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0420000505Four programmes in which leading musicians read from the autobiographical or biographical works of major composers.

4: Tenor Ian Bostridge reads letters written by Mozart in PARIS to his father in Salzburg.

In 1778 the young Mozart travelled to PARIS with his mother to seek fame and fortune.

But he found potential French patrons haughty, the musical establishment fickle and, to cap it all, his mother died during the visit.

"Four programmes in which leading musicians read from the autobiographical or biographical works of major composers.

4: Tenor Ian Bostridge reads letters written by Mozart in PARIS to his father in Salzburg.

In 1778 the young Mozart travelled to PARIS with his mother to seek fame and fortune.

But he found potential French patrons haughty, the musical establishment fickle and, to cap it all, his mother died during the visit."

STestimony: The Memoirs Of Shostakovich19980723Performers appearing in the 1998 Proms season read from the writings of featured composers.

Conductor Mark Elder reads extracts from `Testimony: the Memoirs of Shostakovich', the composer's vivid, highly controversial picture of life for a musician under the Soviet regime (4/5).

"Performers appearing in the 1998 Proms season read from the writings of featured composers.

Conductor Mark Elder reads extracts from `Testimony: the Memoirs of Shostakovich', the composer's vivid, highly controversial picture of life for a musician under the Soviet regime (4/5)."

S01Evenings In The Orchestra19980720Performers appearing in the 1998 Proms season read from the writings of featured composers.

Thomas Allen with tall tales from from Berlioz's `Evenings in the Orchestra' (1/5).

S01My Life1999071220000502Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

The readings feature composers whose music can be heard in this year's Proms.

1: Extracts from Wagner's `My Life', read by conductor Mark Elder

"Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

1: Extracts from Wagner's `My Life', read by conductor Mark Elder"

S02My Childhood19980721Performers appearing in the 1998 Proms season read from the writings of featured composers.

Soprano Emma Kirkby reads extracts from the writings of Abbess Hildegard of Bingen (2/5).

S02My Childhood19990713Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

2: Extracts from `My Childhood' by Carl Nielsen, read by tenor Robert Tear.

"Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

2: Extracts from `My Childhood' by Carl Nielsen, read by tenor Robert Tear."

S02My Childhood20000503Four programmes in which leading musicians read from the biographies of major composers.

2: Tenor Robert Tear reads extracts from `My Childhood' by Carl Nielsen, the Danish composer's magical account of his early years in the Funen countryside.

"Four programmes in which leading musicians read from the biographies of major composers.

2: Tenor Robert Tear reads extracts from `My Childhood' by Carl Nielsen, the Danish composer's magical account of his early years in the Funen countryside."

S03Delius As I Knew Him20000504Four programmes in which leading musicians read from the biographies of major composers.

3: Cellist Raphael Wallfisch reads `Delius as I Knew Him' by Eric Fenby.

S03Music Is My Mistress19980722Performers appearing in the 1998 Proms season read from the writings of featured composers.

Tenor Philip Langridge reads from the colourful notebooks kept by the composer Joseph Haydn during his visits to LONDON in the 1790s (3/5).

S03Music Is My Mistress19990714Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

3: `Music Is My Mistress' by Duke Ellington, read by the bass Willard White.

"Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

3: `Music Is My Mistress' by Duke Ellington, read by the bass Willard White."

S04Delius As I Knew Him19990715Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

4: `Delius as I Knew Him' by Eric Denby, read by cellist Raphael Wallfisch.

"Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

4: `Delius as I Knew Him' by Eric Denby, read by cellist Raphael Wallfisch."

S05 LASTMy Life Of Music19980724Performers appearing in the 1998 Proms season read from the writings of featured composers.

Andrew Davis, principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, reads from `My Life of Music', the autobiography of Sir Henry Wood (5/5).

"Performers appearing in the 1998 Proms season read from the writings of featured composers.

Andrew Davis, principal conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, reads from `My Life of Music', the autobiography of Sir Henry Wood (5/5)."

S05 LASTMy Life Of Music19990716Five programmes to celebrate the start of the 1999 season of Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

5: Tenor Ian Bostridge reads letters written by Mozart in PARIS to his father in Salzburg.

X01My Life1999071220000502Four programmes in which leading musicians read from the autobiographical or biographical works of major composers.

1: Mark Elder reads extracts from `My Life' by Richard Wagner, including the account of Wagner's fateful visit to LONDON in 1855 when the critics hated his conducting, and he met Queen Victoria.

"Four programmes in which leading musicians read from the autobiographical or biographical works of major composers.

1: Mark Elder reads extracts from `My Life' by Richard Wagner, including the account of Wagner's fateful visit to LONDON in 1855 when the critics hated his conducting, and he met Queen Victoria."