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Lindsey Davis

Michael Berkeley's guest is historical novelist Lindsey Davis. Her musical choices include works by Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak, plus Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture.

Lindsey Davis is best known for her series of historical crime stories about a laid-back amateur sleuth called Marcus Didius Falco. Set against the turmoil of the 1st-century Roman Empire, the books are witty, gritty and hugely entertaining. She's also written stand-alone novels about Ancient Rome, and about the English Civil War.

The recipient of many awards, including the Crime Writers' Association Diamond Dagger for Lifetime Achievement, Lindsey writes a book a year, but has still found time to be the Chair of the Society of Authors and Honorary President of the Classical Association.
Lindsey talks to Michael Berkeley about her introduction to music as a schoolgirl in Birmingham, her passion for symphonic music and her decision to introduce a new, feisty female protagonist to succeed her beloved Falco.

Her music includes works by Schubert, Tchaikovsky and Dvorak and - appropriately - Berlioz's Roman Carnival Overture.

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

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35 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Schubert


    Performer: Christoph Berner. Singer: Werner Güra.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No.6 in B minor (3rd mvt: Allegro molto vivace)

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude in C minor, BWV.999

    Performer: Julian Bream.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto in E flat major for two pianos and orchestra

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim. Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Sauvages (Les Indes Galantes)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance Op.46 no.3

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Roman Carnival Overture

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.


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