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Roger Moore

Michael Berkeley's guest is actor Roger Moore. His musical selection includes violinists Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen, soprano Joan Sutherland and Verdi's La Traviata.

James Bond, Simon Templar... Michael Berkeley's guest today can only be Roger Moore. He played Bond for twelve years, in seven films, more than any other actor. And before that he was a much-loved figure throughout the 1960s as The Saint. In fact he's rarely been off the big and small screens since he began his acting career in 1945, working as an extra alongside his idol Stewart Granger in Caesar and Cleopatra.

What's less well known about Roger is his passion for music. He counts many musicians among his friends and has chosen music performed by two of them - Julian Rachlin and Janine Jansen, who reflect his passion for strings. His other great love is opera, and he entertains us with stories about music from his heroine Joan Sutherland, as well as La Traviata, a piece of music connected with one of his earlier film roles.

And he shares the secret of how, after 86 years of mostly star-studded living, he?s managed to keep his feet on the ground.

Producer: Jane Greenwood.

1 hour

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Sun 28 Dec 2014 12:00

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Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No.20 in D minor (2nd mvt: Romance)

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Performer: Maria João Pires. Orchestra: Orchestra Mozart.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Violin Concerto in E minor (1st mvt)

    Conductor: James MacMillan. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Performer: Nicola Benedetti.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Meditation (Souvenir d'un lieu cher)

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La Traviata (Prelude)

    Conductor: Carlos Kleiber. Orchestra: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Violin Concerto in D (1st mvt)

    Performer: Julian Rachlin. Conductor: Vladimir Fedoseyev. Orchestra: Great Symphony Orchestra of the All-Union Radio.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    The Swan (The Carnival of the Animals)

    Conductor: Semyon Bychkov. Performer: Mischa Maisky. Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Rigoletto (Act 3: Quartet)

    Singer: Huguette Tourangeau. Singer: Luciano Pavarotti. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Bonynge. Singer: Sherrill Milnes. Singer: Joan Sutherland.

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