Michael Berkeley's guest is comedy writer and performer John Finnemore, who selects his favourite pieces of music. His choices include Beethoven, Flanders and Swann and Chopin.
John Finnemore is one of our most successful comedy writers and performers. A star turn in Miranda as the doting husband Chris, he writes and stars in the award-winning Radio 4 sitcom Cabin Pressure, and he's made two series of the Radio 4 sketch show Souvenir Programme. He regularly appears on The Now Show, The Unbelievable Truth and The News Quiz. And apart from his own shows, he also writes for other comedians such as Mitchell and Webb.
John reveals to Michael Berkeley his secret of comedy inspiration, his love of performing, and his struggle with insomnia. His choices include Beethoven, Flanders and Swann, and Chopin: the music that means most to him, the music that makes him laugh - and the music that helps him sleep.
Producer: Jane Greenwood.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Piano Sonata in E flat major, Op.27 no.1 (1st mvt: Andante)Performer: Paul Lewis.
Johann Strauss II
Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning Polka)Op.324Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
Nocturne in D flat major, Op.27 no.2Performer: Elisabeth Leonskaja.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Ill WindSinger: Michael Flanders. Music Arranger: Donald Swann. Performer: Donald Swann.
Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka
Overture: Ruslan and LyudmilaOrchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
The Ballad of Guiteau (Assassins)Singer: Jonathan Hadary. Singer: Patrick Cassidy. Director: Paul Gemignani.
Carl Maria von Weber
Variations for Trumpet and Orchestra (excerpt)Performer: John Wallace. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Warren‐Green.
Waltz No.2 (Jazz Suite No.2)Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
Insomnia BalladSinger: Simon Kane. Performer: Margaret Cabourn-Smith.
- Sun 9 Mar 2014 12:00