A Minute with Howard Goodall

Howard Goodall

If you could sit down and have a coffee with one great composer, who would it be?
Gustav Mahler - but please could it be longer than just a coffee? And I'd need to brush up my German first. Or English Tudor composer William Byrd, one of my all-time favourites, as I'd want to ask him if we are related. There is a remote possibility...

Favourite ever interviewee or guest?
Lang Lang - for his amazing energy, dazzling skill, boundless good humour and love of football. We had a wonderful day together in Berlin four years ago when I interviewed him.

Who would be your four perfect dinner party guests?
My wife, my two daughters and our dog Hippo.

What’s your guilty pleasure?
Milk chocolate. And vanilla-flavoured vodka.

Most memorable concert you attended?
Forgive me but I would need to choose one of my own premières, etched as they are on my brain. It was the opening night of the ballet version of Eternal Light: A Requiem at the Lowry, Salford, performed by Rambert Dance Company, London Musici and Ad Solem (Manchester University Chamber Choir) - 25th September 2008.

Which superpower would you like to have?
High-speed flight; just think of the views (and avoiding all that traffic!).

What's your favourite snack when you're feeling a bit peckish in the Classic FM studio?  
Pret à Manger's Popcorn and Caramel bar. 

All-time favourite piece of music?
The Durufle Requiem. Or Mozart's 23rd Piano Concerto - the slow movement. Or J.S. Bach's St. John Passion (I know, that's three).

All-time favourite book?
Hopeful Monsters by Nicholas Mosley

All-time favourite film?
I'll opt for a Jean de Florette and Manon des Sources double-bill.

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