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A Little Bit of Lerner

A Little Bit of Lerner - marking the centenary of the birth of Alan Jay Lerner. The BBC Concert Orchestra perform music from Gigi; My Fair Lady, Brigadoon and Paint Your Wagon.

A Little Bit of Lerner

Another chance to hear a concert recorded at the Royal Festival Hall to mark the centenary of the birth of lyricist Alan Jay Lerner.

Larry Blank conducts the BBC Concert Orchestra with guest soloists -Christine Andreas; David Bedella; Samantha Bond; Matt Ford; Ben Forster; Alexander Hanson; Linzi Hateley; Rob Houchen; Alexia Khadime; Jamie Lambert; Julian Ovenden; Charlotte Page; Liz Robertson; Caroline Sheen and Rachel Tucker.

Alan Jay Lerner was born on 31st August 1918 in New York. His father Samuel was one of the Lerner Brothers who founded a string of ladies fashion shops in the city. The family wealth meant that young Alan was sent to England to Bedales School in Hampshire to start his education. He then returned to the States to Choate School and Harvard where his college mates included Leonard Bernstein and John F. Kennedy. In 1942 during a game of bridge at Lamb's Club in New York - a composer called Frederick Loewe introduced himself to Lerner - their writing partnership was to create some of the great classics of musical theatre including - My Fair Lady; Brigadoon; Paint Your Wagon; Gigi and Camelot. Lerner also collaborated with the likes Burton Lane; Andre Previn; John Barry; Kurt Weill and Charles Strouse.

Tonight's show includes many of Lerner's greatest hits including On The Street Where You Live(My Fair Lady); If Ever I Would Leave You(Camelot); Gigi and On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.

Concert recorded at the Royal Festival Hall on 23rd May and first broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on 20th June.

1 hour, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • BBC Concert Orchestra & Larry Blank

    My Fair Lady: Overture

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Ben Forster

    My Fair Lady: Why Can't The English

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Charlotte Page

    My Fair Lady: I Could Have Danced All Night

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Rob Houchen

    My Fair Lady: On The Street Where You Live

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Guildford School of Acting Choir

    Alan Jay Lerner Title Song Medley

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank, Rachel Tucker & David Bedella

    Royal Wedding: How Could You Believe Me When I Said I Loved You

  • Christine Andreas & Andy Vinter(Piano)

    Royal Wedding: Too Late Now

  • Ben Forster, BBC Concert Orchestra & Larry Blank

    Camelot: How To Handle A Woman

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Jamie Lambert

    Camelot: If Ever I Would Leave You

  • BBC Concert Orchestra & Larry Blank

    Paint Your Wagon: Overture

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank, Matt Ford, Ben Forster, Rob Houchen, Jamie Lambert & Guildford School of Acting Choir

    Paint Your Wagon: They Call The Wind Maria

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & David Bedella

    Gigi: Gigi

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank, Samantha Bond & Alex Hanson

    Gigi: I Remember It Well

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank, Caroline Sheen, Alexia Khadime, Guildford School of Acting Choir & Linzi Hateley

    Gigi: The Night They Invented Champagne

  • Philharmonic Symphony

    My Fair Lady: Ascot Gavotte

    • Lerner and Loewe Orchestral Selections.
    • Naxos.
  • Philharmonic Symphony

    Paint Your Wagon: I Talk To The Trees

    • Lerner and Loewe Orchestral Selections.
    • Naxos.
  • Philharmonic Symphony

    My Fair Lady: The Rain In Spain

    • Lerner and Loewe Orchestral Selections.
    • Naxos.
  • Philharmonic Symphony

    My Fair Lady: I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face

    • Lerner and Loewe Orchestral Selections.
    • Naxos.
  • BBC Concert Orchestra & Larry Blank

    Lerner Without Loewe Overture

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Matt Ford

    On A Clear Day: Come Back to Me

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Linzi Hateley

    On A Clear Day: Hurry Up It's Lovely Up Here

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Christine Andreas

    On A Clear Day: What Did I Have

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Alex Hanson

    Lolita, My Love: In The Broken Promised Land Of Fifteen

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Alexia Khadime

    Carmelina: Why Him?

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Caroline Sheen

    1600 Pennsylvania Avenue: Take Care Of This House

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Guildford School of Acting Choir

    Brigadoon: Opening

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank, Julian Ovenden & Caroline Sheen

    Brigadoon: The Heather On the Hill

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Julian Ovenden

    Brigadoon: Almost Like Being In Love

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & Liz Robertson

    Dance a Little Closer: Another Life

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank, Rachel Tucker & Guildford School of Acting Choir

    On A Clear Day You Can See Forever

  • BBC Concert Orchestra, Larry Blank & David Bedella & company

    My Fair Lady: With a Little Bit of Luck

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