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James May

Sunday 12 February 2006 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Michael Berkeley's guest is Top Gear presenter James May, who plays piano and flute, and studied music at university before getting seriously into fast cars. His choices include music by Dunstable, Francois Couperin, Bach, Chopin, Britten and Messaien, alongside a very unusual rendering of the Top Gear theme tune.

Duration:

1 hour

Playlist

Sig M Berkeley: The Wakeful Poet (from Music from Chaucer)
(Berkeley/OUP)
Beaux Arts Brass Quintet

Top Gear Theme Tune
Artist's private recording

John Dunstable: 'Quam Pulchra Es'
EMI CDC 7490022 - TRACK 7
Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier

L Berkeley: 'Allegro moderato'
from 'Sonatina for flute and piano'
KLT KLT008 - TRACK 6
Julian Sperry (flute) & Carole Presland (piano)

F Couperin: "Les Baricades Mistérieuses'
COLLINS CLASSICS 50242 - TRACK 15
Virginia Black - Harpsichord

J S Bach: 'Corrente and Double' from
'Partita no 1 in B minor BWV 1002'
PHILIPS 42094821 - TRACKS 3 & 4
Viktoria Mullova - violin

F Chopin: 'Prelude no 24 in D minor'
DG 42922721 - TRACK 24
Ivo Pogorelich (piano)

B Britten: 'The Old Lute' from 'Songs from the Chinese Op 58'
RCA 09026615832 (28) - TRACK 2
Julian Bream (lute) and Sir Peter Pears (tenor)

O Messiaen: 'Amen de la Création' from 'Visions de l'Amen'
EMI CDC75405021 - TRACK 1
Alexandre Rabinovitch/Martha Argerich (two pianos)

J S Bach: 'Toccata in G Minor BMV 915'
Bach: The Toccatas (Hyperion CDA67310 - track 6)
Angela Hewitt (piano)




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