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Gabriele Finaldi

Michael Berkeley's guest is National Gallery director Gabriele Finaldi. His musical selections include Ravel, Messiaen, Puccini and Britten, as well as a piece of flamenco.

Gabriele Finaldi, the Director of the National Gallery, talks to Michael Berkeley about his artistic and musical passions.

When Gabriele Finaldi took up his post as Director of the National Gallery in the summer of 2015, one of the first things he did was to install a piano in the corner of his office.

He grew up in a musical household in Catford in South East London, the son of a Neapolitan father and half-Polish, half-English mother. Early in his career he was a curator at the National Gallery, specialising in Italian and Spanish paintings and he was involved in major and memorable shows such as Seeing Salvation and Discovering the Italian Baroque. In 2002 he was appointed Deputy Director of the Prado in Madrid, where he worked until his return to the National Gallery.
Gabriele takes Michael on a musical and artistic journey though Britain, Italy, France and Spain and chooses music by Ravel, Messiaen, Puccini and Britten, as well as a 17th-century Neapolitan serenade and a spine-tingling piece of flamenco.

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

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34 minutes

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Sun 7 May 2017 12:00

Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto in G major (2nd mvt: Adagio assai)

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    E Lucevan le Stelle (Tosca)

    Singer: Luciano Pavarotti.
  • Benjamin Britten

    War Requiem, Op.66 (Sanctus)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten. Choir: Bach Choir.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    St Francois d'Assise (Act 1 scene 3)

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Kent Nagano. Singer: Dawn Upshaw.
  • Camarón de la Isla

    La Saeta

    Performer: Camarón de la Isla.
  • Trad.

    Vurria Addaventare

    Choir: Nuova Compagnia di Canto Popolare.
  • Chris Martin

    A Sky full of Stars

    Ensemble: Coldplay.

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