1. Stewart Copeland
American musician Stewart Copeland, of ‘The Police’ fame, selected Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin when he appeared on Private Passions. Here he talks to Michael Berkeley about why he thinks Ravel is so clever.
2. Brian Blessed
Actor. Explorer. Raconteur. Brian Blessed loves Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe. In this clip we hear why he feels such an affinity for this music.
You can hear his emotional reaction to the music here: https://soundcloud.com/bbcradio3/brian-blessed-on-ravel-2-of-2
3. Hugh Hudson
Director Hugh Hudson used Ravel’s Daphnis and Chloe in his film Greystoke, and here he talks about his use of film music, with interviewer Michael Berkeley.
4. Jason Rebello
On Radio 3’s Private Passions, Jason talked to Michael Berkeley about his connection to Ravel’s Gaspard de la nuit.
5. DJ MJ Cole
Producer, remixer and garage artist DJ MJ Cole waxes lyrical on Ravel’s String Quartet with Michael Berkeley on Private Passions.
6. Tasmin Little
The violinist chose some Ravel as one of her castaway discs, particularly Daphnis and Chloe.
7. Richard Fortey
Paleaontologist and presenter Dr Richard Fortey says his appreciation of music is more visceral than intellectual – he selected Daphnis and Chloe, because he loves way Ravel paints a picture of the dawn.
8. Simon Rattle
Ravel’s opera L’Enfant et les sortileges brings back memories for Simon Rattle of a time at the beginning of his career.
9. Trevor Peacock
The delightful Trevor Peacock, best known for his role of Jim Trott on The Vicar of Dibley, has a connection to Ravel’s Tombeau de Couperin. In fact, he spoke to Michael Berkeley about how the work was a bit of a Peacock-family-favourite.
10. Desmond Tutu
Archbishop Desmond Tutu explains why he just loves Bolero.
11. Peter Maxwell Davies
Master of the Queen’s Music Peter Maxwell Davies thinks Ravel is marvellous – especially his opera L’Enfant et les sortileges.
12. Steven Sondheim
Sondheim is definitely a Ravel nut – he’s been on Desert Island Discs twice, and both times chose something by Ravel. He particularly loves his piano concertos, and here tells us about his connection to Ravel’s music.