Sunday, July 08, 2007


Darn, I've just missed Private Passions on BBC Radio 3 again. Still, there's always Listen Again. It's a great programme, hosted by a contemporary clasical composer with an eclectic range of interests and guests. And it is so much better than its analogue Desert Island Discs, because the people invited to participate are always those for whom music is central rather than decorative in their lives.

"Michael Berkeley's guest this week is US-born jazz trombonist, conductor and composer Scott Stroman, who is currently Head of Jazz Studies at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. His wide-ranging musical tastes are reflected in his choices, which include music by Duke Ellington, Dizzy Gillespie and Charles Mingus (of course) alongside a Bach suite, a Beethoven string quartet, a movement from Haydn's Symphony No 99 and an extract from Stravinsky's ballet Apollon musagete." [Pic: M. Berkeley]

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