I must admit I am far from a regular listener to "Classic FM" but no doubt my usual weakness for Tristan und Isolde will have me tuning in. This should also be available internationally via the Classic FM website. Press release published below as received - ok, with a little of the self ingratiating stuff removed.
Classic FM has announced that Joan Bakewell will present a brand new series of three Sunday night programmes, starting on Sunday 15th April at 9pm.
Joan Bakewell’s Lovers will explore some of the passionate, intriguing and often bizarre love lives of classical music’s great composers and performers. In her first programme, Joan begins with one of the greatest love stories of them all - Wagner’s Tristan and Isolde, before looking at the musical marriages of composers Robert Schumann and his wife Clara, along with Jacqueline du Pre and Daniel Barenboim, as well as asking why unrequited love led Mozart to compose some of his finest music.
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The Merchant of Venice at the Almeida, or, Waiting in Vain for Revelation - I think I read this play at school, but it has not particularly stuck in my memory (I hadn't for example properly registered that “prick us do we not bleed...
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