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Semi-final 3, 2018

Paul Gambaccini asks the questions in the last of the 2018 semi-finals of the wide-ranging music quiz, from Salford.

The last of this year's semi-finalists line up to compete for the sole remaining place in the 32nd Counterpoint Final. This week's contest comes from Salford and the competitors will be answering questions on musical clips ranging from Purcell and Rimsky-Korsakov through to Lerner & Loewe and David Byrne.

As always, they'll have the chance to choose a musical topic in which to specialise as part of the contest - but with no prior warning of the topics on offer, and no chance to prepare, it can often be a risky choice.

The semi-finalists today are:
Bill Cawley, a supermarket checkout operator from Leek in Staffordshire
Charles Dusting, a retired accountant from Worcester
Alan Harrison, a retired metallurgist from Sheffield.

Producer: Paul Bajoria

28 minutes

Music Played

  • Counterpoint Semi-Final Three

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita in E Major

    Performer: Jacques Loussier.
    • MCCD-113.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Flight Of The Bumble Bee

    Performer: Harry James.
    • MEMOIR.
    • MOIRCD-534.
  • Arcade Fire

    Everything Now

    • Sonovox Records.
    • 284209CW.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    Peterloo Op.97

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic. Performer: Rumon Gamba.
    • Chandos.
    • CHAN-10293.
  • Vic Damone

    Almost Like Being In Love

    • SONYTV-67CD.
  • Howard Goodall

    The Lord Is My Shepherd

    Performer: The Sixteen.
    • Universal Classics And Jazz.
    • 1795-732.
  • Herb Alpert

    Keep Your Eye On Me

    • A&M.
    • 397-165 2.
  • Passacaglias and Chaconnes

  • Henry Purcell

    When I Am Laid In Earth - from Dido & Aeneas

    Performer: Guillemette Laurens. Performer: Les Arts Florissants.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • HMC-405173.
  • Brahms

    Symphony No.4 IV Allegro energico e passionato

    Performer: Wiener Symphoniker. Performer: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • Decca.
    • 4781742.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Trio No 2 for Violin, Cello & Piano, Op 67

    Performer: Emanuel Ax. Performer: Isaac Stern. Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
    • MK-44664.
  • Seven Deadly Sins

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Der Holle Rache

    Performer: James Levine. Performer: Vienna Philharmonic. Performer: Zdsislawa Donat.
    • Sony BMG.
    • USBC19001157.
  • X-Press 2 / David Byrne


    • Virgin / EMI.
    • VTDCD-717.
  • Stephen Sondheim


    Performer: Members of the Cast.
    • RCA Broadway Masterworks.
    • 82876-68639 2.
  • Forever Autumn

  • Joseph Haydn

    The Seasons - Autumn (Hort das laute)

    Conductor: Neville Marriner. Performer: Chorus & Academy of St Martin-In-The-Fields.
    • Philips.
    • 411 428-2.
  • Coldcut

    Autumn Leaves

    • Soldstate.
    • SOLIDCD5.
  • Imogen Holst

    The Fall of the Leaf

    Performer: Steven Isserlis.
    • Hyperion.
    • CDA68077.


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