Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about Classical Music - Sunday 2 August 2015, 9pm

On this week’s show Catherine Bott asks the question, “What do we mean by the Romantic era?”

On tonight's programme, Catherine Bott journeys through the 120 or so years that we define as the Romantic era. 

From the 1780s onwards, Catherine encounters the stormy genius of late Beethoven, the melancholic lyricism of Chopin (pictured), the bombast of Berlioz, the ‘bel canto’ offerings of Bellini and the impassioned drama of Brahms and Rachmaninov.

And to finish, there’s a little heard piano concerto from a Polish composer which has all the qualities for Romantic greatness – and which deserves to be better known.

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