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AS Byatt on Picasso, and tenor Vittorio Grigolo

Duration:
30 minutes
First broadcast:
Wednesday 15 February 2012

With Mark Lawson.

Novelist A S Byatt discusses a new exhibition Picasso and Modern British Art at Tate Britain, which examines Picasso's relationship with the country and how British artists including Francis Bacon, David Hockney and Henry Moore have responded to his work.

As a child, Italian tenor Vittorio Grigolo sang for the Sistine Chapel choir, before making his debut at La Scala in Milan at the age of 23. Grigolo explains why he likes to cross over from classical to pop, from Keane's Bed-Shaped to La Donna E Mobile, and why he never talks to his wife before a concert.

Kate Saunders reviews a new French film Hadewijch, about a young Christian fanatic who befriends a group of Muslims and finds herself being led down paths which put her life in danger.

And with David Guetta's single Titanium doing well in the charts, David Quantick considers how chemical elements and the periodic table have inspired a variety of songwriters.

Producer Jerome Weatherald.

Chapters

4 items
  • Picasso & Modern British Art

  • Vittorio Grigolo

    • Vittorio Grigolo

      Opera singer Vittorio Grigolo explains why he likes to cross over from classical to pop

  • Hadewijch

    • Hadewijch

      Kate Saunders reviews a new French film Hadewijch

  • The Periodic Table

    • The Periodic Table

      David Quantick considers the periodic table has inspired a variety of songwriters

  • Guitar, Compote Dish and Grapes, 1924 - Pablo Picasso

    Guitar, Compote Dish and Grapes, 1924 - Pablo Picasso

    Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
    © Succession Picasso / DACS 2011

  • Nude Woman in a Red Armchair 1932 - Pablo Picasso

    Nude Woman in a Red Armchair  1932 - Pablo Picasso

    Tate
    © Succession Picasso / DACS 2011
    Photocredit: J.Fernandes, Tate Photography

  • The Source 1921 - Pablo Picasso

    The Source 1921 - Pablo Picasso

    © Succession Picasso/DACS 2011
    Image courtesy Moderna Museet, Stockholm

  • Artist and Model 1973-74 - David Hockney

    Artist and Model 1973-74 - David Hockney

    Etching
    ED:100
    29 1/2" x 22 1/2"
    © David Hockney

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