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The Protecting Veil by John Tavener

Episode 4 of 5

Cellist Steven Isserlis recalls the impact of a commission and his unfolding and lasting friendship with its composer.

Cellist Steven Isserlis recalls the impact of this commission and his unfolding and lasting friendship with its composer. He remembers tentative first encounters; evenings in Indian restaurants with friends; the shared nerves of premiering the music; mixed reactions of audiences including a spectacular punch-up at a concert in the States and finally the hope that John is still sending messages to Steven from beyond the grave.

Producer: Rosie Boulton
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