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Howard Jacobson

Michael Berkeley talks to author Howard Jacobson, winner of the 2010 Man Booker Prize. His musical choices include Bach, Schubert, a duet from Bless the Bride, Lehar and Grainger.

In a programme recorded and first broadcast in 2002, Michael Berkeley talks to writer Howard Jacobson, whose latest novel 'The Finkler Question' has just won the 2010 Man Booker Prize. Renowned for his razor-sharp humour and irreverent wit, he has also written several works of non-fiction, including a book on the theory and history of comedy. His tastes in music, as revealed to Michael, are eclectic, ranging from a Bach cantata, a Schubert piano trio and operatic extracts by Mozart and Puccini to a duet from 'Bless the Bride', the waltz song from Lehar's 'The Merry Widow', and Percy Grainger's poignant setting of the sea shanty 'Shallow Brown'.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 28 Nov 2010 12:00

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen (from Cantata No 82 Ich habe genug)

    Performers: Janet Baker (mezzo soprano), Bath Festival Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin

    • EMI 7243 5 74284-2.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Che gelida manina (from La bohème Act 1)

    Performers: Jussi Bjoerling (tenor), RCA Victor Orchestra /Thomas Beecham

    • EMI 7243 5 67750 2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Là ci darem la mano (from Don Giovanni Act 1, scene 3)

    Performer: Graziella Sciutti (Zerlina), Eberhard Waechter (Don Giovanni), Philharmonia Orchestra/Carlo Maria Giulini

    • EMI 7243 5 56232 2.
  • Vivian Ellis

    This is my lovely day (from Bless the Bride)

    Performers: Lizbeth Webb and Georges Guétary, Michael Collins (Musical Director)

  • Franz Schubert

    Andante un poco mosso (part of the 2nd movt from Piano Trio in B flat, D 898)

    Performers: Jacques Thibaud (violin), Pablo Casals (cello) and Alfred Cortot (piano)

    • EMI CDH 76058-2.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Ardo e scoprir

    Performers: Boulanger Ensemble/Nadia Boulanger

    • PEARL GEMM CD 9994.
  • Imre Kálmán

    Lippen schweigen (Waltz song from The Merry Widow, Act 3)

    Performers: Richard Tauber (tenor) Odeon-Künstler-Orchester/Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    • EMI CDM 564654-2.
  • Stewart/Gouldman

    I'm not in love

    Performers: 10cc

    • POLYDOR 515 006 2.
  • Percy Grainger

    Shallow Brown

    Performers: John Shirley Quirk (baritone) Ambrosian Singers, ECO/Benjamin Britten

    • LONDON 425 159-2.


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