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2013 Turner Prize Announcement, Candide Review, the Value of Letters, Can

Presented by Anne McElvoy. With the 2013 Turner Prize winner, a review of Bernstein's Candide, asking how letters give an insight into the creative mind, and experimental band Can.

Turner Prize 2013
Art critic for The Times Rachel Campbell-Johnston profiles the work of Laure Prouvost, this year's winner, announced today.

Former Royal Ballet star Adam Cooper choreographs a new staging of Leonard Bernstein's notoriously tricky Candide at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London. Theatre critic of The Stage Mark Shenton and Tutor in French at Jesus College Oxford Caroline Warman review.

Literary Letters
Hermione Lee and Simon Garfield discuss the insight personal letters give into writers' lives and creative processes, and also consider the moral implications of studying them.

Experimental band Can changed the face of music in the 1960s. Dubbed Krautrock by unthinking British critics, two members of the band had in fact studied with Karlheinz Stockhausen, and went on to mix his ideas with free jazz, Moroccan and Japanese music styles and intense performance to create a new and highly influential sound. Can founder member Irmin Schmidt, novelist Lawrence Norfolk, music writer Alexis Petridis and London correspondent for Die Zeit, John Jungclaussen, consider their music and its influence.

Producer: Laura Thomas.

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45 minutes


  • Turner Prize 2013

    Rachel Campbell-Johnston gives her verdict on the Turner Prize winner, Laure Prouvost

    Duration: 05:46

  • Candide

    Mark Shenton and Caroline Warman review a new staging of Leonard Bernstein's Candide

    Duration: 12:51

  • Letters

    Hermione Lee and Simon Garfield discuss the art and value of letter-writing

    Duration: 14:18

  • CAN

    A reflection on how experimental band CAN revolutionised 60s' German pop

    Duration: 11:51


Candide is on stage at the Menier Chocolate Factory in London until 22 February. 

Episode image credit: Nobby Clark

Turner Prize 2013

The Turner Prize 2013 exhibition is on display at Buildings 80-81, Ebrington, in Derry-Londonderry until 5 January.


The complete vinyl box set of CAN's back catalogue is available now via Mute and Spoon. 


To The Letter: A Journey Through a Vanishing World by Simon Garfield is available now, published by Canongate.


Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life by Hermione Lee is available now, published by Chatto & Windus.



Role Contributor
Presenter Anne McElvoy
Producer Laura Thomas
Interviewed Guest Rachel Campbell-Johnston
Interviewed Guest Mark Shenton
Interviewed Guest Caroline Warman
Interviewed Guest Hermione Lee
Interviewed Guest Simon Garfield
Interviewed Guest Irmin Schmidt
Interviewed Guest Lawrence Norfolk
Interviewed Guest Alexis Petridis
Interviewed Guest John Jungclaussen


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