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New! 100th Anniversary of "Swann's Way"

To commemorate the 100th anniversary of "Swann's Way," the first volume in Proust's "In Search of Lost Time," events, seminars, and readings were held all over the world. RadioProust's Larry Bensky discusses Proust, the anniversary, and a Northern California commemorative event, in this interview with Michael Krasny, host of NPR affiliate KQED in San Francisco.

November 2013


“La Leçon de Proust”

Five distinguished French actors discuss their roles in a dramatic reading of Proust, staged as part of the series, “Théâtre à la Table”. An ingenious concept with valuable insights into Proust and his era, as well as the contemporary reactions to the character she created. And beautifully done readings from Proust’s texts.
1 hr. 40 minutes (In French)

January 2021

“Remembrance of Things Proust”

Music by Faure, Hahn, Debussy, Saint Saens, Chopin, Schubert and Elliott Carter, and bilingual readings from “In Search of Lost Time.” A performance in Berkeley, California as part of world-wide commemorations of the 100th anniversary of “Swann’s Way’s” publication, November 14th 1913. Created, directed, produced and hosted by RadioProust’s Larry Bensky.

January 2014
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"Proust's Musical World"

Music by Camille Saint-Saens, Cesar Franck, and Claude Debussy, performed by pianist Sandra Moubarak and cellist Anthony Leroy at an open air concert in Paris, August 2012.  Proust texts on music read in French by Didier Sandre, with English subtitles.

December 2012

"Proust and Music" at the Bard Music Festival, August 2012

A panel discussion moderated by RadioProust's Executive Producer, Larry Bensky

August 2012

"The Vinteuil Sonata"

Proust invented a composer, Vinteuil, in order to write about the emotions generated by profoundly evocative music.  Proust himself wrote letters saying that there were elements of Faure, Saint-Saens, Franck, Schubert, and Wagner, among others,  in his mind as he wrote about Vinteuil. Many writers and musicologists have tried to reproduce what the sounds of Vinteuil might have been. In this video, we hear one of the most unusual efforts, the rarely heard "Vinteuil Sonata" by Claude Pascal (1946) in a recent Paris performance.

August 2012

"Proust's Musical Milieu"

Dr. Leon Botstein, president of Bard College and music director of the American Symphony Orchestra, discusses the social and aesthetic background of music during Marcel Proust's life. 

September 2011

"Proust's Paris"

A look at life and culture in the Paris of Proust's time, as seen by Proust experts today.

August 2010

"Roger Shattuck on Proust"

From the First Annual Roger Shattuck Conference

April 2010 New York

"Proust in Normandy"

July 2009

"Paintings in Proust"

with Eric Karpeles

April 2009 Watch and Listen!

A New "Translation"

by Molly Springfield

March 2009 Watch and Listen!

"Music at the Proust Museum"

December 2008 Watch and Listen

Six-Minute Audio/Video Highlight

December 2007 Listen and Watch

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