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Allan Corduner

Actor Allan Corduner talks to Michael Berkeley about his favourite music, influenced by his Russian, Finnish and Jewish heritage.

Allan Corduner is an astonishingly versatile actor, equally at home in the West End, on Broadway, in television series such as Homeland, or in films like Yentl, Florence Foster Jenkins, and Mike Leigh's Topsy-Turvy, in which he played the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan, perfect casting for an actor who is also an accomplished pianist.

He talks to Michael Berkeley about his favourite music, with pieces by Scriabin, Sibelius, and Bruch that reflect his Russian, Finnish and Jewish heritage. And Allan chooses piano music by Schubert, which he loved playing as a child, and his favourite recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations, with Glenn Gould.

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

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33 minutes

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Sun 12 Aug 2018 12:00

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Fantasia in F minor

    Performer: Murray Perahia. Performer: Radu Lupu.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Etude in D sharp minor, Op.8 no.12

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
  • Max Bruch

    Kol Nidrei, Op.47

    Performer: Jacqueline du Pré. Orchestra: Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Aria (Goldberg Variations, BWV.988)

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.47 (1st mvt: Allegro moderato)

    Performer: Maxim Vengerov. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
  • Stephen Sondheim

    Send in the Clowns (A Little Night Music)

    Singer: Judi Dench.

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