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The Stopping Places

At about 8.15 tonight (23rd August) on BBC Radio 3, in Interval Proms Plus, new generation thinker Sophie Coulombeau will present…

An introduction to Gypsy, Roma and Traveller culture and heritage with writers Louise Doughty and Damian Le Bas , author of The Stopping Places (Chatto & Windus 2018).

Ivan Fischer conducts the Prom which starts at 7.30.

Hungarian folk tunes run through the veins of Iván Fischer and the Budapest Festival Orchestra, while Gypsy rhythms set their pulses dancing.

This concert – a true celebration of Hungary’s national music – traces the development of folk songs and dance, from their colourful, rough-hewn originals into virtuosic concert-hall reimaginings by Liszt, Brahms and Sarasate.

In the second half comes Brahms’s dramatic First Symphony, whose darkness and drama eventually give way to an ending of transcendent musical triumph.

The programme will be repeated on 6th September 2018 at 2.45 p.m.

Follow Damian on Twitter here.

The Stopping Places was Radio 4’s book of the week – listen to Damian reading it here.

Buy a copy of the book here, or at your local bookshop by clicking the link to the right.

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