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Wednesday - Sarah Walker with Joan Bakewell

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Handel; Artist of the Week: pianist Dinu Lipatti, featuring playing Mozart's Piano Concerto No 21 in C.

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: identify a piece of music played backwards.

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: Baroque
Sarah's in the Baroque period exploring how Handel, a German composer, became a master of Italian opera. Sarah's chosen an aria dating from his initial sojourn in Italy, made in his early twenties.

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 Concerto No.21 in C major, K467
Dinu Lipatti (piano)
Lucerne Festival Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    'Tu fedel? Tu costante?', HWV171: Sonata

    Orchestra: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in G flat D.899: No.3

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Marcel Dupré

    Cortege et Litanie

    Performer: Robert Quinney.
    • Signum.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Ancient Airs and Dances Suite No 3

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • Respighi: Ancient Airs and Dances: Marriner.
    • HMV Classics.
    • 9.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata in A for violin and harpsichord K.12

    Performer: Blandine Verlet. Performer: Gérard Poulet.
    • Philips.
  • Franz Liszt

    Petrarch Sonnet No.103

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti.
    • EMI.
  • Richard Wagner

    Tannhäuser: Overture

    Orchestra: Orchester der Deutschen Oper Berlin. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • DG.
  • Joan Bakewell's First Choice

    • Judith Weir

      Night at the Chinese Opera: Act III Prisoners' Chorus

      Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Parrott. Singer: Adey Grummet. Singer: Frances Lynch. Singer: Karl Daymond. Singer: Gwion Thomas. Singer: Michael Chance. Singer: George Michael.
      • NMC.
  • Joan Bakewell's Second Choice

    • Benjamin Britten

      Four Sea Interludes from Peter Grimes: I. Dawn

      Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
      • CHANDOS.
  • Joan Bakewell's Third Choice

    • George Benjamin

      Written on Skin: Part 2, Scene 10

      Singer: Barbara Hannigan. Singer: Bejun Mehta. Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: George Benjamin.
      • NIMBUS.
  • Music in Time: Baroque

    • George Frideric Handel

      Armida Abbandonata HWV105

      Singer: Elin Manahan Thomas. Ensemble: The Principals of the Symphony of Harmony and Invention. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
      • Coro.
  • Anon. (Ambrosian Chant)

    Levavi Oculos Meos

    Choir: In Dulci Jubilo. Conductor: Alberto Turco.
    • Naxos.
  • William Walton

    Five Bagatelles (Nos 3 and 4)

    Performer: Julian Bream.
    • RCA.
  • Artist of the Week: Dinu Lipatti

    • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

      Concerto No.21 in C major, K.467

      Performer: Dinu Lipatti. Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • EMI.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Romance in F minor, Op 11

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • Dvorak Violin Concerto.
    • Ondine.
    • 5.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Suite for Strings: Sarabande, Gigue & Badinerie

    Orchestra: The Chamber Orchestra of Moscow Conservatory. Conductor: Gennadi Cherkasov.
  • Eriks Esenvalds

    The Earthly Rose

    Performer: Sally Pryce. Choir: The Choir Of Trinity College, Cambridge. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
    • Hyperion.

Musical Challenge: Recording Rewind

The piece of music we reversed was the overture from Tannhäuser by Richard Wagner.


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