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Alexander McCall Smith

Sunday 19 February 2006 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Michael Berkeley's guest is the writer Alexander McCall Smith, author of many best-selling novels including The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency series set in Botswana, the trilogy 2 ½ Pillars of Wisdom, and the Edinburgh-based serial novels 44 Scotland Street and Espresso Tales.

A keen amateur musician, Alexander McCall Smith plays in The Really Terrible Orchestra, and his private musical passions range from medieval and Renaissance music to African music played by the Kronos Quartet, a piece from Orkney by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, Arvo Part's moving Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten, and The Teddy Bears' Picnic , which he finds surprisingly sinister and full of hidden messages.


1 hour


M Berkeley: The Wakeful Poet (Music from Chaucer) (pub OUP)
Beaux-Arts Brass Quintet
BBQ BBQ 003 T10

Mozart: Soave sia il vento (Cosi fan tutte, Act 1)
Lisa Della Casa (Fiordiligi), Christa Ludwig (Dorabella), Paul Schoeffler (Don Alfonso), Vienna PO/Karl Bohm
DECCA 455 476-2 CD1 T10

Arvo Part: Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten
Bournemouth Sinfonietta/Richard Studt
CFP 5 75805-2 T2

Peter Maxwell Davies: Lullabye for Lucy
Choir of St Mary's Music School, Edinburgh/the composer

Philip Glass: To the sea (Part IV of Itaipu)
Atlanta Symphony Chorus and Orchestra/Robert Shaw

Thomas Morley: In nets of golden wires
The Hilliard Ensemble/Paul Hillier (David James, counter tenor and John Potter, tenor)
EMI CDC 7 49197-2 T21

Anonymous 14th century English: De spineto nata rosa (from the album Officium)
Jan Garbarek (saxophone), Hilliard Ensemble
ECM 1525 T10

Foday Musa Suso: Tilliboyo (Sunset")
Kronos Quartet with Foday Musa Suso (kora)
ELEKTRA NONESUCH 7559-79275-2 T3

Henry Hall and his Orchestra: The Teddy Bears' Picnic (Bratton, Kennedy)
MFP CD-MFP 5890 T11

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