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.



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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?


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


Music magazine, with Ivan Hewett.

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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?


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.


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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


The weekly magazine programme with Dermot Clinch and Tommy Pearson.


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.


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


With Dermot Clinch and Tommy Pearson.

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


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?


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.


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.


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.


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.


With Tom Service.

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


With Tom Service.

News and interviews with key players in the music world.


With Tom Service.

News and interviews from key players in the music world.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

Evening Morning



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.


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.


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.


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.





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.


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.





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.





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?





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





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.





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


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'.


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.


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.





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.#





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.





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





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.





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.





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.





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?


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.





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.


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.





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.


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.





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.





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


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?





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.




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.


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.





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.





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.


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.


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.





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.





Includes a major interview with the charismatic conductor, pianist and composer André 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.


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.


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.





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.





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.


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.





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.





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.


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.


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.


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.





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.





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.


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.





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.


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.





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.





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.





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.





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.





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.





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.





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.





With Petroc Trelawny.

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.





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.





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.





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.





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.





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.


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.





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.





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.





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 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 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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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 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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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 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 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 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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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:

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


With Petroc Trelawny.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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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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.

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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.

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"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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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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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.

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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.

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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.


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


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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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 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.

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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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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 Carthy20100403

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.


Ivan Hewett looks at the continuing fascination of `Carmen' and of German composer Handel.


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.

Carousel, Jussi Bjorling And Pauline Oliveros20120505

Tom Service learns about a new production of Carousel at Opera North.

Cecilia Bartoli, Streetwise Opera, Mischa Aster20101204

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.


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.

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.

Christoph Eschenbach, The Fantastic Mr Fox, Nielsen20110305

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.


With conductor and pianist Christoph Eschenbach.

Christoph Von Dohnanyi/venetian Music/bach Solo Music20100220

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.

Colin Davis *20090613

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 Adams20100703

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.

Culture Of Failure20001203

Ivan Hewett investigates the Northern Sinfonia.

And Peter Renshaw mounts an attack on what he calls the `culture of failure'.

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 *20090704

Tom Service investigates the story of Debussy's Pelléas et Mélisande 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.


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.

Diary Of One Who Vanished19991031

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?

Die Aegyptische Helena1997062119970622

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'.

Donald Runnicles, Leo Black, Where's Chopin?, 13th-century Music20101002

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.

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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.

Ed Vaizey, Elgar Film, Eric Whitacre20101023

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.

Edgar Varese/ton Koopman/london Piano Making20100417

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.

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.


As Britain prepares to join `Euroland', Ivan Hewett investigates what Europe is doing for music.


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.

Felicity Palmer And Anish Kapoor *20090502

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?

Film And Music20080105

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.

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.

Frederic Rzewzki, Georg Solti Centenary, Barry Millington20121020

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?".

Free Thinking 2010, Free Thinking - What Is Music For?20101106

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.

From Morning To Midnight20010422

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.

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.

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.


And French-Canadian keyboard super-star Marc-André Hamelin on the importance - or otherwise - of virtuosity and about continuing the tradition of pianist-composers, like him.

Glyndebourne At 75 *20090516

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

Great Composers1997120719971208

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'.

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.

Harry's Boston Concerto2011031920110906

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!"

Compromise doesn't seem to be a word in Birtwistle's make up.

He's a talented cook and gardener.

He seems to approach everything with the same intensity as he does when he composes.

"Yes, I have no hobbies.

I have no relaxations.

If I do a bit of gardening or cooking, It'd be silly to do something that wasn't as good as possible.

In that sense you can't do better."

Service asks him what his limitations as a composer are.

"I can only do what I do.

The sort of fluency that comes through commercial music, I couldn't do.

I admire it, often it's very, very good, particularly with film music it's craft.

I don't know where the craft is in what I do.

If you listen to John Williams you know there craft that makes it have that technicolour.

I don't have another side."

But before travelling to Boston, Birtwistle talks about the violin concerto:

"The side of it that worries me is the balance.

Having looked at several violin concertos since, they're quite thin the instrumentation.

I was conscious of it [the balance] but I don't know if I've solved it.

Never mind what I've written, if I can hear it, I'll be happy!"

"At least it's music that you know when it's wrong.

well at least I know when it's wrong.

This piece will only articulate itself by being played correctly."

Tom asks if he's looking forward to hearing it in Boston.

"Oh yeh - yeh - of course I am!"

NB: All the above quotes might not make it to the final edit.

Presenter: Tom Service.

Producer: Jeremy Evans.


Tom Service talks to composer Harrison Birtwistle ahead of the premiere of a new work.

The first in a series of special Music Matters broadcast on three consecutive nights in which Tom Service gets unprecedented access to three of Britain's most important composers.

His violin concerto which receives its UK premiere on Wednesday evening at the Proms was given its first performance in Boston by violinist Christian Tetzlaff and the Boston Symphony Orchestra at the beginning of March this year.

He then travels to Boston, and has unprecedented access to him in during rehearsals, and in the hours before the premiere.

Birtwistle talks candidly about what drives his music, his fears for the concerto, his frustrations during rehearsal and how a composer can never be satisfied with their music:

Tom Service talks to Harrison Birtwistle ahead of the premiere of his violin concerto.


Tom Service examines our attitudes to the music of Haydn and tries to get to the bottom of why he isn't as popular as Mozart or Beethoven.

With the help of some of the leading Haydn aficionados - pianists Alfred Brendel and Robert Levin, leader of the Lindsays Peter Cropper, and pianist and musicologist Charles Rosen - Tom finds out just how Haydn did it, why it is we think of him as 'witty', and what sort of a man really lay behind that intricately constructed, sometimes humorous and always profound music.

Tom Service examines our attitudes to Haydn with the help of Alfred Brendel among others.


Music magazine, presented by Ivan Hewett.

This week, the history of the London Sinfonietta, celebrating its thirtieth birthday this year.

Peter Maxwell Davies visits Antarctica and sends back his impressions.

And there is a rare performance of Liszt's `Hexamaron', written for six great pianists of the day.

Peter Maxwell Davies visits Antartica and sends back his impressions.

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Ivan Hewett talks to Heinrich Schiff about his interpretation of the Beethoven cello sonatas and reviews `Howard Goodall's Choir Works', the new Channel 4 series which circles the globe seeking out the world's greatest choirs.

Hungary *20090919

Tom Service visits Budapest to explore how musical life has changed in Hungary since the fall of communism.

The country was important in developments in the months leading up to the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989.

Tom explores areas from the legacy of Liszt, Bartok and Kodaly, to state education and the all-pervading influence of Hungarian folk music.

With contributions from internationally-renowned Hungarian musicians such as conductor Ivan Fischer, pianist Andras Schiff and soprano Andrea Rost.

Tom Service discovers how musical life in Hungary has changed since the fall of communism.

I Know What I Like1997052419970525

From the Library Theatre, Manchester.

Ivan Hewett chairs a discussion about how we appreciate music, and the role music plays in our lives.

We all know what we like, so why should we have to be told?

Live from the Library Theatre, Manchester.

Imogen Cooper *20090411

Tom Service talks to pianist Imogen Cooper about her life-long passion for the music of Schubert, which she has been re-visiting in a series of performances and live recordings at the Royal Festival Hall, 20 years after she made her first complete survey of his piano works.

He visits Cambridge, ahead of a week of choral concerts marking the university's 800th anniversary, to explore the past, present and future place of singing in the city.

He also discusses the role of music in cancer care with Don Campbell of Mozart Effect fame.

Tom Service talks to pianist Imogen Cooper and explores Cambridge's choral traditions.

In C19981018

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

This week, pianist Mitsuko Uchida on the art of touch in performance, and the influence of the first minimalist piece - Terry Riley's `In C' - on composers and musicians from Steve Reich to Jarvis Cocker.

International Tchaikovsky Competition20110702

Founded in 1958 to demonstrate Russian musical superiority at the height of the Cold War, the Tchaikovsky Competition was one of the glories of Soviet cultural life.

The Texan pianist Van Cliburn made international headlines when he carried off the gold medal at that first competition; the list of subsequent medallists reads like a who's who in the classical music world.

For many years it was arguably the most important competition to win but over the last twenty years or so its reputation has become increasingly tarnished by allegations of corruption and bribery, with many of the jurors (drawn largely from the Moscow Conservatory) championing their own students, and shameless horse-trading going on behind the scenes.

This year will be different though.

Recognising an urgent need to restore the Competition to its former glory, the Culture Ministry has charged one of the most influential figures in Russian musical life, conductor Valery Gergiev, with turning things around.

As well as putting together juries consisting of some of the highest profile performing musicians in the world, Gergiev has moved part of the competition to St Petersburg, created an entirely new set of rules and regulations, and substantially increased the prize money on offer.

The stakes are high for everyone involved, and in this special edition of Music Matters, Tom Service travels to Russia to follow the progress of what promises to be one of the most thrilling competitions in recent musical history.

With contributions from Valery Gergiev himself, previous winners including Peter Donohoe, Barry Douglas and Viktoria Mullova, many of the competitors, and some of the Russians who have followed the Competition for generations.

Producer Emma Bloxham.

Tom Service travels to Russia to report on the XIV International Tchaikovsky Competition.


Music Matters goes Turkish today.

Petroc Trelawny reports from Istanbul on the state of classical music in the city in its year as one of three European Capitals of Culture, and explores the role of culture in Turkey's bid to join the European Union.

We hear from those at the forefront of classical music-making in the city, from members of the Istanbul State Symphony Orchestra to people involved in privately-funded orchestras, as well as some of Turkey's most important soloists and conductors.

Will Istanbul make the most of its opportunity to showcase its cultural riches, or will its year as Capital of Culture amount to little more than a grand arts festival? Producer Emma Bloxham.

Petroc Trelawny reports from Istanbul on the state of classical music in the city.

John Cage20120915

Mark Swed and David Nicholls join Tom Service to reassess the life and music of John Cage.

As BBC Radio 3 celebrates the centenary of American composer John Cage's birth, Tom Service looks back on a life and music that was a defining part of the 20th century and asks how we should understand the work of a man who trod a unique path through composition, visual art, social theory and philosophy.

Tom hears recorded archive of Cage in conversation and lecturing, alongside insights from those who knew the composer at different points during his lifetime: composers John Adams, Christian Wolff and Howard Skempton, Cage's assistant Andrew Culver and writer Marjorie Perloff. He is joined by Cage scholars Mark Swed and David Nicholls to discuss how Cage's music developed, his anarchic political stance and his views on society, the importance of discipline to his practice, and what, if anything, he had hoped to achieve by the end of his life.

John Potter/leonard Bernstein/thomas Hampson *20090620

Tom Service talks to tenor John Potter about his new book on the history of the tenor voice, from its emergence in the 16th century to the phenomenon of the Three Tenors and beyond.

With contributions from fellow tenors Ian Bostridge and Robert Tear.

Plus the latest research on the politcal life of Leonard Bernstein against the backdrop of the Cold War, and baritone Thomas Hampson discussing his Song of America project.

Tom Service talks to tenor John Potter about his book on the history of the tenor voice.

Jonathan Nott, Schumann20100612

Tom Service meets the young British conductor Jonathan Nott, Principal Conductor of the Bamberger Symphoniker since 2000, and in demand throughout Europe and the USA.

And as part of Radio 3's Schumann 200 season, Robin Holloway offers his thoughts on why so many contemporary composers continue to be fascinated by this most enigmatic of romantic geniuses.

Tom Service meets young conductor Jonathan Nott.

Plus the lasting interest in Schumann.

Julian Bream, Charles Rosen, French Opera20100710

The legendary guitarist Julian Bream is Petroc Trelawny's guest in today's programme.

Born in 1933, the list of composers inspired to write music for Bream reads like a Who's Who of 20th-century music, including Malcolm Arnold, Lennox Berkeley, Britten, Henze, Tippett and Walton.

A near contemporary of Bream's, renowned American musicologist and pianist Charles Rosen has just published a new book, Music and Sentiment.

Petroc is joined by Nicholas Kenyon and Nigel Simeone to review it, and to assess Rosen's importance and stature as a writer on music.

French opera also falls under the Music Matters spotlight this week, as a new book by Vincent Giroud takes us on a tour of this remarkably rich repertoire, from Lully to Poulenc and beyond, via Rameau, Bizet, Gounod, Massenet and Debussy.

Petroc Trelawny talks to celebrated guitarist Julian Bream.

Kathleen Ferrier's Letters, Duke Ellington, Colin Currie20120407

Tom Service explores the life and letters of Kathleen Ferrier, heading to Blackburn to meet the singer's goddaughter. He speaks to David Schiff, author of a new book on jazz musician and composer Duke Ellington, and discusses his life and music with Julian Joseph and Geoffrey Smith. He meets percussionist Colin Currie at home, with his percussion, to find out more about the role of the star percussionist in contemporary music.

Tom Service with Kathleen Ferrier's letters, the music of Duke Ellington and Colin Currie.

La Vestale20020324

Ivan Hewett talks to director Francesca Zambello about her new production of Spontini's `La Vestale'.

Plus a project using an opera as the basis for the school curriculum.

Light Fantastic: What Happened To British Light Music20110625

Light Fantastic - Radio 3's celebration of Light Music

Live from the Royal Festival Hall in London

Petroc Trelawny and his panel of guests discuss the question 'What happened to British light music?'.

Once played in every concert hall in the country, tuneful and hummable music by British composers was a big part of the nation's musical life often featuring in concerts next to 'serious' works.

But then from the 1960s something happened, the performances stopped, the commissions dried up and broadcasters - especially the BBC - dropped it from their schedules.

Petroc is joined by a distinguished panel including conductor John Wilson, composer Anne Dudley and academic Stephen Banfield to explore why it fell out of fashion and speculate about the possible future of light music.

Petroc Trelawny and guests discuss the question 'what happened to British light music?'.


As part of Radio 3's Liszt bicentenary celebrations, Tom Service presents a special edition of Music Matters exploring some of the key issues around the composer and his music.

With contributions from pianists Leslie Howard, Kenneth Hamilton and Andras Schiff, and writer Tim Blanning.

Producer Emma Bloxham.

Tom Service explores key issues relating to Liszt and his music.

Lorin Maazel, Ims Prussia Cove, Intellectual Property And Respighi20110416

Tom Service talks to veteran American conductor Lorin Maazel about a life on the podium - he first stood up to conduct the NBC Symphony Orchestra in 1941 at the age of 11 - and is in Britain for the start of a complete Mahler cycle with the Philharmonia Orchestra.

He visits Cornwall to discover why every year young musicians flock to Prussia Cove on the Atlantic coast and explores the life and work of controversial Italian composer Ottorino Respighi.

Tom Service talks to conductor Lorin Maazel and visits Prussia Cove in Cornwall.


Ivan Hewett reviews Kenneth Branagh's new film `Love's Labour Lost' and asks whether Shakespeare's play works as a musical.

Plus a report on Moscow's plan for a major new cultural centre.

And as Stephen Sondheim turns 70, a discussion of his contribution to the American musical.


Ivan Hewitt previews Don Boyd's film `Lucia', which opens this week, and asks whether it heralds a renaissance of opera on film.

Plus a report by a member of Cardboard Citizens - a theatre company for homeless people - on their innovative production of `The Beggar's Opera'.

Mahler 100th Anniversary20110521

Tom Service marks the 100th anniversary of the death of Gustav Mahler.

He talks to the music director of Leipzig's International Mahler Festival, conductor Riccardo Chailly.

Mahler conducted at the opera house in Leipzig and spent two years in the city where he began his career as a symphonist.

And actor, writer and director Simon McBurney considers how the music of Mahler has touched his life.

Producer: Jeremy Evans.

Tom Service marks the 100th anniversary of Mahler's death.

Max Black19991017

As Heiner Goebbels's `Max Black' opens, Ivan Hewett discusses the explosion of work emerging from the outer edges of music theatre.

Plus a report from Madrid on how the Opera House is faring two years after its reopening.

Mendelssohn Weekend - Mendelssohn's Scotland *20090509

Tom Service journeys through Scotland in a quest to find the inspiration behind Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture and his Scottish Symphony.

Check out more images and video clips from Tom's journey below.

Tom Service follows in the footsteps of Mendelssohn, who toured Scotland in 1829.

Meredith Monk, Irvine Arditti, Calixto Bieito, A History Of Opera20121117

Tom Service talks to three influential figures in contemporary music and theatre: Meredith Monk - composer, performer, director, choreographer and filmmaker, known particularly for her innovative vocal techniques - as she celebrates her 70th birthday; Irvine Arditti, the first violinist with the Arditti Quartet, as he prepares to perform John Cage's complex Freeman Etudes at the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival; and the controversial Spanish theatre director Calixto Bieito, who recently directed radical interpretations of Shakespeare for the London 2012 Festival and is back in London for his production of Carmen at English National Opera.

Plus a review of A History of Opera: The Last 400 Years, a new book co-authored by Roger Parker and Carolyn Abbate. Tom is joined to review the book by the tenor Ian Bostridge and opera historian Sarah Lenton.

Midlands Christmas Music *20091219

Tom Service travels across the English Midlands taking a snapshot of music making in villages, towns and cities as people prepare for Christmas.

Visiting Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Derbyshire, and the West Midlands, he meets those bringing music to the heart of communities.

From brass bands to opera, children's choirs to pub carols, Tom discovers stories about the importance of music in people's lives at this time of year.

Radio 3's flagship classical music programme.

Monteverdi Vespers, Michel Van Der Aa, Christopher Page20100508

Tom Service explores Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 with some of its most passionate interpreters including John Eliot Gardiner, Andrew Parrott and Paul McCreesh.

He also talks to Dutch composer Michel van der Aa about his multi-media opera set in the waiting room of heaven After Life", and reviews Christopher Page's new book "The Christian West and its Singers" which charts music in the first millenium since the birth of Christ.

Produced by Brian Jackson.

Tom Service explores Monteverdi's Vespers of 1610 and talks to composer Michel van der Aa."

Mummers Plays, Interviews From 201220121215

Suzy Klein explores the wintry world of Mummers Plays, folk dramas that have been performed across the British Isles since Medieval times and that are still practised in a few parts of the country. She also picks highlights from a year of Music Matters interviews.

Murray Perahia20120519

Tom Service meetings the great American pianist Murray Perahia at his home in London; they discuss Perahia's new theories about Beethoven's "Moonlight" sonata, his friend and mentor Vladimir Horowitz, his own development as a musician over the last ten years, and his love of jazz.

And one of the last century's most influential writers on Bach, Christoph Wolff, turns to the subject of Mozart in a new book, Mozart at the Gateway to his Fortune.

Producer Paul Frankl.

Music And Silence19991003

Ivan Hewett examines the wealth of recent books with a musical theme, including Rose Tremaine's new novel `Music and Silence', and talks to Baroness Warnock about music's power to stimulate the imagination.

Music And The Brain20081115

In a special edition of the programme, Tom Service talks to scientists and musicians conducting the latest research looking at how the brain makes sense of music, asking how a disparate collection of soundwaves has the ability to change people's lives.

Music In Tallinn And Turku20110115

Presented by Tom Service.

This week Tom Service visits Tallinn in Estonia, and Turku in Finland, both European Capitals of Culture for 2011.

Separated by the Baltic Sea, the cities show off their own cultural programming, and celebrate the ties they've shared for centuries in the Baltic Sea region.

2011 sees Estonia celebrating 20 years of independence and on January 1st they adopted the Euro.

As well as investigating the tradition of massed choral singing and looking at how the new economic climate is affecting music making in the country, Tom Service talks exclusively to the celebrated Estonian composer Arvo Pärt.

Travelling across the Baltic by ferry to Turku, the oldest city in Finland, he also meets members of the oldest orchestra in the country, the Turku Philharmonic.

Ravaged by fire in the 19th Century, the city became known in the 20th Century as Finland's gateway to the West.

There's an interview with Finnish composer Mikko Heiniö, a visit to the only museum in Finland to specialise in music - the Sibelius Museum, and an investigation of how folk music of the region is linked across the Baltic Sea.

Producer: Jeremy Evans


Tom Service visits Tallinn and Turku to learn about the music of both cities.

Music Matters1997101919971020

Radio 3 begins a week of programmes highlighting the daily stresses and strains of a musician's life with a special edition of `Music Matters' presented by Ivan Hewett

Music Nation Preview20120303

As Radio 3 launches Music Nation, the first nationwide countdown event for the London 2012 Festival, Suzy Klein looks at the cultural past, present and future of the Olympic movement.

Suzy heads to Scotland to meet Fair Isle fiddler Chris Stout, who has written a piece for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra to tour round Shetland as part of the Music Nation weekend; speaks to composer Heiner Goebbels about music and urbanism as he prepares for the London premiere of his work Surrogate Cities; and finds out about the little known history of the Olympic cultural programme.

Suzy Klein explores the cultural past, present and future of the Olympics.

Music Of The Heart20000116

Ivan Hewett previews `Music of the Heart', a Wes Craven film about the true life story of a violin teacher's battle to bring music to school children in Harlem.

Plus a masterclass given by baritone Thomas Hampson as part of ENO's Young Singers Training Programme.

Musical Boston20110423

Tom Service travels to Boston, Massachusetts, to discover the music making in one of the United States' leading musical centres.

He talks to clarinettist Richard Stoltzman who has made his life in the city and who revels in memories of playing clarinet with his father, rediscovering with Tom his very first clarinet after many years.

There's the latest on how Boston is at the centre of the El Sistema projects being run across the US.

Based on the models of music education used in Venezuela, and now copied across the world, to help impoverished children get a better education, Tom visits a school in the Boston suburbs and discovers how some of the city's children's lives are being changed.

Boston has long been an important centre for composition, performance and music education, and a leading place for instrument makers.

It's the home to some of the oldest musical establishments in the United States, including the Handel and Haydn Society - the country's oldest continuously performing arts organization.

Tom meets members of the Society at the Harvard Musical Association on Beacon Hill in Boston, together with the music director of Boston Camerata Joel Cohen, and instrument maker Ingeborg Von Huene.

In a wide ranging discussion they consider the importance of the early music revival in the city, how American music making differs from that in Europe, and how the country's politics will shape the musical future.

Producer: Jeremy Evans.

Musiclearninglive!2009 Music Debate *20090307

Tom Service chairs a debate from the MusicLearningLive!2009 festival, hosted by the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester, addressing some of the current issues in music education.

He is joined by panellists Richard Hallam, the National Music Participation Director; Katherine Zeserson, Director of Learning and Participation at The Sage, Gateshead; cellist and broadcaster Zoe Martlew; chief culture writer and music critic of The Times, Richard Morrison; and Christina Coker, Chief Executive of Youth Music.

Tom Service chairs a debate from Manchester about the current issues in music education.

New China20001126

In a special edition as part of Radio 3's `New China' season, Christopher Cook visits the largest piano factory in China and investigates the enduring appeal of this most Western of instruments, as well as looking at whether the projected Beijing opera house will ever be built.

Plus a report on music piracy in China, where 90 per cent of all prerecorded music sold is on pirated CDs and tapes.

New Millennium Special Edition20000109

In the first programme of the year 2000, Ivan Hewett is joined by conductor Charles Hazlewood, columnist Norman Lebrecht and artistic director of the London Sinfonietta GillIan Moore to reflect on the direction of music in the 21st century.

And four leading British composers look to the future.

Nigel Kennedy, Alzheimer's, John Cage20100522

Tom Service talks to violinist Nigel Kennedy about his passion for Poland, jazz and football ahead of the 'Nigel Kennedy Polish Weekend' at London's Southbank Centre.

He also talks to the team of musicians and scientists who are exploring the subject of Alzheimer's disease in a new opera and looks at the music and philosophy of American maverick John Cage through the prism of his seminal piano piece 4'33.

Produced by Brian Jackson.

Tom Service talks to violinist Nigel Kennedy about Poland and explores the music of Cage."

Nikolaus Harnoncourt20120414

Suzy Klein presents this week's edition of Music Matters, which features a rare interview with the conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt. One of the great musical figures of 20th and 21st Centuries, renowned as a pioneer in the world of conducting, Harnoncourt was a key player in the development of the 'period performance' of classical, baroque and early music, in particular the music of JS Bach. In more recent years he has broadened his repertoire to include sometimes surprising composers like George Gershwin. The scale of Harnoncourt's influence has secured him a place in musical history. He is rarely heard in interview.

Suzy Klein presents a rare interview with Austrian conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt.

Nino Rota, Niobe, Richard Egarr On The Bachs20100918

As Music Matters returns after its summer break, Tom Service and guests take a look at the work of the legendary film composer Nino Rota who wrote the music for over 150 films, including The Godfather and La Dolce Vita.

We find out why Agostino Steffani's baroque opera Niobe, Regina di Tebe is only just receiving its UK premiere at the Royal Opera House after being neglected for 320 years.

And the charismatic harpsichordist and conductor Richard Egarr with everything you need to know about the huge, sprawling dynasty that was the Bach family.

Tom Service and guests discuss a new book about the film composer Nino Rota.


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

This week, James Bernard, Hammer Studios' king of horror film composers, on his new score for the 1922 classic `Nosferatu'.

Notker The Stammerer And The Abbey Of St Gall20120707

Lucie Skeaping explores the Abbey of St Gall, its role in the development of medieval chant, and how one of the Abbey's most famous sons - a young monk named "Notker the Stammerer" - came to write a revolutionary kind of music there.

Tom Service takes the temperature of music making in Northern Ireland and travels from Derry-Londonderry to Belfast hearing the stories of performers, composers and audience members who contribute to a resurgent musical scene. Derry-Londonderry becomes the UK's first City of Culture next year, whilst the latest new arts venue in Belfast, the MAC has just opened. There's news from Northern Ireland Opera, an interview with Ulster Orchestra conductor JoAnn Falletta, and cutting edge traditional music making.

Producer: Jeremy Evans.

Now Comes The Dragon19981025

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

This week, east meets west in the Grand Union Orchestra's mammoth new commission, `Now Comes the Dragon's Hour'; plus a new approach to teaching early music at Trinity College.

Only Connect19991114

Ivan Hewett explores the Barbican Centre's `Only Connect' season, which brings together artists from different musical styles, including Mercury Prize winner Talvin Singh.

Plus director Jonathan Miller's view of opera in the 21st century.


Tom Service presents a Music Matters Opera Special.

The Panel:

John Mark Ainsley - tenor

John Fisher - chief executive of Welsh National Opera

Nicholas Payne - director of Opera Europa

Penny Woolcock - film and opera director

With contributions from Joyce DiDonato, Stephen Fry, A.C Grayling, David Pountney and Jonathan Dove.

Tom Service discusses, with artists and experts, if opera matters as an art form today.

Penderecki *20090523

In Music Matters this week, a tribute to British composer Nicholas Maw who died on Tuesday, aged 73.

Also, Petroc Trelawny talks to Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki, Oscar winning playwright Ronald Harwood and looks into the business benefits of commissioning new music.

Petroc Trelawny talks to Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki.

Petroc Trelawny talks to Polish composer Krzysztof Penderecki about writing music in a post Soviet world, while playwright Ronald Harwood discusses his two plays Taking Sides and Collaboration, depicting Wilhelm Furtwangler and Richard Strauss and the controversy surrounding their political views in Nazi Germany.

Plus a look at the latest technology allowing composers to write music in Braille.

Percy Grainger Celebration, Tinnitus, Daniel Harding20110212

Presented by Tom Service.

Marking the 50th anniversary of the death of the Australian born composer Percy Grainger, Tom Service investigates the music and the life of the man whose interests ranged from fashion design to folk music.

Known for popular works such as Country Gardens, A Lincolnshire Posy and Brigg Fair, his relationship with music was far from conventional.

He invented musical concepts such as Elastic Music and machines including the Free Music Machine.

Grainger evangelist and pianist Penelope Thwaites accompanies Tom in his discovery of a man of creativity and contradiction.

Tinnitus affects around 15 percent of people at some stage in their lives.

Musicians who suffer from it can sometimes have to make profound changes to their lives.

Tom talks to performers and music lovers who have been affected by it, and hears how they learn to live with the condition.

And a major interview with the Principal Guest Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Harding.

He made his debut with the Berlin Philharmonic at the age of 19, his Proms debut at 21, and first conducted at Covent Garden at just 23 years old.

Now in his mid thirties and as protege of Sir Simon Rattle and Claudio Abbado, he's had a meteoric rise through the ranks of conducting.

He talks to Tom about his work with the LSO, the challenges of getting the best out of his players around the world, and his love of football.


Producer: Jeremy Evans.

Includes a celebration of the life and music of Percy Grainger.

Peter Brook, Ravel Biography, Tinnitus20110402

Presented by Tom Service.

Today Tom meets the highly acclaimed and innovative theatre and opera director Peter Brook, as his new production of The Magic Flute opens at the Barbican in London.

A new biography of Ravel falls under the Music Matters spotlight, and Tom investigates the destructive effects of tinnitus on musicians.


Tom Service talks to theatre and opera director Peter Brook

Peter Conrad20111203

Tom Service talks to Peter Conrad about his new book "Verdi And/Or Wagner", and is joined by directors Graham Vick and Francesca Zambello to discuss the perceived aesthetic rivalry between the two composers.

Tom Service talks to Peter Conrad about his book Verdi and/or Wagner.

Peter Maxwell Davies2009101020110908

Tom Service travels to Scotland's Orkney Islands to visit composer Sir Peter Maxwell Davies as he celebrates his 75th birthday.

Tom Service travels to the Orkney Islands to visit composer Peter Maxwell Davies.

The third in a series of special Music Matters broadcast on three consecutive nights in which Tom Service gets unprecedented access to three of Britain's most important composers.

Tom Service travels to Sanday, one of the northernmost Orkney Isles, to meet the Master of the Queen's Music, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies whose new work, Musica benevolens receives its world premiere at the Last Night of the Proms tomorrow evening.

Maxwell Davies - or 'Max' - was born in Salford in 1934, and has been a figurehead of British classical music since the 1950s.

After studying and working in the United States and Australia, he moved to Hoy, the most dramatic of the Orkney islands, in 1971.

He moved to the flatter landscape of Sanday a few years ago.

Max shows Tom around his home on the west coast of Sanday, where he lives with his partner, Colin Parkinson, and their dog Judy.

Starting in the study, Tom asks Max about the objects around the house which provide clues to his music - from the fossils and religious icons near his desk, to the 3D collages which he makes as part of the compositional process for new pieces.

Max reflects on his childhood growing up during the Second World War - on how the memories, and the sound of the foxtrot, have stayed with him.

He plays Tom one of his piano pieces written for his partner Colin, and Colin tells the story of how he and Max first met.

During a windy, and wet, walk on the coral white beach at Start Point on Sanday, Max explains to Tom some of the inspirations behind his music, how he maps out his music in minute detail on the landscape and seascape - and on the movements of seals - whilst on his daily walks with Judy, and how he manipulates time to work on transitions which end up as a few seconds in performance, but take twenty minutes to stride out on the beach.

Back at home, Max and Tom talk about the role of spirituality in his music, and about the ancient icons above each door in his house, placed there to ward off evil spirits.

And he tells Tom how his beliefs, his strong opinions on social and political issues - from the Iraq war to climate change - and his relationships, are inseparable from the music he writes.

Producer: Jeremy Evans


Peter Maxwell Davies, Bernard Herrmann, The Wesley Family20110312

Tom Service talks to Sir Peter Maxwell Davies about his new opera 'Kommilitonen!' or 'Young Blood!' written for students to perform and telling three interlocking stories about students involved in political action.

Bernard Herrmann is best known for his scores to Alfred Hitchcock's classic films such as Vertigo and Psycho, but he also wrote music for the concert hall and was a renowned conductor, Tom explores the life and work of this iconic figure in his centenary year.

When Charles and John Wesley founded Methodism, they put hymn singing at the centre of their religious worship, but over the next two generations the Wesley family's musical journey moved to include the secular as well as the sacred and the church as well as the chapel - Tom looks into the history of this extraordinary family.


Tom Service talks to Peter Maxwell Davies and explores the music of Bernard Herrmann.

Petroc Trelawny20090207

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.

Petroc Trelawny talks to Jonathan Miller and voice coach Christina Shewell.

Philip Glass, Gerald Barry, Lothar Koenigs, The Trumpet20120421

Tom Service goes behind the scenes of the UK premiere of Philip Glass's opera Einstein on the Beach and talks to Gerald Barry about his new operatic setting of The Importance of Being Earnest. Tom also meets Welsh National Opera's music director Lothar Koenigs and reviews a new book called The Trumpet by John Wallace and Alexander McGrattan.

Tom Service talks to Philip Glass about his opera Einstein on the Beach.

Piano Music, Julius Caesar20121006

As part of the BBC Piano Season Tom Service talks to pianists Pierre-Laurent Aimard, Noriko Kawai and Rolf Hind about the challenges of performing contemporary piano music and what the future may hold for the piano repertoire and author Stuart Isacoff tells Tom why the piano is so important to musicians from Mozart to modern jazz. Tom also talks to the director Michael Keegan-Dolan and conductor Christian Curnyn about the new English National Opera production of Handel's Julius Caesar which is a collaboration between ENO and dance company Fabulous Beast. Celebrated as a choreographer and the Artistic Director of Fabulous Beast, Keegan-Dolan's productions are known for being ground-breaking and cutting edge, and the reviewers will be on hand to tell Tom how well they think Keegan-Dolan's vision transfers to Handel and the stage of the Coliseum.

Pierrot Lunaire, Inside-out Piano, Saint-saens20121013

Tom Service meets American conductor Kent Nagano, newly appointed as General Music Director of Hamburg State Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra. Nagano reflects on a career which has seen him conduct the world's great orchestras, including the Vienna, Berlin and New York Philharmonics. Tom explores the notorious vocal complexities of Schoenberg's masterpiece Pierrot Lunaire with soprano Jane Manning, who has given over 100 performances of the work. Conductor Daniel Harding and Professor Julian Johnson, an expert in modernist music, give their take on this ground breaking piece, and the challenges of performing it. As part of the BBC Piano Season, Tom visits pianist Sarah Nicolls who has created an 'inside out piano' in a bid to expand the possibilities of the traditional model. And is it time to re-evaluate the reputation of one of France's best known composers? Saint-Saens has always divided opinions, from his countryman Faure who said he was "the closest France has come to producing another Mozart" to Ravel who quipped "If he'd been making shell-cases during the war it might have been better for music". Tom is joined by cellist Steven Isserlis and musicologist Richard Langham Smith to explore the man, the music and how he is viewed today.

Portugal Special Edition20070922

Tom Service heads to Portugal to explore the part classical music has to play in Portuguese culture today.

Talking to fado star Mariza and composer Emmanuel Nunes, he travels to Lisbon and Porto, home of the stunning Casa da Musica concert hall, to experience the flourishing contemporary classical music scene at this year's Musica Viva Festival.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 03 February 199619960203

Producer: J.


Next in series: 10 February 1996

Previous in series: 27 January 1996

Broadcast history

03 Feb 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

04 Feb 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-02-02.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 03 February 199619960204

First broadcast on 1996-02-03

Producer: J.


Next in series: 10 February 1996

Previous in series: 27 January 1996

Broadcast history

03 Feb 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

04 Feb 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-02-02.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 04 February 199519950204

Producer: F.


Next in series: 11 February 1995

Previous in series: 28 January 1995

Broadcast history

04 Feb 1995 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

05 Feb 1995 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1995-02-03.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 06 January 199619960106

Producer: A.


Next in series: 13 January 1996

Previous in series: 23 December 1995

Broadcast history

06 Jan 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

07 Jan 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-05.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 06 January 199619960107

First broadcast on 1996-01-06

Producer: A.


Next in series: 13 January 1996

Previous in series: 23 December 1995

Broadcast history

06 Jan 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

07 Jan 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-05.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 10 February 199619960210

Producer: J.


Next in series: 17 February 1996

Previous in series: 03 February 1996

Broadcast history

10 Feb 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

11 Feb 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-02-09.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 10 February 199619960211

First broadcast on 1996-02-10

Producer: J.


Next in series: 17 February 1996

Previous in series: 03 February 1996

Broadcast history

10 Feb 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

11 Feb 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-02-09.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 11 February 199519950211

Producer: F.


Next in series: 18 February 1995

Previous in series: 04 February 1995

Broadcast history

11 Feb 1995 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

12 Feb 1995 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1995-02-10.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 13 January 199619960113

Producer: J.


Next in series: 20 January 1996

Previous in series: 06 January 1996

Broadcast history

13 Jan 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

14 Jan 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-12.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 13 January 199619960114

First broadcast on 1996-01-13

Producer: J.


Next in series: 20 January 1996

Previous in series: 06 January 1996

Broadcast history

13 Jan 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

14 Jan 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-12.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 16 September 199519950916

Producer: F.


Next in series: 23 September 1995

Previous in series: 15 July 1995

Broadcast history

16 Sep 1995 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

17 Sep 1995 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1995-09-15.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 16 September 199519950917

First broadcast on 1995-09-16

Producer: F.


Next in series: 23 September 1995

Previous in series: 15 July 1995

Broadcast history

16 Sep 1995 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

17 Sep 1995 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1995-09-15.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 17 February 199619960217

Producer: J.


Next in series: TINNITUS

Previous in series: 10 February 1996

Broadcast history

17 Feb 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

18 Feb 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-02-16.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 17 February 199619960218

First broadcast on 1996-02-17

Producer: J.


Next in series: TINNITUS

Previous in series: 10 February 1996

Broadcast history

17 Feb 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

18 Feb 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-02-16.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 20 January 199619960120

Producer: A.


Next in series: 27 January 1996

Previous in series: 13 January 1996

Broadcast history

20 Jan 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

21 Jan 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-19.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 20 January 199619960121

First broadcast on 1996-01-20

Producer: A.


Next in series: 27 January 1996

Previous in series: 13 January 1996

Broadcast history

20 Jan 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

21 Jan 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-19.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 21 January 199519950121

Producer: F.


Next in series: 28 January 1995

Previous in series: 14 January 1995

Broadcast history

21 Jan 1995 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

22 Jan 1995 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1995-01-20.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 23 September 199519950924

First broadcast on 1995-09-23

Producer: J.


Next in series: 30 September 1995

Previous in series: 16 September 1995

Broadcast history

24 Sep 1995 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1995-09-22.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 27 January 199619960127

Producer: J.


Next in series: 03 February 1996

Previous in series: 20 January 1996

Broadcast history

27 Jan 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

28 Jan 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-26.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 27 January 199619960128

First broadcast on 1996-01-27

Producer: J.


Next in series: 03 February 1996

Previous in series: 20 January 1996

Broadcast history

27 Jan 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

28 Jan 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-01-26.

Programme Catalogue - Details: 28 January 199519950128

Producer: A.


Next in series: 04 February 1995

Previous in series: 21 January 1995

Broadcast history

28 Jan 1995 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

29 Jan 1995 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1995-01-27.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Tinnitus19960224

Producer: J.


Next in series: 02 March 1996

Previous in series: 17 February 1996

Broadcast history

24 Feb 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

25 Feb 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-02-23.

Programme Catalogue - Details: Tinnitus19960225

First broadcast on 1996-02-24

Producer: J.


Next in series: 02 March 1996

Previous in series: 17 February 1996

Broadcast history

24 Feb 1996 17:45-18:30 (RADIO 3)

25 Feb 1996 12:15-13:00 (RADIO 3)

Recorded on 1996-02-23.

Prokofiev: Man Of The People?, Betrothal In Monastery, Jonathan Biss, Sibelius20120114

Presented by Tom Service. Two big events in the UK draw our attention this week both devoted to one of the most prominent figures in 20th-Century music: first, it's 'Prokofiev, Man of the People?', a London Philharmonic Orchestra festival of concert, film and stage music taking place at the South Bank Centre during January and February. Vladimir Jurowski talks to Tom about the Festival. For the other we travel to Glasgow as we eavesdrop into a new production of the Russian composer's rarely seen comic opera 'Betrothal in a Monastery', a collaboration between Scottish Opera and the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Also in the programme, an interview with the young American pianist Jonathan Biss about to tackle Romantic repertoire in a London recital. And after the recent discoveries of Sibelius' new music we gather together Tomi Makela, Daniel Grimley and Philip Ross Bullock, authors of three new books on this mighty figure of Scandinavian music, to assess his legacy, personality and ever green appeal. Also, conductor Leonard Slatkin, Music Director of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, on the situation of American orchestras as they face new artistic and financial challenges in today's difficult times.

Tom Service previews a Prokofiev festival in London and a performance of an opera by him.

Purcell Weekend - In Search Of Purcell *20090321

Tom Service goes in search of Purcell, as BBC Radio 3 celebrates the 350th anniversary in 2009 of the English composer's birth.

Experts, musicians and historians take him through a journey back in time, tracing what little is known about the composer, and what the latest research and findings suggest.

Looking at material recorded in different venues across London, where Purcell lived and died, the programme pieces together his life and work.

Westminster Abbey reveals information about him as a youngster; the British Library sheds light onto both the man and the musician through his manuscripts and scores; and the National Portrait Gallery, with its Purcell iconography, tells us about the times through which he lived.

Purcell Weekend *20091121

As part of a celebration of the 350th anniversry of Henry Purcell's birth, Tom Service explores the composer's influence on British musical life from the 20th century to today, presenting both archive material and specially recorded interviews.

Renee Fleming, Stravinsky Ballets20111210

Suzy Klein talks to American soprano Renée Fleming about her love of the music of Strauss, and talks to the author of a new book that explores the creation of Stravinsky's ballets.

Suzy Klein talks to soprano Renée Fleming and explores a new book on Stravinsky's ballets.

Review Of 200820081213

Tom Service and guests look back at some of the key cultural milestones of the year, from concert series and festivals to Liverpool's year as European Capital of Culture and other events that have had a big impact on the arts scene.

Tom also previews some potential highlights of 2009.

Reykjavik Concert Hall, Ilan Volkov20110514

Petroc Trelawny visits Reykjavik's new concert hall - Iceland's first purpose built concert hall - and explores how the country's music scene is weathering the cold winds of the financial crisis.

He also talks to conductor designate of the Iceland Symphony Orchestra - Ilan Volkov - about his new appointment and conducting career.

14th century Frenchman Guillaume de Machaut was a musician, poet as well as royal secretary, Petroc talks to the author of a new book about the life and work of one of the most creative figures of the late Middle Ages.

Petroc Trelawny visits Reykjavik's new concert hall and talks to conductor Ilan Volkov.

Richard Goode, Szymanowski Tribute20120211

Tom Service talks to the veteran American pianist Richard Goode as he visits London for a recital of Schumann and Chopin. Also, we take a look at the work, personality and legacy of Karol Szymanowski, deemed the most important Polish composer since Chopin and one of the 20th-Century greats, as a number of concerts across Britain mark the 75th anniversary of his death. Among those interviewed is conductor Edward Gardner, who performs Szymanowski's Stabat Mater with the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra.

Tom Service talks to pianist Richard Goode and pays tribute to Karol Szymanowski.

Richard Rodney Bennett, Leonidas Kavakos20091114

Tom Service talks to composer Richard Rodney Bennett.

In a candid interview, he talks about his childhood love of the Great American Songbook, his experience in Paris as Boulez's first pupil and early career as a serialist composer, as well as his movement towards an accessible musical language drawing on his lifelong passion for harmony and song.

Ahead of a residency at London's Southbank Centre, Tom meets violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

He talks about his concept of 'Source' - the inspiration which lies at the heart of all great music based on folk music, the music of Bach, spirituality and silence.

Tom Service talks to composer Richard Rodney Bennett and violinist Leonidas Kavakos.

Russell Watson - The Voice20010128

Ivan Hewett looks at how marketing has turned a Salford factory worker into `Russell Watson - the Voice', and invites Wagner's great granddaughter to help rattle some skeletons in the family cupboard.

Samuel Barber/emerson Quartet/west Side Story20100320

Tom Service marks the centenary of American composer Samuel Barber, visits the Emerson string quartet in rehearsal and talks to them about their passion for Czech music and speaks to the author of a new book which celebrates the collaborative genius in the creation of West Side Story.

Producer Brian Jackson.

Tom Service marks Samuel Barber's birth centenary and talks to the Emerson Quartet.


Ivan Hewett looks beyond `Scheherazade' and `Flight of the Bumble Bee' to investigate the music of Rimsky-Korsakov, who died 90 years ago.

Plus a look at how the music industry is being transformed through `music on demand' on the internet and cable.

Scotland Week20100306

As part of Radio 3's focus on Scotland, Music Matters is in Glasgow this week to catch up with the latest from the country's diverse and vibrant music scene.

Tom Service meets mezzo soprano Karen Cargill and soprano Lisa Milne to talk about the experience of performing in front of a home crowd as well as Robin Ticciati, the newly installed principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra.

Plus the role of the bagpipe in Scottish life.

Tom Service presents a special programme from Glasgow.

As part of Radio 3's focus on Scotland, Music Matters this week comes from Glasgow.

Tom Service brings together Scottish performers violinist Nicola Benedetti, mezzo soprano Karen Cargill and soprano Lisa Milne to talk about the experience of performing in front of a home crowd.

The newly installed principal conductor of the Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Robin Ticciati - a Londoner in his mid twenties who counts his mentors as Sir Simon Rattle and Sir Colin Davies - discusses his plans for the ensemble in cities across Scotland.

And the role of the bagpipe in Scottish life.

How the pipes which are played across the world have become inextricably linked with a nation's identity.

Presenter - Tom Service.

Producer - Jeremy Evans.

Seven Sonnets Of A Michelangelo1998032919980330

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

This week, a unique staging of Britten's `Seven Sonnets of a Michelangelo', a look at the life of the singer Paul Robeson, and a new television series celebrating the jazz heroes of this century.

This week, a unique staging of Britten's `Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo', the life of singer Paul Robeson, and a new television series celebrating the jazz heroes of this century.

Seven Sonnets Of Michelangelo1998032919980330
Shostakovich Quartets, 60 Years Of British Folk20110507

Tom Service investigates the personal, political and professional events that shaped the life of Shostakovich.

Through the prism of his fifteen string quartets, Tom talks to Wendy Lesser, the author of Music for Silenced Voices, who tries to find the real Shostakovich through his quartets - music his widow characterized as a "diary, the story of his soul".

Tom also talks to those who have specialised in the performance of the quartets: Eugene Drucker principal violinist with the Emerson Quartet, and Alan George the viola player from the Fitzwilliam Quartet who met Shostakovich in the early 70s.

And as today's stars of the folk music world prepare to pay tribute to The Singing Englishmen, a seminal concert from the 1951 Festival of Britain, Tom investigates how British Folk music has evolved over the last 60 years.

With contributions from Andy Mellon from folk supergroup Bellowhead, and Dave Arthur, biographer of AL Lloyd who curated the original concert.

Producer: Juan-Carlos Jaramillo.

Presented by Tom Service.

Shostakovich through his quartets, and 60 years of British folk.


Ivan Hewett visits London's newest opera venue - Wilton's Music Hall - and previews the opening performance there of Weill's `Silbersee', translated by Rory Bremner

Simon Rattle *20090404

In a candid interview recorded in the German capital, Tom Service talks to Simon Rattle, principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Almost seven years into his tenure at the helm of probably the most famous orchestra in the world, Rattle chats openly about his relationship with the orchestra and about renewing its tradition with the help of players united in purpose, yet coming from very different backgrounds and nationalities.

Rattle also talks about a crucial role he sees for the orchestra today - catering for Berlin, an increasingly multi-cultural and renewed city - as well as pondering the question of what the attraction is to him of conducting.

Tom Service talks to Simon Rattle, principal conductor of the Berlin Philharmonic.

Spectrum 219990516

As the Associated Board launches `Spectrum 2', its second volume of graded contemporary piano pieces, Ivan Hewett discusses the benefits of introducing contemporary music to children.

Spirit Garden19981011

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

This week, the opening of the new Sadler's Wells, plus the old and new sounds of Japanese music as featured in the `Spirit Garden' festival at the South Bank Centre in London.

Susan Graham/french Piano Music/neville Cardus/louis Braille *20090711

Petroc Trelawny presents the music magazine, with a focus on French music as he meets mezzo-soprano Susan Graham, one of the world's leading interpreters of French song, and finds out about a new book on French piano works by Roy Howat.

Also a discussion on music and cricket writer Neville Cardus, and Petroc finds out how Louis Braille's raised-dot system is applied to music notation.

Petroc Trelawny talks so mezzo-soprano Susan Graham about her passion for French music.

Sweeney Todd1998011119980112

Music magazine, presented by Ivan Hewett.

This week, a Martinu festival at the Barbican, and Sondheim's `Sweeney Todd' in Leeds.

Tales Of Hoffmann1998022219980223

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

This week, a new production of Offenbach's `Tales of Hoffmann' at English National Opera, a visit to the Oxford Cello School, and a look back at the music of the Byzantine period.

This week, a new production of Offenbach's `Tales of Hoffmann' at English National Opera, a visit to the Oxford Cello School, and the Harlem Gospel Singers in Hackney.

Temperament: How Music Became A Battleground For The Great Minds Of Western Civilisation20020421

Ivan Hewett eavesdrops on piano lessons in Cambridge, reviews `Temperament: How Music Became a Battleground for the Great Minds of Western Civilisation', and meets two organists.

Ten Years Of Music20091212

As the first decade of the 21st century draws to a close, Tom Service and a panel of experts and artists examine - with the help of some archive material - what has happened in the world of music over the past ten years, highlighting the memorable hits and the disappointing misses as well as analysing how much the musical landscape has changed overall during this quite turbulent time.

Terry Riley, Centre For Creative And Performing Arts, Jonas Kaufmann20101113

Tom Service meets the Californian composer Terry Riley whose famous 1964 work 'In C' heralded the arrival of minimalism as a new force in American music.

In the same year on the other sides of the States, the Centre for Creative and Performing Arts at the University of New York at Buffalo opened its doors and became a beacon for experimental composers like Morton Feldman, Lukas Foss and George Crumb.

Tom talks to the author of a new book which charts the rise and fall of this influential institution.

The German tenor Jonas Kaufmann has been creating waves in the concert hall and on the opera stage, Tom talks to him about his career and art ahead of his appearance in the Royal Opera House's new production of Adriana Lecouvreur.

Tom Service talks to minimalist composer Terry Riley and German tenor Jonas Kaufmann.

The Academy Of Ancient Music20031005

Presented by Tom Service.

Conductor, harpsichordist and scholar Christopher Hogwood talks about the Academy of Ancient Music, the orchestra he founded in the early 70s.

Is classical music attracting enough black musicians? And a look at the life and career of Russian pianist, Vladimir Horowitz, born 100 years ago this month.

The Arts And The Financial Crisis *20090214

Tom Service discusses, together with an international panel of experts, the challenges arts institutions face in an uncertain future blurred by the global financial crisis.

Russian pianist Mikhail Rudy talks about a series of experimental concerts called Piano Dialogues he is offering at Kings Place in London, a collaboration with actor Peter Guinness and jazz pianist Misha Alperin.

And Tom looks in on a community-based project set up by Aldeburgh Music by composer Anna Meredith.

Entitled Tarantula in Petrol Blue, it is a new piece for the stage involving local teenagers and young professionals.

Presented by Tom Service.

With a discussion on the financial crisis's effect on the arts.

The Bird Sings With Its Fingers20010211

Ivan Hewett investigates the collaboration between composer Julian Anderson and choreographer Mark Baldwin on their ballet `The Bird Sings with Its Fingers', and investigates an exam aid which critics claim will produce a generation of `robot musicians'.

The Birth Of Opera, Spira Mirabilis20120317

In a special edition of Music Matters, Tom Service travels to Florence to discover more about the birth of opera, in the company of the Florence-based opera critic Matteo Sansone, and economic historian Richard Goldthwaite, who has recently discovered diaries and account books belonging to Jacopo Peri, composer of the first ever opera, Dafne. Tom also travels to Formigine to spend some time with Spira mirabilis, a conductor-less and flexible ensemble, as they work on Haydn on period instruments.

Producer Emma Bloxham.

Tom Service travels to Florence to discover more about the birth of opera.

The Death Of Klinghoffer, Charles Munch, Christopher Fox20120204

Tom Service explores John Adams' and Alice Goodman's compelling and controversial opera The Death of Klinghoffer, as English National Opera prepares for its London stage premiere. A new book on the life of conductor Charles Munch for the first time delves into the legacy of a man who was an enigmatic performer and admired by Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, and Kennedy. Composer Christopher Fox discusses his new piece Roger Go to Yellow Three, which in partnership with vocal ensemble The Clerks and a team of scientists explores how we hear and understand in complex audio environments.

Tom Service on John Adams's The Death of Klinghoffer and the legacy of Charles Munch.

The Gambler/sibelius Biography20100206

Petroc Trelawny explores the world of Prokofiev's action-packed opera The Gambler.

Based on Dostoevsky's novel about the loss of hope through the addictive power of gambling, the work is now receiving its first Royal Opera House staging.

Petroc talks to director Richard Jones and conductor Antonio Pappano.

Petroc also looks at a new biography of composer Jean Sibelius by Glenda Dawn Goss, who has lived and taught in Helsinki for 12 years and now hopes to place the iconic Finnish composer in a new cultural light.

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Featuring a new version of Prokofiev's opera The Gambler.

The Last Supper20001015

Ivan Hewett looks ahead to the Glyndebourne opening of Sir Harrison Birtwistle's new theatre piece `The Last Supper'.

And in the light of a new biography on Yehudi Menuhin, a discussion of some of the problems surrounding musical biography.

The Man Who Mistook His Wife For A Hat20010617

Ivan Hewett talks to Michael Nyman and Oliver Sacks about a new production of Nyman's opera `The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat'.

He also investigates Heiner Goebbels's Sound City project, which brings together an eclectic range of musicians as part of this year's London International Festival of Theatre.

The Noise Of Time20010701

Ivan Hewett previews Complicite's `The Noise of Time' - a multimedia exploration of the life and times of Shostakovich - and investigates a new digital channel that may be the saviour of classical music on television.

The Silver Tassie19980712

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

This week, he talks to the Skampa Quartet about the evocative musical language of Janacek's string quartets and visits ENO Works, where Mark-Anthony Turnage is developing ideas for his new opera `The Silver Tassie'.

The Silver Tassie20000206

Ivan Hewett visits the Laban Centre in South London to see how a recent lottery award will change this leading conservatoire for professional dance training.

Plus a debate on what it takes for a contemporary opera to secure its place in the repertoire, as Mark-Anthony Turnage's new opera, `The Silver Tassie', opens at the Coliseum.

The South Bank Show20000514

Ivan Hewett investigates what the appointment of the new mayor will mean for the capital's musical life.

Plus an examination of the potentially difficult relationship between television and contemporary music, as ITV's `The South Bank Show' tackles music by Simon Holt and Judith Weir

The Symphony Since 194520111126

As part of the BBC's Symphony season, Tom Service presents a special edition of Music Matters exploring the development of the symphony from 1945 onwards in post-war Europe, the USA and beyond.

With composer David Matthews, Berlin based music critic Shirley Apthorp, and Managing Director of the Barbican Centre Nicholas Kenyon, Tom explores the evolution of the symphony in the context of dramatic global cultural, social and political change, and considers the future of an essentially traditionalist form.

Contributors include Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Leif Segerstam, composer of over 200 symphonies.

Tom Service presents a special edition focusing on the symphony since 1945.

The Thames, Folk Songs, Xenakis20120602

Suzy Klein travels to France to investigate the world of composer Iannis Xenakis.

The Triumphs Of Oriana20020317

Ivan Hewett investigates a new recording of the madrigal collection `The Triumphs of Oriana' and previews Lynne Plowman's new opera `Gwyneth and the Green Knight'.

Thomas Ades Interview2010051520110907

In an exclusive and extended interview, Tom Service talks to British composer Thomas Adès.

Perhaps one of the most brilliant and successful classical composers of his generation, he's still under 40 years old.

His dazzling and communicative operas - on the scandalous life-story of the Duchess of Argyll and Shakespeare's The Tempest - are performed all over the world.

His orchestral works and solo pieces are in the repertoire of performers from conductor Simon Rattle to cellist Steven Isserlis, but he has not given a full-length interview for British radio in many years.

Today's Music Matters is devoted to a conversation with Adès in his home town, London: a revelation of the mystery and magic of a composer at the height of his powers.

Tom Service presents a rare, extended interview with composer Thomas Ades.

Thomas Larcher, Music Makes A City, Dennis Brain20111112

Tom Service interviews the critically-acclaimed German composer Thomas Larcher, about to premiere a piece in London in a recital including a song cycle written for tenor Mark Padmore, who also features in this composer's portrait of sorts.

We talk to the producers of 'Music makes a city', a new documentary about the Louisville Orchestra, focus from the late 1940s and for a decade, of the largest Classical Music commissioning project in American history.

And a new biography about Dennis Brain, one of the greatest horn players of all time, whose life was tragically cut short.

Virtuoso David Pyatt and amateur player Jasper Rees, who's written about the instrument, review the biography and talk about what made Brain such a legend.

Tom Service interviews composer Thomas Larcher.

Plus a biography of Dennis Brain.

Tom Gelb, The Rake's Progress, Judith Weir, Carlos Kleiber Biography20120310

Tom Service meets Peter Gelb, General Manager of the Metropolitan Opera House, New York, to talk about the challenges of running an international opera house for the 21st century.

As a new production of Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress opens at Scottish Opera, Tom examines the reasons for the enduring appeal of this work, with the help of Stravinsky authority Jonathan Cross, and archive of the composer himself, and one of his librettists, WH Auden.

The composer Judith Weir talks about the inspiration behind her opera, Miss Fortune, which receives its UK premiere at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, on Monday.

And the author Charles Barber comes into the Music Matters studio to talk about his biography of the legendary conductor Carlos Kleiber, one of the most charismatic - and enigmatic - figures of recent musical history.

Producer Brian Jackson.

Tom Service meets Peter Gelb, general manager of the Metropolitan Opera House in New York.

Tom Service *20090314

Tom Service presents a programme focusing on the classical period, and talks to conductor Roger Norrington as he celebrates his 75th birthday.

Petroc Trelawyn talks to Richard Goode as his recordings of the Beethoven piano concertos are released on CD.

While conductor Jane Glover and musicologist Cliff Eisen are in the studio to discuss a new book about Mozart, Haydn and early Beethoven.

Tom Service talks to conductor Roger Norrington.

Plus pianist Richard Goode.


Ivan Hewett talks to Django Bates about his new commission for the BBC National Orchestra of Wales and reviews a new film of `Tosca' starring Angela Gheorghiu and Roberto Alagna.

Towards The Millennium19990228

As the `Towards the Millennium' festival reaches the 1980s, Ivan Hewett surveys what the age of yuppies and fast cars gave us on the musical front.

Plus a look at Bernard Herrmann's musical contributions to Hitchcock films - would the famous shower scene in `Psycho' have been as terrifying without those screeching strings?


As a Bollywood-style `Turandot' opens at the Royal Opera House, Ivan Hewett looks at the West's fascination with Bollywood.

Pierre Boulez argues the case for a new concert hall in Paris.

Understanding Opera19991128

Ivan Hewett talks to Colin Davis about his Berlioz odyssey and how his view of the composer has changed over 30 years.

Plus a report from English National Opera's debate on `Understanding Opera'.

Vasily Petrenko/kenneth Macmillan/martinu20091003

Tom Service travels to Liverpool to meet Vasily Petrenko, the young Russian maestro who has taken the city by storm since taking up the post of principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra in 2006.

The orchestra is currently in the midst of recording a complete cycle of Shostakovich symphonies and Petrenko talks about what the composer means to him personally, as well as his future plans for the orchestra.

Author Jann Parry comes into the studio to talk about her new biography of dancer and choreographer Kenneth MacMillan; and 50 years after the death of composer Bohuslav Martinu, Tom reassesses the legacy of this surprisingly prolific Czech composer.

Tom Service meets Vasily Petrenko, principal conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic

Versailles, Music In 1853 And The Oxford History Of Western Music20120616

Tom Service travels to Versailles to discover more about the Royal Opera House there, widely considered to be one of Europe's most beautiful court theatres. Re-opened in September 2009 after an extensive restoration programme, it now plays host to many of the world's leading exponents of Baroque music. Tom meets Laurent Brunner, the director of Chateau de Versailles-Spectacles, Herve Burckel de Tell, the director of the Versailles Baroque Music Centre, and the harpsichordist Christophe Rousset as he prepares to conduct a performance of Handel's Alcina in the theatre.

And two books fall under the Music Matters spotlight: Hugh Macdonald's Music in 1853 - The Biography of a Year looks at a period of about ten months, during which Berlioz, Liszt and Verdi were at the height of their powers, Wagner was on the verge of a breakthrough, and Brahms was taking his first steps in the wider world. Laura Tunbridge and Roderick Swanston give their verdict on this distinctive approach to music history, and Tom is also joined by Nicholas Kenyon to examine the issues around the mammoth undertaking that is the Oxford History of Western Music, a new college edition based on Richard Taruskin's award-winning six volume work.

Viktoria Mullova, Adolf Busch20101016

Tom Service meets the violinist Viktoria Mullova as she prepares for a major concert series with the LSO.

Born and trained in Soviet Russia, she defected to the West in 1983 and is acclaimed the world over for her versatility and integrity.

German violinist Adolf Busch (1891-1952) is perhaps best remembered as the leader of the Busch String Quartet, which he founded in 1912; he also led the Busch Chamber Players and was extremely busy as a soloist in the inter-War years.

In the mid 1930s Busch took the decision to live the rest of his life in exile in the USA.

Tom meets author Tully Potter who has spent over three decades researching and writing his new biography of Busch, The Life of an Honest Musician.

Tom Service meets violinist Viktoria Mullova.

Plus a book about violinist Adolf Busch.


Music magazine.

Ivan Hewett reviews Joan Sutherland's autobiography, which reveals the passions that drive opera; looks at a report on amateur music-making in this country; and features a new computer package called `Vivace', which provides musicians with a reliable, readily available and willing accompanist.


Ivan Hewett talks to Maxim Vengerov about the challenge of performing on a Baroque violin for the first time as part of the `Voyager' season at London's Barbican Centre.

Plus a preview of Mike Leigh's new film `Topsy-Turvy', which focuses on the relationship between Gilbert and Sullivan and on the original production of `The Mikado'.

Welsh Music20101218

Tom Service travels through Wales, investigating the music making taking place in the run up to Christmas.

He hears traditional Welsh instruments used to celebrate the festive season, visits the Morriston Male Voice Choir as they mark their 75th anniversary, and talks to harpist Catrin Finch about the significance of the harp in Welsh society and music.

He delves into the Mabinogion - a collection of stories from mediaeval Welsh manuscripts, and hears about orchestral music making in one of the most sparsely populated areas of the country.


Producer: Jeremy Evans.

Tom Service investigates music-making in Wales in the run-up to Christmas.

When The Music Stops20000709

Ivan Hewett revisits `When the Music Stops', the book in which, four years ago, Norman Lebrecht predicted the `final days of serious music'.

How do his apocalyptic prophecies look now - or are things really as bad as that?

William Christie, Marc Blitzstein, Royal Northern College Of Music20121208

Tom Service interviews conductor William Christie about his baroque group, Les Arts Florissants, talks to the author of a new book about the composer and lyricist Marc Blitzstein and celebrates the Royal Northern College of Music's 40th birthday.

American harpsichordist, conductor and musicologist, William Christie founded the vocal and instrumental group Les Arts Florissants over 30 years ago in his adopted home of France. Since then he's been at the forefront of the revival of interest in Baroque music in general and in particular French Baroque music. However it's Handel that is on his mind at the moment as he visits London to conduct the composer's Belshazzar at the Barbican.

Marc Blitzstein was one of the most versatile figures in the history of American music, with his output ranging from film scores to Broadway operas to art songs and chamber pieces. Tom talks to author of a new biography of the composer, Howard Pollack about the life, work and world of this fascinating character.

The Royal Northern College of Music was born out of the merger of the Royal Manchester College of Music and the Northern School of Music 40 years ago. It has become one of the most prestigious music schools in the country with alumni including pianists Peter Donohoe and Stephen Hough, singers Simon Keenlyside and Jane Eaglen and composer Simon Holt. Tom visits the college's Oxford Road site and talks to former and current students to find out what makes the RNCM so special.

Yannick Nezet-seguin, Mike Figgis, Sviatoslav Richter Book20110122

Presented by Petroc Trelawny.

Today Petroc talks to young French conducting star Yannick Nézet-Séguin about his burgeoning career and discusses the different challenges of directing opera and film with Mike Figgis as he makes his operatic debut at English National Opera.

He also examines the brilliant playing and troubled life of Sviatoslav Richter as a new biography of the legendary Russian pianist is published.


Petroc Trelawny talks to film director Mike Figgis as he makes his operatic debut.

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Ivan Hewett reviews the book `You Can't Steal a Gift', about the encounters Gene Lees had with four seminal jazz figures.

Plus a report on new developments at Welsh National Opera.


The music magazine features an item on the Ulster Orchestra, a review of a new book about the Kirov company, and a report from Harare by Joan Brickhill.


Ivan Hewett talks to Sir Roger Norrington about Mahler and the state of the period movement.

Plus choreographer Mark Morris and news of a Danish festival in Birmingham.


Ivan Hewett explores a Stockhausen retrospective, cellist Stephen Isserlis talks about Beethoven, and the amateur choral singing competition Let the Peoples Sing comes round again.


Ivan Hewett talks to Marin Alsop about her plans for the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, and to choreographer Siobhan Davis.

Plus a report on Yo Yo Ma's Silk Road Project.


Ivan Hewett on Sir Malcolm Arnold's eightieth birthday, a new book about Stravinsky, and Trinity College of Music's new premises in Greenwich.


Ivan Hewett talks to arts patron Alberto Vilar, and Christopher Maltman discusses taking the role of Figaro with the ENO.

Plus a look at the value of classical music in East Asia.


Ivan Hewett investigates London's Planet Tree Festival and the European Month of Music in Basle, and discusses whether Britten was a hero or villain of 20th-century music.


Ivan Hewett presents celebrates the London Jazz Festival with an interview with Dave Brubeck and a behind-the-scenes look at Ronnie Scott's.

Plus current issues in jazz.


Ivan Hewett anticipates the 70th birthday of Malcolm Williamson, Master of the Queen's Music, the centenary of Rodrigo, and the 20th anniversary of Cornelius Cardew's death.

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Ivan Hewett reports on the Krakov Opera Company's UK tour.

Plus a discussion about the appeal of musicals in the light of `South Pacific' opening at the National Theatre.


Ivan Hewett celebrates two centenarians and hears about some composing cyclists.

Leo Black talks about Schubert, and Errolyn Wallen discusses her sound-and-light show in Wapping.


Ivan Hewett challenges arts minister Baroness Blackstone on her arts policies.

Plus a report from Leeds on the exhibition `Tone', and an interview with pianist Joanna MacGregor.