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Heat 1, 2018

Paul Gambaccini welcomes the first three competitors in the 2018 series of the wide-ranging music quiz.

The quest for the 32nd BBC Counterpoint champion gets under way, as Paul Gambaccini welcomes the first three competitors of the 2018 season. One of them will win a place in the semi-finals and stands a chance of going all the way to the title. To do so they'll have to prove the breadth of their musical knowledge and field Paul's questions on everything from opera to R&B.

The quiz includes the fiendish special subject round, where the competitors choose a musical topic on which to answer questions without having had any chance to prepare.

Taking part in the first contest of the series are:

Trevor Collins, a retired textile designer from London
Michael Dale, an events organiser and festival director living in Glasgow
Emma Raczkowski, a marketing manager from London.

Producer: Paul Bajoria.

28 minutes

Last on

Sat 11 Aug 2018 23:00

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Music Played

  • Counterpoint Programme One

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita in E Major

    Performer: Jacques Loussier.
    • MCCD-113.
  • Alexandre Desplat

    You'll Never Know

    Performer: Renée Fleming.
    • Decca.
    • 6712461.
  • Carla Bruni

    Highway To Hell

    • Decca.
    • B072KM7CNH.
  • Childish Gambino

    This Is America

    • Island Records.
    • 07052018.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird - Infernal Dance of King Kastchei, Berceuse (Lullaby) - Finale

    Performer: Boston Symphony Orchestra/Seiji Ozawa.
    • RCA.
    • GD-89785.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Avete torto!....Firenze e come un albero fiorito

    Performer: Juan Diego Flórez. Performer: Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.
    • DECCA.
    • 475-8418.
  • Ramin Djawadi

    Paint It Black

    • Water Tower.
    • B01NCNUEKS.
  • Up, Up & Away

  • Joseph Haydn

    Il Mondo Della Luna

    Conductor: Antal Doráti. Performer: Orchestra de Chamber De Lausanne.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 432-420-2.
  • The Motors


    • Virgin.
    • 72438-3994526.
  • Stephen Schwartz

    Defying Gravity

    Performer: Idina Menzel.
    • Universal.
    • 60075346724.
  • Operas With Exotic Settings

  • Jules Massenet

    Meditation (Thais)

    Performer: LSO / Daniel Harding. Performer: Nicola Benedetti.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 987-057-7--.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Semiramide overture

    Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington. Performer: The London Classical Players.
    • EMI.
    • CDC 7 54091 2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Die Entfuhrung Aus Dem Serail

    Conductor: William Christie. Performer: Alan Ewing. Performer: Les Arts Florissants.
    • Erato.
    • 3984-254902.
  • Leonard Bernstein

  • Frank Sinatra, Gene Kelly & Jules Munshin

    New York New York

    • BLUE MOON.
    • BMCD-7007.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Movement 4 - Symphonic Suite from 'On The Waterfront'

    Conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Performer: Israeli Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 415 253-2.
  • Leonard Bernstein


    Composer: Stephen Sondheim. Performer: Louise Edeiken. Performer: Tatiana Troyanos.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 415 253-2.


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