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Paul Cartledge

Michael Berkeley's guest is classicist Paul Cartledge. His musical selections include Brahms, Bach, Rossini, Stravinsky and Bob Dylan.

If you want to know how to wield a Spartan spear, or whether Athens really was the cradle of democracy - or indeed what ancient Greek music might have sounded like, Paul Cartledge is the man to go to.

He has probably done more than anyone else in the past three decades to advance knowledge of ancient Greek culture - both in academic circles and in the public arena. He was until very recently the first A G Leventis Professor of Greek Culture at Cambridge, a chair founded to study a thousand years of Greek cultural achievements and to highlight their lasting influence on society today.

Paul talks to Michael Berkeley about why ancient history is relevant to us today; why the myths of the classical world have been such an enduring inspiration for composers; why democracy would work better without political parties; and the pitfalls of being a historical advisor to Hollywood.

And Paul shares with Michael his passion for music that stretches back to his childhood, including Brahms, Bach, Rossini, Stravinsky - and Bob Dylan.

Producer: Jane Greenwood

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

1 hour

Last on

Sun 18 Jan 2015 12:00

Music Played

  • Johannes Brahms

    Denn alles Fleisch es ist wie Gras (Ein Deutsches Requiem)

    Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Choir: Monteverdi Choir.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Courante (Cello Suite No.4 in E flat major)

    Performer: János Starker.
  • Bob Dylan

    Masters of War

    Singer: Bob Dylan.
  • Trad.

    1st Delphic Hymn to Apollo

    Choir: Atrium Musicæ de Madrid.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Prologue (Apollo)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Ruhe Sanft (Zaide)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Nicholas McGegan. Singer: Inger Dam-Jensen.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Medaglie incomparabili (Il Viaggio a Reims)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic. Conductor: Claudio Abbado. Singer: Ruggero Raimondi.
  • Franz Schubert

    String Quintet in C , D956 (2nd mvt: Adagio)

    Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma. Ensemble: Cleveland Quartet.

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