Walker with Lynne Truss

With Sarah Walker. Includes My Favourite Rameau Dance Music; Music in Time: Debussy string quartets; Artist of the Week: Moura Lympany, featured playing Liszt's Piano Concerto No 2.

My favourite... Rameau dance music. Sarah puts on her dancing shoes as she shares a selection of her favourite dances from French baroque composer Rameau's most celebrated operas and ballets, including Hippolyte et Aricie, Les Indes Galantes, Dardanus and Zais.

Take part in today's musical challenge: identify a piece of music played backwards.

Sarah's guest is the writer and broadcaster Lynne Truss. Best known as the author of the hugely successful punctuation bible Eats, Shoots and Leaves, Lynne started her career as a literary editor, then critic and columnist. She has written extensively for radio, with her work including dramas, comedy series, adaptations and short series, and is a familiar voice on Radio 4, often presenting and contributing to radio discussions. Lynne has also written novels including Going Loco, Tennyson's Gift, With One Lousy Free Packet of Seed and Cat Out of Hell.
Lynne talks about her new novel, The Lunar Cats, and shares her favourite pieces of classical music throughout the week, including works by Beethoven, Donizetti and Rodgers and Hammerstein.

Power of Three - the next episode in a 70-part daily series of pioneering sounds from the BBC Third Programme and Radio 3 archives presented by David Hendy.

Followed by Music in Time

Music in Time: Romantic
Sarah places Music in Time as she explores Debussy's take on one of the most popular chamber music genres, the string quartet, where the composer's use of modes and innovative textures reflect his interest in non-Western music.

Sarah's artist of the week is the pianist Moura Lympany. After auditioning for the conductor Basil Cameron, Lympany made her concert debut with him at Harrogate in 1929, aged just twelve, playing Mendelssohn's First Piano Concerto. Several years later, she came second to Emil Gilels in the Ysaÿe Piano Competition in Brussels, and by the Second World War she had become one of the UK's most popular pianists. Her repertoire focuses mainly on music of the Romantic period and the 20th century, and throughout the week we'll hear her in recordings of piano concertos by Liszt (No. 2), Rachmaninov (No. 1) and Mendelssohn (No. 1), as well as Chopin's 24 Preludes and Falla's Nights in the Gardens of Spain.

Piano Concerto No. 2 in A, S125
Moura Lympany (piano)
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra
Malcolm Sargent (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Ariettes oubilees: Chevaux de bois

    Performer: James Levine. Singer: Dawn Upshaw.
    • SONY.
  • My favourite... Rameau Dance Music

    • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

      Hippolyte et Aricie, Act V: Chaconne

      Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
      • ERATO.
    • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

      Hippolyte et Aricie, Act V: Premiere et Deuxieme Gavottes

      Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
      • ERATO.
  • Artist of the Week: Moura Lympany

    • Henry Litolff

      Concerto Symphonique No.4: Scherzo

      Performer: Dame Moura Lympany. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto for two violins in C major, RV507

    Performer: Giuliano Carmignola. Performer: Amandine Beyer. Ensemble: Gli Incogniti. Director: Amandine Beyer.
  • Herbert Howells

    'Collegium Regale' Morning Canticles: Te Deum

    Performer: Owain Park. Choir: The Choir Of Trinity College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Richard Strauss

    Serenade in E flat major for 13 wind instruments, Op.7

    Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Nicholas Cleobury.
    • EMI.
  • Vittorio Monti


    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Performer: Vag Papian. Ensemble: Virtuosi.
    • Vengerov and Virtuosi.
    • EMI.
    • 15.
  • Lynne Truss' Choice No.1

    • Arthur Sullivan

      The Mikado: "The Sun Whose Rays"

      Singer: Shirley Henderson. Orchestra: Orchestra. Conductor: Carl Davis.
      • SONY.
  • Lynne Truss' Choice No.2

    • Arcangelo Corelli

      Concerto Grosso in G minor, Op.6 No.8 'Christmas Concerto': Adagio

      Music Arranger: Iva Davies. Music Arranger: Christopher Gordon. Music Arranger: Richard Tognetti.
      • DECCA.
  • Lynne Truss' Choice No.3

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Concerto No.1 in C major: II. Largo

      Performer: Melvyn Tan. Orchestra: The London Classical Players. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
      • EMI.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Claude Debussy

      String Quartet in G minor, Op 10

      Ensemble: Quatuor Ébène.
      • Virgin.
  • Artist of the Week: Moura Lympany

    • Franz Liszt

      Piano Concerto No.2 in A major

      Performer: Dame Moura Lympany. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Sargent.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    The Gallant Weaver

    Performer: Margaret Feaviour. Performer: Amanda Morrison. Performer: Michaela Haslam. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan.
    • MacMillan -The Birds of Rhiannon.
    • Chandos.
    • 5.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    The Snowman: Moderato - Act I

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Matthias Bamert.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Guillaume de Machaut

    Hoquetus David for 3 voices

    Orchestra: Early Music Consort of London. Director: David Munrow.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutshe Grammophon.
    • 19.

Recording Rewind

The music played:

Maxim Vengerov (violin)


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