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Light Fantastic Compilation

1 hour
First broadcast:
Sunday 26 June 2011

As part of Radio 3's celebration of light music, Michael Berkeley introduces a selection of lighter choices by previous Private Passions guests, ranging from 'A Walk in the Black Forest' played by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, chosen by Stephen Fry; 'How sad it is' from Johann Strauss II's operatta 'Die Fledermaus' and Josef Strauss's waltz 'Spharenklange', chosen respectively by the late John Mortimer and actress Joanna Lumley; 'You've Gone Too Far' from Offenbach's 'Orpheus in the Underworld', chosen by playwright Mark Ravenhill; 'The Dambusters' March', chosen by comedian Al Murray, and three choices by the inimitable Dame Edna Everage ('Bless this House' by May Brahe, 'The Dream of Olwen' by Charles Williams, and an extraordinary performance of Khachaturian's 'Sabre Dance' by The Andrews Sisters) to a truly surreal performance by Spike Milligan, reading a bizarre auction catalogue over a serene orchestral background in 'Another Lot' - the choice of Private Eye cartoonist Barry Fantoni.

Music Played

9 items
  • Image for Horst Jankowski

    Horst Jankowski A Walk in the Black Forest

    Performers: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

    Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, A&M AML 965

  • Image for May Brahe

    May Brahe Bless this house

    Performers: John McCormack (tenor), Edwin Schneider (piano)

    Bless this house, BBC REB 689

  • Image for Johann Strauss II

    Johann Strauss II Johann Strauss II - How sad it is (from Die Fledermaus)

    Performers: Judith Howarth, Louis Otey, Nancy Gustafson, Orchestra of the ROH, Covent Garden/Richard Bonynge

    Die Fledermaus, Arthaus 100 134, Tr 7

  • Image for Jacques Offenbach

    Jacques Offenbach 'You've Gone Too Far' from Orpheus in the Underworld

    Performers: Kevin Miller (Orpheus), June Bronhill (Eurydice); Sadlers Wells Opera & Orchestra/Alexander Faris

    Orpheus in the Underworld, CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE

  • Image for Charles Williams

    Charles Williams The Dream of Olwen

    Performers: Arthur Dulay (piano)/Charles Williams and his Concert Orchestra

    Charles Williams and his Concert Orchestra, HMV CDHMV 6

  • Image for Spike Milligan

    Spike Milligan Another Lot

    Performers: Spike Milligan with Orchestra

    Spike Milligan Legends of the 20th Century

  • Image for Josef Strauss

    Josef Strauss Sphärenklange, waltz Op 235 (Music of the spheres)

    Performers: Vienna Boys Choir /Friedrich Brenn

    Josef Strauss Sphärenklange, Philips NBR 6007

  • Image for Aram Khachaturian

    Aram Khachaturian Sabre Dance

    Performers: The Andrew Sisters

    The Andrew Sisters, Magic AWE 4

  • Image for Eric Coates

    Eric Coates The Dam Busters

    Performers: BBC Concert Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult

    Eric Coates, BBC Radio Classics BBCRD9106



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