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Joan Armatrading

Michael Berkeley's guest is singer-songwriter Joan Armatrading. Her musical choices include pieces by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Tavener and Bach.

When Joan Armatrading's mother bought a piano 'as a piece of furniture' little did she know what she was starting. The fourteen-year-old Joan taught herself to play it, then to play the guitar too and twelve years later she burst onto the music scene with her hit song Love and Affection. In a career spanning forty years, she has made 20 acclaimed studio albums as well as undertaking an international touring schedule which makes me feel tired just thinking about it. She's received three Grammy and two Brit Award nominations, she's the winner of the Ivor Novello Award, and she's the first female UK artist ever to debut at number 1 in the American Billboard Blues chart. And to cap it all, she has an MBE for services to music.

In this programme Joan shares her love of classical music with Michael Berkeley and chooses pieces by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Tavener and Bach. She talks about her childhood as the daughter of immigrant parents in Birmingham, discusses how she managed to study for a degree while on the road, and reveals whether this year's tour really will be her last.

First broadcast in February 2014.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 5 Oct 2014 12:00

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67 (4th mvt: Allegro, excerpt)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in E major (La Primavera)RV269 (1st movement: Allegro)

    Performer: Nigel Kennedy. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Trepak/Russian Dance (Nutcracker)

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
  • John Tavener

    The Protecting Veil (opening)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
  • Wynton Marsalis

    The Choral Response (In this House, On This Morning)

    Ensemble: Wynton Marsalis Septet.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.18 (1st mvt: Moderato, excerpt)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Conductor: André Previn.
  • Henry Purcell

    Ah, Belinda, I am Press'd With Torment (Dido and Aeneas)

    Conductor: William Christie. Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants. Singer: Véronique Gens.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV1048 (1st mvt: Allegro)

    Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.

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