Kirsty Young talks to conductor and composer Harry Rabinowitz.
Kirsty's castaway this week is the conductor and composer Harry Rabinowitz.
His list of credits and collaborations read like a Who's Who of 20th century music - Gracie Fields, Charles Aznavour, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Matt Monro & Barbra Streisand are only a handful of the stellar names who've benefitted from his talents. He's conducted a lot of movie scores too, including Chariots of Fire and The Talented Mr Ripley; indeed the late director Anthony Minghella described him as "the UK's best kept secret".
It wasn't an illustrious start; his first job was playing sheet music for prospective customers in a Johannesburg department store - he was fired after 6 weeks. His first go at conducting was enhanced not by an elegant baton of the finest Maplewood but a rolled up old newspaper.
He's almost a hundred years old now, still plays the piano every day and only retired from the concert platform six years ago at the age of 94.
Producer: Sarah Taylor.
Louis Armstrong & Earl Hines
West End Blues
- Louis Armstrong 1928 - 1931.
Ludwig van Beethoven
Sonata No.20 in G major, Op.49, No.2Performer: John Lill.
- Beethoven: The Piano Sonatas Vol.1.
- Academy Sound and Vision.
Peter Pears/Dennis Brain/Benjamin Britten
Hymn to Diana
- Britten: Serenade for Tenor, Horn and Strings.
Fourth Movement, Symphony No.1Performer: Tasmin Little/Edward Gardner, BBC Symphony Orchestra.
- Walton: Symphony No.1/Violin Concerto.
- A Tapestry of Dreams.
- Barclay Records.
- Cats - Original London Cast Recording.
- Really Useful Records.
Academy of St Martin in the Fields
- The English Patient original soundtrack recording.
Reilly, Ace of Spies - Theme TunePerformer: Olympic Orchestra.
- Single 45.
- Red Bus.
The Red and the Black by Stendhal
A pitch pipe
|Interviewed Guest||Harry Rabinowitz|
- Sun 28 Jun 2015 11:15
- Fri 3 Jul 2015 09:00