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Ivry Gitlis: a life in music

Jamming with John Lennon and rocking out with the Rolling Stones are two activities you wouldn't normally associate with a classical violinist, but Ivry Gitlis has done both. At 91 years old, he’s still working hard and releasing a new compilation of his work. He tells Catherine Nicholson about what his classical experiences brought to his rock 'n' roll ones, and why he thinks making mistakes when you play isn't that big a deal.

Also on the show: we discover an Aladdin’s cave of diamonds at the Cartier jewellery exhibition at Paris’ Grand Palais.

Finally, we meet the faces behind the voices that sang the shoop-shoops and dooby-dooby-dos on some of your favourite pop songs by Sting, Stevie Wonder, Bruce Springsteen and more.

By Catherine NICHOLSON

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2015-01-23 culture

Literary giant Russell Banks on freedom of speech

His works include "Affliction", which was made into a movie with Nick Nolte, "Continental Drift", "Lost Memory of Skin" and "Rule of the Bone". His protagonists are blue-collar...

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2015-01-22 culture

French film 'Taken 3' slammed by critics as 'dull'

We look at Liam Neeson’s third outing in "Taken 3", which is topping the box office but leaving critics cold. Plus, we bring you our film critic Lisa Nesselson’s interview with...

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2015-01-21 culture

'Foxcatcher': Brains, brawn and bats in the belfry

Olympic-level wrestling, brotherly love and megalomania: the film “Foxcatcher” has it all. Our film critic Lisa Nesselson takes us through it. Also, the Cannes film festival...

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2015-01-20 culture

Olafur Eliasson comes into 'Contact' with art lovers

From creating an entire weather system in London's Tate Modern to planting a kaleidoscopic viewing machine in the Brazilian countryside, Olafur Eliasson's experimental work has...

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2015-01-19 culture

Marilyn Manson mellows - slightly - with new album 'The Pale Emperor'

With our music critic Mark Thompson, we look at two artists who stormed the late nineties and are making a comeback: Gothic rocker Marilyn Manson and French touch house DJ...

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