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Edward Watson

Michael Berkeley's guests is Royal Ballet principal Edward Watson. His choices include Schoenberg, Liszt and Tchaikovsky, plus Martha Wainwright, Bev Lee Harding and Concha Buika.

Royal Ballet Principal Edward Watson talks to Michael Berkeley about his life in dance and shares the music that has inspired him both professionally and personally.

Known for his dramatic flair and astonishing dedication and stamina, he has become one of the Royal Ballet's best-known dancers, and has consistently championed new repertoire, working closely with many contemporary choreographers.

Ed talks about his passion for creating new roles and his extraordinary creative partnership with Wayne McGregor, illustrated by music from Max Richter's Infra.

His other music choices reflect the diversity of his career in dance - pieces by Schoenberg and Liszt from Macmillan ballets, and songs from Martha Wainwright, Bev Lee Harding and Concha Buika.

And no ballet dancer's Christmas is complete without revisiting The Nutcracker.

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

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  • Franz Liszt

    Harmonies du Soir (Etudes d'execution transcendentale)

    Performer: Daniil Trifonov.
  • Luiz Florez

    Volver, volver

    Singer: Concha Buika.
  • Max Richter, Louisa Fuller, Natalia Bonner, Nick Barr & Ian Burdge

    Infra 8

  • Martha Wainwright

    Don't Forget

  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Verklarte Nacht

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
  • Bev Lee Harling

    Barefoot in your Kitchen

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker (Act I, tableau I: Night)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Mark Ermler.

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