Our Classical Century, episode 2 review

Our Classical Century, episode 2 review

What sort of people were these, who felt more hungry for music than for their lunches?” So said museum director Kenneth Clark about the morale-boosting daily lunchtime concerts by pianist Myra Hess at the National Gallery in London. The answer was anyone seeking escapism, inspiration or solace. This second episode of four-part project Our Classical Century (BBC Four) explored music’s vital role in Britain’s resistance and resilience during the Second World War. 

For this instalment, presenter Suzy Klein was joined by music-loving foreign correspondent John Simpson. Cream-suited Simpson was infectiously enthusiastic but it was Klein who stole the show: striding around purposefully in a selection…

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