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Martin Jarvis

Michael Berkeley's guest is actor Martin Jarvis. His musical choices include Schubert's Die Forelle, plus works by Stravinsky, Bizet, Mozart, Beethoven and Schumann.

Michael Berkeley's guest this week is the actor Martin Jarvis, who made his first TV appearance in 1965 as a giant butterfly in 'Doctor Who', and went on two years later to achieve worldwide fame as Jon Forsyte in the BBC's landmark adaptation of Galsworthy's 'The Forsyte Saga'. Since then he has appeared in other period dramas, including the title role in the BBC's 1968 serialisation of 'Nicholas Nickleby', and Uriah Heep in the 1974 BBC version of 'David Copperfield', as well as making guest appearances in a range of TV programmes from 'Doctor Who' to 'Inspector Morse', 'Murder She Wrote', 'The Bill' and 'EastEnders'. He is particularly well known for his many radio dramas, readings and audio books, both comic and serious, and has acted in many stage productions in London and abroad.

His personal musical passions begin with the radiant end of Stravinsky's 'Firebird', and continue with Schubert's 'Die Forelle', sung by Janet Baker, followed by Andras Schiff and members of the Hagen Quartet playing the fourth movement of the 'Trout' Quintet, which Schubert based on the melody of his own song. Next comes the famous Toreador Song from Act II of Bizet's 'Carmen', and the slow movement of Mozart's last piano concerto, beautifully played by Clifford Curzon with the English Chamber Orchestra under Benjamin Britten. A light interlude follows with 'Painting the Clouds with Sunshine' by Ambrose and his Orchestra, before we hear Otto Klemperer conducting the Philharmonia Orchestra in part of the finale of Beethoven's Symphony No.7 in A. Finally. Martin Jarvis has chosen Lucy Parham playing Liszt's piano arrangement of Schumann's song 'Widmung', one of a set written for his wife Clara on their marriage in 1840.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 15 Aug 2010 12:00

Music Played

  • Igor Stravinsky

    Final section 'Tableaux II' from The Firebird

    Performers: Columbia Symphony Orchestra, Stravinsky

    • CBS CD42432.
  • Franz Schubert

    Die Forelle

    Performers: Janet Baker (mezzo soprano), Geoffrey Parsons (piano)

    • EMI 7243 5693892.
  • Franz Schubert

    4th mvt from the 'Trout Quintet'

    Performers: András Schiff (piano), Members of the Hagen Quartet with Alois Posch (double bass)

    • DECCA 458608-2.
  • Georges Bizet

    The Toreador Song from 'Carmen' Act II

    Performers: Michel Dens, Choir and Orchestra of the Théâtre National de L’Opéra-Comique

    • EMI CMS5653182.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    2nd mvt from Piano Concerto no 27 in B flat Major K595

    Performers: Clifford Curzon (piano), English Chamber Orchestra/Benjamin Britten

    • DECCA 4172882.
  • Ambrose and His Orchestra

    Painting the Clouds with Sunshine

    Performers: Ambrose & His Orchestra

    • HISICD 78120.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    4th mvt from Symphony no 7 in A, Op 92

    Performers: Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer

    • EMI CDM7638682.
  • Robert Schumann

    Widmung (Dedication) from Myrthen Op 25 no 1

    Performer: Lucy Parham, piano

    • SANCTUARY CDRSB202.

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