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Kim Brandstrup

Michael Berkeley's guest is choroegrapher Kim Brandstrup. His musical choices include his own work and a gospel song as well as Schoenberg, Prokofiev, Miles Davis and Bach.

Kim Brandstrup is one of the leading choreographers of his generation. He talks to Michael Berkeley about his passion for telling stories through music and dance. Born in Denmark, he originally trained in contemporary dance, but he now also works extensively in ballet, as well as film, theatre and opera, for companies including The Royal Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet, the Metropolitan Opera, Glyndebourne and Rambert Dance - and his new piece for them is just opening at Sadler's Wells.

He chooses music from that piece, Schoenberg's Verklarte Nacht, and film scores by Prokofiev and Miles Davis, reflecting his days as a student of film in Copenhagen. He tells Michael how film has influenced his choreography and informed his narrative style.

His other music choices include Bach, and a wonderful, rousing gospel song he remembers from his childhood.

Producer: Jane Greenwood
A Loftus Production for BBC Radio 3.

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34 minutes

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Shuisky and the Huntsmen (Ivan the Terrible)

    Orchestra: Russian State Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Kuzmich Polyansky.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Eilt, ihr angefocht'nen Seelen (St John Passion)

    Orchestra: Concentus Musicus Wien. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Singer: Anton Scharinger. Choir: Arnold Schönberg Chor.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Death in Venice (conclusion)

    Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox. Singer: Philip Langridge. Choir: BBC Singers.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Les Noces (At the Bridegroom's House)

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Choir: Mariinsky Chorus.
  • Miles Davis

    Lift to the Scaffold - film music

    Performer: Miles Davis.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Verklarte Nacht

    Performer: Hartmut Rohde. Performer: Michael Sanderling. Ensemble: Leipzig Quartet.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations (Variation 25)

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
  • Sister Rosetta Tharpe

    Up Above my Head

    Singer: Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Singer: Marie Knight.


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