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Semi-Final 2, 2017

Episode 11 of 13

Paul Gambaccini asking the questions as three heat winners compete for a place in the 2017 final.

Which jazz drummer was a child prodigy in the 1920s, reputedly earning more than any child performer apart from the film actor Jackie Coogan? And in which film did Marni Nixon, whose singing voice had doubled for many a famous film star down the years, finally first appear on screen?
Paul Gambaccini has the answers to these and many other questions in the second semi-final of Counterpoint - but will the competitors know? Another of the places in the 2017 Final awaits the winner of today's contest. To get that far, as always, they'll have to put in a creditable performance on a musical 'specialist subject' which they've had no chance to prepare.
Producer: Paul Bajoria.

28 minutes

Music Played

  • Semi-Final Two

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita in E Major

    Performer: Jacques Loussier.
    • MCCD-113.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Night On The Bare Mountain

    Conductor: Leopold Stokowski. Performer: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • London.
    • 443 896-2.
  • Harry James

    Sleepy Lagoon

    • CDLF-8100.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No. 9 (second movement)

    Conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Performer: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 435 350-2.
  • Talking Heads

    Psycho Killer

    • EMI.
    • STOP-15.
  • Joe Brown

    I'll See You In My Dreams

    • Joe Brown Records.
    • UGCD 008.
  • Alfred Schieske & Orchester des Theater des Westens

    Bringt mich punktlich zum Altar

    • Philips.
    • S 08644 L.
  • British Music Hall & Musical Comedy

  • Max Miller

    The Hiking Song

    • EMI Comedy Classics.
    • CDECC-10.
  • Howard Talbot

    The Girl With The Brogue

    Composer: Lionel Monckton. Performer: Ann Howard. Performer: The John McCarthy Singers.
    • EMI.
    • 789-057 2.
  • Billy Merson

    The Spaniard That Blighted My Life

    • CDHD-154.
  • The Appliance of Science

  • Tom Lehrer

    The Elements

    • Rhino.
    • un-known.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Perpetuum Mobile

    Performer: The Berlin Philharmonic c. Herbert Von Karajan.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 423-2212.
  • Thomas Dolby

    She Blinded Me With Science

    • EMI.
    • 99420.
  • Elgar

  • Edward Elgar

    Finale: Allegro (Variation XIV; E.D.U) from the Enigma Variations

    Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Performer: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 463 265-2.
  • Edward Elgar

    In The South (Alassio)

    Performer: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Performer: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • DG.
    • 463-265-2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 537

    Composer: Edward Elgar. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen. Performer: Los Angeles Philharmonic.
    • Sony Classical.
    • SK 89012.

Today's semi-finalists

GARRY HOLLAND, a writer from Oxfordshire

STEVE LODGE, a stock-taker and former teacher from Bridgwater in Somerset

JOHN TATTERSALL, a retired nurse from Todmorden in West Yorkshire.


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