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Music and the mind: Carrie Cracknell

Jonathan Freedland discusses madness, music and mental health with Carrie Cracknell, Jonathan Biss, Tom Burns and Richard Bentall.

On Start the Week Carrie Cracknell talks to Jonathan Freedland about her new production of Berg's opera, Wozzeck, and the descent of the central character into madness and despair. The pianist Jonathan Biss looks at whether Schumann's later music reflects the troubled state of his mind. The psychiatrist's diagnostic bible is to be updated later this month, and Tom Burns and Richard Bentall discuss the controversies that continue to dog the world of psychiatry.
Producer: Katy Hickman.

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43 minutes

Carrie Cracknell

Carrie Cracknell is a theatre director.

 

The ENO production of Wozzeck is on at the London Coliseum until Saturday 25 May.

Tom Burns

Tom Burns is Professor of Social Psychiatry at Oxford University.

 

Our Necessary Shadow: The Nature and Meaning of Psychiatry is published by Allen Lane.

 

Professor Tom Burns

Richard Bentall

Richard Bentall is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Liverpool.

 

Doctoring the Mind: Why Psychiatric Treatments Fail was published by Allen Lane in 2009.

 

Professor Richard Bentall

Jonathan Biss

Jonathan Biss is a pianist.

 

Jonathan will be playing at the Wigmore Hall in London on Tuesday 14 May and Wednesday 22 May.

 

His Kindle single, A Pianist Under the Influence, is published by RosettaBooks.

 

Jonathan Biss

 

Music used on the programme:

Bewegt, 4th movement of Gesänge der Frühe op. 133 by Robert Schumann.

Wozzeck

Wozzeck

Wozzeck cast

(c) Tristram Kenton

Wozzeck

Wozzeck

Tom Randle, Leigh Melrose and James Morris in Wozzeck

(c) Tristram Kenton

Credits

Role Contributor
Producer Katy Hickman
Producer Katy Hickman
Interviewed Guest Carrie Cracknell
Presenter Jonathan Freedland
Interviewed Guest Jonathan Biss
Interviewed Guest Carrie Cracknell
Interviewed Guest Richard Bentall
Interviewed Guest Jonathan Biss
Presenter Jonathan Freedland
Interviewed Guest Richard Bentall

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