Monday, April 23, 2007

London radio programme

I have been invited to come up with a selection of my favourite music for a London radio show. A sort of alternative Desert Island Discs, the programme will be broadcast within the next week or so and will be available to listen to as a podcast via The Hub.

At the time of my birth, Beethoven's 5th symphony was playing on the radio as my father awaited news of my arrival. This monumental piece of music was to remain a favourite of his, as well as several of the classic English hymns which the Peake family would sing en famille on Sundays.

My choice is:

1. Bill Evans playing Tenderly

Ella and Louis Under a Blanket of Blue with Oscar Peterson, Buddy Rich and Ray Brown.

3. After You've Gone played by Bireli Lagrene the French gypsy guitarist

4. Miles Davis playing Straight no Chaser from his famous Milestones recording

5.Traumgekront one of Alban Berg's fruehe Lieder with Anne Sofie von Otter and the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

6. Prelude in E Minor Opus 28 by Frederic Chopin played by Martha Argerich

7. Opus 31 in A flat from Beethoven's late piano sonatas played by Alfred Brendel

8. The fourth movement of Mahler's 9th Symphony with Sir John Barbirolli conducting the Berlin Philharmonic

If you would like to hear the music and the interview please click the link.


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