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Sophie Hannah

Michael Berkeley's guest is poet and novelist Sophie Hannah. She selects songs about love, including from Schumann, Schubert, Bizet, Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris and Edith Piaf.

Sophie Hannah is a prize-winning poet, whose work is studied in schools and universities across the country, and the author of nine dark psychological thrillers. Alongside the thrillers - one a year - she's edited an anthology of poems about sex, composed love lyrics for contemporary composers, and has been writer in residence at Trinity College Cambridge. Her latest project is to write a new Poirot mystery; she was chosen by the Christie Estate to fill in one of the great detective's missing years. Her Poirot mystery is published in early September.
In Private Passions, she talks to Michael Berkeley about her fascination with crime, especially crimes of passion. She talks about being in love as a pathological state of mind, and she chooses songs which celebrate and dissect this peculiar state: from Schumann and Schubert, through Carmen, to Bob Dylan, Emmylou Harris, and Edith Piaf.

Produced by Elizabeth Burke. A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.
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1 hour

Last on

Sun 7 Sep 2014 12:00


Music Played

  • Henry Purcell

    Fairest Isle (King Arthur)

    Conductor: William Christie. Orchestra: Les Arts Florissants. Singer: Véronique Gens.
  • Bob Dylan

    Idiot Wind

  • Franz Schubert

    Ungeduld (Die schone Mullerin)

    Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Performer: Gerald Moore.
  • Emmylou Harris

    Me and Willie

    Singer: Emmylou Harris.
  • Robert Schumann

    Seit ich ihn gesehen (Frauenliebe und -leben)

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Felicity Lott.
  • Marguerite Monnot

    Hymne a l'amour

    Singer: Édith Piaf.
  • Georges Bizet

    L'Amour est un oiseau rebelle (Carmen)

    Orchestra: Orchestre de l’Opéra National de Paris. Singer: Maria Callas. Choir: Paris Opera Chorus. Conductor: Georges Prêtre.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    Our Great Mikado, Virtuous Man (The Mikado)

    Conductor: Malcolm Sargent. Choir: Glyndebourne Opera Chorus. Orchestra: Pro Arte Orchestra. Singer: John Cameron.
  • Gabriel Jackson


    Singer: Susan Legg. Performer: Ann Martin-Davis.
  • Trad.

    O Come, o come, Emmanuel

    Conductor: Sir David Willcocks. Music Arranger: Sir David Willcocks. Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge.


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