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Jasper Conran

Michael Berkeley's guest is fashion designer Jasper Conran, who chooses music from Kathleen Ferrier, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith, as well as Mozart, Schubert, Chopin and Handel.

Michael Berkeley's guests is Jasper Conran, one of Britain's best-known fashion designers. In 1978, Conran began producing women's clothing, and has since concentrated on such diverse fields as home furnishings, crystal and china, as well as designing costumes and sets for ballets, plays and opera.

His musical choices encompass singers such as Kathleen Ferrier, Ella Fitzgerald, Bessie Smith and Cat Stevens, as well as works by Mozart, Schubert, Chopin, and his favourite composer, Handel.

M Berkeley: The Wakeful Poet (Music from Chaucer) (pub OUP)
Beaux-Arts Brass Quintet
BBQ BBQ 003, Tr 10
Duration: 25s

Trad: Blow the Wind Southerly
Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)
Kathleen Ferrier DECCA 417 192-2, Tr 3
Duration: 2m20s

Schubert: Impromptu No 4 in A flat, D899
Melvyn Tan (fortepiano)
Schubert EMI CDC 7 49102-2, Tr 4
Duration: 6m48s

Elizabeth Welch: Stormy Weather (Harold Arlen and Ted Koehler)
LP Elizabeth Welch WORLD RECORDS SH 233 S1 B6
Duration: 3m23s

Handel: Where'er you Walk (Semele - Act 2, Sc 3)
Anthony Rolfe-Johson (tenor)
English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
Handel Semele ERATO 4509-99759-2 CD1, Tr 2
Duration: 4m58s

Bessie Smith: You Gotta Give Me Some (Spencer Williams)
Clarence Williams (piano)
Eddie Lang (guitar)
Bessie Smith BBC BBCCD602 8
Duration: 2m45s

Mozart: Laudate Dominum (Vesperae solennes de Confessore, K339)
Carolyn Samson (soprano)
Choir of the King's Consort
The King's Consort
Robert King (conductor)
Mozart HYPERION CDA 67560, Tr 5
Duration: 4m16s

Ella Fitzgerald: Undecided (Charles Shavers and Sid Robin)
Chick Webb and his orchestra
CDR The Very Best of Ella Fitzgerald STARDUST B001GIILLA, Tr 1
Duration: 3m17s

Chopin: Waltz in G flat, Op 70 No 1
Dinu Lipatti (piano)
Chopin EMI 566904-2, Tr 6
Duration: 1m53s

Handel: Comfort Ye My People (Messiah)
Mark Padmore (tenor)
The Sixteen
Harry Christophers (conductor)
Handel Messiah CORO COR 1606-2 CD1, Tr 2
Duration: 3m11s

Cat Stevens: Morning has broken (words Eleanor Farjeon; music arr Cat Stevens)
Teaser and the Firecat ISLAND IMCD269, Tr 7
Duration: 3m16s.

31 minutes

Last on

Sun 15 Dec 2013 12:00

Music Played

  • Harold Arlen

    Stormy Weather

    Singer: Elizabeth Welch.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Laudate Dominum (Vesperae solennes de Confessore, K.339)

    Singer: Carolyn Samson. Choir: Choir of the King’s Consort. Orchestra: King's Consort. Conductor: Robert King.
  • Shaver


    Singer: Ella Fitzgerald. Orchestra: Chick Webb and His Orchestra.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Waltz in G flat major, Op.70, no.1

    Performer: Dinu Lipatti.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Comfort Ye, My People

    Singer: Mark Padmore. Orchestra: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Where'er you Walk (Semele)

    Singer: Anthony Rolfe Johnson. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in A flat, D.899 no.4

    Performer: Melvyn Tan.
  • Spencer Williams

    You gotta give me some

    Singer: Bessie Smith. Performer: Clarence Williams. Performer: Eddie Lang.
  • Trad.

    Morning Has Broken

    Singer: Cat Stevens.
  • Trad.

    Blow the Wind Southerly

    Singer: Kathleen Ferrier.


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