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EDVARD GRIEG: Peer Gynt Suites 1 & 2 (London Philharmonic, Basil Cameron)

When I was four or five, I knew every note and used to run around the room to In The Hall Of The Mountain King. There was a picture of fjords on the cover and, from that day, I wanted to go to Norway. Four years ago, I finally went there on a working cruise. I was so moved. I also met a young pianist, Lucy, who offered to teach me.

NED ROBERTS: Outside My Mind (Aveline)

Ned’s father is a piano tutor and Ned gave me this. He sings and plays guitar, sounding a bit like Nick Drake or Damien Rice. You just want to drift away to these songs on a summer afternoon. He deserves to be a big star.

ALEXANDER SCRIABIN: Complete Piano Preludes (Anthony Hewitt) (Champs Hill)

Before he went mad, Scriabin wrote some beautiful preludes. I was given this by Anthony, my piano teacher and the man who got me to a level where I dare to be recorded. Playing is a huge challenge but so rewarding.

KUN WOO PAIK: Clair De Lune (Virgin)

One of the first CDs I bought, not knowing much about classical music except that I liked Clair De Lune. This pianist plays it brilliantly. There are also pieces on here by Poulenc and Satie including a homage to Edith Piaf which breaks my heart.


I used to play this while I was writing sketches years ago for The Big Impression. The music is glamorous and exciting and encapsulates the wonderful sound of a big show. My wife was in a version of it and she sings Losing My Mind better than anybody.

KANN TIERSEN: Amélie (Virgin)

A film soundtrack that is wall-to-wall brilliance. It’s modern minimalist music but pretty and summery – so romantic and French. It encapsulates the France I used to lust after.


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