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Light Fantastic Compilation

Michael Berkeley introduces a selection of lighter musical choices by previous Private Passions guests including Stephen Fry, Joanna Lumley, Al Murray and Dame Edna Everage.

As part of Radio 3's celebration of light music, Michael Berkeley introduces a selection of lighter choices by previous Private Passions guests, ranging from 'A Walk in the Black Forest' played by Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, chosen by Stephen Fry; 'How sad it is' from Johann Strauss II's operatta 'Die Fledermaus' and Josef Strauss's waltz 'Spharenklange', chosen respectively by the late John Mortimer and actress Joanna Lumley; 'You've Gone Too Far' from Offenbach's 'Orpheus in the Underworld', chosen by playwright Mark Ravenhill; 'The Dambusters' March', chosen by comedian Al Murray, and three choices by the inimitable Dame Edna Everage ('Bless this House' by May Brahe, 'The Dream of Olwen' by Charles Williams, and an extraordinary performance of Khachaturian's 'Sabre Dance' by The Andrews Sisters) to a truly surreal performance by Spike Milligan, reading a bizarre auction catalogue over a serene orchestral background in 'Another Lot' - the choice of Private Eye cartoonist Barry Fantoni.

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Sun 26 Jun 2011 12:00

Music Played

  • Horst Jankowski

    A Walk in the Black Forest

    Performers: Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass

    • Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass.
    • A&M AML 965.
  • May Brahe

    Bless this house

    Performers: John McCormack (tenor), Edwin Schneider (piano)

    • Bless this house.
    • BBC REB 689.
  • Johann Strauss II - How sad it is (from Die Fledermaus)

    Performers: Judith Howarth, Louis Otey, Nancy Gustafson, Orchestra of the ROH, Covent Garden/Richard Bonynge

  • Jacques Offenbach

    'You've Gone Too Far' from Orpheus in the Underworld

    Performers: Kevin Miller (Orpheus), June Bronhill (Eurydice); Sadlers Wells Opera & Orchestra/Alexander Faris

    • Orpheus in the Underworld.
    • CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE.
  • Charles Williams

    The Dream of Olwen

    Performers: Arthur Dulay (piano)/Charles Williams and his Concert Orchestra

    • Charles Williams and his Concert Orchestra.
    • HMV CDHMV 6.
  • Spike Milligan

    Another Lot

    Performers: Spike Milligan with Orchestra

    • Spike Milligan Legends of the 20th Century.
  • Josef Strauss

    Sphärenklange, waltz Op 235 (Music of the spheres)

    Performers: Vienna Boys Choir /Friedrich Brenn

    • Josef Strauss Sphärenklange.
    • Philips NBR 6007.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Sabre Dance

    Performers: The Andrew Sisters

    • The Andrew Sisters.
    • Magic AWE 4.
  • Eric Coates

    The Dam Busters

    Performers: BBC Concert Orchestra/Sir Adrian Boult

    • Eric Coates.
    • BBC Radio Classics BBCRD9106.

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