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Rose Tremain

Michael Berkeley's guest is writer Rose Tremain. Her musical selections include Schubert, Beethoven and Mahler, as well as works she loved as a teenager and as a student in Paris.

Rose Tremain is one of our finest writers, and her bestselling books - both novels and short stories - are garlanded with prizes. She defies categorisation and is equally at home with historical and contemporary fiction: she has created characters as diverse as Merivel, the physician turned fool at the court of Charles II; a 19th-century gold miner in New Zealand; and a transsexual growing up in rural Suffolk.

Rose talks to Michael Berkeley about her latest novel, The Gustav Sonata, the story of a long and loving relationship between someone who is profoundly musical and somebody who isn't. She chooses music which inspired the story and which features in it: by Schubert, Beethoven and Mahler, as well as music she loved as a teenager and as a student in Paris.

And Rose remembers her inspirational piano teacher, Joyce Hatto, whose career ended in disappointment and scandal many years later.

Producer: Jane Greenwood
A Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 3.

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38 minutes

Last on

Sun 15 May 2016 12:00

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Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    Der Lindenbaum (Winterreise)

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes. Singer: Ian Bostridge.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.5 (4th mvt: Adagietto)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
  • George Gershwin

    Rhapsody in Blue

    Performer: Joyce Hatto. Orchestra: Hamburg Pro Musica.
  • John Dowland

    Lachrimae Antiquae

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
  • Jacques Plante

    La Boheme

    Singer: Charles Aznavour.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata in E flat major, Op.81a (Les Adieux) (2nd mvt: L'Absence)

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
  • Boudleaux Bryant

    Bye Bye Love

    Ensemble: The Everly Brothers.

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