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Is Music Good for You?

Tom Service examines the intimate relationship between music and our minds. How does music affect our mental health? How do we use music to alter, deepen or understand the way we feel?

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30 minutes

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Fri 14 May 2021 16:30

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Concerto no. 1 in D flat major Op.10 for piano and orchestra

    Performer: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • DECCA.
    • 452 5882.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony no. 35 in D major K.385 (Haffner)

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 435 0702.
  • Najma Wallin

    Lugnet

    Performer: Najma Wallin.
    • ISRC.
    • SE5W32016802.
  • Zak Brady

    Somnolence

    Performer: Zak Brady.
    • ISRC.
    • SE5W32045901.
  • Marconi Union

    Weightless

    Performer: Marconi Union.
    • JUST MUSIC.
    • TAO049.
  • Metallica

    Enter Sandman

    • VERTIGO.
    • 868 733 2.
  • Slayer

    Angel of Death

    • LONDON.
    • LONC34.
  • Barney

    I Love You

    Performer: Barney.
    • BARNEY MUSIC.
    • K2-27114.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony no. 90 in C major H.1.90

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • LSO LIVE.
    • LSO-0808.

Broadcasts

  • Sun 9 May 2021 17:00
  • Fri 14 May 2021 16:30

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