Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

Scott Turow

Michael Berkeley's guest is American lawyer and crime writer Scott Turow. His choices include music by Bach, Gershwin, Puccini, Stravinsky, Sondheim and The Byrds.

Michael Berkeley's guest this week is Scott Turow, the American attorney and best-selling crime writer. From 1978 to 1986 he was Assistant US Attorney in his native Chicago, prosecuting several high-profile corruption cases. He now works as a partner in a Chicago law firm, and has defended several death row cases, while also pursuing a highly successful career as a novelist. His legal thrillers, including 'The Burden of Proof', 'Personal Injuries', 'Presumed Innocent' and its new sequel, 'Innocent',have won many literary awards, and several have been filmed, including the 1990 movie of 'Presumed Innocent' , starring Harrison Ford.

Scott Turow is a keen music lover, and his choices, as revealed to Michael Berkeley, begin with a Bach Brandenburg Concerto, to which he was introduced by his neighbour, a fine oboist; 'Bess, you is my woman now' from Gershwin's opera 'Porgy and Bess', which he feels doesn't get performed as often as it should for political reasons; two arias by Puccini, which he learnt to love as a child; Stravinsky's 'Rite of Spring', which he admires for its experimental nature; Sondheim's 'Send in the Clowns', and songs from The Byrds and Pink Martini.

Producer: Chris Marshall.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 11 Jul 2010 12:00

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No 5 in D (1st movement)

    Performers: Jean-Pierre Rampal (flute), Henryk Szeryng (violin), George Malcolm (harpsichord), ASMF/Neville Mariner

    • PHILIPS 470 934-2.
  • George Gershwin

    Bess, you is my woman now (from Porgy & Bess, Act II, scene 1)

    Performers: Willard White (Porgy), Cynthia Haymon (Bess), LPO/Simon Rattle

    • EMI 749568-2.
  • Pink Martini

    Hey Eugene

    Music and lyrics by China Forbes Performer: Pink Martini

    • WRASSE WRASS193.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly, Act II)

    Performers: Renata Tebaldi (Madama Butterfly), Orchestra dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma/Tullio Serafin

    • DECCA 470 577-2.
  • TRADarr

    Big Rock Candy Mountain

    Arranger: Roger McGuinn Performer: Roger McGuinn

    • Folkden podcast.
  • The Byrds

    Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There is a Season)

    Words from The Book of Ecclesiastes, music Pete Seeger Performer: The Byrds

    • CBS 656544-2.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Rite of Spring (Introduction, the Augurs of Spring and Dance of the Adolescents)

    Performers: LSO/Claudio Abbado

    • DG 453 085-2.
  • Stephen Sondheim

    Send in the Clowns (from A Little Night Music, Act II)

    Performers: Glynis Johns (Desirée), original cast recording, conducted by Harold Hastings

    • COLUMBIA CK32265.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    O mio babbino caro (from Gianni Schicchi)

    Performers: Maria Callas(Lauretta), Philharmonia Orchestra/Tullio Serafin

    • EMI 566463-2.


11 things we learned from Harry Enfield’s Private Passions

11 things we learned from Harry Enfield’s Private Passions

Harry doesn't usually give interviews – but he couldn't say no to Michael Berkeley.

Six mind-expanding music podcasts to download in 2019

Six mind-expanding music podcasts to download in 2019

Love music? Looking for new ear-fodder for your commute? We've got you covered.

Archive Unlocked: Two Decades of Private Passions

Archive Unlocked: Two Decades of Private Passions

Michael Berkeley introduces memorable interviews from Private Passions' archives.