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Private Passions with Derren Brown broadcast on BBC Radio 3, 23 December 2007

Michael Berkeley meets Derren Brown, who over the last seven years has enthralled audiences with his famous experiments in 'Mind Control', a potent blend of psychology, illusion and showmanship.

A passionate music-lover, Derren listens every day to Bach, especially The Goldberg Variations and Cello Suites, and many of his choices have a spiritual nature, including Tallis's 40-part motet Spem in alium and Elgar's oratorio The Dream of Gerontius.

He also reveals that he used the slow movement of Beethoven's Emperor Piano Concerto in a live stage show to accompany the slow and painful process of hammering a nail into his nose.

  • J S Bach: Prelude from Cello Suite Number 1 in G Major
    played by Janos Starker
  • Music InformationJ S Bach: Prelude from Cello Suite Number 1 in G MajorBuy Song
  • Thomas Tallis: Spem in alium
    sung by The Tallis Scholars, directed by Peter Phillips
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  • Ludwig van Beethoven: Adagio (second movement) from Piano Concerto Number 5 in E flat (Opus 73) Emporer
    played by Stephen Bishop Kovacevich with the London Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Sir Colin Davis
  • Music InformationLudwig van Beethoven: Adagio (second movement) from Piano Concerto Number 5 in E flat (Opus 73) EmporerBuy Song
  • Richard Strauss: Morgen! (Opus 27 Number 4)
    sung by Felicity Lott with the Scottish National Orchestra, conducted by Meeme Jarvi
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  • Edward Elgar: Praise to his name! / Take me away from The Dream of Gerontius
    conducted by Richard Hickox
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  • Anita Baker: Sweet Love
  • Music InformationAnita Baker: Sweet Love from the album, RaptureBuy Song
  • J S Bach: Aria da capo from The Goldberg Variations (BWV 988)
    played by Murray Perahia
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