Practice Session

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20030527

The time set aside for practising is one of the most undocumented, intimate and secret periods of a professional musician's existence - never seen by audiences or critics. It is a time of discovery, of decision-making, of frustration when things just don't go right, or of surprise and elation when something goes unexpectedly well. There are the times when musicians see a piece for the first time and groan with horror at all the semiquavers. And there is the endless repetition to make a phrase absolutely perfect. This programme explores what practising means to three leading concert musicians - the cellist Steven Isserlis, the pianist David Owen Norris and the flautist Philippa Davies - as we eavesdrop on their routines and rituals at home, far away from the glamour of the concert stage.

20030527

The time set aside for practising is one of the most undocumented, intimate and secret periods of a professional musician's existence - never seen by audiences or critics. It is a time of discovery, of decision-making, of frustration when things just don't go right, or of surprise and elation when something goes unexpectedly well. There are the times when musicians see a piece for the first time and groan with horror at all the semiquavers. And there is the endless repetition to make a phrase absolutely perfect. This programme explores what practising means to three leading concert musicians - the cellist Steven Isserlis, the pianist David Owen Norris and the flautist Philippa Davies - as we eavesdrop on their routines and rituals at home, far away from the glamour of the concert stage.