Music Matters

Radio 3's flagship classical music magazine programme, with topical in-depth interviews, features and discussions on the big ideas driving today's music world.

Episodes

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19970531

Ivan Hewett with news and views from the musical world.

This week, a walk round a Mendelssohn exhibition at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, and a trip to a musical weekend in Lacock for players of the serpent, an ancient bass wind instrument.

19970601
19970607

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

This week, choreographer Mark Morris on his interpretation of Handel, violinist Gidon Kremer on master of tango Astor Piazzolla, and a look at Ravel's fascination with Spain.

19970608

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

This week, choreographer Mark Morris on his interpretation of Handel, Gidon Kremer pays homage to the master of tango Astor Piazzolla, and a look at Ravel's fascination with Spain.

19970614

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and events in the musical world.

This week, a new book on Mahler, a meeting between Ensemble Bash and musicians from Ghana, and what a new-born baby hears.

19970615
19970628

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and events in the musical world.

This week, composers' fascination with the poetry of Byron; a new scheme to provide music in prisons; and how Hong Kong's music scene will be affected by the handover to China at the end of this month.

19970629
19970712

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and events in the musical world.

This week, the symphony becomes heroic in the wake of Beethoven; composers write again for the virginals; a new book on English cathedral music; and a project in Birmingham to get young people singing.

19970713
19970914

A new season and a new time for the popular music magazine presented by Ivan Hewett.

This week, a review of Jonathan Miller's TV series for people who do not like opera; the hidden riches of Yemenese music heard for the first time in this country; and a composing computer - will it ever replace the human composer?

19970915

A new season and a new time for the repeat of the popular music magazine presented by Ivan Hewett.

This week, a review of Jonathan Miller's TV series for people who do not like opera; the hidden riches of Yemenese music heard for the first time in this country; and a composing computer - will it ever replace the human composer?

19970921

Weekly music magazine presented by Ivan Hewett.

This week, a new book about Diaghilev, the San Francisco Opera House re-opens, music-making in Manchester, and the Diva as an icon.

19970922
19970928

Music magazine.

This week, Ivan Hewett discusses the flourishing cultural life in Vienna during the first half of the century; looks at how pop musicians like Paul McCartney have crossed over to classical music; and brings news of Riccardo Muti's appeal to halt the destruction of musical manuscripts in Naples.

19970929
19971005

Weekly music magazine presented by Ivan Hewett.

This week, the Russian choral tradition, a new ballet about Edward II, and Vaughan Williams - establishment figure or subversive?

19971006
19971109

Ivan Hewett explores Sibelius's fascination with Finnish legends and folklore, looks at the way Soundbeam helps people with disabilities make music, and joins 700 young people working on an education project to be performed at Huddersfield Football Stadium.

19971110
19971123

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world, including news of a Prokofiev festival, the Brahms clarinet sonatas revisited, and a look at traditional music from the Andes.

19971124
19971214

Ivan Hewett looks at how Christmas music has changed through the ages.

McCarthy, artistic director, Music Theatre Wales; and Tom Sutcliffe, opera critic and author.

19971215
19980104

Ivan Hewett reviews the musical highlights of 1997 and looks forward to the year ahead.

Plus a report from Mostar, where the Pavarotti Music Centre has just opened.

19980105
1998012519980126

Music magazine, presented by Ivan Hewett.

This week, Beethoven the revolutionary in Glasgow, the history of the drum kit and a new book on different styles of singing.

This week, Beethoven the revolutionary in Glasgow, and a new book on different styles of singing.

1998020119980202

Music magazine, presented by Ivan Hewett.

This week, a new book on Verdi, a festival of improvisation and a new piece for the virginals.

/ Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

1998021519980216

This week, Rostropovich conducts Shostakovich, and the newly formed European Opera Centre perform Mozart at Buxton.

1998030119980302

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

This week, Prince Albert's contribution to musical life, the problems of themed concert programming, and hot dishes and Cuban spice at Club Tropicana.

This week, Prince Albert's contribution to musical life, what went on in Bluebeard's castle, and the problems of themed concert programming.

1998031519980316

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

This week, what makes a good musical biography, musical versions of Shakespeare, and Tchaikovsky tackled by Roger Norrington

1998032219980323

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

This week, a glance backstage at the opera, new ideas on Verdi, and a work by Handel rediscovered after 261 years.

1998040519980406

Ivan Hewett visits Stockholm, this year's European City of Culture, and asks what the role of music is in the global city of the future.

1998041219980413

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

Pianist Joanna MacGregor explains how Birtwistle's music has links with music of the past, and a group of amateur musicians creates a new piece with the Danish composer Per Norgard.

1998041919980420

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

Pianist Imogen Cooper talks about her forays into the rich repertoire for piano trio.

Plus the unique sounds of Pham Van Ty and the Ca Tru Thai Ha Ensemble of Hanoi, who are here for a festival of Vietnamese culture.

1998042619980427

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

This week, a look at Siobhan Davies's new dance piece choreographing Conlan Nancarrow's extraordinary studies for player piano.

Plus a visit to the new Wiltshire Music Centre.

1998050319980504

Ivan Hewett talks to Thomas Hampson about Mahler's Ruckert Lieder and reviews Channel 4's new series on the jazz greats.

1998051019980511

Ivan Hewett interviews Daniel Barenboim about his current Beethoven cycle at the Royal Festival Hall and celebrates 25 years of the Kronos Quartet.

1998052419980525

Ivan Hewett investigates noise levels in orchestras, talks to Broadway singer Kim Criswell about the unearthing of some Cole Porter treasures, and samples ancient music from Georgia performed by Ensemble Mzetamze.

1998053119980601

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

This week, a feature celebrating the centenary of the birth of Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Garcia Lorca, a tribute to the great Russian bass Chaliapin, and a preview of a new music theatre piece set in a Scottish pub.

1998061419980615

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the music world.

This week, silent-film legend Charlie Chaplin as a composer, and an assessment of the Royal Ballet on the hundreth birthday of its founder Dame Ninette de Valois.

1998062119980622

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the music world.

This week, composers who have written for and about children.

And the Lindseys talk about the evocative musical language in Janacek's quartets.

19980705

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the music world.

This week, a look behind behind the scenes at Almeida Opera's Chinese double bill, and medieval music on the streets of York.

Also, what exactly is vibrato?

19980920

Music magazine, with Ivan Hewett.

This week: defnining the classical in music, and new attitudes to the role of music in society.

19980927

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

This week: a rare interview with legendary dancer and choreographer Merce Cunningham, and a look at a new scheme which aims to transform the way music is taught in schools.

19981004

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

This week: a tribute to the extraordinary singer-actress Lotte Lenya as the centenary of her birth approaches.

Plus an assessment of the influence of the great visionary of 20th-century music - Karlheinz Stockhausen, celebrating his seventieth birthday.

19981101

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

This week, 25 years of the pioneering early-music vocal ensemble the Tallis Scholars.

Plus a look at the roots of klezmer as a month-long festival of Jewish music begins in London.

19981108

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

This week, he interviews Hans Werner Henze, a leading composer of contemporary opera, as the Royal Northern College of Music launches its festival of his music.

Plus a look at the new British Library transformed into a performance space for dance.

19981115

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

This week, he previews Simon Holt's first opera, based on an erotic strip cartoon by Lorca; reports on progress of the new Gateshead Arts Centre; and investigates the music that will create the atmosphere in the Millennium Dome.

19981122

Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world, including symmetries in Bach, music and gender, and the panpipes of Eastern Europe.

19981220

Ivan Hewett previews music programmes on television this Christmas, explores the King's College Choir phenomenon, and looks back at the musical highlights of 1998.

19990110

Ivan Hewett explores the way in which orchestras are developing new audiences.

He also visits the Richard Attenborough Arts Centre in Leicester, designed with disabled people in mind.

19990124

With Ivan Hewett.

This week, Julian Lloyd Webber comments from personal experience on the new film about Jacqueline Du Pre.

He also looks at the problems facing young musicians launching a professional career.

19990131

Ivan Hewett looks at the role of sponsorship in music.

And Tony Woodcock, former head of the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra but now in charge of the Oregon Symphony, sends a postcard comparing Britain's sunny south coast with America's wild west.

19990207

Ivan Hewett debates the lack of a first-rate concert hall in London and looks at the plans for improving the acoustics of the Royal Festival Hall, the regenration of the ground-breaking Roundhouse in Camden, and the novel idea of reconstructing the Queen's Hall as it was in Sir Henry Wood's day.

19990214

Ivan Hewett analyses the identity crisis in English music and asks if music is the food of love.

19990221

Ivan Hewett dons his hard hat and visits the site of the Royal Opera House development to see where the millions have gone.

Plus a report from France on how the opera scene has become a political hot potato.

19990307

In National Orchestra Week, Ivan Hewett looks at the range of educational activities being run by orchestras.

Plus the latest research into communicating with babies through music.

19990404

Ivan Hewett talks to Jonathan Miller about the drama of the Passion and looks at the state of contemporary music publishing.

19990411

Ivan Hewett looks at the influence of painter Vassily Kandinsky as a major exhibition of his work opens at the Royal Academy of Art.

Plus a report from Venice on the latest news in the troubled history of the Fenice Theatre.

19990418

Ivan Hewett investigates the decline of individuality in arts centres' programming around the world.

Plus John Eliot Gardiner on his mammoth project to perform the complete cycle of Bach's cantatas in the year 2000.

19990425

To celebrate Duke Ellington's centenary, Ivan Hewett looks at his influence over jazz and classical music.

And teachers and pupils give their opinions of the Associated Board's new jazz examinations.

19990502

Ivan Hewett visits Salford to see how the North West will benefit culturally from the new Lowry Centre.

He also discovers Rachmaninov with Vladimir Ashkenazy.

19990509

Ivan Hewett looks at how politics have influenced music in Cuba since the revolution 40 years ago, as the Barbican plays host to the UK's largest ever Cuban arts festival.

Plus the furore over who should succeed Wolfgang Wagner as director of the Bayreuth Festival.

19990523

Ivan Hewett meets the Soglasie Male Voice Choir of St Petersburg, who are reviving Russian choral music that was banned in the Soviet era.

He also finds out about about Chamber Music 2000 - the Schubert Ensemble's ambitious plan to encourage the writing and playing of chamber music.

19990530

Ivan Hewett with news and views from the musical world, including an interview with doyen of musicologists H C Robbins Landon, who talks about his discoveries and adventures in music.

19990606

As the Cardiff Singer of the World competition gets under way, Ivan Hewett explores the benefits and perils of singing competitions.

Plus a look at challenge of finding a new chief conductor for the Berlin Philharmonic, as Claudio Abbado prepares to hand over the baton.

19990613

Ivan Hewett reports on choreographer Twyla Tharp's reworking of Beethoven's Diabelli Variations.

Plus a look at whether music festivals are losing their individual identities.

19990620

As the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra celebrates the diamond jubilee of its own hall, Ivan Hewett looks at the orchestra's uncertain future.

Plus a look at the future of music in the new millennium with Danish compmoser Per Norgard, featured composer at this year's Aldeburgh Festival.

19990627

As the South Bank Centre's Meltdown festival reaches its climax, Ivan Hewett asks: has the fashion of playing any kind of music in any venue gone too far? Also, does the opening of the new Scottish Parliament signal that Scotland needs its own national anthem?

19990704

Ivan Hewett looks at the musical heritage of Bangladesh as a festival of Bangladeshi arts and culture opens in the UK.

He also previews a new television series which explores six masterpieces of 20th-century British classical music.

19990711

Ivan Hewett looks forward to the televising of the first night of the Proms by exploring different approaches to directing concerts on television.

He also discusses the future of international arts centres with Karsten Witt of London's South Bank Centre and John Rockwell, former director of the Lincoln Center, New York.

19991010

Ivan Hewett presents the music magazine, which takes a look at the Arts Council's New Audience Programme.

19991024

Ivan Hewett talks to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies about the role of the composer in encouraging children's musical creativity.

Plus a report on why the Paris Opera is auctioning off 10,000 costumes.

19991107

Ivan Hewett debates the future of the musical with Tim Rice, Jeremy Sams and Sheridan Morley, and investigates whether ten years on Berlin's cultural life has benefited from the fall of the Wall.

19991212

Ivan Hewett asks whether the new spiritualism in music is the genuine article.

Plus a report from Argentina on People's Opera at the Teatro Colon.

19991219

Ivan Hewett discusses the music of Thomas Ades - the most feted British composer since Britten - in light of a new Channel 4 profile.

He also talks to William Orbit about his remix of classical music.

20000123

Ivan Hewett examines the public personae of modern composers.

How highly do we value our composers? What is their role in contemporary society? Plus a look at how Bristol is shaking off the disappointment of its failed Lottery bid for the refurbishment of a long-neglected music venue to provide an arts centre.

20000130

Ivan Hewett talks to conductor and composer Pierre Boulez, whose seventy-fifth year is marked by the Boulez 2000 Festival.

Plus a look at the first steps to change the Royal Festival Hall's acoustics, which musicians and audiences have complained about for years.

20000220

In the week that the South Bank Centre unveils its redevelopment masterplan, Ivan Hewett investigates the implications for the UK's largest arts complex.

Plus a discussion on whether the classical music magazine market can support the imminent lauch of yet another title.

20000227

Ivan Hewett presents a special edition live from Berlin, new capital of a unified Germany and the most culturally vibrant city in Europe.

Despite the city's optimism, money is tight, and the ghosts of a divided past still haunt the place.

Leading conductors, musicians and commentators debate the politics of Berlin's cultural life.

20000312

Ivan Hewett presents the latest news and views from the world of music, including a discussion on the future of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic in the light of Gerard Schwarz's appointment as music director.

Plus a report on musical life in the former republics of the Soviet Union.

20000326

As Deborah Warner's staging of the St John Passion opens at English National Opera, Ivan Hewett explores the powerful connections between music and theatre in Bach's music.

Plus a discussion on Pierre Boulez - 75 this week - as a force on the contemporary music scene.

20000402

Ivan Hewett discusses the mplications for music institutions around the country as the Arts Council of England devolves power to the regional arts boards.

Plus a report on how the 250th anniversary of Bach's death is being marked in his homeland.

20000409

Ivan Hewett investigates whether the new arts centre in Salford is what the region needs or whethr it is at risk of becoming a white elephant.

Plus a report from France about why the proposal to move Berlioz's remains to the Pantheon in Paris is causing such a political furore.

20000416

Ivan Hewett debates whether amateur music-making in this country is valued.

Plus an exploration of the extraordinary world of sound art, as a major exhibition opens at London's Hayward Gallery.

20000430

As a celebration of Gypsy music and arts opens at London's Barbican Centre, Ivan Hewett investigates whether Gypsy culture is still alive today.

Plus a report on a music project tackling racism among football supporters at Charlton Athletic.

20000507

As a major festival devoted to works inspired by impresario Sergei Diaghilev opens, Ivan Hewett investigates whether there is still a place in the modern world for old-fashioned music dictators.

Plus a report on the background to today's controversial performance by the Vienna Philharmonic under Simon Rattle at the site of the Mauthausen concentration camp.

20000521

Italian politics is currently taking turn to the right.

Ivan Hewett investigates how this may affect the country's musical life.

Plus a report on the reaction to the news that the three Paris-based symphony orchestras have all appointed new conductors, none of them French.

20000604

Ivan Hewett investigates a project in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, where the opera house has just been restored, and investigates the work of the specialists who treat injured dancers.

20000611

Ivan Hewett investigates what community music will be like in the 21st century and how community musicians will develop their skills to meet new challenges.

Plus a report on the use of computers in the musical classroom.

Are computers just another tool, or do they inhibit musical originality?

20000618

Ivan Hewett talks to Andrew Porter, who this week gives the Hesse Lecture at the Aldeburgh Festival on the subject of the responsibilities and rewards of being a music critic.

What are critics for? And who reads them? Ivan Hewett discusses these questions with Andrew Porter and some of his colleagues, and talks to those who read the critics, and those who commission their work.

20000625

Ivan Hewett discovers the background to the recent controversial collaboration between the Berlin Philharmonic and a leading German rock band.

Plus a report on the recent conference in Iceland on music and national identity.

Does English music still sound English? And should it still try?

20000702

Ivan Hewett explores the life and teaching of the composer Franz Schreker.

Plus why several international companies are currently vying to become dominant in the new multimedia musical world - in the process acquiring some of the most famous old-school music publishers, especially in France and Italy.

20000910

Ivan Hewett returns with a new series of his weekly look at matters of the moment in the musical world.

Today, he explores the origins of music itself, plus a look back at the Proms and a look forward to the autumn season.

20000917

Ivan Hewett takes a weekly look at current issues in the musical world.

In this edition, he previews an Argentinian fiesta and asks whether the phenomenon of cultural tourism is entirely healthy.

Plus a look at Sir John Drummond's thoughts on the state of music in Britain as revealed in his recently published memoirs.

20000924

Ivan Hewett takes a weekly look at current issues in the musical world.

In this edition, he invites Sir Charles Mackerras to mark the approach of his 75th birthday by reflecting upon his musical involvement in an ever-changing Eastern Europe.

Plus an investigation into the threats faced by brass bands.

20001001

Ivan Hewett takes a weekly look at current issues in the musical world.

This edition looks at a shared commissioning exercise between two female composers, namely Sally Beamish and Karin Rehnkvist.

Plus an investigation into the state of music publishing across Europe.

20001008

Ivan Hewett investigates how the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra has regrouped following the demise last winter of the Bournemouth Sinfonietta.

Plus news of a three-week celebration of the music of Sir John Taverner

20001022

Ivan Hewett investigates how the recently lifted EU sanctions against Austria have affected the musical life of the country.

20001029

Ivan Hewett looks at the changing role that music plays in forging cultural identity around the world.

20001105

Ivan Hewett investigates how the course of opera was changed by a philosopher and previews a new community opera inspired by the Tower of Babel.

20001112

Ivan Hewett investigates how politics impinges on music-making in Haiti.

Neil Hoyle make a plea for politics to be kept out of music.

And Christopher Cook looks at modern dance in China.

20001210

Ivan Hewett asks whether the tradition of British travelling folk singers is dying out, examines the teaching of music in the classroom, and assesses the artistic and financial health of the Ulster Orchestra.

20001217

On the centenary of the death of the Marxist composer Alan Bush, Ivan Hewett asks who are today's political composers.

And Michael Kaiser reflects on the arts, subsidy, and running an opera house in Britain.

20010107

Ivan Hewett takes a weekly look at current issues in the musical world.

This edition focuses on the New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, the seventh edition of which is due to be published tomorrow.

As well as a 29-volume print version, taking up almost five feet of shelf room and weighing 68 kilos, the dictionary will also be available in a constantly updated online version.

20010114

Ivan Hewett discovers how, with the establishment of the Sonic Arts Research Centre, Northern Ireland hopes to become a pioneer in the field of fusing technology and music.

Plus a report on Manchester's Halle Orchestra.

20010121

Ivan Hewett celebrates the sixtieth birthday of organist Dame Gillian Weir, anticipates Verdi centenary, and talks to pianist Robert Levin about improvisation.

20010204

Ivan Hewett visits Tate Modern's new exhibition Century City: Art and Culture in the Modern Metropolis and asks whether the trend towards the use of background music in galleries enhances or distracts.

Plus a look at how Northern Ireland hopes to lead the field in fusing music and technology with the establishment of the Sonic Arts Research Centre.

20010218

Ivan Hewett investigates the difference between the City of Birmingham Touring Opera and the Birmingham Opera Company and talks to composer Ned Rorem about the UK premieres of three of his operas.

20010225

Ivan Hewett talks to Nicholas Kenyon about whether authentic performance has a future and looks at a new mentor scheme for young composers.

20010311

Ivan Hewett lvisits the new music venue Ocean, which aims to regenrate one of London's most deprived boroughs.

Plus a report on Vienna's millennium project the House of Music.

20010318

Ivan Hewett talks to two grand old men of music: the composer Hans Werner Henze - 75 later this year and currently being celebrated on London's South Bank - and musical iconoclast and prankster Mauricio Kagel, who is the subject of a retrospective at the Royal Academy of Music.

20010401

Sir Andrew Davis talks to Ivan Hewett about his first six months as the head of the Chicago Lyric Opera.

And Irene Schreier Scott makes the case for music theorist Heinrich Schenker.

20010408

Ivan Hewett is joined by two historians of recorded sound, Timothy Day and Robert Philip, to discuss the value of old recordings for today's musicians.

Plus news of two contrasting schemes to encourage young composers.

20010415

Ivan Hewett visits Rome and investigates a new concert hall, the Rome Opera and the state of music funding in Italy.

He also searches for lost musical treasures in the Vatican cellars.

20010429

Ivan Hewett talks to Peter Maxwell Davies about his trip to Antarctica and the resulting symphony, which premieres next weekend.

Plus an investigation into how Britain's summer music festivals will be affected by the foot and mouth epidemic.

20010506

Live from the Royal Festival Hall, Ivan Hewett chairs a debate on the future of the South Bank Centre.

The panel includes Nicky Gavron, Deputy Mayor of London, Jodi Myers, Director of Performing Arts at the South Bank, Serge Dorny, Artistic Director of the LPO, Claire Fox, Director of the Institute of Ideas, and David Jones, concert promoter and Director of Serious Ltd.

20010513

Ivan Hewett launches Radio 3's Remaking the Past season in conversation with the composer Alexander Goehr.

Plus a report on how musicals are breaking free of the past by turning to garage and hip hop music.

20010520

On the eve of the Chard Festival of Women Composers, Ivan Hewett discusses feminism in music.

And pianist Abdullah Ibrahim talks about new projects back home in South Africa.

Plus a profile of veteran film composer Ennio Morricone.

20010527

Ivan Hewett meets some of the members of the Chamber Orchestra of Europe - which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year - and eavesdrops on a commission by Heinz Holliger.

Plus a 70th-birthday recital and interview with pianist Alfred Brendel

20010603

Ivan Hewett talks to Valery Gergiev, Musical Director of the Kirov Opera.

Plus views on politics and the arts from musicians around the country.

20010610

Ivan Hewett investigates the education and training of the next generation of British musicians, talking to teachers, administrators, agents, seasoned performers and the young musicians themselves.

He compares their situation to that of their counterparts in Europe and America, and asks to what extent the current system of education is working and whether things are getting better or worse.

20010624

Ivan Hewett celebrates the centenary of the music publishing house Universal Edition, which since its foundation has been at the forefront of musical developments, publishing works by composers such as Mahler, Janacek, Boulez, Stockhausen and Birtwistle.

20010708

Ivan Hewett looks back at the pioneering fusion band Shakti, who are taking part in the South Bank Centre's Rhythm Sticks Festival.

Plus a report on why today's composers want to abandon the concert hall.

20010715

In the final edition before the programme takes a summer break, Ivan Hewett investigates ancient Greek water-organs, a pair of remarkable dramatic sisters and the continuing refurbishment of the Royal Albert Hall.

He also celebrates the centenary of Gerald Finzi, who was born yesterday in 1901.

20020106

Ivan Hewett takes the temperature of the symphony orchestra with conductor Douglas Bostock, composer Alwynne Prichard and managing director of the LSO Clive Gillinson

20020113

Ivan Hewett discusses surtitles for opera, the homeless state of La Scala, and a new Granta collection of writing on music.

20020120

Ivan Hewett explores the work of the Irene Taylor Trust, which uses music to teach prison inmates artistic and personal skills.

Plus reviews of two new books on William Walton.

20020127

Ivan Hewett marks the first BBC World Music Awards with a special edition discussing issues facing the world music scene today.

Plus an interview with Susheela Raman.

20020203

Ivan Hewett blows the dust off musical manuscripts at Magdalen College, Oxford, and finds out what is happening to the Bach family archive, currently housed in Kiev.

20020303

With Ivan Hewett.

Including an investigation of the Peter Warlock archive at Eton College and a profile of ballerina Beryl Grey as she approaches her seventy-fifth birthday.

20020310

Ivan Hewett talks to Daniel Barenboim.

Plus a review of a new book about Toscanini's 17 years at the helm of the NBC Symphony Orchestra, and Hilary Finch's views on the encore.

20020407

Ivan Hewett talks to conductor Lorin Maazel and investigates the theory that digital music editing has killed off interpretation in real music making.

20020414

Ivan Hewett pays tribute to Hungarian composer Gyorgy Kurtag, who is on a visit to the UK, and Damian Fowler reports on the demise of classical music radio stations in America.

20020512

Ivan Hewett explores new works by composer Peter Maxwell Davies and choreographer Christopher Wheeldon and reports on musical life down under.

20020519

Ivan Hewett investigates the world of Baroque music as part of the theme of this year's Lufthansa Festival, and examines the influences on music written for Bollywood films.

20020526

Ivan Hewett with features on this year's Spitalfields Festival, composer Iannis Xenakis, and the St Petersburg Philharmonic's bicentenary.

20020609

Ivan Hewett talks to Andre Previn; Catherine Guilyardi considers the cultural policies of Jean-Marie Le Pen; and Roger Nichols reviews a new book about Swiss conductor Paul Sacher.

20020616

Ivan Hewett talks to pianist Murray Perahia.

Plus a feature on the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and writer Janice Galloway on her new novel based on the life of Clara Schumann.

20020623

Ivan Hewett's guests include composer Nigel Osborne and father-and-daughter duo Ravi and Anoushka Shankar.

Plus a new Janacek biography and this year's City of London Festival.

20020707

Ivan Hewett talks to countertenor James Bowman and Naxos boss Klaus Heymann.

20030209

With Dermot Clinch and Tommy Pearson.

Film director Ken Russell talks about how music helped him through a personal crisis.

And an examination of how well we nurture our composers.

20030223

Dermot Clinch and Tommy Pearson with news from the music world, an interview with pianist Murray Perahia and a fresh examination of Sergei Prokofiev.

20030413

The weekly magazine programme with Dermot Clinch and Tommy Pearson.

20030427

With Dermot Clinch and Tommy Pearson.

As Almeida Opera prepares to return to its Islington home, Music Matters takes a walk around its newly renovated theatre.

20030511

Dermot Clinch and Tommy Pearson with news from the music world and an interview with American pianist Richard Goode.

20030518

With Dermot Clinch and Tommy Pearson.

Music Matters takes a look at the relationship of singers and their unsung heroes, accompanists.

20030525

With Dermot Clinch and Tommy Pearson.

In the anniversary year of Queen Elizabeth the First, Dermot Clinch views some important Elizabethan musical scores in the British Library.

Plus a look at African polyrhythm and its influence on modern composers, and a consideration of the concept of virtuosity - lost art from a bygone age or relevant musical phenomenon?

20030601

With Dermot Clinch and Tommy Pearson.

Including an interview with composer George Benjamin and an examination of how top jobs in the music profession are filled.

20030921

Music magazine with Tom Service, featuring an interview with New York pianist and writer Charles Rosen, and a look at A Tale Of Four Houses, a new book charting the history of four of the world's most important and influential opera houses: The Royal Opera House; La Scala in Milan; Vienna's Staatsoper; and the New York Met.

20031012

With Tom Service Including an interview with The English conductor Sir Roger Norrington whose work on musical scores, on sound, on orchestra size, seating and playing have influenced the way 18th and 19th Century music is now perceived.

And a look at the world of some of the unsung heroes of the operatic world: understudies.

20031019

With Tom Service.

An interview with architect Frank Gehry whose 'Walt Disney Concert Hall' opens in Los Angeles next week, plus Music Matters assesses the reputation of Claudio Monteverdi.

20031109

With Tom Service.

Including news and interviews with key players in the music world.

20031116

With Tom Service.

News and interviews with key players in the music world.

20031214

With Tom Service.

News and interviews from key players in the music world.

20040104

Tom Service talks to William Christie, director of Les Arts Florissants, about the demands of Baroque repertoire.

Plus a discussion of two new biographies of Mendelssohn.

20040111

Tom Service with news and views from the world of music.

20040118

In a special live edition of Music Matters, Tom Service discusses the life and legacy of John Cage with experts and enthusiasts and illustration from those who knew him.

20040201

Austrian maverick HK Gruber talks about his work as composer, conductor, chansonnier and double bass player.

Simon Broughton reports from the most remote music festival in the world, held annually in the Sahara Desert.

And a look at a new assessment of the work of Luigi Dallapiccola, one of the most important Italian composers of the twentieth century.

Presented by Tom Service.

20040208

Featuring 'Spectrum', a new book and CD published by the Associated Board containing specially commissioned short cello pieces aimed at students, amateur and professional musicians.

Music Matters puts it to the test.

Presented by Tom Service.

20040307

With Tom Service.

Today's programme includes an interview with Scottish composer James MacMillan, whose work features heavily in the Sounds New festival in Canterbury.

And, as the organ in the Royal Festival Hall celebrates its 50th birthday, we'll be asking whether this particular instrument is as controversial today as it was back in 1954.

20040314

With Tom Service In this special edition Music Matters asks what was the genius of Mozart? Joining in the discussion are director Peter Hall, pianist Mitsuko Uchida, conductor Neville Marriner and Professor Joan Freeman, international expert on gifted children.

And composer John Tavener talks about why he thinks Mozart was divinely inspired.

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20040321

With Tom Service.

The violin is possibly the most versatile of all instruments and blessed with a range and emotional intensity to rival even the human voice.

As a major festival devoted to the instrument opens this week across London, Music Matters takes a look at the violin from the great triumphs of instrument making in the seventeenth century to the latest repertoire written for it.

With contributions from Gil Shaham, Maxim Vengerov, Nigel Kennedy, Anne-Sophie Mutter and Ida Haendel.

20040404

When Stalin stormed out of an early performance of Shostakovich's earthy and often violent opera, Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk, the composer feared he would be arrested and killed.

Music Matters discusses Solomon Volkov's new account of the relationship between composer and dictator.

And, as a new production of the opera opens at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Tom Service talks to its director, Richard Jones.

20040411

Tom Service presents a special edition of Music Matters looking at the legacy of Luciano Berio, who died last year.

As a major festival devoted to life and work of the composer opens this week at London's South Bank Centre, Tom talks to some of those closest to him, including his widow Talia Pecker-Berio, cellist Rohan de Saram, trombonist Christian Lindberg and his biographer David Osmond-Smith.

20040418

Conductor Marc Minkowski has made a virtue out of playing not only early repertoire but classical, romantic and modern music too.

With such diversity, Tom asks him how he manages to keep focused.

Michael Kennedy talks about his new biography of Edward Elgar and Tom travels to Northumberland to explore its native folk music.

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Conductor Marc Minkowski has made a virtue out of playing not only early repertoire but classical, romantic and modern music too. With such diversity, Tom asks him how he manages to keep focused. Michael Kennedy talks about his new biography of Edward Elgar and Tom travels to Northumberland to explore its native folk music.

20040502

English conductor Sir Edward Downes is currently in his eightieth year.

As he prepares to conduct Verdi's Il Trovatore at the Royal Opera House, where he has worked for more than half a century, he talks of his life, work, and collaboration with great artists including the composer Shostakovich.

20040509

Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time was given one of the most unusual and moving premieres of any in the last century in Stalag VIII A, a Nazi prison camp.

Author Rebecca Rischin talks to Tom Service about her investigation into the history of the premiere based on testimonies by former prisoners and musicians.

Plus, Judith Weir, one of Britain's most wide ranging composers, looks back on her prolific career on the occasion of her 50th birthday, and the Battersea Arts Centre, pioneers of the phenomenally successful Jerry Springer the Opera, celebrate the beginning of their opera festival.

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Messiaen's Quartet for the End of Time was given one of the most unusual and moving premieres of any in the last century in Stalag VIII A, a Nazi prison camp. Author Rebecca Rischin talks to Tom Service about her investigation into the history of the premiere based on testimonies by former prisoners and musicians.

20040516

With Tom Service The operas of Richard Strauss are hugely popular - a new production of Arabella is one of three Strauss operas staged by the Royal Opera House this year.

Music Matters asks whether the composer's genius for operatic music is matched by his characterisation and plot.

With Tom Service

The operas of Richard Strauss are hugely popular - a new production of Arabella is one of three Strauss operas staged by the Royal Opera House this year.

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The operas of Richard Strauss are hugely popular - a new production of Arabella is one of three Strauss operas staged by the Royal Opera House this year. Music Matters asks whether the composer's genius for operatic music is matched by his characterisation and plot.

20040523

Tom Service's guest is Sir Richard Rodney Bennett is one of the most versatile composers around, composing for concerts and films, playing the piano in contemporary music and in jazz idioms, singing and playing classic show tunes in cabaret.

With a major world premiere, he is also the featured composer at this year's Bury St.

Edmunds festival.

What does his success owe to his 1979 move to New York and what does he feel is the current state of American contemporary music?

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20040606

Tom Service talks to key players in today's music scene and looks back at the world of the medieval troubador.

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20040613

Tom Service talks to composer Kevin Volans, whose latest string quartet, 'Black Woman Rising', is premiered at the Ravinia Festival, one of America's largest musical events.

And five years ago, Youth Music set out to bring music making to children living in areas of social and economic need.

Tom previews their big birthday bash in Birmingham this week with music from Taiko drummers to hip hop bands and youth orchestras.

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Tom Service talks to composer Kevin Volans, whose latest string quartet, 'Black Woman Rising', is premiered at the Ravinia Festival, one of America's largest musical events. And five years ago, Youth Music set out to bring music making to children living in areas of social and economic need. Tom previews their big birthday bash in Birmingham this week with music from Taiko drummers to hip hop bands and youth orchestras.

20040620

Tom Service talks to leading singers about Britten's tenor roles and reviews a new biography of the Canadian pianist Glenn Gould.

20040711

Includes a conversation with Pierre Boulez as he prepares to return to Bayreuth with Parsifal and Jonathan Coe on why he prefers composers who are often regarded as 'second rate'.

20040912

With Tom Service.

Daniel Barenboim explains why, relatively late in his career, he has now joined the pantheon of great pianists to have recorded Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier.

And a look at Push 04, a season of British, black-led theatre, opera and ballet.

Daniel Barenboim explains why, relatively late in his career, he has now joined the pantheon of great pianists to have recorded Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. And a look at Push 04, a season of British, black-led theatre, opera and ballet.

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20040919

Tom Service presents a live edition of the programme in which he meets composer conductor Pierre Boulez ahead of a series of performances with the London Symphony Orchestra.

Author Jerrold Northrop Moore explores the rural landscape of Worcestershire that informed much of Elgar's work, and as English National Opera prepare to present the complete production of Berlioz's opera, The Trojans, Tom talks to some of those who remember the British premiere of the epic in Glasgow in 1935.

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Tom Service presents a live edition of the programme in which he meets composer conductor Pierre Boulez ahead of a series of performances with the London Symphony Orchestra. Author Jerrold Northrop Moore explores the rural landscape of Worcestershire that informed much of Elgar's work, and as English National Opera prepare to present the complete production of Berlioz's opera, The Trojans, Tom talks to some of those who remember the British premiere of the epic in Glasgow in 1935.

20041003

Virtuoso recorder player Michala Petri talks about forging a modern career with an instrument most associated with baroque music.

And, as productions of the one-act opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle open in England and Scotland, Music Matters looks at the personal and psychosexual elements of Bartok's dark, interior drama.#

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Virtuoso recorder player Michala Petri talks about forging a modern career with an instrument most associated with baroque music. And, as productions of the one-act opera Duke Bluebeard's Castle open in England and Scotland, Music Matters looks at the personal and psychosexual elements of Bartok's dark, interior drama.#

20041010

The acting skills of many opera singers are often said to be as wooden as the stage the performers are standing on.

Tom Service investigates the infinite difficulties posed by combining acting with singing.

Tom also meets one of Europe's most influential composers, Louis Andriessen.

He has continually challenged conventional ideas about what music is and today he visits some of the places most important to him in his native Amsterdam.

And as the National Brass Band Championships take place next week at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Tom looks at how the passion and excitement of banding informs so much of the nation's music making.

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The acting skills of many opera singers are often said to be as wooden as the stage the performers are standing on. Tom Service investigates the infinite difficulties posed by combining acting with singing. Tom also meets one of Europe's most influential composers, Louis Andriessen. He has continually challenged conventional ideas about what music is and today he visits some of the places most important to him in his native Amsterdam. And as the National Brass Band Championships take place next week at the Royal Albert Hall in London, Tom looks at how the passion and excitement of banding informs so much of the nation's music making.

20041017

A live edition with music news and interviews including a profile of composer Harrison Birtwistle.

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20041024

Sakari Oramo talks to Tom Service about one of the most remarkable, yet forgotten figures of the British Music Renaissance, Manchester born John Foulds.

And Tom discovers what the young composers from the Royal Academy of Music are learning from their Stateside contemporaries.

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Sakari Oramo talks to Tom Service about one of the most remarkable, yet forgotten figures of the British Music Renaissance, Manchester born John Foulds. And Tom discovers what the young composers from the Royal Academy of Music are learning from their Stateside contemporaries.

20041107

As the dust begins to settle on the US elections, a look at the American music scene past and present.

What do events in the Oval Office mean for American orchestras and music-making? With American musician Joshua Rifkin on Sousa, Joplin and Bach, and a personal memoir of the journalist Paul Moor on his 1948 meeting with the composer Charles Ives.

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As the dust begins to settle on the US elections, a look at the American music scene past and present. What do events in the Oval Office mean for American orchestras and music-making? With American musician Joshua Rifkin on Sousa, Joplin and Bach, and a personal memoir of the journalist Paul Moor on his 1948 meeting with the composer Charles Ives.

20041114

Almost nine years after Venice's La Fenice Opera House was burnt to the ground, the phoenix of the Italian opera world is about to re-open with a new production of La Traviata originally written for the theatre in 1853.

The first time it was performed there was a disaster with the audience sniggering at the large leading lady apparently wasting away from consumption, but this time directed by Robert Carsen, it promises to be a more celebratory affair in the newly restored building.

Tom Service presents a special edition of the programme talking to the director and taking a tour of the resplendent opera house.

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Almost nine years after Venice's La Fenice Opera House was burnt to the ground, the phoenix of the Italian opera world is about to re-open with a new production of La Traviata originally written for the theatre in 1853. The first time it was performed there was a disaster with the audience sniggering at the large leading lady apparently wasting away from consumption, but this time directed by Robert Carsen, it promises to be a more celebratory affair in the newly restored building. Tom Service presents a special edition of the programme talking to the director and taking a tour of the resplendent opera house.

20041121

Tom Service looks at the state of jazz today.

Are the new breed of young jazz performers really developing the genre or just giving it a glossy, marketable image?

Tom Service looks at the state of jazz today. Are the new breed of young jazz performers really developing the genre or just giving it a glossy, marketable image?

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20041205

Today a rare interview with Dame Janet Baker, the English mezzo-soprano who was one of the most sought after and beloved voices of music in the twentieth century.

Does Joachim Kohler's new biography of Richard Wagner succeed in painting a rounded portrait of the composer as both historical phenomenon and complex personality? And, with a season of horror films in full swing at the National Film Theatre, a look at the way music has expressed fear in the movies.

Presenter Tom Service.

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Today a rare interview with Dame Janet Baker, the English mezzo-soprano who was one of the most sought after and beloved voices of music in the twentieth century. Does Joachim Kohler's new biography of Richard Wagner succeed in painting a rounded portrait of the composer as both historical phenomenon and complex personality? And, with a season of horror films in full swing at the National Film Theatre, a look at the way music has expressed fear in the movies.

20041212

Tom Service talks to Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires about the spirituality of her performances, and examines the letters of Benjamin Britten written between 1946 and 1951 - the period when he wrote many of his best known works, founded both the English Opera Group and the Aldeburgh Festival, and toured widely as a pianist and composer.

20050109

Tom Service talks to conductor Charles Dutoit about giving old music new vitality, the influence Herbert von Karajan made on him and how, unusually for a conductor, he prefers short rehearsals.

And as Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas last Friday, Tom takes a look at the music associated with the celebrations.

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Tom Service talks to conductor Charles Dutoit about giving old music new vitality, the influence Herbert von Karajan made on him and how, unusually for a conductor, he prefers short rehearsals. And as Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas last Friday, Tom takes a look at the music associated with the celebrations.

20050123

Tom Service takes a look at music written to commemorate the liberation of the Second World War concentration camps as the 60th anniversary is marked on Thursday by Holocaust Memorial Day.

He also talks to one of the world's foremost experts in the performance of 18th century music, Frans Brüggen.

Tom Service takes a look at music written to commemorate the liberation of the Second World War concentration camps as the 60th anniversary is marked on Thursday by Holocaust Memorial Day. He also talks to one of the world's foremost experts in the performance of 18th century music, Frans Brüggen.

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20050206

Meredith Monk has been described as 'a voice of the future' and 'one of America's coolest composers', she talks to presenter Tom Service about her career that spans more than 35 years.

And Tom follows the members of the Sacconi Quartet as they make their debut at one of London's most prestigious venues, in the first in a short series investigating the pitfalls of launching a performing career.

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Meredith Monk has been described as 'a voice of the future' and 'one of America's coolest composers', she talks to presenter Tom Service about her career that spans more than 35 years. And Tom follows the members of the Sacconi Quartet as they make their debut at one of London's most prestigious venues, in the first in a short series investigating the pitfalls of launching a performing career.

20050213

Today's programme includes an interview with one of Britain's great conducting talents, Sir Colin Davis, Principal conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra.

Plus a profile of maverick American composer Marc Blitzstein and, 50 years since its invention, a look at the synthesiser, the electronic instrument that transformed pop and classical music.

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20050313

Tom Service talks to Fanny Waterman, doyenne of piano teachers, and takes a look at the reputation of the prolific Czech composer Bohuslav Martinu.

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20050327

GF Handel is one of the best known and loved of all composers, but why has his music fascinated and delighted so many?

As the 28th London Handel Festival opens, Tom Service talks to leading musicians drawn to the Handelian flame, including Christopher Hogwood, Nicholas McGegan and Emmanuelle Haim.

Does the image of Handel the jolly composer and impressario belie a darker side to his character? And what were Handel's views on food, music, money and the opposite sex?

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20050403

In a major interview ahead of a festival of his music at the South Bank Centre in London, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies speaks frankly to Tom Service about the position he holds as the Master of the Queen?s Music, the future of contemporary classical music, and the government?s recently announced Music Manifesto.

Tom also investigates the complex life of the Faustian figure, composer Ferruccio Busoni, as the first biography of him is published for over 70 years.

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Tom Service talks to director Peter Sellars, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and video artist Bill Viola about their extraordinary new production of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde which opens in Paris this week, promising to deliver fresh insight into Wagner's operatic masterpiece.

In the UK, a new play Tristan and Yseult opens at the National Theatre and Music Matters calls on psychologists and philosophers to explain why the Tristan myth has endured so strongly since the middle ages - and is still relevant today.

And leading musicians talk about their make-or-break career decisions.

In the UK, a new play Tristan and Yseult opens at the National Theatre and Music Matters calls on psychologists and philosophers to explain why the Tristan myth has endured so strongly since the middle ages - and is still relevant today. And leading musicians talk about their make-or-break career decisions.

20050410

Tom Service talks to director Peter Sellars, conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen and video artist Bill Viola about their extraordinary new production of Wagner's Tristan and Isolde which opens in Paris this week, promising to deliver fresh insight into Wagner's operatic masterpiece.

In the UK, a new play Tristan and Yseult opens at the National Theatre and Music Matters calls on psychologists and philosophers to explain why the Tristan myth has endured so strongly since the middle ages - and is still relevant today.

And leading musicians talk about their make-or-break career decisions.

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In the UK, a new play Tristan and Yseult opens at the National Theatre and Music Matters calls on psychologists and philosophers to explain why the Tristan myth has endured so strongly since the middle ages - and is still relevant today. And leading musicians talk about their make-or-break career decisions.

20050417

Better known as conductor rather than composer, Lorin Maazel's new opera based on George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four opens at the Royal Opera House at the beginning of May.

It's directed by Robert Lepage, and Tom Service talks to both Maazel and Lepage about the work and the possibilities Orwell's novel presents on the operatic stage.

Meanwhile, conductor, Ingo Metzmacher's declared passion is to turn today's music into accepted repertoire, he talks about his ideas for radical concert programming and his success in giving concerts combining composers as incongruous as Beethoven and Luigi Nono.

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Better known as conductor rather than composer, Lorin Maazel's new opera based on George Orwell's Nineteen Eighty Four opens at the Royal Opera House at the beginning of May. It's directed by Robert Lepage, and Tom Service talks to both Maazel and Lepage about the work and the possibilities Orwell's novel presents on the operatic stage. Meanwhile, conductor, Ingo Metzmacher's declared passion is to turn today's music into accepted repertoire, he talks about his ideas for radical concert programming and his success in giving concerts combining composers as incongruous as Beethoven and Luigi Nono.

20050501

Politicians, pollsters and the electorate are gearing up for the final election push this week.

But how might music be affected by Thursday's result?

Is enough being done to foster musical appreciation and talent? As a nation, are we properly investing in our musical future? Music Matters debates music policy with representatives from the political parties and leading British musicians.

With Tom Service.

Politicians, pollsters and the electorate are gearing up for the final election push this week. But how might music be affected by Thursday's result?

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20050508

The Grand Tour reached its peak in the mid 18th century when rich, adventurous young travellers embarked on a journey south through Europe to expand their horizons.

Tom Service investigates the works of some of the composers who were inspired by that journey.

Tom also looks at the phenomonen of child prodigies and the talent of 12 year old New Yorker, Jay Greenberg who's already written five symphonies.

The Grand Tour reached its peak in the mid 18th century when rich, adventurous young travellers embarked on a journey south through Europe to expand their horizons. Tom Service investigates the works of some of the composers who were inspired by that journey.

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20050515

Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, in his 70th year, is profiled by Tom Service.

The composer's works are seen by many as having an extra spiritual dimension.

Plus, as a new collection of the letters of Philip Heseltine is published, Tom looks at the colourful and complicated life of the composer who wrote under the pseudonym of Peter Warlock.

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Estonian composer Arvo Pärt, in his 70th year, is profiled by Tom Service. The composer's works are seen by many as having an extra spiritual dimension. Plus, as a new collection of the letters of Philip Heseltine is published, Tom looks at the colourful and complicated life of the composer who wrote under the pseudonym of Peter Warlock.

20050529

Leonard Bernstein's interest in music education, exemplified by his Young Peoples Concerts with the New York Philharmonic in the 50s and 60s and his celebrated Harvard Lectures in 1973, is continued today through the Grammy Foundation Leonard Bernstein Center for Learning in California.

Tom Service looks at this side of Bernstein's work and the legacy he has left.

Part of Radio 3's Bernstein season.

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20050612

Includes a major interview with the charismatic conductor, pianist and composer Andr Previn as he celebrates his 75th birthday with a LONDON Symphony Orchestra concert series; a profile of Polish composer, Karol Szymanowski; and as part of the BBC's A Picture of Britain series, an investigation into the relationship between landscape and music.

Presented by Tom Service.

20050619

Minimalist composer Terry Riley influenced people such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams, as well as rock groups such as Soft Machine, The Who and Tangerine Dream with his seminal work 'In C'.

He celebrates his 70th birthday this year and talks to Tom Service.

There's also an investigation into the journey of jazz along the Mississippi River on the steamboats of the 1920s, and a look into the mysterious world of the piano tuner.

Minimalist composer Terry Riley influenced people such as Steve Reich, Philip Glass and John Adams, as well as rock groups such as Soft Machine, The Who and Tangerine Dream with his seminal work 'In C'. He celebrates his 70th birthday this year and talks to Tom Service.

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20050703

Tom Service presents a rare interview with American pianist and composer, Earl Wild, possibly the last great exponent of the Romantic tradition of piano playing.

There's also a look at a new book about the gypsy music of the Roma communities in Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria and Romania.

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20050710

After 40 years as one of Britain's most highly regarded string quartets, the Lindsays are coming to the end of their final season together.

Among their achievements are recordings of complete cycles of the Beethoven and Bartók quartets, together with revitalising the musical life of their adopted city of Sheffield.

Tom Service talks to the members of the quartet in their final major broadcast interview.

Solihull born conductor Jonathan Nott has also revolutionised music making in his adopted home town, Bamberg, in Germany.

He's an unfamiliar figure in the UK, but he brings his Bamberg Symphony Orchestra to the Edinburgh Festival next month and talks to Tom about its eclectic programming and renewed vitality.

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After 40 years as one of Britain's most highly regarded string quartets, the Lindsays are coming to the end of their final season together. Among their achievements are recordings of complete cycles of the Beethoven and Bartók quartets, together with revitalising the musical life of their adopted city of Sheffield. Tom Service talks to the members of the quartet in their final major broadcast interview.

Solihull born conductor Jonathan Nott has also revolutionised music making in his adopted home town, Bamberg, in Germany. He's an unfamiliar figure in the UK, but he brings his Bamberg Symphony Orchestra to the Edinburgh Festival next month and talks to Tom about its eclectic programming and renewed vitality.

20050814

A Man of All Time

"I knew if I worked properly I would do all I had to do."

This year is the centenary of the birth of Sir Michael Tippett and his music is featured throughout the Proms.

Tom Service looks at Tippett's long life and artistic credo through archive interviews with the composer.

This year is the centenary of the birth of Sir Michael Tippett and his music is featured throughout the Proms. Tom Service looks at Tippett's long life and artistic credo through archive interviews with the composer.

20050911

With Tom Service.

The composer Sir John Tavener talks about his first ballet score, Amu, a meditation on the human heart inspired by medical technology.

And, ahead of Radio 3's Webern Day, Tavener contemplates the Divine Vacuity of Webern's music.

And Sir Michael Tippett's centenary year continues to be marked through the publication of the first major selection of his letters.

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And, ahead of Radio 3's Webern Day, Tavener contemplates the Divine Vacuity of Webern's music. And Sir Michael Tippett's centenary year continues to be marked through the publication of the first major selection of his letters.

20050918

In an opera special, Tom Service talks to David Pountney about his production of Nielsen's Maskarade at the Royal Opera House.

There's a look at the enduring appeal of Lehar's The Merry Widow as it opens at Welsh National Opera; a visit to Nottingham as homeless people in the city prepare the premiere of a new opera based on Mahler's Rückert Lieder; and composer Gerald Barry and director Richard Jones talk about the new opera at English National Opera based on Fassbinder's stage play The Bitter Tears of Petra von Kant.

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20051002

A special edition focusing on the Greek-born, French composer Iannis Xenakis.

Working as an architect with Le Corbusier after the Second World War, Xenakis developed a radical musical style based on the principles and sounds of nature.

As a major Xenakis festival opens in London, Tom Service talks to those who knew him well and to the musicians who play his mesmeric music.

A special edition focusing on the Greek-born, French composer Iannis Xenakis. Working as an architect with Le Corbusier after the Second World War, Xenakis developed a radical musical style based on the principles and sounds of nature. As a major Xenakis festival opens in London, Tom Service talks to those who knew him well and to the musicians who play his mesmeric music.

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20051009

On the publication of the latest biography of composer Gerald Finzi, Tom Service visits Church Farm, the house that Finzi built in Berkshire where he wrote some of his best known music.

Plus the soundworld of experimental composer Alvin Lucier - and a chat with Evan Eisenberg about the update to his seminal work, The Recording Angel, looking at how recording has changed the way we listen to music.

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20051016

Jane Glover discusses her new book about Mozart's women - the mother, sister, friends and lovers who featured so significantly in his life.

Harpsichord legend Gustav Leonhardt talks about the keyboard music of Tallis and Byrd.

And Tom Service looks at how composers have been portrayed in the movies.

Harpsichord legend Gustav Leonhardt talks about the keyboard music of Tallis and Byrd. And Tom Service looks at how composers have been portrayed in the movies.

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20051023

As the English National Opera opens a new production of Madam Butterfly, Anthony Minghella makes his operatic directorial debut.

Tom Service also talks to Elgar Howarth, now in his 70th year, about his multi-faceted career as a composer, performer and conductor.

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As the English National Opera opens a new production of Madam Butterfly, Anthony Minghella makes his operatic directorial debut. Tom Service also talks to Elgar Howarth, now in his 70th year, about his multi-faceted career as a composer, performer and conductor.

20051106

A new book about the composer Olivier Messiaen claims to explore the world that Messiaen himself was at pains to keep hidden.

Tom Service talks to the authors.

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A new book about the composer Olivier Messiaen claims to explore the world that Messiaen himself was at pains to keep hidden. Tom Service talks to the authors.

20051113

Presented by Tom Service.

In Sir Charles Mackerras' 80th year, a profile of the conductor as seen through the eyes of those most closely associated with him, including Dame Janet Baker and Sir Brian McMaster, director of the Edinburgh Festival.

Plus the story of a new opera which unites the Tête à Tête opera company with the skilled knitters and spinners of Shetland - in A Shetland Odyssey.

Presented by Tom Service. In Sir Charles Mackerras' 80th year, a profile of the conductor as seen through the eyes of those most closely associated with him, including Dame Janet Baker and Sir Brian McMaster, director of the Edinburgh Festival.

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20051120

As Steve Reich, one of the pioneers of American minimalism, approaches his 70th birthday next year, Tom Service talks to him about two of his latest works - You Are Variations and Cello Counterpoint.

Plus Reich's views on science, Judaism and technology.

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20051204

Fifteen years after the death of Aaron Copland, Tom Service reassesses the music of one of America's best loved composers.

He talks to friends and colleagues including conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, writer and historian Vivian Perlis and the journalist Paul Moor, a former lover.

And ahead of Radio 3's British Music Week, Tom discusses the position of British contemporary music in the 21st century.

Fifteen years after the death of Aaron Copland, Tom Service reassesses the music of one of America's best loved composers. He talks to friends and colleagues including conductor Michael Tilson Thomas, writer and historian Vivian Perlis and the journalist Paul Moor, a former lover. And ahead of Radio 3's British Music Week, Tom discusses the position of British contemporary music in the 21st century.

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20051211

Presented by Tom Service.

Writer Roger Nichols looks over the vast personal correspondence of Claude Debussy, published in France for the first time.

American music historian Vivian Perlis talks about her new publication, An Oral History of American Music, documenting the history of 20th Century music directly through the voices of composers.

Plus a look at the simple dance in triple time that became the most popular ballroom dance of the 19th Century, inspiring composers well into the 20th Century - the Waltz.

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20060108

The historic City Halls in Glasgow played host to the likes of Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Dickens and William Gladstone.

But the building has recently been undergoing a massive refurbishment updating the concert hall and becoming the new home of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

Tom Service visits the Halls and looks at how the restoration will change music making in Glasgow.

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The historic City Halls in Glasgow played host to the likes of Benjamin Disraeli, Charles Dickens and William Gladstone. But the building has recently been undergoing a massive refurbishment updating the concert hall and becoming the new home of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

20060122

Tom Service talks to Argentine composer Osvaldo Golijov, whose La Pasión Según San Marcos gets its UK premiere at the Barbican as part of two concerts focusing on his work.

Tom also explores a collaboration between British and Iraqi performers at the Old Vic in London; a new production of Stravinsky's The Soldier's Tale.

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20060205

Petroc Trelawny talks to the legendary German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau.

Specialist in Russian music David Nice and ballet critic Ismene Brown review a new book that explores the 15-year collaboration between Prokofiev and the ballet impresario Diaghilev.

Plus, 91-year-old Margaret Elliot talks about life in St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith during the years Gustav Holst was the music master.

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Petroc Trelawny talks to the legendary German baritone Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau. Specialist in Russian music David Nice and ballet critic Ismene Brown review a new book that explores the 15-year collaboration between Prokofiev and the ballet impresario Diaghilev. Plus, 91-year-old Margaret Elliot talks about life in St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith during the years Gustav Holst was the music master.

20060219

Petroc Trelawny previews English National Opera's production of Vaughan Williams' rarely performed opera, Sir John in Love, and he delves into the peculiar world of the trombone as a new book is published charting the idiosyncratic development of the instrument.

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20060305

With Petroc Trelawny.

Mozart's 250th birthday has provoked a number of new books on the composer's life and music. But are they adding anything new to the already vast Mozart literature?

Plus a look at Shostakovich's 15 String Quartets through the eyes and ears of the performers, including members of the Fitzwilliam and Kopelman Quartets who worked directly with the composer.

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Mozart's 250th birthday has provoked a number of new books on the composer's life and music.

But are they adding anything new to the already vast Mozart literature?

20060312

The BBC Concert Orchestra celebrates film score composer Bernard Herrmann's brilliant, yet often turbulent relationship with Alfred Hitchcock. Petroc Trelawny investigates how Herrmann redefined the relationship between image and sound.

Plus a look at Tchaikovsky's masterpiece Eugene Onegin, as a new production is staged at the Royal Opera House.

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The BBC Concert Orchestra celebrates film score composer Bernard Herrmann's brilliant, yet often turbulent relationship with Alfred Hitchcock.

Petroc Trelawny investigates how Herrmann redefined the relationship between image and sound.

20060319

A profile of British composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett who is 70 this month.

Plus a look at Opera North's production of Arms and the Cow, Kurt Weill's satirical operetta.

With Petroc Trelawny.

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A profile of British composer Sir Richard Rodney Bennett who is 70 this month. Plus a look at Opera North's production of Arms and the Cow, Kurt Weill's satirical operetta. With Petroc Trelawny.

20060402

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As a new production of Offenbach's La Belle Helene opens at English National Opera, a look at Offenbach's place in French culture with soprano Dame Felicity Lott and translator Kit Hesketh-harvey.

Plus, an interview with the Mexican tenor Rolando Villazon.

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20060409

Petroc Trelawny talks to Chinese-born director Chen Shi-Zheng about his new production of Monteverdi's Orfeo at English National Opera, and to John Mark Ainsley who sings the title role.

Plus, ahead of Radio 3's Samuel Beckett Evening, a look at some of the composers who have been inspired by the writer.

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20060416

A Wagner Prelude

Tom Service presents a special edition of Music Matters as a prelude to BBC Radio 3's Ring in a Day on Monday.

Author Patrick Carnegy takes a look at the history of staging Wagner; while writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson talks about his often rocky relationship with the composer. Soprano Dame Anne Evans and bass Sir John Tomlinson talk about both the physical and mental strain of performing in such a vast work.

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Author Patrick Carnegy takes a look at the history of staging Wagner; while writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson talks about his often rocky relationship with the composer.

Soprano Dame Anne Evans and bass Sir John Tomlinson talk about both the physical and mental strain of performing in such a vast work.

20060507

Tom Service talks to director Francesca Zambello, as Franco Alfano's Cyrano de Bergerac receives its premiere at the Royal Opera House, 70 years after its first performance.

Plus, a celebration of the life of radical experimental composer and founder of the Scratch Orchestra, Cornelius Cardew, on the 70th anniversary of his birth.

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20060514

Tom Service finds out about two exciting recent musical developments in South Africa. He talks to Pauline Malefane and Mark Dornford-May, star and director of a new film of Bizet's Carmen set in Pauline's home township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town. And at OSCA, the opera course at the University of Natal in Durban, Martin Handley hears that "black singers are the singers of the future", in the amazing voices of the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

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Tom Service finds out about two exciting recent musical developments in South Africa.

He talks to Pauline Malefane and Mark Dornford-May, star and director of a new film of Bizet's Carmen set in Pauline's home township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town.

And at OSCA, the opera course at the University of Natal in Durban, Martin Handley hears that "black singers are the singers of the future", in the amazing voices of the people of KwaZulu-Natal.

20060521

Tom Service presents a special operatic edition, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Welsh National Opera, the company brought together by a former miner. From those who were there at its inception in 1946 to the newest recruit - general director John Fisher - the programme looks at the past, present and future of opera in Wales.

Plus, French directors Patrice Caurier and Moshe Leiser talk about their new production of Tchaikovsky's Mazepa; and director Peter Sellars on his production of Mozart's opera, Zaide.

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Tom Service presents a special operatic edition, celebrating the 60th anniversary of the Welsh National Opera, the company brought together by a former miner.

From those who were there at its inception in 1946 to the newest recruit - general director John Fisher - the programme looks at the past, present and future of opera in Wales.

20060604

Tom Service speaks to Danish composer Poul Ruders about his opera Kafka's Trial. Plus cellist Matthew Barley presents a special report from Uzbekistan on his Between the Notes project.

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Tom Service speaks to Danish composer Poul Ruders about his opera Kafka's Trial.

Plus cellist Matthew Barley presents a special report from Uzbekistan on his Between the Notes project.

20060611

Tom Service speaks to Raymond Yiu about his new opera The Original Chinese Conjuror, based on the true story of Chung Ling Soo - whose dramatic death onstage at the Wood Green Empire led to his unmasking as William Robinson.

For the 350th anniversary of the birth of the French composer and bass viol virtuoso Marin Marais, viol player Hille Perl and French baroque expert Philip Weller uncover his life and work. Plus, Tom meets identical twins who knew since their teens that they both wanted to be cutting-edge opera directors - Christopher and David Alden, currently staging Janacek and Handel at ENO.

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For the 350th anniversary of the birth of the French composer and bass viol virtuoso Marin Marais, viol player Hille Perl and French baroque expert Philip Weller uncover his life and work.

Plus, Tom meets identical twins who knew since their teens that they both wanted to be cutting-edge opera directors - Christopher and David Alden, currently staging Janacek and Handel at ENO.

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20060618

Tom Service investigates the world of 'semi-opera' as Mark Morris and Jane Glover prepare to stage Purcell and Dryden's King Arthur for English National Opera.

Conductor and author Robert Craft takes a break from recording to talk about Arnold Schoenberg; and a look behind the doors of Tate Modern's new Kandinsky exhibition prompts an examination of the pivotal relationship between Schoenberg and the artist.

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20060702

Tom Service investigates the world of 'semi-opera' and speaks to Mark Morris and Jane Glover about their staging of Purcell and Dryden's King Arthur for English National Opera.

Plus, composer Judith Weir talks about the new version of her opera Blond Eckbert - currently touring the UK.

Tom Service investigates the world of 'semi-opera' and speaks to Mark Morris and Jane Glover about their staging of Purcell and Dryden's King Arthur for English National Opera.

Plus, composer Judith Weir talks about the new version of her opera Blond Eckbert - currently touring the UK.

20060709

Tom Service speaks to author Seb Hunter and music critic Fiona Maddocks about Seb's new book. Plus a look at the life of French composer Gustave Charpentier on the 50th anniversary of his death.

Tom Service speaks to author Seb Hunter and music critic Fiona Maddocks about Seb's new book.

Plus a look at the life of French composer Gustave Charpentier on the 50th anniversary of his death.

20060910

Tom Service talks to conductor Riccardo Chailly about running both the orchestra and opera in Leipzig. Plus, the story of Peter and the Wolf 70 years on from its first performance.

It's also the 60th anniversary of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - we hear from founding members and conductor Daniel Gatti. And following news of the death of former Radio 3 Controller, Sir John Drummond, we look back on his life in the Arts.

Tom Service talks to conductor Riccardo Chailly about running both the orchestra and opera in Leipzig.

Plus, the story of Peter and the Wolf 70 years on from its first performance.

It's also the 60th anniversary of the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - we hear from founding members and conductor Daniel Gatti.

And following news of the death of former Radio 3 Controller, Sir John Drummond, we look back on his life in the Arts.

20060924

As composer Steve Reich celebrates his 70th birthday, Tom Service travels to New York to talk to Reich and assess how his legacy influences both popular and classical music. DJ Spooky looks at the composer's affect on Urban DJ culture, and, as Reich once earned a living driving a taxi in New York, Service is joined by composer and journalist Kyle Gann on a musical and cultural taxi ride.

As composer Steve Reich celebrates his 70th birthday, Tom Service travels to New York to talk to Reich and assess how his legacy influences both popular and classical music.

DJ Spooky looks at the composer's affect on Urban DJ culture, and, as Reich once earned a living driving a taxi in New York, Service is joined by composer and journalist Kyle Gann on a musical and cultural taxi ride.

20061001

Tom Service explores that most versatile of instruments - the human voice.

Tenor Ian Bostridge previews a major song series on London's South Bank and Emma Kirkby and Anthony Rooley sample different approaches to performing Dowland songs. Plus reviews of a new book on Italian opera and the art of 'bel canto', and a fascinating study of the human voice by Anne Karpf.

Tenor Ian Bostridge previews a major song series on London's South Bank and Emma Kirkby and Anthony Rooley sample different approaches to performing Dowland songs.

Plus reviews of a new book on Italian opera and the art of 'bel canto', and a fascinating study of the human voice by Anne Karpf.

20061008

Tom Service interviews Deborah Warner, whose new production of Poulenc's La voix humaine is due to be performed by Opera North in the newly refurbished Leeds Grand Theatre. Plus Stephen Walsh on his second volume of the biography of one of the most significant and influential composers of the 20th Century, Stravinsky.

Tom also explores the latest corporate bonding exercise, can paintballing really be replaced by playing in an orchestra?

Tom Service interviews Deborah Warner, whose new production of Poulenc's La voix humaine is due to be performed by Opera North in the newly refurbished Leeds Grand Theatre.

Plus Stephen Walsh on his second volume of the biography of one of the most significant and influential composers of the 20th Century, Stravinsky.

20061015

Tom Service investigates the relationship between the music of Grieg and the landscape of his native Norway, and how the composer's time in England had a far greater influence on his life than previously thought.

Pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard talks about his life in music as his latest CD of Schumann is released.

Plus news of the UK's first ever Bachelor of Music degree in Indian classical music.

20061022

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20061105

Tom Service talks to Prof Stephen Hawking about the role music plays in his life ahead of his specially programmed concert at the Cambridge Music Festival. As Western classical music takes a greater hold in East Asia, an investigation into its role in Chinese society.

And coinciding with a festival of his music in Manchester, composer Mark Anthony Turnage discusses jazz, classical and his unique path between modernism and tradition.

Tom Service talks to Prof Stephen Hawking about the role music plays in his life ahead of his specially programmed concert at the Cambridge Music Festival.

As Western classical music takes a greater hold in East Asia, an investigation into its role in Chinese society.

20061112

A look at the colourful world of Gilbert and Sullivan.

And Tom Service talks to Janacek scholar John Tyrell about his new biography of the composer.

A look at the colourful world of Gilbert and Sullivan. And Tom Service talks to Janacek scholar John Tyrell about his new biography of the composer.

20061119

Tom Service talks to Anthony Phillips, who has translated the journals of Sergei Prokofiev, and Prokofiev specialist Noelle Mann about the composer who was a compulsive diarist. After his death, many of Prokofiev's writings were kept in a special closed section of the Russian State Archive and have only recently been published.

Composer George Benjamin and his librettist Martin Crimp talk about Benjamin's first opera, Into the Little Hill, which opens in Paris.

Plus the revelatory music of composer Helmut Lachenmann.

Tom Service talks to Anthony Phillips, who has translated the journals of Sergei Prokofiev, and Prokofiev specialist Noelle Mann about the composer who was a compulsive diarist.

After his death, many of Prokofiev's writings were kept in a special closed section of the Russian State Archive and have only recently been published.

20061203

With Tom Service.

Personal stories from the silent force behind the music industry - members of the 700-strong former workforce of instrument makers Boosey and Hawkes talk about how they helped to shape the sound of Britain.

Plus an exploration of the brave new world of Sound Intermedia as lights, computers and video screens increasingly alter the relationship between composition and performance.

20061210

As the UK album charts are increasingly populated by classical crossover artists in the run-up to Christmas, Tom Service takes a look at the genre that has included names such as Mario Lanza, Emerson Lake and Palmer, the Three Tenors and Angelis. He asks if there is more to crossover than marketing and easy money.

Director Francesca Zambello talks about her new production of Carmen at Covent Garden.

As the UK album charts are increasingly populated by classical crossover artists in the run-up to Christmas, Tom Service takes a look at the genre that has included names such as Mario Lanza, Emerson Lake and Palmer, the Three Tenors and Angelis.

He asks if there is more to crossover than marketing and easy money.

20070107

Composer and writer Ned Rorem talks movingly to Tom Service about how his words and music are inextricably linked in his new collection of diaries, Facing the Night.

Plus a report from Tel Aviv on the 70th anniversary of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, and New Year celebrations behind the scenes with the National Youth Orchestra in Oxfordshire.

20070121

Tom Service talks to renowned pianist and scholar Charles Rosen, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year. He also explores graphic images of musical humour from the middle ages to modern times with author and historian Jeremy Barlow.

Tom Service talks to renowned pianist and scholar Charles Rosen, who celebrates his 80th birthday this year.

He also explores graphic images of musical humour from the middle ages to modern times with author and historian Jeremy Barlow.

20070204

As the English Folk Dance and Song society celebrates its 75th anniversary, Tom Service visits Lincolnshire. From Percy Grainger's field recordings of folksong at Brigg to the peal of tuned bells at Croyland Abbey, he asks how music shapes the sense of where we live.

As the English Folk Dance and Song society celebrates its 75th anniversary, Tom Service visits Lincolnshire.

From Percy Grainger's field recordings of folksong at Brigg to the peal of tuned bells at Croyland Abbey, he asks how music shapes the sense of where we live.

20070217

Tom Service investigates the stories behind this week's headlines in the music world. He meets the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who at 103 years old still plays daily.

And celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of the best loved and most hated buildings in the country - the Barbican Centre. Tom asks what should our arts centres be today - bastions of cutting edge urban design or monuments to a fading culture?

Tom Service investigates the stories behind this week's headlines in the music world.

He meets the pianist Alice Herz-Sommer, who at 103 years old still plays daily.

And celebrating the twenty-fifth anniversary of one of the best loved and most hated buildings in the country - the Barbican Centre.

Tom asks what should our arts centres be today - bastions of cutting edge urban design or monuments to a fading culture?

20070303

Tom Service asks what the future holds for classical music and whether the genre needs to change. He looks at the Victorian predictions of William Sterndale Bennett which provide a fascinating account of the hopes and fears of the Victorian musical world.

He is also joined by John Williams and John Etheridge to talk about their unique collaboration combining two of the greatest names in classical and jazz guitar.

Tom Service asks what the future holds for classical music and whether the genre needs to change.

He looks at the Victorian predictions of William Sterndale Bennett which provide a fascinating account of the hopes and fears of the Victorian musical world.

20070310

Tom Service talks to Handel scholar Winton Dean about his in-depth study of Handel's last 20 operas, and investigates the challenge of staging and performing Handel's operas in the world's great opera houses with guests including Sir Peter Jonas, Sir Charles Mackerras and Sarah Connolly.

Plus American conductor Michael Tilson Thomas on what drives his work with the San Francisco Symphony Orchestra and his passion for education.

20070324

Petroc Trelawny travels to Cumbria to find out more about the Dowdales Community Opera Project, part of an ongoing partnership between the Royal Opera House and Dowdales Performing Arts College. He also talks to Alexandra Wilson, author of a new book about Puccini.

Petroc Trelawny travels to Cumbria to find out more about the Dowdales Community Opera Project, part of an ongoing partnership between the Royal Opera House and Dowdales Performing Arts College.

He also talks to Alexandra Wilson, author of a new book about Puccini.

20070407

On Easter Saturday, Harry Christophers helps Tom Service to take a closer look at Spanish Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria, one of the most admired European composers of church music in his day.

Plus, tenor Roberto Alagna talks about the pressures of singing in some of the world's most prestigious opera houses.

20070414

Tom Service visits the British Library with Lewis Foreman to sift through the remarkable secret archive of papers and photographs of Arnold Bax's mistress Harriet Cohen.

And Norman Lebrecht discusses his latest book, The Life and Death of Classical Music, with Tom, record producer Michael Haas and New York journalist John Rockwell.

20070421

In this week's programme Petroc Trelawny talks to harpsichordist-turned-conductor Christophe Rousset about playing Baroque music the French way, and the secrets behind the success of his group Les Talens Lyriques.

Petroc also explores the viola, taking as a starting point a new biography of Lionel Tertis by John White, and looks at Britten's 'forgotten opera', Owen Wingrave, conceived originally for television but about to hit the stage of the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House.

20070428

Petroc Trelawny heads to the British Library for the first ever three-day conference devoted to the Henry Wood Promenade Concerts.

A unique gathering of historians, musicologists, practitioners, media commentators and concert-goers reflect on the cultural phenomenon which for many marks the highlight of the classical music year.

Archive recordings and interviews with the leading authorities on the history of the Proms will illustrate key topics raised in the lectures and debates of the conference, and shed new light on the future of what has become a national institution.

20070512

Tom Service talks to author Tim Carter about his new book, which offers the first fully documented history of the making of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!

He also catches up with one of the world's most sought-after musicians, Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires.

20070519

Tom Service tracks down composer Oliver Knussen in his Suffolk hideaway and gets the latest thoughts and predictions from the founder of Naxos Records Klaus Heymann. American singer Grace Bumbry reminisces about a glorious operatic career that took in both soprano and mezzo-soprano roles. And Tom discovers the vibrant Cuban world of Anacaona, the all-girl band that set the nightclubs of Havana alight in the 1930s.

Tom Service tracks down composer Oliver Knussen in his Suffolk hideaway and gets the latest thoughts and predictions from the founder of Naxos Records Klaus Heymann.

American singer Grace Bumbry reminisces about a glorious operatic career that took in both soprano and mezzo-soprano roles.

And Tom discovers the vibrant Cuban world of Anacaona, the all-girl band that set the nightclubs of Havana alight in the 1930s.

20070602

Tom Service travels to Paris to visit the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique, or IRCAM. Founded in 1977 by Pierre Boulez at the behest of President Georges Pompidou, IRCAM is a research centre for new music and associated technologies.

Thirty years on, Tom finds out what goes on at the IRCAM today and asks how relevant it is as an institution in the context of 21st century art music, and French culture generally. With contributions from Pierre Boulez, Georgina Born, Roger Nichols and Jonathan Harvey.

Tom Service travels to Paris to visit the Institut de Recherche et Coordination Acoustique, or IRCAM.

Founded in 1977 by Pierre Boulez at the behest of President Georges Pompidou, IRCAM is a research centre for new music and associated technologies.

Thirty years on, Tom finds out what goes on at the IRCAM today and asks how relevant it is as an institution in the context of 21st century art music, and French culture generally.

With contributions from Pierre Boulez, Georgina Born, Roger Nichols and Jonathan Harvey.

20070609

As celebrations begin to mark the re-opening of the Royal Festival Hall on London's South Bank following its major refurbishment, Petroc Trelawny goes behind the scenes and talks to the people running this cultural landmark.

He also takes a look at the murky history of musical life in post-war Germany, and German conductor Ingo Metzmacher discusses the attraction of orchestras in his native country.

20070616

There's an operatic flavour to the programme as Tom Service talks to John Fisher, General Director of Welsh National Opera.

He also finds out about Elephant and Castle, a new opera aiming to project an urban vision onto a rural landscape by incorporating film, digital sounds, installations and live performance.

20070623

Tom Service talks to early music virtuoso Jordi Savall, focuses on the Glyndebourne Opera House as they stage Katie Mitchell's dramatic vision of Bach's St Matthew Passion, and explores the dangers of being a practising musician.

20070707

Tom Service talks to conductor Robert Spano and discusses music, memory and 'The Importance of Music to Girls' with poet and author Lavinia Greenlaw.

Plus pianist John York and psychologist John Sloboda look at the psychological skills necessary to become a musician.

20070728

Tom Service introduces topical interviews, features and discussions on the big ideas driving today's classical music world.

20070915

Tom Service talks to composer James MacMillan, whose new opera The Sacrifice is to receive its premiere by Welsh National Opera in Cardiff.

Directed by Katie Mitchell and with a libretto by Michael Symmons Roberts, the opera draws on the Mabinogion, an ancient collection of Welsh folk tales, and tells the story of a ruler's ultimate sacrifice to safeguard the future of his war-torn country.

20071006

40th Anniversary Special

As Radio 3 celebrates 40 years of broadcasting, Tom Service listens back over the decades and investigates how the station has reacted to the outside world and vice-versa. With contributions from Nicholas Kenyon, Harrison Birtwistle, Lord Asa Briggs, Robert Ponsonby and Georgina Born.

As Radio 3 celebrates 40 years of broadcasting, Tom Service listens back over the decades and investigates how the station has reacted to the outside world and vice-versa.

With contributions from Nicholas Kenyon, Harrison Birtwistle, Lord Asa Briggs, Robert Ponsonby and Georgina Born.

20071013

Tom Service examines the life and legacy of one of Italy's most pioneering and influential 20th-century composers, Luigi Nono, as a major celebration of his work gets underway in London.

Also, as the London Philharmonic Orchestra turns 75, Tom finds out what makes it unique and talks to its acclaimed new Principal Conductor, Vladimir Jurowski, about his plans for the future of the LPO.

20071020

Tom Service meets conductor John Eliot Gardiner to explore his reinterpretation of the music of Brahms, there's the latest from music's most talked about family with author Jonathan Carr on The Wagner Clan, and Vienna meets Hollywood with Erich Wolfgang Korngold at the movies.

20071103

Petroc Trelawny explores the border territory between literature and music, and how music can transform Shakespeare plays.

Plus pianist Richard Goode talks about the many guises of piano playing, and the programme investigates the uncompromising music of Alexander Goehr as he reaches 75.

20071110

The spotlight falls on four new books about music, including a major biography of Robert Schumann, and Oliver Sacks's hot-off-the-press Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain.

Petroc Trelawny talks to the authors and is joined by critic Hilary Finch, violinist Paul Robertson and musicologist Tess Knighton.

20071117

Tom Service talks to one of the most versatile jazz musicians of his generation, Chick Corea. Musician and artist Bill Drummond, who came up with the idea of a No Music Day, and pianist David Owen Norris discuss living a life without music.

Tom Service talks to one of the most versatile jazz musicians of his generation, Chick Corea.

Musician and artist Bill Drummond, who came up with the idea of a No Music Day, and pianist David Owen Norris discuss living a life without music.

20071201

Tom Service immerses himself in the music of Domenico Scarlatti as the Royal Northern College of Music perform all 555 of his sonatas in one day in Manchester.

The life of composer and war poet Ivor Gurney is celebrated in Gloucester, and tenor Ian Bostridge talks about his year-long series of concerts at London's Barbican.

20071208

Tom Service talks to violinist Itzhak Perlman about being a great advocate of classical music and the importance of music education.

There's an update on the Music Manifesto from composer and broadcaster Howard Goodall, and Tony Hall, Executive Director of the Royal Opera House, talks about the challenges of finding new audiences for opera and ballet.

20071215

Tom Service presents a special programme looking back on the life and music of one of the 20th century's most distinguished and controversial composers - Karlheinz Stockhausen, who died last week.

20080112

Tom Service talks to composer Judith Weir ahead of Radio 3's forthcoming weekend celebration of her work.

Plus 25 years after the death of pianist Artur Rubinstein, friends and colleagues assess his legacy, and a new collection of essays entitled Philosophers on Music falls under the Music Matters spotlight.

20080202

Tom Service talks to Daniel Barenboim as he performs the entire cycle of 32 Beethoven piano sonatas at London's South Bank.

Plus a review of Marina Frolova-Walker's new book on Russian music which challenges the notion of 'Russianness'.

Tom Service talks to Daniel Barenboim as he performs the entire cycle of 32 Beethoven piano sonatas at London's South Bank. Plus a review of Marina Frolova-Walker's new book on Russian music which challenges the notion of 'Russianness'.

20080209

Tom Service talks to pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard about his first recording of Bach - The Art of Fugue - and his stewardship of the Aldeburgh Festival.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrate the music of Henri Dutilleux. And a major exhibition of field recordings from India opens at the Horniman Museum in London.

The BBC National Orchestra of Wales celebrate the music of Henri Dutilleux.

And a major exhibition of field recordings from India opens at the Horniman Museum in London.

20080216

Tom Service explores the little-known world of Vivaldi the opera composer ahead of a performance of Tito Manlio at London's Barbican next week.

With a re-assessment of Olivier Messiaen's legacy as teacher, and harpist Osian Ellis on his 80th birthday.

Tom Service explores the little-known world of Vivaldi the opera composer ahead of a performance of Tito Manlio at London's Barbican next week. With a re-assessment of Olivier Messiaen's legacy as teacher, and harpist Osian Ellis on his 80th birthday.

20080301

Tom Service investigates the links between music and health.

He looks at reports on how music can change the lives of people with conditions ranging from schizophrenia to Alzheimer's.

Saxophonist Barbara Thompson talks about her battle with Parkinson's disease.

Plus news from the Royal Opera House and its workshops for autistic teenagers, and Prof Paul Robertson on the effects of music on the mind.

Tom Service investigates the links between music and health. He looks at reports on how music can change the lives of people with conditions ranging from schizophrenia to Alzheimer's. Saxophonist Barbara Thompson talks about her battle with Parkinson's disease. Plus news from the Royal Opera House and its workshops for autistic teenagers, and Prof Paul Robertson on the effects of music on the mind.

20080308

As the Grand Union Orchestra celebrates its 25th birthday, Petroc Trelawny meets the recently formed Grand Union Youth Orchestra as they prepare for a performance in East London.

Plus a review of Alex Ross's new book about 20th-century music The Rest is Noise, and miniature opera, with a look at five 15-minute chamber operas, the fruit of collaborations between Scotland's leading creative figures.

20080322

Tom Service talks to English baritone Thomas Allen about what sustains him through decades of success in his profession.

As a new book about the poet Heinrich Heine is published, Music Matters examines his enduring appeal for composers from Schubert to Berg.

And there is an interview with composer Olga Neuwirth about her opera Lost Highway, based on the film by David Lynch, which opens at the Young Vic in London next month.

20080412

With Tom Service.

Fifty years since the death of Ralph Vaughan Williams, journalist Simon Heffer explains the profound influence of war on the composer's music and how it modernised his style of writing, especially in his Sixth Symphony.

Tom talks to German composer Heiner Goebbels about his strongly 'visual' compositions. And organist, harpsichordist and conductor Ton Koopman looks back on his 40-year career.

Tom talks to German composer Heiner Goebbels about his strongly 'visual' compositions.

And organist, harpsichordist and conductor Ton Koopman looks back on his 40-year career.

20080510

Tom Service presents a programme devoted to a rare interview with the celebrated and often controversial pianist Krystian Zimerman. In an extensive and wide-ranging discussion, he talks about everything from his relationship with audiences and the recording process, to politics, pianos and why he can only listen to his own performances in the car.

Born in Poland in 1956, Zimerman became the youngest-ever winner of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1975, before studying intensively with the great Artur Rubinstein. Highly self-critical, Zimerman gives relatively few concert performances and has not released a solo recording for nearly two decades.

Tom Service presents a programme devoted to a rare interview with the celebrated and often controversial pianist Krystian Zimerman.

In an extensive and wide-ranging discussion, he talks about everything from his relationship with audiences and the recording process, to politics, pianos and why he can only listen to his own performances in the car.

Born in Poland in 1956, Zimerman became the youngest-ever winner of the International Chopin Competition in Warsaw in 1975, before studying intensively with the great Artur Rubinstein.

Highly self-critical, Zimerman gives relatively few concert performances and has not released a solo recording for nearly two decades.

20080607

Tom Service meets sitar virtuoso Ravin Shankar, currently on his final tour of Europe.

Plus a reassessment of Rimsky-Korsakov's legacy 100 years after his death, and as a second volume of Prokofiev's diaries is published, Tom looks at the wider phenomenon of composers' diaries and what can be learnt from them.

Tom Service meets sitar virtuoso Ravin Shankar, currently on his final tour of Europe. Plus a reassessment of Rimsky-Korsakov's legacy 100 years after his death, and as a second volume of Prokofiev's diaries is published, Tom looks at the wider phenomenon of composers' diaries and what can be learnt from them.

20080712

Tom Service talks to Hungarian composer Peter Eotvos about his new opera Love and Other Demons due to open at Glyndebourne next month. We're also on the trail of historic keyboards in Surrey, Arnold Dolmetsch and the early music revival at the beginning of the 20th Century.

Tom Service talks to Hungarian composer Peter Eotvos about his new opera Love and Other Demons due to open at Glyndebourne next month.

We're also on the trail of historic keyboards in Surrey, Arnold Dolmetsch and the early music revival at the beginning of the 20th Century.

20080906

Kennedy on Grappelli

In conversation with Geoffrey Smith, Nigel Kennedy pays tribute to the great improvising violinist Stephane Grappelli. Featuring some of the classic recordings and selections from the archive.

In conversation with Geoffrey Smith, Nigel Kennedy pays tribute to the great improvising violinist Stephane Grappelli.

Featuring some of the classic recordings and selections from the archive.

20080913

Tom Service visits the celebrated Lucerne Festival Academy in Switzerland, where 130 musicians from around the world come together to explore contemporary classical music under the direction of Pierre Boulez and members of his Ensemble Intercontemporain.

Conductors stay in the spotlight as Tom and Petroc Trelawny meet two other major figures: Esa-Pekka Salonen, newly appointed principal conductor and artistic advisor to the Philharmonia Orchestra, and Charles Mackerras, who talks about Mozart as he launches the Royal Opera House season with Don Giovanni.

20081011

Tom Service travels to Ireland to explore the part classical music has to play in Irish culture today. In the last decade, the country has experienced a revolution in music-making. Tom visits Ireland's first purpose-built opera house, which is about to open its doors to the Wexford Opera Festival.

Plus a look at contemporary classical composition in Dublin and traditional music and dance at the world-renowned Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick. And Irish composer Gerald Barry explains how the solitude of County Clare is essential to his uncompromising music.

Tom Service travels to Ireland to explore the part classical music has to play in Irish culture today.

In the last decade, the country has experienced a revolution in music-making.

Tom visits Ireland's first purpose-built opera house, which is about to open its doors to the Wexford Opera Festival.

Plus a look at contemporary classical composition in Dublin and traditional music and dance at the world-renowned Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in Limerick.

And Irish composer Gerald Barry explains how the solitude of County Clare is essential to his uncompromising music.

20081018

Petroc Trelawny talks to leading American composer John Adams about his new musical memoir Hallelujah Junction, and how he has been blacklisted by US security for the perceived morality of his political stage works.

Authors David Huckvale, Peter Dickinson and Adrian Wright review each other's recent books on the composers Lord Berners and William Alwyn and about the British composers who composed music for Hammer horror films.

And as a rare Stradivarius cello, expected to fetch over one million pounds, is about to be auctioned online, Petroc investigates the phenomenal prices such instruments command and asks who is buying them.

20081101

With the presidential elections a few days away, Tom Service is joined by three leading figures from the American music scene to assess the possible impact on musical life in the US.

Plus author John Tilbury talking about his controversial new biography of composer Cornelius Cardew, and a conversation with Leon Fleisher, hailed as one of the great pianists of the 50s and 60s and who was forced into early retirement by repetitive strain injury.

20081108

Petroc Trelawny is joined by Alexander Waugh to discuss his new book about the Wittgensteins, one of the most talented and eccentric families in European history, dogged by conflicts but held together by a fanatical love of music.

He also hears a new Remembrance Sunday commission from Portsmouth Grammar School by Peter Maxwell Davies and Andrew Motion.

20081122

With Tom Service.

Including Fiona Shaw on directing her first opera.

Tom Service discusses the collaborative process with actress Fiona Shaw as she makes her directorial debut in the opera world in charge of a new production of Ralph Vaughan Williams's Riders to the Sea.

With the latest Streetwise Opera project, My Secret Heart, bringing together the homeless with professional opera through Allegri's Miserere, and an interview with leading young German composer Jorg Widmann.

Plus a look back at the history of the London Sinfonietta, reflecting on the progress made in new music since its establishment 40 years ago.

With Tom Service. Including Fiona Shaw on directing her first opera.

20081129

Nigel Simeone tells the story of classical music activity in Nazi-occupied Paris.

Nigel Simeone visits Paris to tell the story of classical music activity in the city during the years of Nazi occupation, with historians, musicologists and musicians who vividly outline both the oppression and the resistance in the concert halls, conservatoires and radio studios of the times.

20090124

Tom Service compares two modern dystopian visions of the world about to hit the London stage: Korngold's Die Tote Stadt at the Royal Opera House and John Adams' Dr Atomic at the ENO.

He also speaks to Canadian baritone Gerald Finley on singing the title role in Adams' opera.

There is also a survey of The Complete Church Cantatas by JS Bach, a cycle devised by the Royal Academy of Music in London.

Tom discusses the project's objectives with RAM's principal Jonathan Freeman-Atwood and Bach scholar Berta Joncus.

And Michael Church visits Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to report on efforts to preserve traditional music in Central Asia.

Tom Service compares two dystopian visions of the world on stage in London opera houses.

20100410

Ahead of the General Election, Tom Service chairs a live phone-in about the future of classical music and the arts.

On the panel are those responsible for cultural policy from each of the main parties: Ben Bradshaw for Labour, Ed Vaizey for the Conservatives and Don Foster for the Liberal Democrats.

To put your question to the panel, Phone: 0370 909 33 33 [standard geographic charges apply].

Lines open at 9.30am, or e-mail: music.matters@bbc.co.uk.

Tom Service chairs a phone-in about the future of classical music and the arts.

20110917

Tom Service is joined by Richard Morrison and Elaine Padmore to preview highlights of the musical year ahead.

Plus David Pountney of Welsh National Opera and Christopher Hogwood.

Tom Service previews the new musical season.

Plus David Pountney and Christopher Hogwood.

Tom Service is joined by Richard Morrison and Elaine Padmore to preview highlights of the musical year ahead. Plus David Pountney of Welsh National Opera and Christopher Hogwood.

Tom Service previews the new musical season. Plus David Pountney and Christopher Hogwood.

20111001

Pierre Boulez is a man who stirs strong feelings among the musical public, to some he is one of the greatest composers of our time whose works glisten with colour and rhythmic vitality, to others he's the modernist bogeyman whose pronouncements on contemporary music led to a rigid orthodoxy which shouted down all other points of view.

What is certain is that he casts a long shadow over our musical world, whether as a composer, conductor, founder of IRCAM - the electro acoustic research centre in Paris - or as a philosopher of music, he is someone who can't be ignored.

Tom Service caught up with him last month as he prepared for a weekend devoted to his music at London's Southbank Centre and finds that at 86 years-old he's not slowing down and he's still as passionate as ever about his art.

Tom Service talks to French composer, conductor and philosopher of music Pierre Boulez.

Pierre Boulez is a man who stirs strong feelings among the musical public, to some he is one of the greatest composers of our time whose works glisten with colour and rhythmic vitality, to others he's the modernist bogeyman whose pronouncements on contemporary music led to a rigid orthodoxy which shouted down all other points of view. What is certain is that he casts a long shadow over our musical world, whether as a composer, conductor, founder of IRCAM - the electro acoustic research centre in Paris - or as a philosopher of music, he is someone who can't be ignored. Tom Service caught up with him last month as he prepared for a weekend devoted to his music at London's Southbank Centre and finds that at 86 years-old he's not slowing down and he's still as passionate as ever about his art.

20111008

As the Merce Cunningham Dance Company begins its final tour at the Barbican in London, Tom Service talks to US dance critic John Rockwell about the legacy of the renowned American choreographer who died in 2009 aged 90.

In a groundbreaking move, Cunnigham established a two-year legacy plan for the company, which is set to dissolve at the end of this year.

To discuss the tricky notion of preserving contemporary dance, and the nature of celebrity choreographers, Tom is joined by British choreographer and founder of Siobhan Davies Dance Company, Siobhan Davies.

Young Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja is one of the most promising vocal talents of his generation.

At the end of a year of acclaimed performances, including in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, and Verdi's Requiem at the BBC Proms, he talks to Tom Service about life as a rising operatic star.

With Tom Service.

The legacy of dancer Merce Cunningham; tenor Joseph Calleja interviewed.

As the Merce Cunningham Dance Company begins its final tour at the Barbican in London, Tom Service talks to US dance critic John Rockwell about the legacy of the renowned American choreographer who died in 2009 aged 90. In a groundbreaking move, Cunnigham established a two-year legacy plan for the company, which is set to dissolve at the end of this year. To discuss the tricky notion of preserving contemporary dance, and the nature of celebrity choreographers, Tom is joined by British choreographer and founder of Siobhan Davies Dance Company, Siobhan Davies.

Young Maltese tenor Joseph Calleja is one of the most promising vocal talents of his generation. At the end of a year of acclaimed performances, including in Donizetti's Lucia di Lammermoor at the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, and Verdi's Requiem at the BBC Proms, he talks to Tom Service about life as a rising operatic star.

With Tom Service. The legacy of dancer Merce Cunningham; tenor Joseph Calleja interviewed.

20130420

Suzy Klein remembers conductor Sir Colin Davis who died this week aged 85. She hears from those he knew and worked with him, and delves into the archive to hear Sir Colin's thoughts on music and life, in his own words.

Young Iranian American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani looks forwards and backwards when preparing a concert programme, and he takes Suzy to visit the harpsichord he uses to play the music of Ligeti in the Goble harpsichord factory in Oxford.

20130504

With Tom Service, including a report from the new Mariinsky II in St Petersburg which opens this weekend and is expected to transform the existing Mariinsky Theatre and Concert Hall into one of the world's premiere performing arts centres for classical music, opera and ballet.

Author Philip Eisenbeiss comes into the Music Matters studio to talk about his new biography of the legendary impresario Domenico Barbaja, who dominated European operatic stages for thirty years at the height of the bel canto era, and was responsible for commissioning operas by Donizetti, Weber and Bellini among others.

Tom also catches up with Alexander Pereira, for nearly two decades director of Zurich Opera, and since 2011 artistic director of the Salzburg Festival. Pereira talks about the importance of new music for the Festival, how he's dealing with a large budget deficit, and who the Festival is really for, given that ticket prices which are beyond the reach of many people.

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Tom Service talks to Australian pianist Roger Woodward.

Presented by Tom Service.

Tom interviews the Australian pianist Roger Woodward. Now based in San Francisco, Woodward's love of music began with Bach, in his childhood home in the Sydney suburbs. After studies in Poland, he pursued an international solo career devoted not only to the mainstream pianistic repertoire of Chopin, Bach, Beethoven and Debussy, but also to championing new music by composers including Messiaen, Barraqué, Cage and Stockhausen. His close collaborations with many living composers, and his passion for the great composers of the past, is documented in his autobiography published last year, Beyond Black and White: My Life in Music.

And Paul Griffiths and Jane Manning join Tom to review 'Music Theatre in Britain 1960-75', a new book based on interviews by the ex-BBC producer Michael Hall with leading composers of the time. With its roots in works by Monteverdi, Schoenberg and Weill, the genre of Music Theatre - distinct from traditional opera and ballet - flourished in Britain in the 1960s. This book provides insights into the pioneering work of Harrison Birtwistle, Alexander Goehr and Peter Maxwell Davies, and into lesser-known early works by other major figures such as Cornelius Cardew and John Tavener.

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Tom Service meets trumpeter Hakan Hardenberger and explores Philip Glass's Akhnaten.

Tom Service meets trumpet virtuoso Håkan Hardenberger who recalls an audition for Pierre Boulez which would have seen his career go in a very different direction. Philip Glass's opera Akhnaten is set to open in a new production at English National Opera, Music Matters explores the story behind its creation in 1983, it was the last in Glass's trilogy of 'portrait' operas in which he looked at figures from the fields of science, politics and religion. Plus: Edward Dusinberre discusses his new book Beethoven for a Later Age: the journey of a string quartet, which traces his experiences of joining the Takács Quartet as First Violin and the quartet's approach to playing Beethoven's sixteen extraordinary string quartets.

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Interviewed GuestFelicity Palmer

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Interviewed GuestJames MacMillan
Interviewed GuestLincoln Abbotts
Interviewed GuestDiane Widdison
Interviewed GuestFiona Harvey

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Interviewed GuestGrace Bumbry
Interviewed GuestAudra McDonald
Interviewed GuestBill Fontana

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Interviewed GuestJoyce DiDonato
Interviewed GuestDee Isaacs
Interviewed GuestNigel Osborne
Interviewed GuestRaven Chacon
Interviewed GuestHelen Phelan
Interviewed GuestToner Quinn

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Interviewed GuestSemyon Bychkov
Interviewed GuestBrian Irvine
Interviewed GuestDavid Nicholas Buck
Interviewed GuestKate Romano

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Interviewed GuestWillard White
Interviewed GuestLyanda Lynn Haupt
Interviewed GuestDylan Robinson
Interviewed GuestMarion Newman
Interviewed GuestRobert Cramm
Interviewed GuestHuang Ruo

"bbc Opera Season: Dame Felicity Palmer, Annilese Miskimmon, Cutting Edge Opera"20171009

Sara Mohr-Pietsch asks: 'What is the future of opera?' With Dame Felicity Palmer.

In a special edition of the programme for the BBC Opera Season, Sara Mohr-Pietsch looks at opera past, present and future.

Sara meets the mezzo Dame Felicity Palmer who talks candidly about her life in the opera house, why the job of an opera singer is nothing like the glamour that people expect, how she sometimes doesn't feel opera works and why it's great fun to play horrible women.

The Belfast born opera director Annilese Miskimmon talks about the challenges opera faces today - from new audiences and gender inequality to battles between traditionalists and innovators.

We meet creators of the most cutting edge new opera that pushes the medium right to its boundaries - from sonic bicycles with composer Kaffe Matthews, to video games with director Sjaron Minailo, and an opera based entirely on the live sounds of a rock band with Travis Just from Object Collection.

And the opera historian Suzanne Aspden surveys where the operatic landscape is today and the different opera companies vying for our attention. And our money, given opera costs a great deal of money to put on. Alex Beard, Chief Executive of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden and Daisy Evans, founder of Silent Opera, talk about how they give audiences the biggest bang for their buck.

Image (c) Johan Persson.

"joyce Didonato, Refugee Crisis, Ritual Singing In Ireland"20170708

Sara Mohr-Pietsch is in conversation with mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch with musical stories from around Europe.

The mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato tells Sara about her recent experience working with children in Greece for the El Sistema project.

Sara also hears from three composers about their responses to the refugee and migrant crisis - Dee Isaacs on a partnership between the universities of Edinburgh and Athens to make music in refugee communities, Nigel Osborne on his new website which brings together communities in Scotland, Syria and Lebanon, and the American artist Raven Chacon on using Syrian refugee stories for a sound installation in the Greek capital.

And a new book which explores how ritual singing in Ireland creates a sense of belonging. Sara talks to the book's Limerick-based author, Helen Phelan, and Toner Quinn, editor of the Journal of Music in Ireland, puts 'Singing the Rite to Belong' in the wider context of Irish music-making.

"semyon Bychkov, New Music Biennial, Music And Landscape Architecture"20170703

Tom Service with conductor Semyon Bychkov and composer Brian Irvine.

Semyon Bychkov is sought after across the world as a conductor of all repertoire, but he has a particularly deep connection with the music of Tchaikovsky. He talks to Tom about the music of this oft-misunderstood composer as he continues his season-long Tchaikovsky project, and gives his opinions on the state of culture in Russia and the West today.

Composer Brian Irvine discusses his music and community projects in Hull as part of the PRS Foundation New Music Biennial, and following the publication of a new book exploring connections between music and landscape architecture, Tom meets the author David Nicholas Buck together with the writer and performer Kate Romano to explore the areas where these two disciplines share common ground.

"sir Willard White, Mozart's Pet Starling, Huang Bo"20170626

Tom Service is in conversation with opera singer Sir Willard White.

Presented by Tom Service

Tom talks to one of the world's best-loved singers, the bass Sir Willard White. Equally at home singing Wagner or the great American songbook - Willard White has one of the most distinctive and powerful voices on stage today. He tells Tom how as a teenager he had a life changing experience realising he could sing, his experiences on the opera stage and how the sheer power of his voice has made women scream.

A new book by the American naturalist Lyanda Lynn Haupt tells the story of a little starling that Mozart kept as a pet in Vienna - she speaks to Tom about retracing the story of an unlikely friendship between composer and bird.

For Radio 3's Canada 150 season, Music Matters investigates how classical composers last century would often use the songs and music of the indigenous people of Canada without realising the significance they had. Tom talks to Dylan Robinson, a professor in indigenous arts, Marion Newman, a classical mezzo of indigenous descent and Robert Cramm, an expert on the Canadian composer Harry Somers.

Plus, Tom talks to Chinese-American composer Huang Ruo about a new project for Manchester International Festival which features six new works by six different composers, each created in response to a specific space in Manchester. Huang chose to make his piece in and for the Manchester Town Hall - his oasis of musical contemplation in a busy city.

Starling recordings (c) Patrik Åberg, Tom Furtwangler.

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Valery Gergiev, principal conductor of the LSO, talks to Tom Service about his current preoccupations, including his Mahler cycle.

And conductor Mark Elder and players celebrate 150 years of the Halle, Britain's oldest professional symphony orchestra.

Valery Gergiev, principal conductor of the LSO, talks to Tom Service about his current preoccupations, including his Mahler cycle. And conductor Mark Elder and players celebrate 150 years of the Halle, Britain's oldest professional symphony orchestra.

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With Petroc Trelawny.

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As Luigi Nono's opera Prometeo receives its UK premiere, Tom Service talks to architect Renzo Piano about his designs for the original performance of the work.

He also meets Nono's widow Nuria Schoenberg-Nono, who tells of the place the piece occupied in the composer's life.

Plus an interview with violinist Nigel Kennedy on the release of his recording of Beethoven's Violin Concerto and a celebration of the sound of the King's Singers to mark their 40th anniversary.

As Luigi Nono's opera Prometeo receives its UK premiere, Tom Service talks to architect Renzo Piano about his designs for the original performance of the work. He also meets Nono's widow Nuria Schoenberg-Nono, who tells of the place the piece occupied in the composer's life.

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Tom Service talks to sibling pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque to find out about their unique rapport.

Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe explains the importance of his Baroque music group Collegium Vocale Gent in advance of their appearance at this year's Lufthansa Festival.

Plus contemporary composer Jonathan Harvey explaining the complex musical language of his compositional world.

Tom Service talks to sibling pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque to find out about their unique rapport. Belgian conductor Philippe Herreweghe explains the importance of his Baroque music group Collegium Vocale Gent in advance of their appearance at this year's Lufthansa Festival.

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With the first new concert hall to be built in London for over 25 years about to open its doors to the public, Tom Service investigates why the capital needs yet another concert venue.

There is also a look at La Calisto, a comic tale of amorous confusion between gods and mortals, and the first ever opera by Baroque composer Francesco Cavalli to be performed by the Royal Opera House.

Why has it taken so long for it to reach the stage there?

Plus 2008's centenary of composer Raymond Scott, the man who wrote music for adverts, electronics and for getting babies to sleep.

There is also a look at La Calisto, a comic tale of amorous confusion between gods and mortals, and the first ever opera by Baroque composer Francesco Cavalli to be performed by the Royal Opera House. Why has it taken so long for it to reach the stage there?

*20081004

Tom Service meets young Latvian conductor Andris Nelsons as he takes over the reigns of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

The life of Thomas Beecham falls under the spotlight as author John Lucas presents new material on the conductor's private life, including his visits to Nazi Germany and his views of its leaders.

And singing Rossini - what exactly does it involve? Credited with the invention of the modern tenor, Rossini makes demands of his singers that far exceed those of his predecessors.

Some of today's leading Rossinians reveal the secrets of their success, pianist and vocal coach Gerald Martin Moore looks back at some of the great Rossini singers of the past, and opera historian Emanuele Senici explains why singers in Rossini's day had it so much easier than the divas of today.

And singing Rossini - what exactly does it involve? Credited with the invention of the modern tenor, Rossini makes demands of his singers that far exceed those of his predecessors. Some of today's leading Rossinians reveal the secrets of their success, pianist and vocal coach Gerald Martin Moore looks back at some of the great Rossini singers of the past, and opera historian Emanuele Senici explains why singers in Rossini's day had it so much easier than the divas of today.

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Presented by Tom Service.

Including 100 years of Elliott Carter's correspondence.

Tom Service looks through a new book charting nearly a century of Elliott Carter's correspondence.

Plus an interview with one of the most sought-after mezzo-sopranos on the operatic stage, Angelika Kirchschlager.

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Presented by Tom Service.

With pianist Stephen Hough ahead of concerts in London and New York, and Nicholas Kenyon and Paul Griffiths reviewing American musicologist Richard Taruskin's collection of essays entitled The Danger of Music.

Also, as a new production of Benjamin Britten's reworking of the Beggar's Opera opens at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Tom is joined by Jeremy Barlow to trace the history of this work, first heard in Britain in 1728.

Tom Service talks to pianist Stephen Hough and looks at the history of the Beggar's Opera.

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Petroc Trelawny talks to director Jonathan Miller as his eagerly-awaited production of Puccini's La Boheme opens at English National Opera.

Voice coach Christina Shewell talks about her new book, The Mystery and Mending of the Voice, in which she offers solutions to help people with problems in their spoken and singing voices.

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Petroc Trelawny focuses on three new books: Susie Gilbert's Opera for Everybody: The Story of English National Opera; Sjeng Scheijen's new biography of the great impresario Sergei Diaghilev; and the diaries of the young Benjamin Britten, edited by John Evans.

Petroc is joined by tenor Robert Tear, director of opera at the Royal Opera House Elaine Padmore and musicologist David Nice to review them.

Petroc Trelawny and guests review three new books about music.

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Petroc Trelawny visits the seaside in a quest to find one of Britain's finest Wurlitzer organs.

As Harrison Birtwistle's opera Punch and Judy opens on two London stages in the coming weeks, the programme asks how Mr Punch has infiltrated the world of classical music.

Plus a look at whether music can shape the politics of the artist.

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Petroc Trelawny investigates the place of classical music in fiction and why it appeals to authors from Louis de Bernieres to Rose Tremain.

Novelist Ian Mcewan has written his first libretto for composer Michael Berkeley and both composer and librettist talk together about their collaboration, For You.

Plus a look at the world of philanthropy, asking how much does the classical music world rely on the charitable donations of the super-rich.

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With baritone Thomas Quasthoff, a Nielsen festival and an Opera North comic operetta.

Tom Service talks to German baritone Thomas Quasthoff, who appears in Haydn's oratorio The Creation in as part of his series of concerts given at London's Barbican Centre throughout 2009.

Academic David Fanning, musicologist Niels Krabbe and composer Karl Aage Rasmussen discuss Carl Nielsen and his music, as the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and the Halle embark on a complete cycle of the Danish composer's symphonies in Manchester and Birmingham.

The programme also eavesdrops on a rehearsal of Skin Deep, a new comic operetta staged by Opera North in Leeds, and which is based on a libretto by Armando Iannucci set to music by David Sawer.

And Michael Church visits Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan to report on efforts to preserve traditional music in Central Asia.

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Tom Service is joined by American critic and playwright Bonnie Greer to discuss a new book by George E Lewis.

A Power Stronger Than Itself charts the progress of the Assocation for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, an American institution founded in 1965, still active today, and renowned for its unparalleled contributions to modern music.

And 50 years after its Broadway premiere, Music Matters reassesses the significance of perhaps the most famous musical of all, West Side Story.

Tom Service is joined by American critic and playwright Bonnie Greer to discuss a new book by George E Lewis. A Power Stronger Than Itself charts the progress of the Assocation for the Advancement of Creative Musicians, an American institution founded in 1965, still active today, and renowned for its unparalleled contributions to modern music. And 50 years after its Broadway premiere, Music Matters reassesses the significance of perhaps the most famous musical of all, West Side Story.

Charlie Parker20050220

A look at the legacy of the legendary jazz alto saxophonist, Charlie Parker, who died fifty years ago leaving a generation of inspired jazz performers and composers.

Presented by Tom Service.

A look at the legacy of the legendary jazz alto saxophonist, Charlie Parker, who died fifty years ago leaving a generation of inspired jazz performers and composers. Presented by Tom Service.

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150th Anniversary Of The Birth Of Puccini20081220

Tom Service presents a special programme marking the 150th anniversary of Puccini's birth.

In a special edition to mark the 150th anniversary of the birth of Puccini, Tom Service visits some of the locations in Tuscany that meant so much to the composer, even when he had achieved international stardom.

In the company of musicologist Roger Parker, he assesses Puccini's legacy, the reception of his music a century ago and now, his complicated relationships with women and their impact on the operas, and the importance of his works in the Italian opera scene after Verdi.

20th Anniversary Of The Fall Of The Berlin Wall

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1989: Twentieth Anniversary

Petroc Trelawny presents a special live edition from the studios of Deutschlandradio Kultur to mark the twentieth anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Petroc Trelawny presents a special edition from Deutschlandradio Kultur in Berlin.

A Man Of All Time20050102

"I knew if I worked properly I would do all I had to do."

On the centenary of his birth Music Matters looks at Tippett's long life and artistic credo in interviews with the Composer held in the BBC Archives.

A Man Of All Time

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Ivan Hewett discusses ENO's interpretation of `A Masked Ball'.

Sally Beamish on writing `Monster' for Scottish Opera.

Plus the electroacoustic group BEAST at 20.

A Midlands Christmas

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Ivan Hewett with the latest news and events in the musical world.

This week, a look at Leonard Bernstein's `A White House Cantata', only now receiving its world premiere; singers from the Royal Opera House rehearsing Verdi's `Macbeth'; and why the French composer Eric Satie wrote the piece `Vexations', which lasts 14 hours.

Alan Gilbert, Matthias Pintscher, White Cube At Gyndebourne20150523

Presented by Tom Service.

In this edition of Music Matters, Tom talks to the New York Philharmonic's Music Director, Alan Gilbert, who recently announced he will leave his post in 2017. During his tenure in New York since 2009 his ambition and sense of adventure has revolutionised the orchestra, both in terms of repertoire - with a focus on 20th and 21st century works, and the establishment of the New York Biennial for new music - and in challenging the way classical music is performed and presented to today's audiences.

Tom also meets the German-born composer and conductor Matthias Pintscher. With current posts including Music Director of the Ensemble Intercontemporain and Artist-in-Association with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Pintscher's career combines his work as a composer with that as a conductor of music from Beethoven to Boulez. He's also a major international influence for the promotion of new music, as teacher, communicator and festival curator, whether in Paris or his home town of New York.

And, as this year's Glyndebourne Festival opens, Tom visits a new exhibition in the grounds of the Sussex opera house, a collaboration with the contemporary art gallery White Cube which this season will feature work by the German painter Georg Baselitz.

Alan Gilbert/nico Muhly/dalston Songs/julia Jones

Alan Gilbert/nico Muhly/dalston Songs/julia Jones20100123

Tom Service talks to two New Yorkers - conductor Alan Gilbert in his first season with the New York Philharmonic, and young composer Nico Muhly. Stories are turned into music in Helen Chadwick's Dalston Songs, and Tom meets British-born conductor Julia Jones ahead of her debut at the Royal Opers House.

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Tom Service talks to two New Yorkers - conductor Alan Gilbert in his first season with the New York Philharmonic, and young composer Nico Muhly.

Stories are turned into music in Helen Chadwick's Dalston Songs, and Tom meets British-born conductor Julia Jones ahead of her debut at the Royal Opers House.

Presented by Tom Service.

Featuring conductor Alan Gilbert and composer Nico Muhly.

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Tom Service visits the Aldeburgh Festival as it prepares to mark the centenary of the birth of Suffolk composer Benjamin Britten with a staging on the beach of his opera Peter Grimes. Ronald Blythe, the author of Akenfield - the book of rural realism based in Suffolk talks to Tom about his time working with Britten, and as Radio 3 celebrates British music, there's a look at the vitality of Welsh composition both past and present.

Author Paul Elie discusses his new book Reinventing Bach. Conductor and Bach expert Andrew Parrott gives his verdict on the book and its take on Bach as a forerunner of the technological age.

Aldeburgh, Huddersfield And Spitalfields20110611

Tom Service joins author Jules Pretty walking the coast from Orford to Sizewell in Suffolk ahead of the Aldeburgh Festival investigating the relationship between creativity and the landscape.

On the journey they meet performers at this year's festival including tenor Ian Bostridge, mezzo soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, and baritone Christopher Purves.

There's a visit to the Huddersfield Choral Society who are celebrating their 175th anniversary this month, and new music for bells.

How the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, one of the country's oldest and last remaining bell foundries, is providing the starting point for a series of concerts at the Spitalfields Festival.

Producer: Jeremy Evans.

Tom Service meets musicians in Aldeburgh, Huddersfield and East London.

Tom Service joins author Jules Pretty walking the coast from Orford to Sizewell in Suffolk ahead of the Aldeburgh Festival investigating the relationship between creativity and the landscape. On the journey they meet performers at this year's festival including tenor Ian Bostridge, mezzo soprano Angelika Kirchschlager, and baritone Christopher Purves.

There's a visit to the Huddersfield Choral Society who are celebrating their 175th anniversary this month, and new music for bells. How the Whitechapel Bell Foundry, one of the country's oldest and last remaining bell foundries, is providing the starting point for a series of concerts at the Spitalfields Festival.

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Tom Service presents an extended interview with composer Alexander Goehr.

In a major interview, Tom Service talks to the influential British composer Alexander Goehr about his style, his influences, and his influence on music.

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As the British composer Alexander Goehr turns 80, Tom Service talks to him ahead of the world premiere of his new work for orchestra, When Adam Fell. A new book about John Ireland falls under the Music Matters spotlight, and columnist Simon Heffer offers his thoughts on the musical significance of 2012. Presented by Tom Service.

Producer Emma Bloxham.

Tom Service talks to composer Alexander Goehr about his new work for orchestra.

Alexander Goehr, Shostakovich Preludes And Fugues, Leif Segerstam

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Tom Service catches up Alexander Goehr at rehearsals for his new opera 'Promised End' which is fashioned from 24 short scenes from King Lear and which the composer says will be his last.

Tom also explores Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues for piano with the author of a new book which looks at the complex background to these seminal works, and gets the latest score from Leif Segerstam, the Finnish composer, conductor and teacher who has so far published 220 symphonies.

Tom Service talks to Alexander Goehr about his new opera Promised End.

Tom Service catches up Alexander Goehr at rehearsals for his new opera 'Promised End' which is fashioned from 24 short scenes from King Lear and which the composer says will be his last. Tom also explores Shostakovich's 24 Preludes and Fugues for piano with the author of a new book which looks at the complex background to these seminal works, and gets the latest score from Leif Segerstam, the Finnish composer, conductor and teacher who has so far published 220 symphonies.

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Starting a new season of Music Matters, Tom Service talks - in a rare interview - to one of the most respected musicians of our time: pianist Alfred Brendel. Despite retiring from the concert hall in 2008, he's regarded as one of the major interpreters of Haydn, Beethoven, Schubert and Mozart. Brendel, now 84, has always been a deep thinker and an insightful writer on music, as well as a poet - literature is his second passion after music. Tom discusses music, art and life with Brendel at a time when the pianist is publishing 'Music, Sense and Nonsense', a new book of collected essays and lectures.

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Tom Service meets young composer and violinist Alma Deutscher.

Presented by Tom Service.

The composer and violinist Alma Deutscher was born in 2005, started composing aged 4, and wrote her first piano sonata when she was 6. Her first piece for symphony orchestra, Dance of the Solent Mermaids, and an opera, Cinderella, had their first performances in 2015. Tom meets Alma at her home in Surrey to find out more about her musical journey, and listen to her improvising at the piano.

As a new production of Hipermestra, a rarely staged opera by Cavalli, opens at Glyndebourne Festival Opera, Tom heads to the gardens of the Sussex opera house to meet the conductor William Christie and director Graham Vick, finding a dynamic partnership working on an operatic ideal.

And Tom looks at the main parties' cultural policies in the run-up to the UK general election.

Andras Schiff, Britten Letters, Irvine Arditti20121124

Pianist Andras Schiff talks to presenter Tom Service about his performances of all of Beethoven's piano sonatas. With Dame Janet Baker and legendary music critic Michael Kennedy, Tom looks at the latest volume of Benjamin Britten's letters to be published, and discovers what they reveal about the last ten years of Britten's life. And Irvine Arditti, the first violinist with the Arditti Quartet, talks to Tom about John Cage's Freeman Etudes and the influence that the Arditti quartet have had on 20th and 21st century string quartets. Producer: Jeremy Evans.

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch speaks to German-born Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger ahead of his upcoming performance at London's Wigmore Hall. Known for the brilliance of his Beethoven playing, he talks about why the composer's music embodies the very best human ideals, why pianists need to learn to breathe and why he's removing himself completely from the internet.

Benedictine monks in monasteries all over the UK and around the world structure their whole day around the singing of plainchant - five or six times a day they gather together and sing the psalms. Sara visits Downside Abbey in Somerset to experience first hand the musical life of monks.

People often have a very traditional view of brass band music, yet composers from Harrison Birtwistle to Hans Werner Henze not to mention young contemporary composers have all written for bands. The composers Edward Gregson and Lucy Pankhurst reveal the cutting edge of brass band composition.

And Viviana Durante - former Royal Ballet principal and mentor on BBC4's BBC Young Dancer programme - talks to Sara about the show and the prospects for young dancers today.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch speaks to German-born Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger ahead of his upcoming performance at London's Wigmore Hall. And she spends the day in a Benedictine Monastery to learn about how music shapes the daily lives of the monks.

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to pianist Andreas Haefliger and visits a musical monastery.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch speaks to German-born Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger ahead of his upcoming performance at London's Wigmore Hall. Known for the brilliance of his Beethoven playing, he talks about why the composer's music embodies the very best human ideals, why pianists need to learn to breathe and why he's removing himself completely from the internet.

Benedictine monks in monasteries all over the UK and around the world structure their whole day around the singing of plainchant - five or six times a day they gather together and sing the psalms. Sara visits Downside Abbey in Somerset to experience first hand the musical life of monks.

People often have a very traditional view of brass band music, yet composers from Harrison Birtwistle to Hans Werner Henze not to mention young contemporary composers have all written for bands. The composers Edward Gregson and Lucy Pankhurst reveal the cutting edge of brass band composition.

And Viviana Durante - former Royal Ballet principal and mentor on BBC4's BBC Young Dancer programme - talks to Sara about the show and the prospects for young dancers today.

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With Tom Service.

Including Andreas Scholl on a London recital with songs by Purcell and Dowland, a biography of Charles-Marie Widor, and the latest research in music therapy.

Including Andreas Scholl and a biography of Charles-Marie Widor.

Tom Service talks to the countertenor Andreas Scholl as he prepares for a solo recital in London devoted to Purcell, Dowland and other English composers of Early Music.

Also, an interview with John R.

Near on his biography of Charles-Marie Widor, A Life Beyond the Toccata, exploring the organist's other, less well-known output, which includes 4 operas, a wealth of songs and chamber music.

And as the British Association for Music Therapy opens a new, state-of-the-art centre in Sussex we assess the latest research in the field.

Finally, we explore the findings of an amazing quest undertaken by Balint Andras Varga in his book Three Questions for Sixty-Five Composers.

With Tom Service. Including Andreas Scholl on a London recital with songs by Purcell and Dowland, a biography of Charles-Marie Widor, and the latest research in music therapy.

With Tom Service. Including Andreas Scholl and a biography of Charles-Marie Widor.

Tom Service talks to the countertenor Andreas Scholl as he prepares for a solo recital in London devoted to Purcell, Dowland and other English composers of Early Music. Also, an interview with John R. Near on his biography of Charles-Marie Widor, A Life Beyond the Toccata, exploring the organist's other, less well-known output, which includes 4 operas, a wealth of songs and chamber music. And as the British Association for Music Therapy opens a new, state-of-the-art centre in Sussex we assess the latest research in the field. Finally, we explore the findings of an amazing quest undertaken by Balint Andras Varga in his book Three Questions for Sixty-Five Composers.

Andreas Staier, The Enchanted Island, Ligeti, Christmas Choral Music20111217

Tom Service interviews harpsichordist Andreas Staier as he prepares for a London recital tackling one of the greatest works ever written for the keyboard: Bach's 'Goldberg Variations'; Also, 'The Enchanted Island', a magic tale inspired by Baroque masques and pasticcios, which has its world premiere in New York's Metropolitan Opera on New Year's Eve with a starry cast conducted by William Christie.

We talk to the celebrated maestro as well as to Jeremy Sams who not only devised the script - following Shakespeare - but selected the music from works by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others; Also, a new book with a collection of essays reassessing the legacy of composer Gyorgy Ligeti, one of the most original voices of the 20th-Century.

And we take a look at the evergreen appeal and commercial success of Christmas Choral Music.

Presented by Tom Service.

Including an interview with harpsichordist Andreas Staier.

Tom Service interviews harpsichordist Andreas Staier as he prepares for a London recital tackling one of the greatest works ever written for the keyboard: Bach's 'Goldberg Variations'; Also, 'The Enchanted Island', a magic tale inspired by Baroque masques and pasticcios, which has its world premiere in New York's Metropolitan Opera on New Year's Eve with a starry cast conducted by William Christie. We talk to the celebrated maestro as well as to Jeremy Sams who not only devised the script - following Shakespeare - but selected the music from works by Handel, Vivaldi, Rameau and others; Also, a new book with a collection of essays reassessing the legacy of composer Gyorgy Ligeti, one of the most original voices of the 20th-Century. And we take a look at the evergreen appeal and commercial success of Christmas Choral Music.

Presented by Tom Service. Including an interview with harpsichordist Andreas Staier.

Andrzej Panufnik, Christopher Hogwood Tribute20140927

Petroc Trelawny presents a profile of the composer Andrzej Panufnik on his centenary, celebrated this month, including contributions from Lady Camilla Panufnik, the composer's widow, the conductor Antoni Wit, pianist Ewa Poblocka, members of the Silesian String Quartet and Polish music specialist Adrian Thomas - as well as archive recordings of the composer himself.

And a tribute to conductor, keyboard player and musicologist Christopher Hogwood, who died earlier this week. Best known for his pioneering work in historically informed performance with the Academy of Ancient Music, Hogwood combined his roles as keyboard player, director and musicologist to discover and recreate the intentions of composers of all periods, both in notation and in performance. Petroc remembers Christopher Hogwood with the countertenor James Bowman and the harpsichordist and musicologist Davitt Moroney. We also hear from Hogwood himself in archive interviews.

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Ivan Hewett explores magical ideas in music as John Harle and David Pountney's new opera `Angel Magick' opens in Salisbury.

Plus a look at image in classical music, from Nigel Kennedy to Medieval Babes.

Angela Hewitt, Opera In Essex, Raf Bands, A Dog's Heart20101120

Tom Service meets pianist Angela Hewitt, and talks Schumann and Bach.

He visits Thurrock where the Royal Opera House are putting on The Purfleet Opera which opens their brand new Production Park in Essex.

There's music from bands of the RAF at their new rehearsal rooms at RAF Northolt, and the story of a dog becoming human at English National Opera with Russian composer Alexander Raskatov's new work, A Dog's Heart directed by Simon McBurney.

Presented by Tom Service.

With Angela Hewitt; opera in Essex; music from the RAF.

Tom Service meets pianist Angela Hewitt, and talks Schumann and Bach. He visits Thurrock where the Royal Opera House are putting on The Purfleet Opera which opens their brand new Production Park in Essex. There's music from bands of the RAF at their new rehearsal rooms at RAF Northolt, and the story of a dog becoming human at English National Opera with Russian composer Alexander Raskatov's new work, A Dog's Heart directed by Simon McBurney.

Presented by Tom Service. With Angela Hewitt; opera in Essex; music from the RAF.

Ann Murray, Schoenberg's New World, Two Boys20110618

Radio 3's weekly music magazine programme, presented by Tom Service.

Irish mezzo-soprano Ann Murray is one of the great voices of the past 50 years.

As she prepares to give her last full recital at Wigmore Hall in London, Tom talks to her about her long and distinguished career both on the operatic stage and the concert platform.

A new book about Arnold Schoenberg's years in America throws new light on this controversial period in the composer's life, and Tom meets composer Nico Muhly as his new work about the fatal stabbing of a teenage boy takes shape at English National Opera.

Irish mezzo-soprano Ann Murray is one of the great voices of the past 50 years. As she prepares to give her last full recital at Wigmore Hall in London, Tom talks to her about her long and distinguished career both on the operatic stage and the concert platform.

Presented by Tom Service. With mezzo Ann Murray and a new opera by Nico Muhly.

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Presented by Petroc Trelawny, with Irish mezzo-soprano Ann Murray in conversation.

Petroc Trelawny talks to the mezzo-soprano Ann Murray, reviews a new book about musical culture in Stalin's Soviet Union, and Julian Lloyd Webber is on the Music Matters Soapbox.

Anna Caterina Antonacci, The Bcmg, Wagner's Ring20120929

Tom Service talks to the Italian super-star singer Anna Caterina Antonacci about her unique voice, about saying no to opera directors when needed, and about why she left her homeland for good. We travel to the heart of the Midlands to eavesdrop into one of the most successful ensembles of the country, the Birmingham Contemporary Music Group as they celebrate 25 years of existence: Tom talks to conductor Simon Rattle, composers Thomas Ades, Oliver Knussen, Colin Matthews and Charlotte Bray, players of the BCMG, and critic Christopher Morley too. And as the Royal Opera House starts Wagner's The Ring of the Nibelung this week in London we gather views from 4 different fields about both the artistic and logistic challenges of staging this gigantic 4-opera cycle: we hear from the ROH's Director of Opera Kasper Holten and soprano Susan Bullock, who's performing the role of Brunhilde; but also from composer Judith Weir and novelist and critic Philip Hensher.

Anne-sophie Mutter, Rusalka, Jewry In Music20120218

Tom Service meets the acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter ahead of concerts with the London Symphony Orchestra. Mutter was invited by Herbert von Karajan to play with the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of 13 and has since been one of the biggest stars of the classical music world, playing everything from the great warhorses of the concerto repertoire to contemporary works written specially for her.

As the Royal Opera House in London prepares to stage Dvorak's opera Rusalka for the very first time, Tom delves deeper into this tragic story of the water nymph who longs to walk on the ground as a human and discovers there's much more to it than the popular Song to the Moon.

And in a new book, Jewry in Music, David Conway analyses why and how Jews, virtually absent from western art music until the end of the 18th century, came to be represented in all branches of the profession within fifty years as leading figures - not only as composers and performers, but as publishers, impresarios and critics. Professor John Deathridge and cellist Natalie Clein join Tom to discuss.

Tom Service meets acclaimed violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter.

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Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Hall's forthcoming `Bacchai', the new Proms season, and Marc-Andre Hamelin plus a new book on composer-pianists.

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Tom Service profiles New York-based Bang On A Can ahead of a UK performance with Steve Reich.

This multi-faceted ensemble has been at the forefront of contemporary music across the Atlantic: Tom talks to BOAC's founders and artistic directors - American composers David Lang, Michael Gordon and Julia Wolfe.

A new book by Robert Carl analyses and researches the origins of Terry Riley's In C - the Rite of Spring of Minimalism.

Tom talks to the author, and discusses the book and the piece's legacy with rock critic and musician Robert Sandall, and composer Anna Meredith.

Tom talks to enfant terrible of British music Steve Martland, asking him for his controversial views on the 'British music establishment', on the role of the composer in today's society and on how today's music will be assessed in the future.

And there is a look at an online competition seeking to re-define the concept of a composer-in-residence for the digital age - with three finalists having been drawn from over 300 competitors in 120 countries.

Featuring a profile of Bang on a Can, a new book on Terry Riley's In C and Steve Martland

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Barbara Hannigan, Alice Coote, King Roger, Charles Mackerras20150502

In a live edition of the programme Tom Service is joined by singers Alice Coote and Barbara Hannigan, he discusses a new book about conductor Charles Mackerras and reviews the Royal Opera House's new production of Szymanowski's masterpiece King Roger.

Internationally acclaimed for her performances of roles in Handel's operas originally written for castrati, mezzo soprano Alice Coote discusses the experience and perception of gender in opera together with director Susannah Waters ahead of their Brighton Festival show 'Being Both'.

Soprano Barbara Hannigan is one of the foremost performers of contemporary music working today, creating new roles on the opera stage and having many pieces commissioned for her formidable technique. Now establishing herself as a conductor as well she talks to Tom her dual life and musical passions.

The musical passions of conductor Charles Mackerras are brought to light in a new book about the conductor who died in 2010, whether this was his championing of the operas of Leos Janacek, his love of Mozart or reinvigorating Gilbert and Sullivan. Tom talks to Nigel Simeone, one of the book's editors, while Nicholas Kenyon casts his critical eye across it.

Tom and the musicologist and broadcaster Gavin Plumley review Kasper Holten's new production of Szymanowski's masterpiece, King Roger, after its opening performance last night at the Royal Opera House.

Baroque Spring20130330

As part of Radio 3's Baroque Spring Tom Service explores the changes in the performance of Baroque music over the last 40 years. From the early days in the 60s and 70s when small groups first started performing this repertoire with historical instruments and performance practice, through to today when the discoveries made by that movement now inform how nearly every professional ensemble approaches these works. Tom talks to some of the early music pioneers from Britain, Europe and America including Christopher Hogwood, Roger Norrington, Reinhard Goebel, René Jacobs, William Christie, Emma Kirkby and Joel Cohen about how they started out and the journey Baroque performance and repertoire has taken over the decades.

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Ivan Hewett talks to conductor Leonard Slatkin about the Czech spirit in music.

Plus a look at `Bartok', a trendy new bar in London featuring classical music from Bach to Steve Reich - is this the shape of things to come?

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Mark-Anthony Turnage on prison music, plus Joseph Calleja, Ingo Metzmacher, and birdsong.

Mark-Anthony Turnage on prison music, plus Joseph Calleja, Ingo Metzmacher, and birdsong. With Tom Service.

Benvenuto Cellini, Crowd Out20140607

Tom Service reviews Terry Gilliam's new production of Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini at English National Opera. The composer's first opera tells the story of the famed Italian sculptor, draftsman and musician. The premiere in Paris in 1838 sparked a riot from its audience who were disturbed by the radical new work and the orchestra claimed the piece was impossible to play! Tom also visits Birmingham to see how preparations are coming along for the composer David Lang's new work called Crowd Out which features a thousand voices shouting, whispering and chanting. As well as Birmingham the piece will be performed in London and Berlin.

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Tom Service meets conductor Bernard Haitink at his London home.

Presented by Tom Service.

Tom meets the celebrated conductor Bernard Haitink who talks about how conducting is a strange profession, the differences between his many orchestras and despite 6 decades at the very top of his game admits he still gets nervous before rehearsals. He also shows Tom round his treasured wall of composer letters and autographs - a treasury that's built up as his wife, Patricia, finds a new one for his birthday each year.

Tom also talks to the baritone Simon Keenlyside and ballet dancer Zenaida Yanowsky about their shared life in music and dance. They talk about the similarities between the worlds of opera and dance, how their childhoods have shaped their careers and why they don't want their children to grow up to be singers or dancers.

And we preview 'Marnie' the new opera by the American composer Nico Muhly opening at English National Opera. Based on a Winston Graham novel, it follows a kleptomaniac with multiple identities, a hidden past, and a set of disturbing relationships. Tom talks to Nico about how he went about writing it - and speaks to two of its stars, Sasha Cooke and Daniel Okulitch.

Bernard Haitink, Nicolas Slonimsky, Pierre Schaeffer20130216

Tom Service talks to the conductor Bernard Haitink as he begins a tour with the London Symphony Orchestra, explores the legacy of the American musical polymath Nicolas Slonimsky through letters newly published by his daughter Electra Slonimsky Yourke, and talks to the electroacoustic composer Simon Emmerson and Rob Young of The Wire about the influence of Pierre Schaeffer's classic texts on "concrete music", now translated into English for the first time.

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As a major festival of African music opens at the Barbican Centre in London featuring artists such as King Sunny Ade and Miriam Makeba, Ivan Hewett discusses the changing world music scene.

Plus a preview of Howard Goodall's television series `Big Bangs', which depicts five crucial moments in Western musical history.

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Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the musical world.

This week, to mark the centenary of the birth of Bertolt Brecht, a look at the writer's association with composers.

Opera North presents a new production of Britten's `Billy Budd' in Leeds.

And the musical diversity of the 1970s is celebrated in the `Towards the Millennium' series.

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As the LSO inaugurates its `Bohemian Spring' series, Ivan Hewett investigates Czech music.

Leon Botstein reveals how he balances his conducting career with his academic pursuits.

Plus, on the fortieth anniversary of his death, a tribute to the pioneering pianist Paul Wittgenstein, who lost his right arm in the First World War but went on to commission works from Ravel, Prokofiev, Strauss, Schmidt and Britten.

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Tom Service reviews two books, the first on opera's psychologically flawed characters, the second on 'The Other Classical Musics'. Plus Finchcocks is closing, and Matthew Herbert on the Soapbox.

Tom Service presents. We review two books, the first on some of opera's psychologically flawed characters, like Otello, Don Giovanni, Peter Grimes and Werther. The book's called 'Disordered Heroes in Opera: A Psychiatric Report', and was written by John Cordingly - we talk to him and hear also from Elaine Padmore, former Director of Opera at the Royal Opera House, and opera director David Alden, who review the book; the second book, 'The Other Classical Musics - Fifteen Great Traditions', explores World Music including folk traditions from the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent, the Far East, South-East Asia and North America. We talk to the book's editor, Michael Church, and hear from World Music experts Robin Denselow and Jane Cornwell too. Also, another of our regular soapboxes as we invite Matthew Herbert, a composer and producer working in electronic music, to reflect on his work and the world of music today.

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Tom Service talks to Schoenberg's daughter, Nuria Schoenberg Nono, and discusses the legacy of the whole Second Viennese School with Professor Julian Johnson, Gillian Moore - Director of Music, Southbank Centre - and composer Gabriel Prokofiev. Composer-conductors Reinbert de Leeuw and HK Gruber talk about the challenges and rewards of performing the orchestral works of Schoenberg, Berg and Webern. Plus Tom McKinney is joined by curator Therese Muxeneder as he visits the Schönberg-Haus in Mödling, just outside Vienna, which is known as the "birthplace of twelve-tone music".

Tom Service talks to Schoenberg's daughter, Nuria Schoenberg Nono, and discusses the legacy of the whole Second Viennese School with Julian Johnson and Gillian Moore. Plus Tom McKinney visits the Schönberg-Haus in Mödling, just outside Vienna, which is being called the "birthplace of twelve-tone music" and is the place where Schoenberg taught Berg and Webern.

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Tom Service meets conductor Teodor Currentzis.

Presented by Tom Service. Part of Radio 3's Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture.

Tom meets Teodor Currentzis, the controversial Greek-born, Russian-nationalised conductor who has revolutionised musical life in the city of Perm, near the Ural Mountains on the edge of Siberia. Currentzis reveals how he and his period instrument ensemble, Musicaeterna, are finding news way of making music together and changing the nature of the relationship with their audience. Plus, why he dislikes going to classical concerts, and listening to his latest recording of Tchaikovsky's Pathetique Symphony on a boat in a Greek storm.

Tom also explores musical life in Russia now, talking to composers Sergej Newski, who runs the Platform Project, an experimental contemporary arts programme in Moscow, and Elena Langer, who left Russia in the late 1990s and has lived in London ever since. British composer Gabriel Prokofiev reflects on taking his music to the homeland of his grandfather Sergei, and the violinist Roman Mints, whose Homecoming Festival celebrates its 20th anniversary in January, tells Tom about the impact of today's Russian cultural policy on musical freedom.

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Tom Service interviews Australian composer and viola player Brett Dean. Plus a review of Turnage's opera Anna Nicole Smith, and a discussion about the pitfalls of musical notation.

Email: musicmatters@bbc.co.uk.

Presented by Tom Service.

An interview with Australian Brett Dean on life as a composer, arts manager and performer Down Under - all that after a successful career as a viola player with the Berlin Philharmoniker.

Also, we review Mark Anthony Turnage's opera Anna Nicole Smith at Covent Garden with writer Kate Mosse and LA Times critic Mark Swed; and we discuss the pitfalls and advantages of musical notation a propos a book on the subject.

An interview with Australian Brett Dean on life as a composer, arts manager and performer Down Under - all that after a successful career as a viola player with the Berlin Philharmoniker. Also, we review Mark Anthony Turnage's opera Anna Nicole Smith at Covent Garden with writer Kate Mosse and LA Times critic Mark Swed; and we discuss the pitfalls and advantages of musical notation a propos a book on the subject.

Presented by Tom Service. With composer Brett Dean, plus the opera Anna Nicole Smith.

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Tom Service talks to the composer Brian Ferneyhough as he celebrates his 70th birthday and also speaks to Philip Glass about his new opera "The Perfect American" which premieres in Madrid later this month. Also in the programme Tom travels to Edinburgh to explore the myths surrounding Robert Burns, and Suzy Klein meets young Russian virtuoso pianist Daniil Trifonov.

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In a special programme Tom Service talks to German mezzo-soprano and opera director Brigitte Fassbaender about her life and career. Fassbaender, who is celebrating her 75th birthday this year, was born in Berlin to an actress mother and celebrated baritone father - Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender - so it is not surprising that the opera stage should have appealed to the young Brigitte.

Fassbaender made her stage debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in the early 1960s and since then has performed around the world concentrating on roles in Austro-German opera from Mozart to Wagner. It was her performance as Octavian in Richard Strauss' Rosenkavalier in Munich in 1967 that launched her international career, leading to debuts at Covent Garden (1971) and the Metropolitan Opera (1974) in the same role. Aside from the operatic stage Fassbaender is well known as a lieder singer, winning admirers worldwide with her richly imaginative, psychologically revealing interpretations.

Since retiring from public performances in 1995 Fassbaender has continued to work closely with the operatic world - as a stage director and intendantin of the Tiroler Landestheatre in Innsbruck for 13 years from 1999-2012. The works of Richard Strauss have always had a special part in Fassbaender's career, and she curates the Richard Strauss Festival in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Bavaria, the town he lived in for over 40 years.

In this interview Fassbaender talks about her transition from singer to director, her work with young singers and about the music of Richard Strauss.

In a special programme Tom Service talks to German mezzo-soprano and opera director Brigitte Fassbaender about her life and career. Fassbaender, who is celebrating her seventy-fifth birthday this year, was born in Berlin to an actress mother and celebrated baritone father - Willi Domgraf-Fassbaender - so it is not surprising the the opera stage should have appealed to the young Brigitte. She made her stage debut at the Bavarian State Opera in Munich in the early 1960s and since then has performed around the world concentrating on roles in German opera from Mozart to Wagner. She was also well known as a lieder singer and since the 1990s has been directing opera. The works of Richard Strauss have always had a special part in her career, particularly the role of Octavian in Der Rosenkavalier and now in the year of the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss she is curating a festival of his music in Garmisch-Partenkirchen in Bavaria where Strauss lived for over forty years. In this interview she talks about her approach to her voice and to opera, about the transition from singer to director and about the music that has meant much to her throughout her career.

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch discusses two books about Britten. Plus a visit to the Ruhrtriennale.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch discusses 2 books on Benjamin Britten, one about his relationship with Russia and the other, correspondence with Peter Pears. Also a trip to the Ruhrtriennale.

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits a new exhibition: Queer Talk: Homosexuality In Britten's Britain.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits a new exhibition in Aldeburgh entitled Queer Talk: Homosexuality In Britten's Britain, reflecting on the life and works of Benjamin Britten, during the period of social change that led to the 1967 decriminalisation of homosexuality. Plus an interview with the young conductor Alpesh Chauhan.

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Tom Service visits the Teatro Real in Madrid for the premiere of a new opera by composer Charles Wuorinen and author and librettist Annie Proulx and asks them how they went about adapting Proulx's best-selling novel 'Brokeback Mountain' for the opera stage. Hotfoot from the first night Tom will be reviewing the production with music critic Shirley Apthorp. Polish composer and pianist André Tchaikowsky is the subject of a new book by Anastasia Belina-Johnson, Tom talks to the author as well as pianist Stephen Kovacevich and opera director David Pountney about this fascinating yet complex musician. As the Minnesota Orchestra prepare for their return to music making after a fifteen-month lockout, Tom assesses the current US musical landscape with Jesse Rosen of the League of American Symphony Orchestras.

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Tom Service talks to Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel as he prepares to take on the role of Wagner's Flying Dutchman at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, and looks at a new book about how the Paris Opera survived the French Revolution.

And Tom also visits Leeds to find out about some of Yorkshire's lost pianos.

Tom Service talks to Welsh baritone Bryn Terfel.

Plus some of Yorkshire's lost pianos.

Bryn Terfel, Peter Pears, Daniel Hope, Zaide

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On Music Matters today Petroc Trelawny travels to Cardiff to meet Bryn Terfel as he prepares for his debut as Hans Sachs in Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg.

And we mark the centenary of English tenor Peter Pears with a visit to Aldeburgh to explore his legacy - not just as a musician and inspiration to Britten, but as a patron and collector of contemporary art.

Plus violinist Daniel Hope on his online Bow Project which explores the roots of the violin, and a new production of Mozart's Zaide by the Classical Opera Company.

Producer: Jeremy Evans.

Petroc Trelawny meets Bryn Terfel in Cardiff and marks the centenary of tenor Peter Pears.

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Tom Service visits Berlin to explore Busoni in his 150th anniversary year with the writer Antony Beaumont. He also discusses the anniversary Busoni exhibition at the Kunstbibliothek with its co-curators, Thomas Ertelt and Michael Lailach. Plus American baritone, Thomas Hampson, talks about playing the title role in Busoni's operatic dream, Doktor Faustus, and the pianist and scholar, Svetlana Belsky discusses Busoni's arrangements of Bach. Tom also finds out about Busoni's aesthetic concepts from American Busoni scholar Erinn Knyt.

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At the turn of the 20th Century, the name of Ferruccio Busoni was on the lips of music-lovers across Europe. But 150 years after the composer’s birth, contemporary concert goers barely know who he is. With Tom Service.

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Presented by Tom Service.

Including Cape Town Opera's UK debut, the life of Scottish composer Erik Chisholm, South African born composer Kevin Volans and Scottish Opera's tour of the Highlands.

Including Cape Town Opera's UK debut, and the life of Scottish composer Erik Chisholm.

Carlo Gesualdo, Stephen Kovacevich, Eliza Carthy

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Adultery, witchcraft and murder on Music Matters today as presenter Tom Service explores the music of the Renaissance composer who's perhaps best known for murdering his wife, Carlo Gesualdo.

The author of a new book on the composer, Glenn Watkins guides us through Gesualdo's bewildering life.

Pianist Stephen Kovacevich appears on the show ahead of his performance of Takemitsu and Schubert at Wigmore Hall in London, and the latest on how folk music is shaping the national identity of the English with star of the folk world, Eliza Carthy.

Tom Service explores Carlo Gesualdo's music.

Plus Stephen Kovacevich and Eliza Carthy.

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Ivan Hewett looks at the continuing fascination of `Carmen' and of German composer Handel.

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Ivan Hewett attends rehearsals for Glyndebourne's new production of Bizet's `Carmen'.

Plus a survey of early music from Spain and a review of a book about how we listen to music.

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Tom Service learns about a new production of Carousel at Opera North.

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Tom Service meets Italian mezzo soprano Cecilia Bartoli as she prepares for concerts in London and Manchester.

After making her first public performance in Tosca at the age of eight, Bartoli has gone on to become one of the world's best loved singers and has championed baroque repertoire.

Her latest CD Sospiri sees Bartoli tackling bel canto arias from the likes of Bellini, Rossini and Handel.

Steetwise Opera works with the homeless to further their personal development through high quality music making.

Tom drops in on a rehearsal for their latest project: Fables - A film Opera, a collection of short film operas which are being created by Streetwise Opera performers in collaboration with high profile film makers and composers, including Orlando Gough and Mira Calix.

The results will premiere in a live theatrical staging in London's Shoreditch Church.

Mischa Aster's new book The Reich's Orchestra tells the remarkable story of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra's controversial relationship with Hitler's government.

In Mozart and the Nazis: How the Third Reich Abused a Cultural Icon, Erik Levi explores the way in which the Nazi regime manipulated Mozart's music for political gain.

Tom talks to both authors, and then reviews the books with John Deathridge, King Edward Professor of Music at King's College London and expert in German music; and author and broadcaster Norman Lebrecht.

Presented by Tom Service.

With mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli and Mischa Aster.

Tom Service meets Italian mezzo soprano Cecilia Bartoli as she prepares for concerts in London and Manchester. After making her first public performance in Tosca at the age of eight, Bartoli has gone on to become one of the world's best loved singers and has championed baroque repertoire. Her latest CD Sospiri sees Bartoli tackling bel canto arias from the likes of Bellini, Rossini and Handel.

Steetwise Opera works with the homeless to further their personal development through high quality music making. Tom drops in on a rehearsal for their latest project: Fables - A film Opera, a collection of short film operas which are being created by Streetwise Opera performers in collaboration with high profile film makers and composers, including Orlando Gough and Mira Calix. The results will premiere in a live theatrical staging in London's Shoreditch Church.

Mischa Aster's new book The Reich's Orchestra tells the remarkable story of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra's controversial relationship with Hitler's government. In Mozart and the Nazis: How the Third Reich Abused a Cultural Icon, Erik Levi explores the way in which the Nazi regime manipulated Mozart's music for political gain. Tom talks to both authors, and then reviews the books with John Deathridge, King Edward Professor of Music at King's College London and expert in German music; and author and broadcaster Norman Lebrecht.

Presented by Tom Service. With mezzo-soprano Cecilia Bartoli and Mischa Aster.

Celebrating Claude Debussy20120623

This year marks the 150th anniversary of one of the greatest composers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: Claude Debussy. In this special edition of Radio 3's weekly magazine programme, Tom Service sets out to Paris to get the French view of Debussy. Trying to unlock the elusive musical world of the composer often called an 'impressionist', Tom visits a cafe where Debussy would meet Proust and other writers, artists and thinkers, and learns that behind the mist and colours of Debussy's music lies rugged and innovative musical structures. And Tom finds that the composer of works such as Claire de lune, Pelleas et Melisande and the orchestral masterpieces such as Jeux and L'apres-midi d'un faune was a great thinker, a lover of literature, fine wines and expensive tobacco, and a man beset by financial success and concerns.

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Daniel Schnyder talks to Tom Service about his opera Charlie Parker's Yardbird.

Tom Service talks to pianist Evgeny Kissin about his life in music to date, ahead of the publication of his 'Memoirs and Reflections'. We explore the gender imbalance in media-based composition with screen composers Laura Karpman and Rebecca Dale, and talk to the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop's Matthew Herbert and PRS for Music Foundation Chief Executive Vanessa Reed about setting up the ORAM Awards - an initiative to recognise talented female music and sound innovators. Tom talks to the composer Daniel Schnyder, playwright Bridgette A. Wimberly and tenor Lawrence Brownlee about their opera 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird' which comes to English National Opera later this month, and we pay tribute to Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek who has died at the age of 71. Tom discusses his life and legacy with conductor Jakub Hrusa and Czech music specialist Jan Smaczny.

Chopin

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In Music Matters this week Tom Service celebrates the 200th anniversary of Chopin's birth, meeting two of the world's greatest pianists Maurizio Pollini and Krystian Zimerman to find out how their individual journeys with Chopin have developed over the years, and how his music has changed their lives.

Pianists Maurizio Pollini and Krystian Zimerman talk about the music of Chopin.

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Retired mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig talks to Tom Service about her life in music.

In an extended interview at her home in Vienna, Tom Service talks to the retired mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig about her life in music.

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Retired mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig talks to Tom Service about her life in music.

Out of the wreckage of WW2 Germany, mezzo-soprano Christa Ludwig forged a stellar career singing opera and lieder. With Tom Service.

Photo credit: Lyric Opera

Christian Tetzlaff, Britten Biographies, Brass Bands20130202

Christian Tetzlaff is one of the most sort after violinists of his generation. He talks to Tom Service about the ability of music to communicate directly with the audience.

There are new revelations about Benjamin Britten's life from Paul Kildea and Neil Powell as we look at their two fresh biographies of the composer in this centenary year.

And are we facing the demise of the brass band? As bands struggle to clinch sponsorship deals, Tom investigates the future of the British institution.

Producer: Jeremy Evans.

Christian Tetzlaff, Written On Skin, Tallis Scholars At 4020130302

Tom Service interviews violinist Christian Tetzlaff, talks to George Benjamin and Martin Crimp about their much acclaimed new opera 'Written on Skin' and celebrates 40 years of the Renaissance vocal group The Tallis Scholars.

Christian Tetzlaff is one of the most respected violinists of today, equally at home in the Classical and Romantic repertoire as he is in contemporary works. Tom catches up with Tetzlaff on one of his regular visits to Britain to find out what makes this committed and intelligent violinist tick.

George Benjamin's new opera 'Written on Skin' has received rave reviews since its first performance at the Aix-en-Provence Festival last year. Ahead of its eagerly anticipated opening at Covent Garden Tom talks to Benjamin and librettist Martin Crimp about their new creation and finds out from director Katie Mitchell how she has realised their vision on the stage of the Royal Opera House.

Renaissance vocal ensembles are one of Britain's great musical exports in much demand for concerts and tours across Europe, the States and the Far East with as well as chart-busting CD sales. Among the first and formost of these groups are the Tallis Scholars formed in Oxford 40 years ago by their conductor and inspiration Peter Philips. With their 40th anniversary concert looming, Tom talks to Peter about how he keeps the group fresh and about what he thinks of the fact their recording of the 40-part motet 'Spem in Alium' came to be top of the specialist charts due to featuring in a novel exploring sado-masochism.

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Tom Service meets the German conductor Christian Thielemann, Principal Conductor of the Dresden Staatskapelle since 2012, Artistic Director of the Salzburg Easter Festival, and one of the foremost conductors of his generation.

Widely regarded as one of the greatest living exponents of the Austro-German symphonic and operatic repertoire - his Ring cycle at Bayreuth in 2006 was hugely acclaimed, and his performances of Strauss and Schumann have also been praised for their richness and intensity - Thielemann has held posts at the Deutsche Oper Berlin and the Munich Philharmonic among others, and has had a very close relationship with the Bayreuth festival since his debut there in 2000.

In this lively and thought-provoking interview Thielemann tells Tom Service why he prefers to be thought of as a kapellmeister rather than a conductor, why tradition is an inspiration as well as challenge, and why flexibilty is the key to everything. He also explains why he believes music can't possibly be political, and what drives him to conduct.

Producer Emma Bloxham.

Christine Brewer, The Music Of Painting, Tannhauser20101211

Tom Service interviews the American soprano Christine Brewer about her successful, award-winning career, combining mostly big, Wagnerian-like, Romantic operatic roles with innovative recitals, like her latest project championing little-known orchestral songs by the Austrian composer Joseph Marx, which she's performing in London this Saturday.

Also, 'The Music of Painting', a book exploring the links between music, the visual arts and Modernism, from the Romantics to John Cage.

We talk to its author, Art historian Peter Vergo, as well as review the book.

And as Wagner's Tannhauser returns this week to the Royal Opera House after more than twenty years of absence, Tom meets up with the conductor Semyon Bychkov as well as with the director Tim Albery, who's created a new production exploiting the contrast between the opera's two worlds: the sensual and seductive Venusberg and the bucolic and religious Warburg.

With Tom Service.

Including soprano Christine Brewer and the book The Music of Painting.

Tom Service interviews the American soprano Christine Brewer about her successful, award-winning career, combining mostly big, Wagnerian-like, Romantic operatic roles with innovative recitals, like her latest project championing little-known orchestral songs by the Austrian composer Joseph Marx, which she's performing in London this Saturday. Also, 'The Music of Painting', a book exploring the links between music, the visual arts and Modernism, from the Romantics to John Cage. We talk to its author, Art historian Peter Vergo, as well as review the book. And as Wagner's Tannhauser returns this week to the Royal Opera House after more than twenty years of absence, Tom meets up with the conductor Semyon Bychkov as well as with the director Tim Albery, who's created a new production exploiting the contrast between the opera's two worlds: the sensual and seductive Venusberg and the bucolic and religious Warburg.

With Tom Service. Including soprano Christine Brewer and the book The Music of Painting.

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Tom Service, in the company of Elaine Padmore, Ivan Hewett and Alexandra Wilson, review a new book about Bizet which goes beyond the composer's most famous opera Carmen to take an in depth look at his entire life and oeuvre, Mark Berry's book that explores operatic histories after Wagner: from Schoenberg and Strauss, to Dallapiccola, Nono and Henze and Ian Bostridge's book about Schubert's Winterreise. We also hear from soprano Gillian Keith about her new CD of songs by Debussy including Séguidille which has lain unknown in a private collection and has only recently been published.

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Presented by Tom Service.

Today Tom meets the renowned conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach to talk about Mahler in the composer's anniversary year, and takes a look at English Touring Opera's new production of Tobias Picker's The Fantastic Mr Fox.

And a new book on Carl Nielsen offers a critical re-evaluation of the composer's music and his literary and artistic contexts.

Tom talks to its author Daniel Grimley as well as to some of the great interpreters of Nielsen's music.

Email: musicmatters@bbc.co.uk.

With conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach.

Today Tom meets the renowned conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach to talk about Mahler in the composer's anniversary year, and takes a look at English Touring Opera's new production of Tobias Picker's The Fantastic Mr Fox. And a new book on Carl Nielsen offers a critical re-evaluation of the composer's music and his literary and artistic contexts. Tom talks to its author Daniel Grimley as well as to some of the great interpreters of Nielsen's music.

Presented by Tom Service. With conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach.

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On the 50th anniversary of the death of the composer and pianist Erno von Dohnanyi, his grandson and pupil - the conductor Christoph von Dohnanyi - reflects on his career, a life marked by artistic conflict and political turmoil.

Music Matters also travels to Venice to check on new scientific research establishing direct links between the acoustics of some of its illustrious churches and the music that was written for them during the Renaissance.

And there's an interview with David Ledbetter, author of a new book on J.S.

Bach's compositions for solo instruments which, he argues, must be regarded as a whole.

We also hear about the subject from one of the world's leading lute players - a specialist on this repertoire - Jakob Lindberg.

Presenter/ Tom Service, Producer/ Juan Carlos Jaramillo.

Tom Service explores the link between acoustics and music in Venice's churches.

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Presented by Tom Service.

A new biography of the composer Claude Vivier sheds new light on the tragic life of the 20th century Canadian composer. A student of Stockhausen whose life was cut short aged 34 when he was murdered in Paris - Vivier's music holds a haunting and expressive fascination. Tom talks to the author Bob Gilmore as well as two staunch advocates of Vivier's music - soprano Barbara Hannigan and critic Paul Griffiths.

The French opera singer Jane Bathori was instrumental in the development of contemporary French music in the early 20th century. She put on concerts and gave first performances of new music by composers including Debussy, Ravel, Satie, Prokofiev, Stravinsky, and she promoted the works of the youngest French composers, including Poulenc and Milhaud. Tom talks to Professor Barbara Kelly and singer Olivia Ray about her legacy ahead of a concert devoted to her influence.

Tom also talks to the Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja ahead of her appearance at Wigmore Hall next week with quartet-lab.

In the latest installment of our series Just the Two of Us - revealing conversations between musicians. Composers Colin and David Matthews discuss their careers in music and the impact it's had on their relationship as brothers.

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Petroc Trelawny with a portrait of Cole Porter and a round-up 2015-16's big music stories.

Petroc Trelawny presents a composer portrait of Cole Porter and a round-up of the big stories in music during the 2015-16 season, from education to finances and upcoming talent.

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Tom Service talks to conductor Colin Davis - as he celebrates 50 years with the London Symphony Orchestra - about the place of orchestral music in the 21st century.

At the Royal Opera House, conductor Antonio Pappano and director Christof Loy discuss their new production of Berg's Lulu, an epic tale of moral and social decline.

And Tom debates the wider links between music and morality with an expert panel - musicologist John Deathridge, composer Deirdre Gribbin and philosopher Roger Scruton.

Tom Service talks to Colin Davis and explores the links between music and morality.

Cosima Wagner, Music From The Genome, John Adams

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Tom Service talks to Oliver Hilmes, author of Cosima Wagner, The Lady of Bayreuth, and reviews this biography of the composer's wife, so crucial to his life, with Wagnerians John Deathridge and Fiona Maddocks.

Also, Music meets Science as the project Music from the Genome uses the genes of members of a choir and transforms them into a new choral piece, called Allele.

Tom talks to the people involved, among them composer Michael Zev Gordon, Dr Andrew Morley and poet Ruth Padel, who wrote the text.

Also, John Adams' piece of music theatre 'I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky'.

Tom goes to rehearsals and talks to director Matthew Xia, music director Clark Rundell, and also to members of the cast, in this new co-production between The Barbican and The Theatre Royal Stratford East.

Tom Service presents a biography of Cosima Wagner.

Tom Service talks to Oliver Hilmes, author of Cosima Wagner, The Lady of Bayreuth, and reviews this biography of the composer's wife, so crucial to his life, with Wagnerians John Deathridge and Fiona Maddocks. Also, Music meets Science as the project Music from the Genome uses the genes of members of a choir and transforms them into a new choral piece, called Allele. Tom talks to the people involved, among them composer Michael Zev Gordon, Dr Andrew Morley and poet Ruth Padel, who wrote the text. Also, John Adams' piece of music theatre 'I Was Looking at the Ceiling and then I Saw the Sky'. Tom goes to rehearsals and talks to director Matthew Xia, music director Clark Rundell, and also to members of the cast, in this new co-production between The Barbican and The Theatre Royal Stratford East.

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Petroc Trelawny with a portrait of composer CPE Bach, on the 300th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian's most famous son. Among those contributing to discuss his style and influence are harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and conductor Rebecca Miller. Also, Petroc talks to the celebrated Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and, continuing with our interviews with people at the helm of the UK's most prestigious musical institutions, a conversation with Jonathan Reekie, who's leaving Aldeburgh Music after 16 years as Chief Executive. And conductor Richard Bernas and Petroc discuss the legacy of American avant-garde composer Robert Ashley, who died earlier this week.

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores traditions and crafts from the UK to the Arab world.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Sara investigates the state of early music instrument building in the UK, amid concerns from some of today's makers about a missing generation of traditional craftspeople. With harpsichord builder Andrew Wooderson, maker of viols Shem Mackey, and Richard Earle, a player and maker of baroque oboes.

Introducing a new series on Music Matters exploring dialects and languages around the British Isles and how they influence music-making, Sara talks to the English folklore expert Steve Roud, and finds out about songs in the Scots language from singer Steve Byrne.

The composer and vocalist Jennifer Walshe muses on the delights and horrors of Christmas musical kitsch.

And Sara visits the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery for a new exhibition, From Ear to Ear to Eye, which uses sound, music and listening to reflect on stories across the Arab world. Two of the featured artists, Jumana Manna and Haig Aivazian, introduce their work and share their passion for exploring oriental musical cultures.

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores traditions and crafts from the UK to the Arab world.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch

Sara investigates the state of early music instrument building in the UK, amid concerns from some of today's makers about a missing generation of traditional craftspeople. With harpsichord builder Andrew Wooderson, maker of viols Shem Mackey, and Richard Earle, a player and maker of baroque oboes.

Introducing a new series on Music Matters exploring dialects and languages around the British Isles and how they influence music-making, Sara talks to the English folklore expert Steve Roud, and finds out about songs in the Scots language from singer Steve Byrne.

The composer and vocalist Jennifer Walshe muses on the delights and horrors of Christmas musical kitsch.

And Sara visits the Nottingham Contemporary art gallery for a new exhibition, From Ear to Ear to Eye, which uses sound, music and listening to reflect on stories across the Arab world. Two of the featured artists, Jumana Manna and Haig Aivazian, introduce their work and share their passion for exploring oriental musical cultures.

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Ivan Hewett investigates the Northern Sinfonia.

And Peter Renshaw mounts an attack on what he calls the `culture of failure'.

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Tom Service visits The Cumnock Tryst Festival and talks to its founder Sir James MacMillan

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Tom Service visits The Cumnock Tryst Festival and talks to its founder Sir James MacMillan

Tom Service visits rehearsals for this year's Cumnock Tryst music festival in East Ayrshire and talks to the festival's founder, composer Sir James MacMillan, about the festival, his own music, supporting new composers, and engagement with culture.

Plus a discussion on music education in England - how do children make progress in music and how is this measured? Music Matters talks to Lincoln Abbotts from the Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music, Diane Widdison from the Musicians' Union and Fiona Harvey from the Association of British Orchestras, plus we hear the views from some of the music education hubs around the country.

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Petroc Trelawny interviews Dame Fanny Waterman, founder of the Leeds International Piano Competition, the pianist Roger Vignoles as he celebrates his 70th birthday and Sandy Tolan on his book Children of the Stone: The Power of Music in a Hard Land.

Damiano Michieletto, Alex Poots, Gunther Schuller Tribute20150627

Presented by Tom Service.

The young Italian opera director Damiano Michieletto talks to Tom as he makes his Royal Opera House debut with a new production of Rossini's last opera, William Tell. A rising star in the opera world, in recent seasons Michieletto has directed for the first time at the Salzburg Festival and La Scala, Milan, and forthcoming debuts include at the Metropolitan Opera, New York, and the Vienna State Opera.

Continuing a series of interviews with heads of the UK's leading arts organisations, Tom meets Alex Poots, the outgoing Artistic Director of the Manchester International Festival. After a successful decade in charge of the MIF, Poots recently announced his departure for a post in New York, running a brand new arts space The Culture Shed. He'll be replaced in Manchester by the Artistic Director of National Theatre Wales, John McGrath.

And Tom also pays tribute to the American conductor, composer and performer Gunther Schuller, who died this week. Contributions come from Oliver Knussen and Geoffrey Smith, plus the voice and musicianship of Schuller himself from the BBC radio archives.

Daniel Harding, Faure Songs, Poulenc20140524

Tom Service talks to conductor Daniel Harding; also a discussion with French music experts about a book compiling Poulenc's articles and interviews, as well as a preview of his opera Dialogue des Carmélites opening this month at the Royal Opera House in London, with contributions from director Robert Carsen and singers Sally Matthews and Sophie Koch. Also, we talk to Roy Howat about a new edition of Fauré's songs he's prepared.

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Tom Service talks to ENO's new Artistic Director, the award-winning American opera and theatre director Daniel Kramer, who's about to stage Wagner's Tristan and Isolde at the Coliseum; Tom also interviews cultural historian Anna Beer, author of the new book 'Sounds and Sweet Airs: the Forgotten Women of Classical Music', which includes eight composers, among them Francesca Caccini, Clara Schumann, Fanny Mendelssohn and Elizabeth Maconchy; and pianist James Rhodes takes to our Soapbox to encourage amateur musicians to play an instrument.

Tom Service talks to ENO's new Artistic Director, Daniel Kramer; also he interviews Anna Beer on her new book about women composers; and pianist James Rhodes takes to our Soapbox.

Tom Service meets ENO's Daniel Kramer. Plus Anna Beer on her book on female composers.

Daryl Runswick, Philip Glass - Music In Twelve Parts20170429

Tom Service meets the English composer, arranger and producer Daryl Runswick.

Plus up till now Philip Glass's masterpiece Music in 12 Parts has only been performed by the composer's own Philip Glass Ensemble - but Glass has now given his blessing for a new generation of players to take on the three-and-a-half-hour epic. Tom talks to the new generation of musicians led by organist James McVinnie as well as members of the original Glass Ensemble about the piece.

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Tom Service talks to David Pountney, Artistic Director of Welsh National Opera, about the importance of new opera and how a combative relationship with the government can fuel the creative powers of an opera company. As WNO prepares to stage Mozart's Marriage of Figaro, Rossini's Barber of Seville and a third, new opera called Figaro Gets a Divorce, Music Matters explores the enduring fascination of Figaro, from his invention in 1775 by the playwright Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais to this latest 2016 incarnation. Plus - Tom visits The Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama where he drops in on rehearsals for an ambitious harp ensemble piece; and discovers the music and personal stories of two great Welsh female composers: Grace Williams and Morfydd Llwyn Owen.

Tom Service meets David Pountney and explores the history of Figaro.

David Zinman, Khovanskygate, Army Bands, Rameau's Zais20140426

Tom Service talks to conductor David Zinman as he moves on from the Zurich Tonhalle after nearly 20 years at the artistic helm of the Swiss orchestra. He travels to the midlands to review Birmingham Opera Company's 'Khovanskygate' a reworking of Mussorgsky's opera Khovanschina which raises strikingly modern parallels with a Russia divided by powerful conservative forces and growing Westernising influence. Following last summer's report into the future of the British Army Tom learns about the new Army bands which are being set up - the UK's first full-time professional brass bands! He also visits rehearsals and meets the team behind the first UK production of Rameau's opera Zais given by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 250 years after the composer's death.

Tom Service talks to conductor David Zinman as he moves on from the Zurich Tonhalle after nearly 20 years at the artistic helm of the Swiss orchestra. He travels to the midlands to review Birmingham Opera Company's 'Khovanskygate' a reworking of Mussorgsky's opera Khovanschina which raises strikingly modern parallels with a Russia divided by powerful conservative forces and growing Westernising influence and talks to the team behind the first UK production of Rameau's opera Zais given by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 250 years after the composer's death.

David Zinman, Khovanskygate, Rameau's Zais20140426

Tom Service talks to conductor David Zinman as he moves on from the Zurich Tonhalle after nearly 20 years at the artistic helm of the Swiss orchestra. He travels to the midlands to review Birmingham Opera Company's 'Khovanskygate' a reworking of Mussorgsky's opera Khovanschina which raises strikingly modern parallels with a Russia divided by powerful conservative forces and growing Westernising influence and talks to the team behind the first UK production of Rameau's opera Zais given by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 250 years after the composer's death.

Dawn Upshaw, Mozart, 3 British Female Composers And Keeping The Musical Legacy Alive.20120609

Tom Service speaks to soprano Dawn Upshaw, and to the widows of Nono, Nancarrow and Berio.

Debussy, Saariaho And Perceptions Of Classical Music

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Tom Service investigates the story of Debussy's Pellas et Mlisande through the lives of the women so closely involved in the opera's creation, as a new book examining the work is published.

As Kaija Saariaho's opera L'Amour de loin opens at English National Opera, Tom meets the composer and the director Daniele Finzi Pasca.

Sound artist Martin Parker discusses his new works for headphones, designed specially for locations around East Neuk in Scotland.

Tom explores perceptions of classical music with the help of BBC 6 Music's Chris Hawkins.

Tom Service talks to Kaija Saariaho about L'Amour de loin at English National Opera.

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In today's show Tom Service delves into the life and music of Frederick Delius 150 years after his birth, is his image as an English pastoralist fair or was he much more of an international cosmopolitan composer? Written in Italy at the end of the war Luigi Dallapiccola's chilling political opera 'The Prisoner' was a reaction to the rule of Mussolini and the fascists - ahead of a rare London performance Tom asks why the work still resonates today. And we've a first as keyboard player and musicologist Christopher Hogwood unveils what may be a new piano piece by Brahms.

Tom Service explores the life and music of Delius 150 years after his birth.

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As Deborah Warner's staging of Janacek's `Diary of One Who Vanished' opens at the Royal National Theatre, Ivan Hewett discusses the pros and cons of staging song cycles.

Plus, as the ECM record label which brought the Hilliard Ensemble and Jan Garbarek together celebrates its 30th anniversary, should record companies become entrepreneurs?

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Ivan Hewett with the latest news and events in the musical world.

This week, the British premiere of Strauss's `Die aegyptische Helena', the birth of the orchestra, and the art of the Harlem Renaissance.

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Music magazine.

Ivan Hewett looks at rough music, the rude cacophony used by 17th-century communities to ostracise an offending individual; and differing ways of interpreting Schubert's `Die Winterreise'.

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch interviews the conductor Simone Young on her career in music as she in enjoys her latest role as a travelling guest conductor, after ten years in Hamburg as the Director of Music at the Opera and the Philharmonic. Plus a centenary tribute from Alexandra Dariescu and Mark Ainley to the Romanian pianist Dinu Lipatti, who died tragically young but left a wonderful legacy. The choreographer Crystal Pite talks about her new work for the Royal Ballet set to Gorecki's Third symphony, and Sara delves into the curious soundworld of the 20th century Danish composer Rued Langgaard.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch interviews conductor Simone Young. Plus a tribute to Dinu Lipatti.

Donald Runnicles, Leo Black, Where's Chopin?, 13th-century Music

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Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Conductor Donald Runnicles talks about his first year at the helm of Deutsche Oper Berlin; about leaving San Francisco Opera after 7 years, and also about starting a new season with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, as it prepares to celebrate 75 years of existence.

Petroc interviews Leo Black on his new book exploring musical life at the BBC under the era of Sir William Glock, Controller of Radio 3 for a period spanning all of the 1960s.

To review the book -and assess Glock's years- Petroc also talks to former Controller Nicholas Kenyon and composer John McCabe.

We visit the exhibition 'Where's Chopin?', organised by the Polish Cultural Institute in London, consisting of 3 installations re-interpreting the composer's legacy through a mix of audio, video and technology.

Petroc walks around it with art critic -and lover of all things Polish- Waldemar Januszczak, but also talks to Piotr Krajewski, the exhibition's curator, and one of the artists.

Also, we report on news that the University of Southampton has been awarded more than half a million pounds to research and make recordings of a genre of medieval music which hasn't been performed since the 13th century.

Includes an interview with conductor Donald Runnicles.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny. Conductor Donald Runnicles talks about his first year at the helm of Deutsche Oper Berlin; about leaving San Francisco Opera after 7 years, and also about starting a new season with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, as it prepares to celebrate 75 years of existence.

Petroc interviews Leo Black on his new book exploring musical life at the BBC under the era of Sir William Glock, Controller of Radio 3 for a period spanning all of the 1960s. To review the book -and assess Glock's years- Petroc also talks to former Controller Nicholas Kenyon and composer John McCabe.

We visit the exhibition 'Where's Chopin?', organised by the Polish Cultural Institute in London, consisting of 3 installations re-interpreting the composer's legacy through a mix of audio, video and technology. Petroc walks around it with art critic -and lover of all things Polish- Waldemar Januszczak, but also talks to Piotr Krajewski, the exhibition's curator, and one of the artists.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny. Includes an interview with conductor Donald Runnicles.

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Presented by Tom Service

John Dowland - composer, diplomat, spy and possible traitor was born 450 years ago in 1563. This week Tom explores the life and music of a man who was one of the greatest composers of Elizabethan England and whose music still speaks directly to audiences today. He is joined by counter-tenor and Dowland fan Iestyn Davies who will recreate a musical experiment first attempted by Dowland while in the service of King Christian IV of Denmark and he visits the Royal Academy of Music to see some Dowland manuscripts close up.

Japanese-American violinist Midori has been involved in music education projects in schools and hospitals since she was in her early 20s. Now in her 40s she talks to Tom about her continuing passion for inspiring children to learn an instrument and we follow her as she visits a school in South London to meet the pupils.

Tom also talks to the writer Ronald Harwood and actor Tom Courtenay about their new film 'Quartet' directed by Dustin Hoffman which is set in a retirement home for musicians that is loosely based on the 'Casa di Riposo' founded by Italian composer Verdi as a home for ageing opera singers.

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Ivan Hewett with the latest news and views from the music world.

This week, a preview of Gavin Bryars's eagerly awaited new opera `Dr Ox's Experiment' and a visit to the Royal Scottish Academy's new Alexander Gibson Opera School.

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Tom Service presents a portrait of the idiosyncratic French composer Henri Dutilleux on the 100th anniversary of his birth and assesses his position in contemporary French music. He talks to soprano Renee Fleming, for whom Dutilleux composed his last major work 'Le temps l'horloge', the conductor Yan Pascal Tortelier, and Dutilleux experts Roger Nichols and Caroline Potter.

Dutilleux was a composer who stood between Messiaen and Boulez, but was influenced by neither. He is often seen as following directly from the tradition of Debussy and Ravel and also drew influences from literary and artistic sources, like Baudelaire, Van Gogh and the painter Constant Dutilleux who was his great grandfather.

Tom Service also talks to Peter Wiegold and Ghislaine Kenyon about their new book, 'Benjamin Britten: The Composer and the Community', and then discusses the ways in which composers can work within their communities with the Britten expert, Paul Kildea, and the Chief Executive of Streetwise Opera, Matt Peacock.

Tom Service presents a portrait of Henri Dutilleux on the 100th anniversary of his birth.

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Tom Service talks to Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries about the impact of this week's Comprehensive Spending Review on music making throughout the UK.

Also in a round up of how the budgetary changes will affect music making he meets musicians across the country.

A new film looking at the life of Edward Elgar is featured at the Sheffield Documentary Festival at the beginning of November.

Its director, John Bridcut discusses how Elgar - The Man Behind the Mask reveals the hidden identity of a composer we think we know so well.

And Tom meets one of the most performed composers alive - Eric Whitacre.

Known for his top selling albums and a brand of choral music that both challenges choirs, and touches a massive audience, he talks ahead of his performances conducting choirs in London and Cardiff.

Tom Service talks to Ed Vaizey on the Government's spending review and music-making.

Tom Service talks to Ed Vaizey, Minister for Culture, Communications and Creative Industries about the impact of this week's Comprehensive Spending Review on music making throughout the UK. Also in a round up of how the budgetary changes will affect music making he meets musicians across the country.

A new film looking at the life of Edward Elgar is featured at the Sheffield Documentary Festival at the beginning of November. Its director, John Bridcut discusses how Elgar - The Man Behind the Mask reveals the hidden identity of a composer we think we know so well.

And Tom meets one of the most performed composers alive - Eric Whitacre. Known for his top selling albums and a brand of choral music that both challenges choirs, and touches a massive audience, he talks ahead of his performances conducting choirs in London and Cardiff.

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Cutting edge musical radicalism, early music in Holland, and British pianos on Music Matters this week.

Petroc Trelawny explores the music of innovative 20th century composer Edgar Varese, he visits early music pioneer Ton Koopman, and delves into the rich and largely forgotten history of piano making in London.

Plus Norman Lebrecht shares his thoughts on a collision between high art and politics.

Produced by Brian Jackson.

Petroc Trelawny explores the music of Edgar Varese and talks to Ton Koopman.

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Two years on from the popular revolution of Tahrir Square that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, Egypt stands on the brink of change once more. As opposing sides gather to discuss the future of the country's democracy, Suzy Klein travels to Cairo to ask how the cultural and musical identity of Egypt is changing, and what role classical music and the arts will play in its future.

In 1871 Giuseppe Verdi's grand opera Aida was given its world premiere at the newly built Cairo Opera House. In June 2013, on the stage of the new opera house, singers and musicians appeared in full dress once more for a performance of Aida, but this time holding protest placards against interference from the sixth culture minister to be appointed in two years. Suzy Klein speaks to those affected by the changes and asks how the arts can continue to thrive in such an unpredictable political environment.

In the Mubarak years Egypt's fine arts came to be associated with the ruling elite and military, but after the revolution they face new challenges as religious conservatives in parliament question the morality of ballet, and institutions endeavour to maintain the country's rich cultural heritage whilst finding ways to build a new audience in a country where 50% of the population are under 25. Suzy meets arts leaders who are creating new routes to bring music, dance and theatre to the people.

Whilst the 2011 revolution was soundtracked by pop and rap stars who galvanised popular support on social media, what role does composed music have in a revolutionary climate? Suzy heads to an underground venue in downtown Cairo to ask young composers and musicians from the new and experimental music scene how they are expressing the flux of social change in their work.

Suzy Klein travels to Cairo to find out how Egypt's cultural identity is evolving.

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Tom Service discusses a polemical new book El Sistema: Orchestrating Venezuela's Youth by Geoffrey Baker, which challenges the internationally acclaimed organization of youth orchestras in the South American country.

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Tom Service talks to the conductor and composer Elgar Howarth ahead of the Royal Northern College of Music's Festival of Brass. He also visits Paris as the new concert hall, the Philharmonie opens. There Tom talks to Laurent Bayle, the President of the Philharmonie de Paris, and Paavo Jarvi, who conducts the Orchestre de Paris at the inaugural concert, and also Emmanuel Hondré, the artistic director. Plus Tom takes a look at the Bogányi, a revolutionary new model of piano to be unveiled in Budapest in mid January.

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Presented by Tom Service, including an interview with the Dutch soprano Elly Ameling. Recognised as one of the greatest singers of our age and renowned particularly for her song interpretations, Ameling's career on the concert stage spanned 60 years, and now in her 80s she is still passing on her experience to the next generation of singers. During a visit to London for a masterclass at Wigmore Hall, she talks to Tom about her career in music and about the magic of the art song.

Tom also meets the young Paris-born conductor Alain Altinoglu who has been making a splash in opera houses all over the world and is about to make his Royal Opera House debut in Mozart's Don Giovanni.

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Tom Service with a portrait of the Romanian composer George Enescu, as his masterpiece opera Oedipe is staged for the first time at the Royal Opera House in London. Among the contributors are Professor Erik Levi, expert on music of the 20th-Century; the Romanian violinist Remus Azoitei, and the American conductor Lawrence Foster, former director of the Enescu Festival in Bucharest. Also, Tom interviews pianist Steven Osborne on the parallels and differences between George Crumb and Morton Feldman, two American modernist composers obsessed with new sounds and textures in music. Also, the composer Philip Venables on his opera 4.48 Psychosis, based on the iconic play by Sarah Kane exploring depression - the first ever adaptation of her work on stage, to be premiered this month at the Lyric Hammersmith in London.

Tom Service with a portrait of Enescu. Plus Philip Venables on his opera 4.48 Psychosis.

English Music Day. What Is English Music Now?20060423

English music is usually defined by Tallis, Purcell and the 20th Century pastoral tradition.

But what is English music today? Tom Service chairs a live edition with contributions from the composers Anthony Payne, Mark-Anthony Turnage and George Benjamin.

English Music Day. What Is English Music Now?

English music is usually defined by Tallis, Purcell and the 20th Century pastoral tradition. But what is English music today? Tom Service chairs a live edition with contributions from the composers Anthony Payne, Mark-Anthony Turnage and George Benjamin.

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As a new opera based on Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale opens at English National Opera this week, Tom Service meets its creators, the composer-conductor Ryan Wigglesworth and director Rory Kinnear, and steps inside rehearsals to talk to Sophie Bevan, who sings the role of Hermione.

Tom also explores the music and ideas in a new book by the music journalist Tim Rutherford-Johnson. Music After the Fall sets out to answer questions about the complex relationship between new music and wider culture since 1989.

And he travels to Devon for this year's Peninsula Arts Contemporary Music Festival, Voice 2.0, staged in partnership with Plymouth University’s pioneering Interdisciplinary Centre for Computer Music Research. Tom meets the ICCMR's director Eduardo Reck Miranda, whose work for human and synthetic voices, Vov, features a new language by David Peterson, creator of the Dothraki language for Games of Thrones. Alexis Kirke explains how he's analysed the emotional content of lyrics by Lennon and McCartney for his new piece Come Together, and Nuria Bonnet demonstrates how she's using data from a buoy in Looe harbour in her electronic work Voice of the Sea.

Eno's Thebans, Sir James Galway, The Wallfischs And The Mozart Project20140510

Tom Service is joined by music critic Fiona Maddocks and theatre critic Michael Billington to review the British composer Julian Anderson's first opera, Thebans, based on Sophocles and directed by Pierre Audi at English National Opera. Tom meets the world famous flautist Sir James Galway, now in his seventy fifth year, and talks about his career and what the future may have in store. Continuing our series of Just the Two of Us - mother and son Anita Lasker-Wallfisch and Raphael Wallfisch discuss the importance of the cello in both of their lives, why Anita didn't want Raphael to be a musician, and what the best piece of advice is that that Raphael has ever received from his mother. There's also a report on The Mozart Project, a new interactive e-book that will be updated at least twice a year, giving readers the opportunity to put questions to the authors at the end of each chapter. Tom meets the brains behind the project, and asks if this is the start of a new relationship between reader and content.

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Tom Service re-appraises Erik Satie, the man and his music, on the 150th anniversary of his birth.

Satie was an eccentric figure in Paris: the velvet gentleman with identical suits, who lived in a cramped 'cupboard' in Montmartre before moving to the suburbs in Arcueil. He had an uncanny knack of being involved in all the latest artistic advances of the time, collaborating with Jean Cocteau and Pablo Picasso among others.

Tom visits some of Satie's favourite haunts in Paris and endeavours to find the truth behind the colourful stories of his eccentric life. At the Musée de Montmartre he discovers Satie's connections with visual artists, and at the Lapin Agile he experiences the form of artistic cabaret as Satie would have encountered it.

With expert opinion from musicologists Caroline Potter and Robert Orledge, pianist Pascal Rogé, composer Kurt Schwertsik, stage director Danielle Mathieu-Bouillon, and Satie enthusiast Alistair McGowan.

Tom Service explores Satie, the man and his music, on the 150th anniversary of his birth.

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Tom Service talks to the composer and conductor Esa-Pekka Salonen, Principal Conductor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic.

In an extended interview, Tom Service talks to the renowned Finnish composer and conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen, who is currently the Principal Conductor and Artistic Advisor of the Philharmonia Orchestra and Conductor Laureate for the Los Angeles Philharmonic, where he was Music Director from 1992 until 2009. He is also Artistic Director and co-founder of the annual Baltic Sea Festival, which invites celebrated artists to promote unity and ecological awareness among the countries around the Baltic Sea. This month he conducts his own music in the world premiere of a new work by Wayne McGregor as part of a ballet triple bill at the Royal Opera House.

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Tom Service talks to the renowned Finnish composer and conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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Tom Service talks to the renowned Finnish composer and conductor, Esa-Pekka Salonen.

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As Britain prepares to join `Euroland', Ivan Hewett investigates what Europe is doing for music.

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Tom Service talks to pianist Evgeny Kissin and explores gender issues in media composition.

Tom Service talks to pianist Evgeny Kissin about his life in music to date, ahead of the publication of his 'Memoirs and Reflections'. We explore the gender imbalance in media-based composition with screen composers Laura Karpman and Rebecca Dale, and talk to the New BBC Radiophonic Workshop's Matthew Herbert and PRS for Music Foundation Chief Executive Vanessa Reed about setting up the ORAM Awards - an initiative to recognise talented female music and sound innovators. Tom talks to the composer Daniel Schnyder, playwright Bridgette A. Wimberly and tenor Lawrence Brownlee about their opera 'Charlie Parker's Yardbird' which comes to English National Opera later this month, and we pay tribute to Czech conductor Jiri Belohlavek who has died at the age of 71. Tom discusses his life and legacy with conductor Jakub Hrusa and Czech music specialist Jan Smaczny.

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With the opening of more and more museums and `experiences' devoted to music of all kinds, Ivan Hewett asks how much music really gains from being packaged.

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Ivan Hewett discusses the marketing of classical musicians and the influence of the pop approach.

Plus a look at `Fantasia 2000' and why Disney feels that a remake of the classic film is needed for the new millennium.

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Tom Service interviews versatile mezzo-soprano Felicity Palmer about her career, which has featured repertoire spanning more than 300 years, both in the concert hall and the opera house.

She is to perform the role Mrs Sedley in a new production of Britten's Peter Grimes at English National Opera in 2009.

Tom also visits the Brighton Festival 2009 to talk to artist Anish Kapoor, its guest artistic director, who has collaborated on a challenging music programme to go with the rest of the event.

Is this the way forward for artistic festivals in the future?

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Tom Service investigates the hidden world of film music.

He visits the Abbey Road Studios where scores have been recorded to such monumental movies as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the more recent Golden Compass.

Plus composers Howard Shore and Mike Figgis explain their own philosophies of film composing, and a look at the modern sound library technology which shapes the scores of today.

"Tom Service investigates the hidden world of film music. He visits the Abbey Road Studios where scores have been recorded to such monumental movies as the Lord of the Rings trilogy and the more recent Golden Compass.

Finland Special20070317

Tom Service takes a musical journey through Finland and discovers the state of Finnish classical music as the country celebrates not only its 90th year of independence but also marks the 50th anniversary of Sibelius's death.

From discussing Sibelius's legacy at Ainola to attending the Musica Nova Helsinki new music festival, Tom finds out what drives Finland's classical music scene and what we can learn from its impressive music education system.

He speaks to composer Magnus Lindberg, conductor Suzanna Malkki and managing director of the Association of Finnish Music Schools Timo Klemettinen as well as other prominent Finns on the front line of Finnish music making.

Finland Special

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With Tom Service. Including a portrait of Emmanuel Chabrier and Folk Connections.

Tom Service presents a portrait of the composer Emmanuel Chabrier and, as part of Radio 3's Folk Connections weekend, discusses the appropriation of folk tunes in classical music.

Plus Gillian Moore, Director of Music at London's Southbank Centre, takes to the Music Matters Soapbox.

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Tom Service talks to American pianist Frederic Rzewski on the art of improvising and creating 'political and social' work, which keeps him fresh and relevant at the age of 74; we visit two exhibitions in London marking the centenary of the birth of legendary conductor Sir Georg Solti: one at the Barbican Centre and the other one at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Also an interview with Barry Millington, author of the new book 'Richard Wagner, The Sorcerer of Bayreuth', which is reviewed by Michael Portillo.

Free Thinking20121103

Live from the Northern Rock Foundation Hall, The Sage, Gateshead

Presented by Tom Service

Radio 3's flagship music magazine programme is broadcast live from the Northern Rock Foundation Hall at the Sage, Gateshead. Tom is joined by a distinguished panel comprising cellist Natalie Clein, opera director Graham Vick, journalist Paul Morley, cellist, cabaret artist and composer Zoe Martlew and Northumbrian smallpiper Kathryn Tickell to discuss the question: "Is classical music really for everyone?".

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Join the audience for a discussion programme coming live from the Sage, Gateshead, as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas 2010.

Presenter Tom Service and a panel of experts including, among others, Anthony Sargent, General Director, The Sage Gateshead; composer and academic Robert Saxton, and music historian and performer Christopher Page, tackle an elusive cultural mystery: What Is Music For? Since the dawn of mankind music has been able to move us deeply - but does its power lie in a natural ability to arouse and represent emotions - and nothing more cerebral than that? The Music Matters panel uses philosophy and anthropology, psychology and neuroscience, to unravel this primeval question so often overlooked.

Tom Service is joined by an expert panel to ask what is the purpose of music.

Join the audience for a discussion programme coming live from the Sage, Gateshead, as part of Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas 2010. Presenter Tom Service and a panel of experts including, among others, Anthony Sargent, General Director, The Sage Gateshead; composer and academic Robert Saxton, and music historian and performer Christopher Page, tackle an elusive cultural mystery: What Is Music For? Since the dawn of mankind music has been able to move us deeply - but does its power lie in a natural ability to arouse and represent emotions - and nothing more cerebral than that? The Music Matters panel uses philosophy and anthropology, psychology and neuroscience, to unravel this primeval question so often overlooked.

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Live from Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival of Ideas at Sage Gateshead

Why should I care? Petroc Trelawny chairs a debate about how far knowledge can enhance our understanding and appreciation of classical music. How much do we really need to know about composers' lives in order to be able to engage fully with their creative output? Why the seemingly endless pursuit of the most authentic performance practice, or the definitive critical edition? How does knowing more than just the best bits improve the listening experience?

To discuss this with Petroc are the baritone Sir Thomas Allen, the Glasgow-based music critic Kate Molleson (who writes for the Guardian, the Herald and the Big Issue), Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director of London's Barbican Centre, Dr. Susan Rutherford of University of Manchester and Professor Cliff Eisen of King's College, London.

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Ivan Hewett finds out how the English National Opera has helped composer David Sawer bring his new opera `From Morning to Midnight' to the stage.

Plus a report from Venice on whether the opera house La Fenice will again rise from the ashes.

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Presented by Tom Service, including an interview with the Austrian composer Georg Friedrich Haas, whose opera Morgen und Abend has its world premiere at the Royal Opera House in November. He explores the rise of orchestral music used in today's video gaming industry with help from composers Jessica Curry and John Broomhall and commentator Nick Luscombe. He also reviews Calixto Bieito's new production of Verdi's Force of Destiny at English National Opera with critic David Nice.

George Benjamin, Daniele Gatti, Ravel And Decadence20120512

Composer George Benjamin has spent the last year tucked away writing his latest opera - Written on Skin. It's soon to get its premiere at the Aix en Provence festival and will also be performed internationally including in Munich and London. Ahead of a major retrospective of his work at the South Bank Centre in London Tom Service meets the composer to discuss both the challanges he's encountered in writing the piece, and his hopes for it.

There's conductor Daniele Gatti ahead of a new production of Verdi's Falstaff at the Royal Opera House. And the music of Ravel, and how French Decadence in the nineteenth century shaped his work.

Producer: Jeremy Evans.

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch meets Gerald Finley and Tamara Stefanovich.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Sara meets two artists who reveal how they discovered, and continue to cultivate their distinctive musical voices: the Serbian pianist Tamara Stefanovich, who plays the music of Hans Abrahamsen at the London Sinfonietta's 50th anniversary concert this month, and the Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley, who is currently singing the role of Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca at Covent Garden.

And Kate Molleson explores Scots dialect in song, the first in a new series about language and music around the British Isles. Focusing on the east and central belt of Scotland, Kate meets the writer James Robertson and singers Scott Gardiner, Aidan Moffat, Karine Polwart and Sheena Wellington, and discovers a language which is rich in history and sound, and full of resonances for today.

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch meets Gerald Finley and Tamara Stefanovich.

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Sara meets two artists who reveal how they discovered, and continue to cultivate their distinctive musical voices: the Serbian pianist Tamara Stefanovich, who plays the music of Hans Abrahamsen at the London Sinfonietta's 50th anniversary concert this month, and the Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley, who is currently singing the role of Scarpia in Puccini's Tosca at Covent Garden.

And Kate Molleson explores Scots dialect in song, the first in a new series about language and music around the British Isles. Focusing on the east and central belt of Scotland, Kate meets the writer James Robertson and singers Scott Gardiner, Aidan Moffat, Karine Polwart and Sheena Wellington, and discovers a language which is rich in history and sound, and full of resonances for today.

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Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

To mark the 450th anniversary of Carlo Gesualdo's birth, Petroc travels to Naples to explore one of the most notorious composers in history, whose music still sounds radical to audiences today. He speaks to Gesualdo expert Dinko Fabris and Cesare Corsi, the librarian of the Conservatorio di Musica 'San Pietro a Majella', which holds the largest collection of Gesualdo prints in Europe. Petroc also talks to Peter Phillips, the director of the Tallis Scholars, and soprano Clare Norburn, who has written a new play about Gesualdo. Simon Heffer explores Parry's most famous work, Jerusalem, written a century ago to brace the spirit of the nation during the First World War. And Petroc reviews a new biography of Vaughan Williams by Keith Alldritt, with the composer Anthony Payne and Vaughan Williams expert Ceri Owen.

Gianandrea Noseda, Seven Mozart Librettos, Marc-andre Hamelin20110409

Tom Service talks to the Italian maestro Gianandrea Noseda as he prepares for his final performance as Chief Conductor of the BBC Philharmonic after almost a decade in Manchester.

Also, we review the book Seven Mozart Librettos - a translation in verse by poet and librettist J.D.

McClatchy.

And French-Canadian keyboard super-star Marc-Andr Hamelin on the importance - or otherwise - of virtuosity and about continuing the tradition of pianist-composers, like him.

Also, we review the book Seven Mozart Librettos - a translation in verse by poet and librettist J.D. McClatchy.

Tom Service presents. Includes interviews with Gianandrea Noseda and Marc-Andre Hamelin.

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As Glyndebourne celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2009, Tom Service explores the role of a private opera house in the 21st century.

In the grounds of the famous house deep in the Sussex Downs, Tom discusses recent developments at the company, and its role both in the local community and on the international stage, with executive chairman Gus Christie - grandson of founder Sir George Christie - and general director David Pickard.

Tom finds out what Glyndebourne means to some of the artists involved in 2009's festival including current music director Vladimir Jurowski, director David McVicar and singers Sarah Connolly and Danielle de Niese - and to two artists who have long been associated with the company, Janet Baker and Felicity Lott.

There is also a look at the company's commissioning of new music, its education and outreach work, its development of young singers through Glyndebourne on Tour and its multimedia ambitions.

Tom Service visits Glyndebourne to look at the role of the opera house in the 21st century

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to opera icon Grace Bumbry and the Broadway singer Audra McDonald.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch meets two American singers - the opera icon Grace Bumbry, a judge for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017, and the broadway star Audra McDonald, currently on the West End stage. Plus a conversation with the sound artist Bill Fontana in Snape, Suffolk, where he's created a sound installation using sounds from the reedbed and marshes for this year's Aldeburgh Festival.

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to opera star Grace Bumbry and Broadway singer Audra McDonald.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch meets two American singers - the opera icon Grace Bumbry and the broadway star Audra McDonald. Plus a conversation with the sound artist Bill Fontana in Snape, Suffolk, where he's created an installation modifying sounds from the reedbeds, marshes and the Maltings' industrial past, for this year's Aldeburgh Festival.

Grace Bumbry's career was launched when she won a competition at the tender age of 17. She was sought after across Europe and the USA as a mezzo soprano and later a soprano. Now aged 80, still actively coaching young singers, she's one of the jurors for the BBC Cardiff Singer of the World 2017. She talks about her life on stage and in the concert hall, and passes on the wisdom of her career.

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Ivan Hewett looks at the musical history of St Paul's Cathedral, which celebrates its tercentenary this year; reviews the BBC2 series `Great Composers'; and finds out about music written for 40 birds selected from all over the world for their `musical abilities'.

McCarthy, artistic director, Music Theatre Wales; and Tom Sutcliffe, opera critic and author.

Ivan Hewett looks at the musical history of St Paul's Cathedral, which celebrates its tercentenary this year; previews the BBC2 series `Great Composers'; and finds out about music written for 40 birds selected from all over the world for their `musical abilities'.

Gunther Schuller20111015

As he prepares to launch his autobiography 'Gunther Schuller: A Life in pursuit of Music and Beauty' Tom Service talks to the American composer, conductor, horn player, author, historian, and jazz musician.

At the age of 85 Schuller has been at the heart of the American musical scene during the twentieth century and into the twenty-first.

In this candid interview, Schuller speaks about famous conductors he worked under, like Arturo Toscanini, Fritz Reiner, Leopold Stokowski and Bruno Walter, experiences that sometimes left him disappointed.

Schuller, a larger than life character, explains how he managed to lead a double life as accomplished horn player with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, on the one hand, and as performer in celebrated Jazz bands, on the other, taking part in historic recordings with Miles Davis, among others.

In fact, based on these experiences it was Schuller who coined the expression 'Third Stream' to refer to a pioneering trend in composing he worked on since the late 1950s combining Classical Music and Jazz techniques, which helped to create an entirely new generation of performers.

He reflects on the legacy of this fusion which he believes opened the door to the wide and varied musical landscape we enjoy today.

Still he longs for the New York of his day which he remembers as 'the cultural paradise of the world'.

As he prepares to launch his autobiography 'Gunther Schuller: A Life in pursuit of Music and Beauty' Tom Service talks to the American composer, conductor, horn player, author, historian, and jazz musician. At the age of 85 Schuller has been at the heart of the American musical scene during the twentieth century and into the twenty-first. In this candid interview, Schuller speaks about famous conductors he worked under, like Arturo Toscanini, Fritz Reiner, Leopold Stokowski and Bruno Walter, experiences that sometimes left him disappointed. Schuller, a larger than life character, explains how he managed to lead a double life as accomplished horn player with the New York Philharmonic and the Metropolitan Opera, on the one hand, and as performer in celebrated Jazz bands, on the other, taking part in historic recordings with Miles Davis, among others. In fact, based on these experiences it was Schuller who coined the expression 'Third Stream' to refer to a pioneering trend in composing he worked on since the late 1950s combining Classical Music and Jazz techniques, which helped to create an entirely new generation of performers. He reflects on the legacy of this fusion which he believes opened the door to the wide and varied musical landscape we enjoy today. Still he longs for the New York of his day which he remembers as 'the cultural paradise of the world'.

Tom Service talks to the American composer Gunther Schuller about his musical life.

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Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits Hamburg's new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch visits Hamburg's new concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie. Plus German composer Jorg Widmann and a discussion about the relationship between belief and music.

Handel Biography, Karajan On Bbc Four, Viola Celebration20141129

Tom Service reviews a new Handel biography with Robin Blaze and Tess Knighton, previews John Bridcut's TV documentary on the conductor Herbert von Karajan and celebrates the viola.

Handel Week20090418

As part of BBC Radio 3's Handel celebrations, Petroc Trelawny is joined by conductor and harpsichordist Christopher Hogwood, classical music critic of the Sunday Times Hugh Canning, and writer and broadcaster Berta Joncus to assess the composer's reputation and significance 250 years after his death.

Directors including Nicholas Hytner and David Alden talk about the challenges and joys of putting Handel on the stage, and soprano Rosemary Joshua talks about the importance of authenticity in singing Handel.

Petroc also visits the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge to find out what the Handel manuscripts held there can tell us about the composer's working methods and his concept of the integrity of the musical work.

Petroc Trelawny and guests assess Handel's significance 250 years after his death.

Hans Werner Henze Tribute20121110

A tribute to the influential and controversial German composer Hans Werner Henze, one of the leading figures of 20th-Century music, who died recently. Using archive material and interviews with collaborators and experts, Tom Service explores his work and legacy, in a life marked by radical political views - including a strong stance against Fascism - and his love for the stage both in opera and ballet.

Harassment In Classical Music20171202

Tom Service looks at harassment in the classical music industry today.

Tom Service looks at issues around sexual harassment in classical music and the arts in light of recent scandals to hit the worlds of entertainment and politics. We hear from Deborah Annetts, Chief Executive of the Incorporated Society of Musicians; Naomi Pohl, Assistant General Secretary at the Musician's Union; and Frances Richens, Editor of the magazine Arts Professional - as well as testimonies from victims of sexual harassment.

Also on the programme, an interview with academic Nancy November about her new book 'Cultivating String Quartets in Beethoven's Vienna', arguing for the need to readdress the context in which string quartets are to be understood at the beginning of the 19th-Century. Paul Cassidy, viola player from the Brodsky Quartet discusses the book with Tom and explains how it will inform his playing and enhance the understanding of this repertoire.

And Tom sits down at the piano with jazz pianist Brad Mehldau to discuss Bach and improvisation.

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Harry Partch, Lies And Epiphanies, Anna Meredith's Postcard From China20141122

Tom Service profiles the "hobo" composer Harry Partch, one of the most distinctive and influential American composers of the mid-twentieth century with the help of S. Andrew Granade whose recent study focuses on Partch the person alongside the cultural icon he represented - examining him from historical, cultural, political and musical perspectives. Tom talks to Chris Walton about his latest book Lies and Epiphanies which looks at the inspiration of five composers from Wagner to Berg. The finale of Mahler's second symphony was supposedly born of a "lightning bolt" of inspiration at the funeral of Hans von Bulow, while Alban Berg's violin concerto was purportedly his direct response to the tragic early death of Alma Mahler's daughter. Tom also receives composer Anna Meredith's final Postcard from China where she has been collaborating with local people in Hangzhou on a "musical audio map" of the area.

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Harry's Boston Concerto.

Harrison Birtwistle talks to Tom Service.

Presented by Tom Service.

Sir Harrison Birtwistle has never written a concerto for a stringed instrument.

His violin concerto is premiered in Boston by violinist Christian Tetzlaff and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of March 2011.

Tom Service meets Sir Harrison, or Harry as he's better known, at his home, a converted silk factory in Wiltshire in the weeks leading up the first performance of the concerto in the States.

He then meets him in Boston, spending time with him at rehearsals, and in the hours before the premiere.

Birtwistle talks candidly about what drives his music, his fears for the concerto, and how a composer can never be satisfied with their music:

"A clarinet player in Holland once asked me if I was pleased with what she'd just played.

I asked her if she looked in the mirror this morning and did she like what she saw? And she said no she didn't.

But nobody likes what they see.

And I think it's a bit like that.

I've gone through it note to note and made this piece, and at the back of my mind, as there always is, there are certain wounds.

That could be better.

I could go on writing a piece of music for quite a long time, but I'm not going to.

I know the wounds, and I know the wounds from very early pieces, but when I hear them after a period of time, the wound has healed, but another one has appeared in the mean-time.

That's the insecurity more than anything.

It's insecurity more than tragedy!"

He talks about his early life in music growing up as a child in Accrington.

"I always wrote music.

I wrote music from the age of 8.

I've still got it.

I just sort of had a notion that there was something else out there.

I was attracted to making a music that in a sense didn't already exist."

"I played in the pit orchestra in theatres as in Accrington.

When that finished I was asked to stay on and play the pantomimes - I think it must have been terrible.

For 2 years I carried on and then played in variety shows.

comedians and all that.

I'd got £56 I'd been saving up all my life to by a motorbike and bought a saxophone with it.

I loved all that.

the pantomime and the variety.

I was a sort of a professional musician as a kid - 14 years old - still at school."

"It was the idea of being a creative person I liked, but I didn't see it as pretentiously as that."

It was the response to Birtwistle's piece Panic performed at the Last Night of the Proms in 1994 that brought his name to a wider public.

The BBC switchboard was overwhelmed with callers complaining about such a piece being programmed on the Last Night.

But Harry is philosophical about the public reaction to his work.

"The Duke of Edinburgh said to me once, "I have a problem with your wrong notes." But then they're all wrong notes.

it's the right ones you have to worry about!"

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