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Max Beesley

Michael Berkeley's guest is actor and musician Max Beesley. His choices include works from Bach, Liszt, Chopin, Schubert, Mozart, Stravinsky and Pat Metheny.

Michael Berkeley's guest this week is the Manchester-born actor Max Beesley, who made his name in the 1997 TV mini-series 'The History of Tom Jones' and has gone on to star in major TV series including 'Bodies', 'Hotel Babylon', 'Survivors' , 'The Last Enemy', and 'Mad Dogs' (with Philip Glenister, John Simm and Marc Warren). He recently appeared with Ashley Jensen in the ITV drama 'The Reckoning'.

Born into a musical family (his mother was a jazz singer and his father a professional jazz drummer), Max was a pupil at Chetham's School of Music, studied percussion at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and pursued a career as a musician before turning to acting. He has toured as percussionist/keyboard/backing vocals with George Michael, Robbie Williams, Take That and Chaka Khan among others.

Max Beesley is passionate about music, and his eclectic choices include keyboard pieces by Bach and Liszt, a Chopin prelude arranged for cello and piano by Aaron Copland, Elly Ameling singing Schubert's 'Ave Maria', part of the 'Dies irae' from Mozart's Requiem, 'The Shrove-Tide Fair' from Stravinsky's ballet 'Petrushka', music from his own soundtrack to the film 'The Emperor's Wife', and Pat Metheny's 'Third Wind' from the album 'Still Life Talking'.

First broadcast in May 2011.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 5 May 2013 12:00

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    'Dies irae' from Requiem in D minor KV626

    Performers: Bavarian Radio Chorus and Symphony Orchestra/Leonard Bernstein

    • DG431041-2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Ave Maria

    Performers: Elly Ameling (soprano)/Dalton Baldwin (piano)

    • DECCA 4625552.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Shrove-Tide Fair' from 'Petrouchka

    Performers: Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra/Paavo Järvi

    • TELARC CD80587.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Prelude Op 28 no 4

    Performers: Terry King (cello), Shizue Sano (piano) Arranger: Copland

    • MUSIC & ARTS PROGRAMS OF AMERICA CD1076.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    'Prelude in C minor' from The Well Tempered Clavier Book 1 BWV 847

    Performers: Hélène Grimaud (piano)

    • DG 4777978.
  • Max Beesley

    Music from 'The Emperor's Wife' soundtrack

    Performers: Max Beesley (piano), The London Session Orchestra

    • Used by permission.
  • Franz Liszt

    Liebestraum no 3

    Performers: Yundi Li (piano)

    • DG 471 585-2.
  • Pat Metheny

    Third Wind

    Performers: Pat Metheny Group

    • GEFFEN 92414521.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Dies Irae (Requiem in D minor, K.626)

  • Franz Schubert

    Ave Maria

  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Shrove-Tide Fair (Petrushka)

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Prelude in E minor, Op.28 no.4

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude in C minor (Well-tempered Clavier, Book 1)

  • Max Beesley

    The Emperor's Wife - soundtrack (excerpt)

  • Franz Liszt

    Liebestraum no.3

  • Pat Metheny

    Third Wind

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