In October 2016, the award-winning comedian and writer John Clarke – a regular on Australian television and a household name thanks to his satirical interview series Clarke and Dawe and the mockumentary TV series The Games – made his debut appearance as guest presenter onABCClassic FM’s Saturday Morning program.
Clarke relished the opportunity to turn his comic genius and brilliant wit to music he adored: orchestral favourites by Vaughan Williams and Dvořák, piano classics by Liszt, Satie and Beethoven, and iconic opera moments such as ‘O mio babbino caro’, the Habanera from Carmen, the Flower Duet from Lakmé, and the Pearl Fishers Duet. Audiences loved the show and were eagerly asking for the next instalment.
Sadly, there were to be no more, as John Clarke passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in April 2017. When the first show was re-aired on Classic FM as a tribute, the audience response was again extraordinary, and theABCwas inundated with requests for a CD release of the program. Thanks to this public outpouring, and to the enthusiasm of John’s own family, the full program is presented here as a tribute to this brilliant, beloved Australian icon: three hours of glorious music and classic Clarke commentary.
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Plus John Clarke’s original commentary interspersed throughout each CD.
1. LISZTHungarian Rhapsody No. 2 2. BIZETCarmen: Habanera 3. SATIEGymnopédie No. 1 4. GLUCKWhat is Life? 5. VAUGHANWILLIAMSThe Lark Ascending 6. BEETHOVENMoonlight Sonata: First movement 7. BIZETThe Pearl Fishers: Duet 8. SCHUBERTHungarian Melody
1. HILLTrumpet Concerto 2. PUCCINIO mio babbino caro 3. BACHGoldberg Variations: Aria 4. VERDIVa’, pensiero 5. DVOŘÁK New World Symphony