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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)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Rafael Kubelik (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Six Choruses, Op. 88: No.4 Die Waldvogelein

    Choir: RIAS Chamber Choir. Conductor: Hans-Christoph Rademann.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Carnival Overture, Op 92

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • RCA.

    • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

      Les Boreades, Act IV: Gavottes pour les Heures et les Zephirs

      Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Trio in E flat major, Hob.XV:11

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
  • Cecilia McDowall

    Church Bells Beyond the Stars

    Performer: John Kitchen.
  • Nicola Porpora

    Oh se fosse il mio core (a cantata)

    Singer: Iestyn Davies. Ensemble: Arcangelo. Director: Jonathan Cohen.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in E flat major, Op.9 No.2

    Performer: Claudio Arrau.
    • Chopin: The Nocturnes: Claudio Arrau.
    • Philips.
    • 2.
  • Edward Elgar

    Elegy for string orchestra, Op.58

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • CHANDOS.

    • Edvard Grieg

      Morning (Peer Gynt - Suite No.1)

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

    • Richard Rodgers

      On Your Toes: Slaughter on 10th Avenue

      Orchestra: Cleveland Pops Orchestra. Conductor: Louis Lane.

    • Rodgers and Hammerstein

      South Pacific: Younger Than Springtime

      Singer: Mandy Patinkin. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jonathan Tunick.
      • CBS.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: Classical

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Piano Sonata in B flat major, K.333

      Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
      • PHILIPS.
  • anon

    S'on me regarde

    Conductor: David Munrow. Orchestra: Early Music Consort of London. Singer: James Bowman. Singer: Charles Brett. Singer: David James. Singer: Rogers Covey‐Crump. Singer: Paul Elliott. Singer: Martyn Hill. Singer: Leigh Nixon. Singer: John Potter. Singer: Geoffrey Shaw.
    • 111 Years Of Deutsche Grammophon The Collector's Edition Vol.2.
    • Deutshe Grammophon.
    • 5.

    • Felix Mendelssohn

      Piano Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.25

      Performer: Dame Moura Lympany. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage

    Another Set To

    Performer: Christian Lindberg. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leonard Slatkin.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Erik Satie

    Les Fleurs from Trois Autres Melodies

    Performer: Reinbert de Leeuw. Singer: Barbara Hannigan.
    • Winter & Winter.
  • Alexander Borodin

    Symphony No. 2 in B minor

    Orchestra: Toronto Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • CBS Maestro.

By Association

Answer: Chopin and Elgar

The music played:

Chopin (orch. Elgar)
Funeral March
London Philharmonic Orchestra
Adrian Boult


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