LAST 5 RECORDS I BOUGHT: John Fortune

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John Fortune appears (with John Bird) as one half of "The Two Johns" on Rory Bremner... Who Else? (C4)

My last musical purchase was the pianist Mikhail Pletnev playing Scarlatti - I am a shameless Scarlatti freak after all.

When I was in Galway recently, I heard an amazing young Irish fiddle player, Martin Hayes; his new CD was one of my most recent purchases.

Recordings of Wilhelm Furtwangler conducting the Berlin Philharmonic in the 1940s have just been re-released on CD. They contain great performances of Beethoven, Wagner, Brahms, and my particular favourite, the Adagio from Bruckner's 7th Symphony.

Our production office is disastrously close to Harold Moore's secondhand record shop in Great Marlborough Street... which is where I bought a box set of LPs of the Hollywood String Quartet playing at the 1957 Edinburgh Festival.

Finally, I bought Imogen Cooper playing Schumann and Brahms - she's a wonderful pianist whose records I buy whenever I can.

Fortune's Five

Scarlatti, played by Mikhail Pletnev, Virgin Classics, 2CDs pounds 29.99

`Martin Hayes', and Martin Hayes, `Under the Moon', Green Linnet Records pounds 14.99 each

Berlin Philharmonic 1942-45, conducted by Wilhelm Furtwangler, Tahra Records, 4CDs pounds 33.99 Imogen Cooper Plays Schumann and Brahms, Ottavo Records pounds 13.49

Harold Moore's has more than 75,000 secondhand LPs in stock, and offers an LP finding service. They are at 2 Great Marlborough Street, London W1V 1DE, Tel 0171-437 1576, Fax 0171-287 0377

The Long Johns by John Bird and John Fortune is published by Hutchinson at pounds 9.99

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