Soul Music

Soul Music explores pieces of music with a particularly powerful emotional impact, and on today’s programme is the Largo from Dvořák's New World Symphony.

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BBC Radio 4
Tuesday, August 28, 2012 - 11:30

The Largo from Dvořák's Symphony No. 9: the ‘New World’ is the subject of today’s programme – the first in the fourteenth series of Soul Music. It is an enduring piece that holds special meaning for many people.

Anti-apartheid campaigner Albie Sachs discusses the piece’s role in giving him hope while he was held in solitary confinement; whistling its tune allowed him to feel a contact with the outside world and retain some spirit.

 Margaret Caldicott, the daughter of a woman held in a Japanese prisoner of war camp, illuminates the importance of the piece to her mother during her capture.