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Semi-Final 1, 2018

The 2018 tournament of the toughest of all music quizzes reaches the semi-final stage, with Paul Gambaccini asking the questions.

The first of this season's semi-finalists line up to compete for a place in the 2018 Counterpoint Final. Paul Gambaccini puts them through their paces on everything from French choral music and 19th century opera to boy bands and classic TV drama themes.

Taking part today are:
Liz Ashling, a nurse and midwife from Amersham in Buckinghamshire
David Greenwood, a project manager from Haslemere in Surrey
Jack Spearing, a student from North Hertfordshire.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

28 minutes

Music Played

  • Counterpoint Semi-Final One

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita in E Major

    Performer: Jacques Loussier.
    • MCCD-113.
  • Franz Schubert

    Moment Musical no 3 in F Minor

    Music Arranger: Leopold Godowsky. Performer: Shura Cherkassky.
    • DECCA.
    • 448-063-2.
  • Larson

    Seasons Of Love

    Performer: Members of the Cast.
    • DRD-50003.
  • Nina Simone

    I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free

    • RCA.
    • 07863-67635 2.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Danse Des Sylphes

    Performer: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra c Sir Thomas Beecham.
    • CDM-763412 2.
  • Barbara Acklin

    To Sir With Love

    • METRO.
    • METRDCD-511.
  • Buchner Banati

    Picnic At Hanging Rock

    Composer: Istvan Antal. Composer: Miklos Banati. Performer: Free the Spirit.
    • Polygram.
    • 5293954.
  • Russian Composers Go Pop

  • Eric Carmen

    All By Myself

    • GLOBAL.
    • RADCD-34.
  • Sting


    • A&M.
    • 540-286 2.
  • Tony Bennett

    Stranger In Paradise

    • MS-4904Y.
  • Murder & Music

  • Stephen Sondheim

    A Little Priest

    Performer: Angela Lansbury. Performer: Len Cariou.
    • RCA.
    • RCD1-5033.
  • Bernard Herrmann


    Performer: National Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • UNICORN.
    • UKCD-2021.
  • Vivienne Segal

    To Keep My Love Alive

    • MEMOIR.
    • CDMOIR-519.
  • Music In Nineteenth Century Paris

  • Gioachino Rossini

    William Tell - opera in 4 acts

    Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano. Performer: Orchestra Dell'accademia Nazionale Di Santa Cecilia (roma).
    • EMI.
    • 0288262.
  • Léo Delibes

    Sylvia - Act III Pizzicati

    Conductor: Anatole Fistoulari. Performer: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • Mercury.
    • 4343132.
  • Claude‐Joseph Rouget de l’Isle

    La Marseillaise

    Conductor: Daniel Barenboim. Music Arranger: Hector Berlioz. Performer: Orchestre de Paris. Performer: Plácido Domingo.
    • 437 639-2 & 640-2.


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