Broadcast at Lingotto Musica youtube channel
The best years of our lives is an evocative journey between music and literature, which from episode to episode, stops the time line on a different decade of our history, illuminating it from different perspectives, with readings from the immortal pages of universal literature and the playing of milestones from the musical repertoire of the period. Our reader is Alessandro Baricco while the musical pieces are performed by Gloria Campaner / piano, Sergej Krilov / violin, Alessandro Carbonare / clarinet and Enrico Dindo / cello. Our journey begins in the 1930s with the pairing of Francis Scott Fitzgerald with George Gershwin, proceded by the discovery of new analogies between Montesquieu and Johann Sebastian Bach during the incubation years of the European Enlightenment. Memory and omen confront each other in the work of Marcel Proust and Aleksandr Skrjabin, while the painful years of war condition the work of Ernest Hemingway and Olivier Messiaen. The weight of history is the basis of the selection from Henry James and Richard Strauss while those of Hermann Melville and Johannes Brahms demonstrate different perspectives of the nineteenth century world via a visionary from New York City and a Viennese by adoption steeped in the cult of European tradition.