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Discussing tragedy in music, Suzy Klein is joined by conductor Nicholas Collon and composer Anna Meredith to talk about Bach, Strauss and Shostakovich.

The fourth in a six-part series of lively conversations examining how and why certain pieces of music make us feel the way they do. In each programme, presenter Suzy Klein and two guests explore a theme such as tragedy, glory or romance. They champion favourite pieces that evoke the theme and discuss just what it is about the music that pulls these emotional strings. Tonight's theme is tragedy, with Aurora Orchestra's principal conductor Nicholas Collon and composer Anna Meredith talking to Suzy about Bach, Richard Strauss and Shostakovich.

Presenter: Suzy Klein
Producer: Lyndon Jones.

20 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    St Matthew Passion (excerpt: Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden)

    Performers: Monteverdi Choir / English Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

    • DG Archiv 427 648-2 CD3 Tr.10.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No. 5

    Performers: Leningrad Philharmonic Orchestra / Yevgeny Mravinsky

    • BMG 4321 29404 2 tr8 (original release on Melodiya).
  • Richard Strauss


    Performers: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra / Simon Rattle (conductor)

    • EMI 556 580 2 CD2 Tr. 3.