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Andrew Graham-Dixon

Michael Berkeley's guest is art critic and TV presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon. His choices include Schubert, Bach, Wagner, Beethoven, Keith Jarrett, Glenn Miller, The Sex Pistols.

Michael Berkeley's guest this week is the art critic and TV presenter of arts programmes Andrew Graham-Dixon. He began his career as Chief Art Critic of the Independent, won the inaugural Hawthornden Prize for Art Criticism in 1991, and since 1999 has been Chief Art Correspondent of The Sunday Telegraph.

He has presented several landmark series on art for the BBC, including A History of British Art, Renaissance, The Art of Eternity, The Art of Spain, The Art of Russia and The Art of Germany, as well as a film biography of Hogarth, Art That Shook the World (a study of Impressionism), and The Secret Lives of the Artists, three films re-evaluating the lives and works of Caravaggio (of whom he has also published a biography), Vermeer and Constable. He has also presented documentaries about more recent artists including Jasper Johns, Lucian Freud and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Since 2006 he has been the face of the visual arts on BBC2's The Culture Show.

Andrew Graham-Dixon's musical tastes are equally wide-ranging: a Schubert Impromptu he remembers his grandmother playing and the great Chaconne from Bach's Partita No.2 in D minor for solo violin; the opening of Wagner's Das Rheingold, which he finds truly revolutionary; Beethoven's A minor String Quartet Op.132, which to him represents the essence of Romanticism in its expression of invidual human feeling; to Keith Jarrett, whom he admires for his improvisatory skills, Glenn Miller's In the Mood, which, he says, is functional music guaranteed to cheer you up, and The Sex Pistols' Anarchy in the UK, which he thinks is the most important piece of British 20th-century music, as destruction is central to our culture.

First broadcast in July 2011.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 24 Feb 2013 12:00

Music Played

  • Richard Wagner - Prelude to Das Rheingold (the opening of The Ring)

    Performers: Oda Balsborg (Woglinde) Vienna PO/Sir Georg Solti

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in A minor, Op 132 (part of 3rd movt, Molto Adagio, Heilige Dankgesang)

    Performers: The Guarneri Quartet

    • Beethoven String Quartets.
    • RCA 82876-55704-2.
  • Maceo Merriweather

    Chicago Breakdown

    • LP RCA PM 42039 LP2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Chaconne (from the Partita No 2 in D minor for solo violin, BWV 1004)

    Performers: Nathan Milstein (violin)

    • DG 423 294-2.
  • Keith Jarrett

    Staircase, part 3

    • ECM 1090/91.
  • Garland & Razaf - In the mood

    Arranger: Glenn Miller Performers: Glenn Miler and his Orchestra

  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in E flat, D899 No 2

    Performers: Wilhelm Kempff (piano)

    • DG 459 412-2.
  • Sex Pistols

    Anarchy in the UK

    • VIRGIN CDVX 2086.
  • Richard Wagner

    Das Rheingold (Prelude)

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in A minor, Op.132 (3rd mvt, excerpt)

  • Big Maceo

    Chicago Breakdown

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Chaconne (Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV.1004)

  • Keith Jarrett

    Staircase (Part 3)

  • Joe Garland

    In the Mood

  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in E flat, D.899 no.2

  • Paul Cook & Steve Jones

    Anarchy in the UK

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