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Monday - Sarah Walker with Joan Bakewell

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: La Rota; Artist of the Week: Dinu Lipatti, featured performing Chopin's Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor, Op 58.

Sarah sets the tone and mood of the day's programme with a range of music to intrigue, surprise and entertain.

Take part in our daily musical challenge. Two pieces of music are played together. Can you identify them?

Sarah's guest in the week leading up to Radio 3's Free Thinking weekend, 'The Speed of Life', is the broadcaster, novelist and journalist Joan Bakewell. Joan began her TV career in the 1960s presenting shows such as Late Night Line-Up, later becoming BBC TV's Arts Correspondent. She has specialised in programmes about religion and ethics - presenting Heart of the Matter on BBC 1, also Belief on BBC Radio 3, and Inside the Ethics Committee on BBC Radio 4 - and she is currently the presenter of Portrait Artist of the Year and Landscape Artist of the Year on Sky Arts. Over the course of her career, Joan has written for most of the UK's newspapers including The Sunday Times, The Guardian and The Daily Telegraph and has published a number of novels and autobiographical books, most recently discussing ageing and the changes in today's society. She's also served as chair of the British Film Institute and on the council of the Aldeburgh Festival. As well as discussing her life and work, Joan has chosen a selection of her favourite classical music and across the week we'll hear works by composers including Britten, Tchaikovsky, J.S. Bach, and George Benjamin.

Music in Time: Medieval
Today Sarah's in the Medieval period exploring a dance known as La Rota. The word rota means wheel, which refers not only to the wheel of a hurdy-gurdy, but also to the wheel of fortune (Rota Fortunae), which played an important role in the poetry and philosophy of the Middle Ages.

Artist of the Week: Dinu Lipatti
Sarah's Artist of the Week is the Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti. Severely restricted by his delicate health, he never attended school, toured only within a small area of Europe and died aged only 33. The life and career of Dinu Lipatti was cut tragically short, but despite this he became a critically acclaimed pianist and composer. After unofficially entering the Bucharest Conservatory aged 11, he came second in the Vienna International Piano Competition only five years later. One of the judges at the competition was the pianist Alfred Cortot who, hearing the result, resigned in protest. Cortot later became his teacher and, on Cortot's advice, he studied composition with Paul Dukas and after his death, with Nadia Boulanger. There are very few recordings of Lipatti's playing, but from this limited catalogue Sarah has chosen his classic interpretations of Chopin's Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Mozart's Piano Concerto No.21, the piano concertos of Schumann and Grieg, a range of shorter works by Chopin and Liszt, and Myra Hess's arrangement of Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, the last piece he played in concert before his death.

Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor, Op.58
Dinu Lipatti (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Waltz No.14 in E minor, Op.posth

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti.
    • EMI.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Concert Overture

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • William Byrd

    Quomodo cantabimus

    Choir: Contrapunctus. Conductor: Owen Rees.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Gaspar Fernandes

    Xicochi Conetzintle

    Ensemble: Tembembe Ensamble Continuo. Choir: La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Alborada del gracioso

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Arvo Pärt

    My heart's in the Highlands

    Singer: David James. Performer: Christopher Bowers-Broadbent.
    • Hyperion.
  • Isaac Albéniz


    Performer: Alicia de Larrocha.
    • DECCA.
  • Benjamin Britten

    The trees they grow so high

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Anthony Rolfe Johnson.
    • Britten: Canticle 1/Michelangelo sonnets etc: Johnson/Johnson.
    • Hyperion.
    • 10.
  • Joan Bakewell's First Choice

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Concerto in D minor for 2 violins, BWV 1043 (3rd mvt)

      Performer: Julia Fischer. Performer: Alexander Sitkovetsky. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
      • DECCA.
  • Joan Bakewell's Second Choice

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      Piano Concerto No.5 'Emperor': III. Rondo - Allegro

      Performer: Murray Perahia. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
      • SONY.
  • Darius Milhaud

    Le Printemps, Op 18

    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Performer: Elena Bashkirova.
    • Gidon Kremer.... works by Milhaud, V‪ieuxtemps, Chausson.
    • Philips.
    • 7.
  • Music in Time: Medieval

    • anon.

      La Manfredina & La Rotta Della Manfredina

      Choir: The Dufay Collective.
      • CONTINUUM.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Leiermann

    Performer: Alfred Brendel. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau.
    • Philips.
  • Sir George Dyson

    Canterbury Pilgrims:The Squire & The Nun

    Singer: Yvonne Kenny. Singer: Robert Tear. Conductor: Richard Hickox. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Choir: London Symphony Chorus.
    • Chandos.
  • Artist of the Week: Dinu Lipatti

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Piano Sonata No.3 in B minor Op.58

      Performer: Dinu Lipatti.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Robert Schumann

    String Quartet Op.41 No.2 in F major

    Ensemble: Doric String Quartet.
    • Chandos.
  • Charles Ives

    The Things our Fathers Loved

    Performer: Julius Drake. Singer: Gerald Finley.
    • Hyperion.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    American Overture

    Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: Leningrad Philharmonic Chamber Orchestra.
    • Exton.

Musical Challenge: Imperfect harmony

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