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Semi-Final 3, 2017

Episode 12 of 13

Paul Gambaccini asks the questions in the last semi-final in the current series of the wide-ranging music quiz.

Benjamin Britten's 'War Requiem' was commissioned for the opening of the rebuilt Coventry Cathedral in the 1960s - but do you know which composer's choral work 'The Beatitudes' was also first unveiled on that occasion? And if that's not the kind of 60s music you're steeped in, try this: which California band had Grace Slick as its singer?

There's just one place left in the 2017 Final of Counterpoint. The three heat winners who return to face Paul Gambaccini's questions today will have to prove that their knowledge is wide-ranging enough to get them over the final hurdle in the race for the trophy. And they'll have to identify music from much longer ago than the 1960s, and from much more recently too, if they're to stand a chance.

As always, there'll be plenty of musical treats, some of which will be familiar, and others that might whet your appetite for something new.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

28 minutes

Music Played

  • Semi-Final Three

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita in E Major

    Performer: Jacques Loussier.
    • MCCD-113.
  • Dionne Warwick

    (Theme From) Valley of the Dolls

    • GLOBAL.
    • RCD-48.
  • Arthur Bliss

    A Colour Symphony

    Conductor: Sir Charles Groves. Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • EMI.
    • 7 69388 2.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Dance of the Tumblers (The Snow Maiden)

    Conductor: Albert Coates. Performer: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • HMV.
    • DB 1698.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Oriental Festive March from Aladdin

    Conductor: Neeme Järvi. Performer: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 447757-2.
  • Georges Guétary

    I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise

    • EMI.
    • CDODEON-20/A&B.
  • Edward German

    Waltz Song 'For Tonight' from Tom Jones

    Conductor: Richard Bonynge. Performer: Joan Sutherland. Performer: Philharmonia Orchestra.
    • DECCA.
    • 425-048-2.
  • The Magnificent Seven & Music

  • Deborah Kerr & Yul Brynner

    Shall We Dance?

    • CAPITOL.
    • ZDM-764693 2.
  • Ennio Morricone

    A Fistful of Dynamite

    • VIRGIN.
    • 72438-390132.
  • Tony Christie

    Avenues & Alleyways

    • MCA.
    • 9827-867.
  • Independent Record Labels of the 80s

  • M|A|R|R|S

    Pump Up The Volume

    • NOW.
    • NOW-10.
  • New Order

    Blue Monday

    • FAC-737.
  • Orange Juice

    Falling and Laughing

    • Domino.
    • REWIGCD-19P.
  • Intermezzos

  • Chiara Ferrau


    Composer: Pietro Mascagni. Performer: Sarah Brightman.
    • Manhatten Records/EMI.
    • 509995-2060328.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Intermezzo Manon Lescaut

    Performer: Coro e Orchestra del Teatro Alla Scala. Performer: Lorin Maazel.
    • 116-52.
  • Franz Schmidt

    Intermezzo - Notre Dame

    Performer: The Berlin Philharmonic c. Herbert Von Karajan.
    • 7243-574764-2-3.

Today's semi-finalists

EDDIE ALEXANDER, a primary school teacher from South Woodham Ferrers in Essex

MAX ESPENSEN, a medicinal chemistry research scientist from Leytonstone in East London

RICHARD SEARLE, a software developer from London.


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