European Cities on the Brink of War
Anne McElvoy explores the cultural environment in Paris, Berlin, London, St Petersburg and Vienna before World War I with AS Byatt, Alexandra Harris, Neil Brand and Philip Blom.
As part of Radio 3's Music on the Brink, Free Thinking takes the cultural temperature of Paris, Berlin, London, St Petersburg and Vienna in the years leading up to the First World War.
The novelist AS Byatt, the film expert Neil Brand and the cultural historians Alexandra Harris and Philipp Blom have chosen artworks and artefacts from the period and will use them to explore, with Anne McElvoy, the ideas and spirit of the European capital cities on the brink of World War 1.
Roger Fry, a landmark silent film version of Les Miserables and Freud's understanding of the Viennese practice of Gschnas give us glimpses of a rapidly changing world.
Producer: Natalie Steed.
Philipp Blom on St Petersburg and Andrei Bely's novel Petersburg.
AS Byatt on Vienna and Freud’s understanding of the practice of Gschnas.
Alexandra Harris on London and the Post-Impressionist exhibitions at the Grafton Gallery.
Neil Brand on Paris and Albert Cappelini film adaptation of Les Miserables.
Philipp Blom on Berlin and Hugo von Hofmannsthal’s version of Electra.
Role Contributor Presenter Anne McElvoy Interviewed Guest Neil Brand Interviewed Guest AS Byatt Interviewed Guest Alexandra Harris
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