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Soul Music
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BBC Radio 4

Series about pieces of music with a powerful emotional impact

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I Believe in Father Christmas

Some people say it's a protest song about the commercialisation of Christmas. Others that it's anti-religious. I Believe In Father... more

24 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Nessun Dorma

'None shall sleep'. Jon Christos watched the Italia 90 World Cup with his Dad and says that the live performance... more

17 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Killing Me Softly with His Song

"Strumming my pain with his fingers... Singing my life with his words..." Killing Me Softly with His Song is a... more

10 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Into My Arms by Nick Cave

"I don't believe in an interventionist God" has to be one of the most original opening lines to a song.... more

03 Dec 2022 · 27 minutes
Chervona Kalyna

Powerful stories linked to this beautiful and stirring Ukrainian folk song which inspired Pink Floyd to reform so they could... more

26 Nov 2022 · 27 minutes
Bruch's Violin Concerto

A Violin Concerto in G minor, Opus 26, became the best-known work of the German composer Max Bruch. Originally... more

18 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Ne Me Quitte Pas

Ne Me Quitte Pas is a song about begging someone not to go; of promising the world to them, if... more

11 Jun 2022 · 27 minutes
Purple Rain

"I never meant to cause you any sorrow, I never meant to cause you any pain..." True stories of what Prince's epic... more

30 May 2022 · 27 minutes
Young Hearts Run Free by Candi Staton

Candi Staton and others celebrate this 1970's disco classic which delivers an optimistic message. Written by David Crawford and released in... more

28 May 2022 · 27 minutes
A Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten

In 1942, Benjamin Britten boarded the M.S. Axel Johnson, a Swedish cargo vessel, to make the journey home to England... more

18 Dec 2021 · 27 minutes
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