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Michael Grandage

Michael Berkeley talks to theatre director Michael Grandage, whose musical choices include Palestrina, Mozart, Arnold, Shostakovich and Britten.

Michael Berkeley talks to award-winning theatre director Michael Grandage, who succeeded Sam Mendes as director of the Donmar Warehouse in London in 2002. He also concurrently worked at the Sheffield Theatres until 2005, where his work included a number of high-profile new productions of his own as well as showcasing the work of innovative young directors and designers. He has given the Donmar an international profile, and has himself produced six plays a year there during his tenure, as part of a repertoire that includes a mixture of new plays, musicals such as 'Merrily we Roll Along', 'Guys and Dolls', 'Grand Hotel' and 'Evita', 20th-century American and British drama, and Euopean work in new versions. Three of his own productions transferred to Broadway, including 'Frost/Nixon', 'Hamlet', starring Jude Law, and John Logan's 'Red'. In 2010 he made his Glyndebourne debut as an opera director with a new production of 'Billy Budd', and this year has directed 'Don Giovanni' at the New York Met. He will step down as director of the Donmar at the end of this year to develop other areas of his work.

His musical choices begin with part of a Palestrina Mass, and include the rondo from Mozart's Horn Concerto No,.3 played by Dennis Brain; Malcolm Arnold's Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra, and the fourth movement of Shostakovich's Fifth Symphony as well as a duet from the original National Theatre cast recording of 'Guys and Dolls', incidental music to 'The Tempest' by Julian Philips, and part of Britten's opera 'Billy Budd'.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 30 Sep 2012 12:00

Music Played

  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Kyrie' from 'Missa Pape Marcelli

    Performers: The Tallis Scholars/Peter Phillips (Director)

    • GIMELL CDGIM204.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    3rd mvt from Horn Concerto No 2 in E flat major K417

    Performers: Dennis Brain (Horn), Philharmonia Orchestra/Herbert von Karajan

    • EMI CDM5668982.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    4th mvt from Symphony no 5 in D minor op 47

    Performers: National Symphony Orchestra/Mstislav Rostropovich

    • DG 4394812.
  • Malcolm Arnold

    2nd mvt from Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra Op 104

    Performers: Phyllis Sellick/Cyril Smith (pianos), CBSO/Malcolm Arnold

    • EMI Classics CDM 760442.
  • Frank Loesser

    My Time of Day/I've Never Been In Love Before

    Performers: Ian Charleson/Julie Covington from the Original National Theatre Cast Recording

    • MUSIC FOR PLEASURE CDMFP5978.
  • Doug Hodge

    Wish I'd Found You First

    Performers: Doug Hodge

    • RIGHT BACK RECORDS RBRP002.
  • Daniel Evans

    Come Unto These Yellow Sands' – Incidental Music from 'The Tempest

    Performers: Daniel Evans

    • By permission of composer and performers.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Music from Billy Budd Act II sc ii

    Performers: London Symphony Orchestra/Richard Hickox

    • VIRGIN CLASSICS 5190392.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Missa Papae Marcelli (Kyrie)

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Concerto No.2 in E flat Major, K417 (3rd mvt)

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.5 (4th mvt, excerpt)

  • Malcolm Arnold

    Concerto for 2 pianos and orchestra, Op.104 (2nd mvt)

  • Frank Loesser

    My Time of Day/I've Never Been in Love Before (Guys and Dolls)

  • Doug Hodge

    Wish I'd Found You First

  • Julian Philips

    Come Unto These Yellow Sands (The Tempest)

  • Benjamin Britten

    Billy Budd (Act 2, sc.2, excerpt)

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