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Phyllida Law

Michael Berkeley's guest is actress Phyllida Law. Her musical choices include Glenn Gould playing Bach, Schubert's Fantasia in F minor and a Malinese song.

Phyllida Law burst onto the stage in the mid 1950s and since then her career has spanned everything from the first British production of The Crucible, to musicals such as La Cage aux Folles and television including Dixon of Dock Green and Rumpole, not to mention a list of films as long as your arm, The Time Machine and The Winter Guest being just two.

Alongside all that she's somehow managed to fit in bringing up her two highly successful daughters Emma and Sophie Thompson, both of whom have followed in her footsteps. Recently she's turned her hand to writing, and she talks to Michael Berkeley about her moving and funny memoirs of the years she spent looking after her mother and mother-in-law in their old age.

Her music choices include Glenn Gould playing Bach, Schubert's Fantasia in F Minor and a joyous Malinese song introduced to her by her grandson which always gets her up and dancing.

First broadcast 27/07/2014.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 26 Apr 2015 12:00

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    3-Part Invention no.5 in E flat major, BWV 791

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    3-Part Invention no.5 in E flat major, BWV 791

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
  • Dmitri Kabalevsky

    Prologue and Galop (The Comedians)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
  • Dmitri Kabalevsky

    Prologue and Galop (The Comedians)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Vassily Sinaisky.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fantasia in F minor, D 940

    Performer: Murray Perahia. Performer: Radu Lupu.
  • Franz Schubert

    Fantasia in F minor, D 940

    Performer: Murray Perahia. Performer: Radu Lupu.
  • Arturo Márquez

    Danzon no.2

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
  • Arturo Márquez

    Danzon no.2

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.
  • Barry Tuckwell

    Dirge (Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings)

    Singer: Peter Pears. Conductor: Benjamin Britten. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Barry Tuckwell

    Dirge (Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings)

    Singer: Peter Pears. Conductor: Benjamin Britten. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
  • Salif Keita

    Tekere

  • Salif Keita

    Tekere

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in A minor, Op.132 (3rd mvt: Molto adagio)

    Performer: Takács Quartet.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in A minor, Op.132 (3rd mvt: Molto adagio)

    Performer: Takács Quartet.

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