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Friday - Sarah Walker with Joan Bakewell

With Sarah Walker. Including Musical challenge; Music in Time: Bartok: 14 Bagatelles, Op 6; Artist of the Week: Dinu Lipatti, featured in Schumann's Piano Concerto in A minor.

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 and identify the place associated with a well-known work.

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: Modern
Today Sarah's exploring the use of bitonality in the music of Béla Bartók, as heard in his Fourteen Bagatelles, Op.6. Bitonality sees two key areas being used at once, allowing for an expressive melding of notes and scales not usually heard together.

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.54
Dinu Lipatti (piano)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Herbert von Karajan (conductor).

3 hours

Music Played


    • Johannes Brahms

      Waltz No.6 in C sharp major, Op.39

      Performer: Dinu Lipatti. Performer: Nadia Boulanger.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Erno Dohnanyi

    The Veil of Pierette Op.18: Wedding Waltz

    Orchestra: English Sinfonia. Conductor: John Farrer.
    • ASV.
  • Joaquín Turina

    Homage à Tárrega, Op.69

    Performer: Julian Bream.
    • RCA.
  • Thomas Tallis

    In jejunio et fletu

    Choir: Stile Antico.
  • Robert Schumann

    Hermann und Dorothea: Overture

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    6 Deutsche Tanze [German Dances] D.820 For Piano, no.2 in A flat major

    Performer: Lars Vogt.
    • Ondine : ODE12852.
    • Ondine.
    • 6.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Ya Tebe Nichego (Nothing shall I say to you)

    Performer: Howard Shelley. Singer: Sergei Petrovich Leiferkus.
    • Chandos.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Ti pomnish il vecher (Do you remember the evening)

    Performer: Howard Shelley. Singer: Sergei Petrovich Leiferkus.
    • Chandos.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme: Air: di Rigori Armata Il Seno

    Ensemble: La Risonanza. Singer: Emanuela Galli. Director: Fabio Bonizzoni.
    • Glossa.

    • Frédéric Chopin

      Waltz in E flat major Op.18 'Grande valse brillante'

      Performer: Dinu Lipatti.
      • EMI.
  • Joan Bakewell's Choice

    • Richard Strauss

      Der Rosenkavalier: Act 3 Conclusion

      Singer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Singer: Christa Ludwig. Singer: Rita Stich-Randall. Singer: Eberhard Wächter. Orchestra: Philharmonia. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • EMI.
  • Sarah's choice for Joan Bakewell

    • Henry Purcell

      Come Ye Sons of Art: See nature rejoicing

      Ensemble: Taverner Consort. Conductor: Andrew Parrott.
      • ERATO.
  • Orlande de Lassus

    Aurora lucis rutilat

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • The Earth Resounds: The Sixteen/Harry Christophers.
    • Coro.
  • Music in Time: Modern

    • Béla Bartók

      14 Bagatelles Op.6: Nos.10-14

      Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
      • PHILIPS.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Fanfare for St Edmundsbury

    Ensemble: Philip Jones Brass Ensemble.
    • LONDON.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Ecce Sacerdos Magnus

    Performer: Mark Templeton. Performer: Helen Vollam. Performer: Patrick Jackman. Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • Signum.
  • Paul Dukas

    Vilanelle for horn and piano

    Performer: Dennis Brain. Performer: Gerald Moore.
    • Regis.

    • Robert Schumann

      Piano Concerto in A minor, Op.54

      Performer: Dinu Lipatti. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
      • EMI.
  • Ernest John Moeran

    Lonely Waters

    Singer: Rebekah Coffey. Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • E. J. Moeran: Cello Concerto / Serenade.
    • Naxos.
    • 12.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata BWV54, 'Widerstehe doch der Sünde'

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Orchestra: Orchestre du Collegium Vocale. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • Harmonia Mundi.

    • Johann Sebastian Bach

      Jesu bleibet meine freunde

      Performer: Dinu Lipatti. Music Arranger: Myra Hess.
      • PHILIPS.

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The piece played was George Enescu's Romanian Rhapsody No.1 - the country we were looking for was, therefore, Romania.


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