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Christopher Le Brun

Michael Berkeley's guest is president of the Royal Academy of Arts Christopher Le Brun, who gives him a tour of the 2015 summer exhibition and shares his musical passions.

The President of the Royal Academy of Arts, Christopher Le Brun, gives Michael Berkeley a tour of this year's Summer Exhibition and shares his musical and artistic passions.

The RA Summer Exhibition is the largest open submission exhibition in the world, and Christopher shares the excitement in the days running up to the opening as 1000 pictures - selected from 10,000 - are hung in the brightly-painted galleries.

An acclaimed painter, sculptor and print-maker Christopher Le Brun has work in public and private collections around the world. He is passionate about the music of the late 19th and 20th centuries, and his work has frequently been inspired by music. He takes Michael to the RA library to show him a series of etchings inspired by Wagner, and we hear music by William Walton that has also stimulated his work.

Christopher's other choices include music by Schoenberg, Poulenc and Django Reinhardt, and he shares the nasty surprise he once gave his mother when she sat down at the piano to play a Grieg nocturne.

Producer: Jane Greenwood

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 7 Jun 2015 12:00


Music Played

  • Richard Wagner

    Good Friday Music (Parsifal, Act III)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Nocturne (Lyric Pieces, Op.62 no.4)

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
  • Claude Debussy

    Pelleas et Melisande (Act 1, sc.1)

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Singer: Elisabeth Söderström. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Singer: Donald McIntyre. Choir: Coro del Teatro dell’Opera di Roma.
  • William Walton

    Viola Concerto (1st mvt)

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Gurrelieder (Prelude)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Cole Porter

    Night and Day

    Performer: Django Reinhardt & Stephane Grappelli.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Fleurs (Fiancailles pour rire)

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Sally Matthews.
  • Francis Poulenc

    La Souris

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Felicity Lott.


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