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18/03/2011 Red Nose Day

For Red Nose Day, Sean Rafferty talks classical music with members of the Australian nobility: Dame Edna Everage and Sir Les Patterson. With improvisations from Harry the Piano.

The international Classical Music world is highly complex and often misunderstood, riven with hierarchies and ruled by huge egos. In this special Comic Relief edition of In Tune, arts-analyst Dame Edna Everage, and Cultural Ambassador (and former Chairman of the International Cheese Board) Sir Les Patterson join Sean Rafferty to penetrate the mysteries of classical music both around the world and in Australia. Harry the Piano, already known to Radio 3 listeners from the Genius of Mozart, improvises on themes suggested by listeners plus a few other 'culturally relevant' tunes.

Today's programme also reveals the winning presenter of the cross-Radio Stand-Up for Comic Relief with Radio 3's Tom Service trying his hand at stand-up, plus a feature on a musical project Comic Relief supports: the Lofthouse 2000 Brass Band, a former colliery band who have used money to buy new instruments.

2 hours

Music Played

  • Anderson

    The Waltzing Cat (1950)

    Performer: BBC Concert Orchestra Performer: Leonard Slatkin (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8.559356.
  • LIVE

    • Harry The Piano

      Improvisation on Beethoven Moonlight Sonata & Cole Porter Night and Day

      Performer: Harry the Piano

  • Jules Massenet

    Meditation (Thais)

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti (violin) Performer: London Symphony Orchestra Performer: Daniel Harding (conductor)

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 987 057-7.
  • LIVE

    • Harry The Piano

      Harry and the Piano – Listener requests, Mozart concert aria in the style of Scott Joplin,

      Performer: Harry the Piano

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Rondo. Allegro (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, K.525)

    Performer: Tafelmusik Performer: Bruno Weil (conductor)

    • SONY SK 46695.
  • LIVE

    • Harry The Piano

      Bach Toccata in D Minor in the style of Jerry Lee Lewis

      Performer: Harry the Piano

    • Harry The Piano

      Neighbours in the style of Rachmaninov

      Performer: Harry the Piano

  • Gustav Holst

    Jupiter: The Bringer of Jollity (The Planets, Op.32)

    Performer: BBC Philharmonic Performer: Andrew Davis (conductor)

    • CHANDOS CHSA 5086.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Libiamo ne'lieti calici (La Traviata)

    Performer: Luciano Pavarotti (Alfredo) Performer: Joan Sutherland (Violetta) Performer: National Philharmonic Orchestra Performer: Richard Bonynge (conductor)

    • DECCA 458 235-2.
  • Katie Moss

    The Floral Dance

    Performer: Peter Dawson (bass baritone) Performer: Orchestra Performer: Clifford Greenwood (conductor)

    • CONIFER CDHD224.
  • LIVE

    • Harry The Piano

      Waltzing Matilda in the style of Johann Strauss

      Performer: Harry the Piano

    • Harry The Piano

      Waltzing Matilda in the style of Richard Strauss

      Performer: Harry the Piano

  • Stephen Sondheim

    Losing My Mind (Follies)

    Performer: Dame Edna Everage (chanteuse) Performer: Phil Reno (piano)

    • FA-2101.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Introduction and theme (The Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra)

    Performer: Dame Edna Everage (narrator) Performer: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra Performer: John Lanchbery (conductor)

    • NAXOS 8.554170.
  • Jean-Michel Damase

    Rhapsodie for horn and orchestra (extract)

    Performer: Ben Jacks (horn) Performer: The Queensland Orchestra Performer: Barry Tuckwell (conductor)

    • MELBA MR 301117.


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