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Stephen Evans

Michael Berkeley's guest is film producer Stephen Evans. His choices include music from Schubert, Mozart, Mahler, Verdi, Patrick Doyle, Rossini and Bob Dylan.

Michael Berkeley's guest this week is film producer Stephen Evans. His 14 feature films have received 11 Academy Award nominations, including two wins. In 1989 he and Kennth Branagh founded Renaissance Films, making Henry V, Peter's Friends and Much Ado About Nothing. He then set up Mad George Films with Alan Bennett and Nicholas Hytner for 'The Madness of King George', which won a BAFTA in 1996. He went on to produce Twelfth Night, The Wings of the Dove, and The Luzhin Defence, and executive produced Confessions of a Dangerous Mind, directed by George Clooney, and The Mother, starring Daniel Craig. His latest film is 'First Night', starring Richard E Grant and Sarah Brightman, a romantic comedy based on Mozart's 'Cosi fan tutte'.

Music has always been important to Stephen Evans, and his choices include Alfred Brendel playing the scherzo from Schubert's Piano Sonata in B flat, D960; the exquisite trio 'Soave sia il vento' from Act I of 'Cosi fan tutte;', which plays a major role in 'First Night', part of Mahler's Sixth Symphony, which he loves for its twists and surprises, excerpts from Verdi's Macbeth, which he feels greatly enhances Shakespeare's play, and from Patrick Doyle's film score for Kenneth Branagh's Henry V; the Agnus dei from Rossini's 'Petite messe solennelle', which he finds very quirky, and Bob Dylan singing 'She Belongs to Me'.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 19 Feb 2012 12:00

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    3rd mvt 'Scherzo' from Piano Sonata in B flat D960

    Performers: Alfred Brendel (piano)

    • PHILIPS 4220622.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    'Soave sia il vento' from Cosi fan Tutte (Act I)

    Performers: Sally Matthews (Fiordiligi), Juliette Ponchin (Dorabella), Peter Savage (Don Alfonso), Chamber Domaine/James Morgan

    • SONY 88697937972.
  • Gustav Mahler

    3rd mvt from Symphony No 6 in A minor (excerpt)

    Performers: Cleveland Orchestra/George Szell

    • SONY SBK47654.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    'Vieni! t'affretta!' from Macbeth (Act I)

    Performers: Mara Zampieri (Lady Macbeth), Orchestra of the German Opera, Berlin/Giuseppe Sinopoli

    • PHILIPS 4121332.
  • Patrick Doyle

    St Crispin's Day – The Battle of Agincourt' from 'Henry V

    Performers: Kenneth Branagh, CBSO/Simon Rattle

    • Universal DVD 902 761 9.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Agnus dei' from 'Petite Messe solennelle

    Performers: Lucia Valentini Terani (mezzo), Leone Magiera (piano), Vittoria Rosetta (harmonium), Coro Polifonico de Teatro all Scala

    • DECCA 455 0232.
  • Bob Dylan

    She Belongs To Me

    Performers: Bob Dylan

    • CBS CD62515.

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