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Julian Barnes

Author Julian Barnes explores the collisions between music and power, introducing works by Bach, Mozart, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Bach.

Julian Barnes's fifty-year relationship with music recently culminated with his novel The Noise of Time, the central character of which is Shostakovich. Today Julian takes Shostakovich and his battles with Stalin as the starting point for a musical journey through works by Mozart, Mahler, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev and Bach.

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30 minutes

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Sat 26 Mar 2016 13:00

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Eugene Onegin - Act 1 Duet and Quintet

    Conductor: Semyon Bychkov. Singer: Nuccia Focile. Singer: Sarah Walker. Singer: Olga Borodina. Singer: Irina Konstantinovna Arkhipova. Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris.
    • Philips.
  • Anton Stepanovich Arensky

    String Quartet No.2 in A minor Op.35 - 1st mvt

    Ensemble: Raphael Ensemble.
    • Hyperion.
  • Pauline Viardot


    Performer: Jean‚ÄźYves Thibaudet. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli.
    • Decca.
  • Aaron Copland

    Old American Songs - The Dodger and Simple Gifts

    Performer: Philip Ledger. Singer: Robert Tear.
    • ARGO.
  • Clinton Walker

    Struggle Buggy

    Orchestra: King Oliver and His Orchestra.
  • Giacomo Puccini


    Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Magnificat - Opening Chorus

    Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe. Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale. Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent.