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Sound of Cinema: Sir Tom Courtenay

Actor Sir Tom Courtenay chooses his favourite music. With Schubert, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Liszt, Chopin, Verdi, Maurice Jarre and the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.

The iconic English actor Sir Tom Courtenay was introduced to classical music by his mother in the 1940s and 50s. His love of music has stayed with him throughout his long and successful career. Tom once worked with the soprano Elisabeth Soderstrom, who left a lasting impression on him, and brought out a deep love of Schubert songs. He's also something of a jazz lover, and has toured the UK with a play about the poet Philip Larkin in context with the jazz that Larkin also knew and loved. In this programme, there's music by Schubert, Bach, Mozart, Beethoven, Dvorak, Liszt, Chopin, and of course, Verdi - from the soundtrack of Tom's recent film "Quartet". There's also music from one of Tom's earliest films - Maurice Jarre's soundtrack to "Doctor Zhivago", and an interesting track from the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain...(Tom also plays the ukulele...).

2 hours

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite no. 2 in D minor BWV.1008 for cello solo

    Performer: Richard Tunnicliffe.
    • LINN : CKD 396.
    • Linn.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite no. 6 in D major BWV.1012 for cello solo: Prelude

    Performer: Richard Tunnicliffe.
    • LINN : CKD 396.
    • Linn.
    • 13.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Concerto no. 1 in C major Op.15 for piano and orchestra: 1st movement

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic.
    • EMI : CDS7 47974-8.
    • EMI Classics.
    • 1.
  • Tommy Dorsey

    Riverside Blues

    Ensemble: King Oliver's Creole Jazz Band.
    • PROPER RECORDS : PROPERBOX 155.
    • Proper Records.
    • 1.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata in F major Op.24 (Spring) for violin and piano: 1st movement

    Performer: Augustin Dumay. Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG : 471 459-2.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 4.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Songs my mother taught me (B.104`4), arr. for violin & piano

    Performer: Fritz Kreisler. Performer: Unknown Pianist.
    • PEARL : GEMM CD 9324.
    • PEARL.
    • 3.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    3 Nocturnes Op.9 for piano: No 1 in B Flat Minor

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DGG : 447-096-2.
    • DGG.
    • 1.
  • Noel Gay

    Leaning On A Lampost

    Ensemble: The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain.
    • LongMan : 038 CD.
    • Longman.
    • 2.
  • Franz Liszt

    Rigoletto - paraphrase de concert S.434 for piano [after Verdi]

    Performer: Anthony Goldstone.
    • DIVINE ART : DDA-25067.
    • Divine Art.
    • 1.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Divertimento in E flat major K.563 for violin, viola and cello: Movements 4-6

    Ensemble: Grumiaux Trio.
    • PHILIPS 470 950-2.
    • Philips.
    • 8.
  • Jack Strachey

    These Foolish Things

    Singer: Billie Holiday.
    • PROPER RECORDS : PROPERBOX 155.
    • Proper Records.
    • 21.
  • Maurice Jarre

    Doctor Zhivago - music for the film: Main Title

    Orchestra: MGM Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Maurice Jarre.
    • CBS: CDCBS 70274.
    • CBS.
    • 2.
  • Fritz Kreisler

    Liebesleid - old Viennese dance no. 2 for violin and piano

    Performer: Fritz Kreisler. Performer: Unknown Pianist.
    • PEARL : GEMM CD 9324.
    • Pearl.
    • 8.
  • La Rocca/De Costa

    Tiger Rag

    Music Group: Nat Gonella & his Georgians.
    • PAVILLION RECORDS : PAST CD 9750.
    • Pavillion.
    • 15.
  • Franz Schubert

    Heldenröslein, D.257; Nähe des Geliebten, D.162

    Singer: Elisabeth Söderström. Performer: Paul Badura-Skoda.
    • AUVIDIS : E 7783.
    • Auvidis Astree.
    • 5.
  • Franz Schubert

    Quintet in C major D.956 for 2 violins, viola and 2 cellos: 2nd movement; Adagio

    Performer: Isaac Stern. Performer: Alexander Schneider. Performer: Milton Katims. Performer: Pau Casals. Performer: Paul Tortelier.
    • CBS MASTERWORKS : MPK 44853.
    • CBS Masterworks.
    • 2.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Rigoletto - opera: Act 3; Bella figlia dell'amore [Quartet]

    Singer: Joan Sutherland. Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Singer: Sherrill Milnes. Singer: Martti Talvela. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • DECCA : 421-303-2.
    • Decca.
    • 11.

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