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John Lill at 70

Petroc Trelawny meets acclaimed British pianist John Lill and the author of a new book on Shostakovich's 'Leningrad' Symphony.

Petroc Trelawny meets British pianist John Lill as he tours the country to mark his 70th birthday. Lill reflects on a career which began at the tender age of nine with his first recital, and has seen him record the complete piano concertos of Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninov - earning critical plaudits as a Beethoven interpreter, as well as being made an OBE and awarded the CBE for services to music.

Brian Moynahan, author of a new book on Shostakovich's Seventh 'Leningrad' Symphony composed as his native city was under siege in the winter of 1941-2, talks to Petroc about the enormous impact of the piece, and how it provided a 'moral redemption' for Stalin and the Soviet regime.

Plus - the role of music broadcast on the radio during times of conflict. Morag Grant, editor of a new book on the subject and Professor Erik Levi, an authority on the German music of the 20th century, especially during the Nazi era, discuss.

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THE SOUND OF CONFLICT

THE SOUND OF CONFLICT

THE SOUND OF CONFLICT
Petroc Trelawny talks to Brian Moynahan, author of a new book on Shostakovich's Seventh Symphony – the Leningrad, written as the composer’s native city was under siege in the winter of 1941-2. Moynahan describes the enormous impact of the piece and how it provided a 'moral redemption' for Stalin and the Soviet regime. Professor Morag Grant, editor of a new book: “The Soundtrack of Conflict”, and Professor Erik Levi review Moynahan’s book and discuss the role of music broadcast on the radio during war time. 

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Leningrad - Siege and Symphony by Brian Moynhan

The Soundtrack of Conflict - M.J. Grant & Férdia J. Stone-Davis 
 

JOHN LILL AT 70

JOHN LILL AT 70

The British pianist John Lill turns seventy on 17th March and is marking the occasion with a nationwide concert tour. He reflects on a career which began at the tender age of nine with his first recital, and has seen him record the complete piano concertos of Beethoven, Brahms and Rachmaninov - earning critical plaudits as a Beethoven interpreter, as well as being made an OBE and awarded the CBE for services to music.

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John Lill - Tour Dates

GETTING INTO THE ZONE: HOW EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AFFECTS PERFORMANCE

GETTING INTO THE ZONE: HOW EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE AFFECTS PERFORMANCE

Researchers at Goldsmiths University of London have discovered new clues as to why some musicians reach “flow” easier than others. “Flow” is the psychological state associated with extreme fulfilment, optimised performance, health and well-being. Petroc talks to Professor Joydeep Bhattacharya who explains the link between “emotional intelligence” and the likelihood of reaching “flow.” 

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Getting Into The Zone 

MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA – HOMECOMING CONCERT

MINNESOTA ORCHESTRA – HOMECOMING CONCERT

This weekend, following a bitter sixteen month labour lockout, the Minnesota Orchestra is back in business with two concerts featuring Strauss’s Don Juan and Beethoven’s Eroica Symphony.  Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (who was Music Director from 1960-1979) will lead the orchestra as Osmo Vanska quit as Music Director last autumn. Petroc hears from the American music critic Michael Anthony how Friday night’s re-opening concert sounded, and what the future might hold after this troubled period in the orchestra’s history.

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The Minnesota Orchestra 

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Petroc Trelawny
Interviewed Guest John Lill
Interviewed Guest Brian Moynahan
Interviewed Guest Morag Grant
Interviewed Guest Erik Levi

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