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Thursday - Sarah Walker with Joan Bakewell

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Saint-Saens: Danse macabre; Artist of the Week: pianist Dinu Lipatti, featured performing Grieg's Piano Concerto.

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: can you remember the television show or film that featured this piece of classical music?

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: Romantic
Today Sarah's exploring the Romantic fascination with death and the supernatural, through the lens of Saint-Saëns's tone poem Dance Macabre, just one of many compositions and paintings of the same name.

Double Take
Sarah explores the nature of performance by highlighting the differences between two orchestral interpretations of Mussorgsky's Pictures at an Exhibition, one by Maurice Ravel and the other by Slovak conductor/composer Peter Breiner.

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 in A minor, Op.16
Dinu Lipatti (piano)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Alceo Galliera (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played

  • Arnold Bax

    Fagin's romp (Oliver Twist)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Nocturne in D flat Op.27 No.2

      Performer: Dinu Lipatti.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Clément Janequin

    Toutes les Nuictz

    Ensemble: Ensemble Clément Janequin. Director: Dominique Visse.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Melodies Persanes Op.26: No.5 Au cimetière

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: François Le Roux.
    • Hyperion.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi.
    • Decca.
  • Henry Purcell

    King Arthur (Overture)

    Ensemble: Tafelmusik. Director: Jeanne Lamon.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Sonata for Wind Quartet No.2 in G

    Ensemble: Michael Thompson Wind Quintet.
    • NAXOS.
  • Johann Strauss II

    On the Beautiful Blue Danube, Op.314

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • SONY.
  • Joan Bakewell's Choice No.1

    • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

      Eugene Onegin: Act III (conclusion) "Onegin! Ya togda molozhe"

      Singer: Nuccia Focile. Singer: Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Semyon Bychkov.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Joan Bakewell's Choice No.2

    • Max Bruch

      VIolin Concerto in G minor: III. Finale (Allegro energico)

      Performer: Janine Jansen. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
      • DECCA.
  • Cécile Louise Chaminade

    Impromptu, Op 35 No 5

    Performer: Joanne Polk.
    • The Flatterer.
    • 12.
  • Music in Time: Romantic

    • Camille Saint‐Saëns

      Dance Macabre in G minor, Op.40

      Performer: Felix Kok. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Louis Frémaux.
      • EMI.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Sonata in F major, Wq55 No.5

    Performer: Gabor Antalffy.
    • CPO.
  • Double Take

    • Modest Mussorgsky

      Pictures at an Exhibition: Vecchio Castello

      Orchestrator: Peter Breiner. Orchestra: New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Peter Breiner.
      • NAXOS.
    • Modest Mussorgsky

      Pictures at an Exhibition: Vecchio Castello

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

    The Fairie-Round Galliard

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Music for Viols.
    • Virgin.
    • 14.

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Partita No.1 in B flat BWV825

      Performer: Dinu Lipatti.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    Totus Tuus

    Choir: The Sixteen. Director: Harry Christophers.
  • Thomas Campion

    English Ayres: 'Turn Back You Wanton Flyer'

    Performer: David Tayler. Singer: Brian Asawa.
    • RCA.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    String Quartet in G K156

    Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano.
    • Philips.
  • Tan Dun

    Eight Memories in Watercolour, Op.1 (Floating Clouds)

    Performer: Lang Lang.
    • DG.
  • Aaron Copland

    El Salón México

    Conductor: Aaron Copland. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra.

Musical Challenge: Heard on Screen

The film in question was the 1968 Stanley Kubrick film, '2001: A Space Odyssey', which features many famous classical works including 'The Beautiful Blue Danube' by Johann Strauss II.


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