Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Lynne Truss
With Sarah Walker. My Favourite Rameau Dance Music; Mozart's Piano Sonata in B flat, K333; Artist of the Week: pianist Moura Lympany, featured in Mendelssohn's Piano Concerto No 1.
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: can you work out which two composers are associated with a particular piece?
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: Classical
Sarah places Music in Time. While many piano concertos of the Classical period demonstrate pianistic virtuosity, Mozart brought the flamboyance of the concerto into several of his piano sonatas. Sarah examines the Sonata in B flat, K. 333, which includes a real "cadenza" in the finale, giving the impression of orchestral textures conversing with a soloist.
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. 1 in G minor, Op. 25
Moura Lympany (piano)
Rafael Kubelik (conductor).
MY FAVOURITE... RAMEAU DANCE MUSIC
LYNNE TRUSS' CHOICE NO.1
LYNNE TRUSS' CHOICE NO.2
LYNNE TRUSS' CHOICE NO.3
MUSIC IN TIME: Classical
ARTIST OF THE WEEK: MOURA LYMPANY
Answer: Chopin and Elgar
The music played:
Chopin (orch. Elgar)
London Philharmonic Orchestra