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Nitin Sawhney

Michael Berkeley's guest is musician, producer and composer Nitin Sawhney. His musical choices include Ravi Shankar and Paco de Lucia, plus Debussy, Chopin and Bach.

Nitin Sawhney is a multi award-winning musician, producer and composer. With nine studio albums to his credit, he has collaborated with the likes of Paul McCartney, Joss Stone, Sting and Nelson Mandela, and has composed over 40 film and television scores, including for the BBC series Human Planet. In his own work he combines the musical traditions of East and West, and composes for a wide variety of different art forms. He has collaborated with the legendary theatre company Complicite, the dancer and choreographer Akram Khan and more recently has written scores for video games. His passion for diversity is reflected in his musical choices which include Ravi Shankar's Kafi Holi, flamenco guitarist Paco de Lucia's Guajiras de Lucia and Debussy's ground-breaking Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune. As well as being a composer, Nitin is a virtuoso performer on both guitar and piano and we hear the pieces he practises every morning, including Chopin's Fantaisie Impromptu and Bach's Keyboard Concerto No.1 in D minor. This year Nitin Sawhney turns 50 and after a period of personal loss, including the death of Ravi Shankar, he discusses the impact this has had on his life and work.

Producer: Hilary Dunn.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 8 Jun 2014 12:00


Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto in D minor for keyboard and strings, BWV1052 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Performer: Joanna MacGregor.
  • de Lucia, Paco

    Guajiras de Lucia

    Performer: Paco de Lucía.
  • Claude Debussy

    Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Fantaisie Impromptu in C sharp minor, Op.66

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
  • Traditional Indian

    Raga Shuddha Sarang: Alap and Gat in Teental

    Performer: Hariprasad Chaurasia.
  • Nitin Sawhney


    Performer: Nitin Sawhney.
  • Ravi Shankar

    Kafi-Holi (Spring Festival of Colours)


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