|Dame Cleo Laine And Jacqui Dankworth||20131231|
In this New Year's Eve edition of the series, Sean Rafferty meets the First Lady of British Jazz, Dame Cleo Laine and her daughter, the acclaimed singer Jacqui Dankworth. They meet at home in Wavendon, near Milton Keynes, where Dame Cleo and her late husband, John Dankworth, converted a stable block in the grounds in 1969 into the renowned venue The Stables. Jacqui shows Sean the new auditorium, where great musicians from the worlds of jazz and classical music regularly perform; and takes him to the smallest room in the family house, where some of her parents' many awards are modestly hung. Dame Cleo and Jacqui share memories of John as father, husband and fellow-musician. He was a towering figure in British jazz, as saxophonist, band leader and composer. Dame Cleo recalls her friendship with other jazz greats including Ella Fitzgerald, and discusses her own extraordinary singing voice, with its famous 4 octave range, which is still going strong. Jacqui describes collaborating with her father on an album. And Jacqui and Dame Cleo introduce some of their favourite tracks by themselves and others.
|Dame Kiri Te Kanawa||20151225|
In the first of two Christmas and New Year's Day specials, Sean Rafferty visits soprano Dame Kiri Te Kanawa at home in the Sussex countryside to find out about her interests and musical passions.
Famous for her performances on the stages of the major opera houses throughout the world, especially in the works of Mozart and Richard Strauss, in this interview we get to meet the person behind the Countess and the Marschallin, the very private Dame Kiri. She talks about her love for her pet dogs and about her passion for teaching as she now devotes much of her time to passing on a lifetime of experience to young singers through the Kiri Te Kanawa Foundation. Sean discovers her secret love of painting and she demonstrates one of her favourite things - a mechanical musical instrument.
|Dame Mitsuko Uchida||20131226||20140623|
Pianist Dame Mitsuko Uchida invites Sean Rafferty into her piano studio for an extended interview reflecting on a life in music and culture.
Mitsuko Uchida is one of the world's most celebrated pianists, noted for her interpretations of Mozart, Schubert and Beethoven. Japanese born Uchida has made the UK her home and houses her four pianos in a studio in West London - a deeply personal space, not often opened to visitors. Mitusko Uchida discusses her early musical memories, from her instant connection with the piano to hearing Aida with her father when an Italian opera company made its first visit to Japan. She describes her love of London, how she doesn't feel the need to own great art and her deep love of Mozart, a composer who "always forgives".
Producer: Freya Hellier
First broadcast in December 2013 (Revised repeat).
First broadcast in December 2013.
As part of a Christmas series, pianist Dame Mitsuko Uchida invites Sean Rafferty into her piano studio for an extended interview reflecting on a life in music and culture.
|Danielle De Niese||20131224|
Sean Rafferty visits the home of the Australian-born lyric soprano Danielle de Niese.
The Australian lyric-soprano Danielle de Niese is used to gracing the world's operatic stages where she is as much praised for her acting ability as for her extraordinary voice and glamorous demeanour. But what is she like in her own space? Sean Rafferty visits Danielle de Niese in her home, Glyndebourne, in East Sussex, for a catch-up with one of the most sought-after singers on the planet.
In the first of a series of Christmas specials, Sean Rafferty visits guitarist Julian Bream at home in Wiltshire to discuss a lifetime of music making.
At 80 years old, Julian Bream CBE has left a lasting legacy on the world of classical music, he popularised the lute and Elizabethan music and worked closely with composers such as Benjamin Britten, Michael Tippett and Malcolm Arnold to increase the guitar's repertoire.
Julian talks candidly to Sean about his experiences as a child prodigy, forced to play the piano and cello because the guitar wasn't considered a "serious" classical instrument and recounts his first experience, as a teenager, sitting in the Wigmore Hall with a pair of binoculars watching the hands of his hero Andres Segovia. Bream describes the anguish he felt while he locked himself in a shepherd's hut in majorca for 10 days forcing himself to master Britten's fiendishly difficult Nocturnal and how he offered Malcolm Arnold £30 to write him a concerto - a commission which was fulfilled in a matter of days.
Now at the end of his career and playing no more than a few notes on his guitar, this extended interview is a unique insight into one of Britain's most important musical figures of the 20th Century.
|Katia And Marielle Labeque||20140102|
Sean travels to Rome to the home and studio of pianists Katia and Marielle Labeque.
|Sir Antonio Pappano||20140101|
Sean Rafferty visits Sir Antonio Pappano in his natural habitat ? the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden where the British conductor has been music director for nearly a decade.
Antonio Pappano was born in Essex to Italian parents and his Italian heritage is close to his heart. This, and the influence of his father who was a singing teacher, brought him to the world of opera and he has forged an international career from Covent Garden.
In this revealing interview Sean Rafferty explores Antonio Pappano's world at Covent Garden.
|Sir James Galway||20131227|
Sean Rafferty visits the London home of Sir James Galway OBE, the great Belfast-born virtuoso flute player, to discuss life and music.
James Galway, "the man with the golden flute" is one of the most iconic musicians of our time. His recordings of the flute repertoire have not only garnered the finest critical acclaim but have also appealed to millions of people across the globe.
|Sir John Eliot Gardiner||20131225|
For a Christmas Day edition of this series, Sean Rafferty travels to Dorset to visit the conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner at his organic farm.
John Eliot Gardiner is not only one of today's pre-eminent and most sought-after interpreters of Bach's music, but he also works a sizeable organic farm in Dorset, which includes rare Aubrac cattle. His family are rooted in this corner of Dorset and his father was one of the first truly organic farmers, and a founder member of the Soil Association.
Sean Rafferty visits the organic farm that John Eliot Gardiner calls home. This is an extended interview in which Sean talks to John Eliot Gardiner about his career at the top of the international Early Music scene, his life-long passion for Bach, travelling the globe to make music with some of the world's finest orchestras and opera companies, and the music and poetry that influenced him as a child growing up in Dorset. He also talks about the challenges of combining his life in music and farming.
|Sir Neville Marriner||20140103||20140407|
Sir Neville Marriner, 90 years old on 4th April, invites Sean Rafferty into his London family home, site of many Academy of St Martin in the Fields rehearsals, to look back on a lifetime of music and cultural interests.
Sir Neville Marriner's formidable catalogue of recordings form the backbone of many a CD collection and he is still as vital and as passionate about music as ever. He relives the Academy's most important moments, working with Milos Forman on the soundtrack to Amadeus and games of table tennis in Hollywood with Jascha Heifetz. Surrounded by the ticking of clocks collected over many years, Sir Neville describes his early days as a violinist with the LSO (which include flour bombing the orchestral tour bus from a WWII plane) his passion for planting trees and how he would be happy never to have to conduct Vivaldi's Four Seasons ever again!
Producer: Freya Hellier
First broadcast in January 2014.
As part of a Christmas series, Sir Neville Marriner invites Sean Rafferty into his London family home, site of many Academy of St Martin in the Fields rehearsals, to look back on a lifetime of music and cultural interests.
Sir Neville Marriner's formidable catalogue of recordings form the backbone of many a CD collection and as he approaches his 90th birthday he is still as vital and as passionate about music as ever. He relives the Academy's most important moments, working with Milos Forman on the soundtrack to Amadeus and games of table tennis in Hollywood with Jascha Heifetz. Surrounded by the ticking of clocks collected over many years, Sir Neville describes his early days as a violinist with the LSO (which include flour bombing the orchestral tour bus from a WWII plane) his passion for planting trees and how he would be happy never to have to conduct Vivaldi's Four Seasons ever again!
|Sir Roger Norrington||20160101|
Sean Rafferty visits conductor Sir Roger Norrington at his home in Devon to find out more about the passions that have driven him in over 50 years as a performing musician.
Norrington is best known for historically informed performances of Baroque, Classical and Romantic music and his life on the podium has taken him around the world conducting some of the worlds greatest orchestras including the Berlin Philharmonic and the Vienna Philharmonic. In this interview we get to meet the private man behind the public persona.
|Sir Thomas Allen||20131230|
Sean Rafferty visits the home of the great British English baritone, Sir Thomas Allen.
Born in County Durham and still fiercely proud of his North Eastern roots, Sir Thomas is one of the best-known, best-loved and most critically rated English singers on the international stage. His huge career has taken him to all the world's major opera houses. Sean Rafferty catches up with the great man at his home to discuss life and music.