Sound of Cinema: Sir Tom Courtenay
The iconic English actor Sir Tom Courtenay was introduced to classical music by his mother in the 1940s and 50s. His love of music has stayed with him throughout his long and successful career. Tom once worked with the soprano Elisabeth Soderstrom, who left a lasting impression on him, and brought out a deep love of Schubert songs. He's also something of a jazz lover, and has toured the UK with a play about the poet Philip Larkin in context with the jazz that Larkin also knew and loved. In this programme, there's music by Schubert, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Liszt, Chopin, and of course, Verdi - from the soundtrack of Tom's recent film "Quartet". There's also music from one of Tom's earliest films - Maurice Jarre's soundtrack to "Doctor Zhivago", and an interesting track from the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain...(Tom also plays the ukulele...).