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Tuesday - Sarah Walker with Joan Bakewell

With Sarah Walker. Includes Musical challenge; Music in Time: arrangements of British folk songs; Artist of the Week: pianist Dinu Lipatti, featured performing Bach's Partita No 1.

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

Take part in today's musical challenge: listen to the clues and identify a mystery musical person.

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.

Music in Time: Classical
Today Sarah's in the Classical period unearthing a rather forgotten part of the repertoire. Beethoven is renowned for his symphonies, but he composed more folksong arrangements than any other type of composition, most of them from the British Isles. Sarah explores the long tradition of continental composers arranging folksongs in return for a British pound!

Double Take
Sarah explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences in style between two versions of Pergolesi's Stabat Mater, one accompanied by a modern symphony orchestra and the other by a period ensemble.

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.

J.S. Bach
Partita No.1 in B flat major, BWV825
Dinu Lipatti (piano).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Béla Bartók

    Hungarian Folk Songs for Children, Series 1: Allegro

    Performer: Barnabas Kelemen. Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • Hungaroton.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Concerto in 7 parts No.3 in F

    Ensemble: Europa Galante. Conductor: Fabio Biondi.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in D minor, Kk.9

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti.
    • EMI.
  • Maurice Ravel


    Singer: Suzanne Danco. Orchestra: Suisse Romande Orchestra. Conductor: Ernest Ansermet.
    • Decca.
  • Percy Grainger

    Handel in the Strand

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • The Grainger Edition, Vol.2 - Orchestral Works.
    • Chandos.
    • 11.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Alexander's Feast, HWV75: Softly Sweet in Lydian Measures

    Singer: Nancy Argenta. Orchestra: The Symphony of Harmony and Invention. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Ronald Binge

    Sailing By

    Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • Classic FM.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Rhapsody Op.79 No.1 in B minor

    Performer: Julius Katchen.
    • Decca.
  • Eric Coates

    By the Sleepy Lagoon

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vernon Handley.
    • BMG.
  • Joan Bakewell's First Choice

    • Franz Schubert

      Moments musicaux, D.780: No.2 Andantino

      Performer: Alfred Brendel.
      • DECCA.
  • Joan Bakewell's Second Choice

    • Gioachino Rossini

      Stabat Mater: I. Stabat mater dolorosa

      Singer: Ľuba Orgonášová. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli. Singer: Raúl Giménez. Singer: Roberto Scandiuzzi. Choir: Chor der Wiener Staatsoper. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung.
      • DG.
  • Music in Time: Classical

    • Ludwig van Beethoven

      23 Scottish Songs, Op.108 (Extracts)

      Performer: Malcolm Martineau.
      • DG.
      • 477 5128.
      • 5,10,15.
  • Trad.

    Hard is my Fate

    Performer: Jordi Savall. Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    4 Scottish Dances, Op.59 (Scottish Waltz)

    Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Malcolm Arnold.
    • LYRITA.
  • Double Take

    • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

      Stabat Mater: I. Stabat Mater

      Singer: Emma Kirkby. Singer: James Bowman. Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music.
      • DECCA.
  • Giovanni Battista Pergolesi

    Stabat Mater: I. Stabat Mater

    Singer: Margaret Marshall. Singer: Lucia Valentini Terrani. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Artist of the Week: Dinu Lipatti

    • Edvard Grieg

      Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.16

      Performer: Dinu Lipatti. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Alceo Galliera.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Robert de Visée


    Performer: Rolf Lislevand.
    • ECM.
  • Trad.

    Missionary Hymn

    Choir: Old Sturbridge Singers.
    • Folkways.
  • Charles Ives

    String Quartet No.1

    Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet.
    • DG.

Musical Challenge: Mystery Person

The composer in question was Eric Coates - composer of, amongst other famous tunes, 'By the Sleepy Lagoon', which is heard every week on Radio 4 as the theme tune to Desert Island Discs.


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