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Friday - Sarah Walker with Lynne Truss

With Sarah Walker. Including My Favourite Rameau Dance Music; Music in Time: Baroque; Artist of the Week: pianist Moura Lympany, featured in Rachmaninov'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: trace the classical theme behind a well-known song.

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: Baroque
Sarah places Music in Time as she retells the famous story of Bach travelling from Arnstadt to Lübeck to hear Buxtehude play the organ - a journey of more than 250 miles, which Bach made on foot.

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 F sharp minor, Op. 1
Moura Lympany (piano)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Nikolai Malko (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in C minor, Op.23 No.7

    Performer: Dame Moura Lympany.
    • ERATO.

    • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

      Dardanus: Prologue - Menuet tendre et rondeau; 1st & 2nd tambourins

      Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
      • ARCHIV.
  • Henri Büsser

    Appassionato Op.34 for viola and piano

    Performer: Lawrence Power. Performer: Simon Crawford‐Phillips.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Suite on English Folk Tunes, Op.90, "A time there was..."

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato, Part III: "As steals the morn"

    Singer: Sandrine Piau. Singer: Topi Lehtipuu. Ensemble: Accademia Bizantina. Conductor: Stefano Montanari.
    • NAÏVE.
  • Richard Strauss

    Till Eulenspiegels lustige Streiche

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • ORFEO.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Peter and the Wolf (arr. Clyde Valley Stompers)

    Ensemble: Clyde Valley Stompers.
    • EMI.

    • Joseph Haydn

      The Seven Last Words (version for string quartet): Introduction

      Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.

    • Jean Françaix

      Theme and variations

      Performer: Julian Bliss. Performer: Bradley Moore.
      • SIGNUM.
  • Pyotr Tchaikovsky

    6 songs (Op. 6), no. 5; Otchevo? [Why?]

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Singer: Anna Netrebko.
    • In the still of the night; Anna Netrebko, Daniel Barenboim.
    • Deutsche Grammaphon.
    • 15.
  • MUSIC IN TIME: Baroque

    • Dieterich Buxtehude

      Prelude & Fugue in E minor, BuxWV142

      Performer: Helmut Walcha.
      • Archiv.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ, BWV91

    Singer: Yukari Nonoshita. Singer: Robin Blaze. Singer: Gerd Türk. Singer: Peter Kooij. Choir: Bach Collegium Japan. Ensemble: Concerto Palatino. Director: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • BIS.

    • Sergey Rachmaninov

      Piano Concerto No.1 in F sharp minor

      Performer: Dame Moura Lympany. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Walter Süsskind.
      • OLYMPIA.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    String Quartet No.3 in F major, Op.73

    Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Thomas Adès


    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Ades: Tevot, Violin Concerto, Three Studies.
    • EMI.
    • 1.

Classical Roots

Answer: the Clyde Valley Stompers arranged part of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf

The music played:

Prokofiev (arr. Clyde Valley Stompers)
Peter and the Wolf
Clyde Valley Stompers


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