We played Stravinsky's Rite of Spring' to celebrity chef John Torode and filmed his reaction

11 September 2015, 14:38

Celebrity chef John Torode – most famous for his appearances on MasterChef – came into the office. So obviously we sat him down and made him listen to some of the greatest pieces of music ever written.

We gave the music no introduction, we didn't tell him what was coming up – we just handed him some headphones and told him to listen. Here's what happened.

Stravinsky's Rite of Spring: "If somebody thought that was a nice piece of music, they're weird"

In case you haven't heard Stravinsky's revolutionary masterpiece in a while, here's a clip:

And here's what the outspoken John Torode had to say:


Sibelius's Symphony No.5: "hopeful but with an underlying tone that something awful is about to happen"

Poor Sibelius, he probably thought he was being really cheerful in the final movement of his Fifth Symphony – here's a clip:

And here's what John had to say:


Monteverdi's L'Orfeo: "Well someone's having a lovely day"

We played John the opening of Monteverdi's opera L'Orfeo

And he loved it! Here he is effusing about it:


Listen to Anne-Marie Minhall's interview with John Torode this Sunday on Charlotte Green's Culture Club, 13 September at 3pm. And his new book 'My Kind of Food' is out now.


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