Hattie Naylor - The Devil And Paganini


20170203 (BBC7)An English journalist sets out to elicit the secret of genius violinist Nicolo Paganini.
20170203 (BBC7)Niccolò Paganini is regarded as one of the world's greatest ever violinists. An English journalist is intent on eliciting the Italian maestro's secret of his genius.

Born in Genoa in 1782, some people believed the brilliant composer and performer sold his soul in a pact with the Devil in order to become a musical prodigy.

Tom Baker stars as Beelzebub in Hattie Naylor's play. With Marcello Magni as Nicolo Paganini and David Bamber as Scotty.

Violinist: Abigail Young

Producer: Jeremy Mortimer

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1998.