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Classical Music Hoaxes

Tom Service invites you to hear the work of musical musical fakers, from the perpetrators of innocent pranks, to calculating fraudsters, and ponders its aesthetic value.

Tom Service invites you to take stroll around a rogues' gallery of musical musical fakers, from the perpetrators of innocent pranks, to calculating fraudsters' deliberate deceptions. As well as the satisfying sight of seeing musical experts consuming humble pie, what are the motivations behind musical hoaxes? How can aesthetic value shift when work, once thought to be by a musical giant, is discovered to be a forgery or a by a much lesser figure? To help answer these and other questions, Tom is joined by Frances Christie, Sotheby's Head of Modern British Art, and author of An Incomplete History of the Art of Funerary Violin, Rohan Kriwaczek.

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29 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Toccata BWV565 in D minor

    Performer: Peter Hurford.
    • EMI.
  • Rohan Kriwaczek ('Hieronymous Gratchenfleiss')

    The Sombre Coquetry of Death

    Performer: Rohan Kriwaczek.
    • The Guild of Funerary Violinists.
    • Rapier Musica.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Etude Op.10, No.12 in C minor

    Performer: Yuki Matsuzawa.
    • Pianissimo.
  • Fritz Kreisler

    La Precieuse in style of Louis Couperin

    Performer: Joshua Bell. Performer: Paul Coker.
    • Decca.
  • Remo Giazotto

    Adagio in G minor

    Performer: Neville Marriner. Performer: Academy of St Martin in the Fields.
    • EMI.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony No.1 K.16: 1st movement Allegro molto

    Performer: The English Concert. Performer: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Archiv.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony 9 in D Minor: 1st movement Feierlich misterioso

    Performer: Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. Performer: Cornelius Meister.
    • Capriccio.
  • Winfried Michel

    Sonata 22 in A XVI 2c No. 23 in B minor, 2nd Movement

    Performer: Paul Badura-Skoda.
    • Koch.
  • Winfried Michel

    Sonata 21 XVI 2a in D minor: 1st Movement Moderato

    Performer: Paul Badura-Skoda.
    • Koch.
  • Fritz Kreisler

    Praeludium and allegro in the style of Gaetano Pugnani

    Performer: Joshua Bell. Performer: Paul Coker.
    • Decca.
  • Hans Keller & Susan Bradshaw

    Mobile for Tape and Percussion

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Etude Op.25 No.5 in E minor

    Performer: Yuki Matsuzawa.
    • Pianissimo.
  • Rohan Kriwaczek ('Pierre Dubuisson')

    Sept regards sur l'esprit de la mort: Marche funèbre

    Performer: Rohan Kriwaczek.
    • The Guild of Funerary Violinists.
    • Rohan Kriwaczek.
  • Rohan Kriwaczek ('Michel Meunier')

    Pompes funèbre no.2: Pompe II

    Performer: Rohan Kriwaczek.
    • The Guild of Funerary Violinists.
    • Rohan Kriwaczek.
  • Rohan Kriwaczek ('Hieronymous Gratchenfleiss')

    The Noble March of Death

    Performer: Rohan Kriwaczek.
    • The Guild of Funerary Violinists.
    • Rohan Kriwaczek.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne

    Performer: Rachel Podger.
    • Chanel Classics.
  • Winfried Michel

    Sonata 21 XVI 2a in D minor: 3rd Movement Allegro

    Performer: Paul Badura-Skoda.
    • Koch.

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