MusicMat: 19 Jul 14: Brigitte Fassbaender (repeat)
In a special programme Tom Service talks to German mezzo-soprano and opera director Brigitte Fassbaender about her life and career. In this interview Fassbaender, who is celebrating her 75th birthday this year, talks about her transition from singer...
MusicMat: 12 JULY 14 Riga, Capital of Culture 2014
In this week’s Music Matters Tom Service visits the ancient port of Riga, Latvia's capital and one of two European Capitals of Culture for 2014. Tom discovers a city and a country with a turbulent history but a strong national identity as a result of...
MusicMat: 5th July 14: Live from Glyndebourne
In this special edition of Music Matters, live from Glyndebourne's Ebert Room, Petroc Trelawny and his guests discuss the question: Why does opera matter today? On the panel are the bass Sir John Tomlinson, conductor and opera company director Wasfi...
MusicMat: 28 JUN 14: World War 1
Tom Service with Music Matters's contribution to Radio 3's Music In The Great War season, Plus 'Just The Two Of Us' with Martin and Eliza Carthy and the Listening Experience Database.
MusicMat: Harrison Birtwistle & Peter Maxwell Davies
In an exclusive encounter, something that hasn't happened on air for decades, two of the UK's greatest living composers - Sir Peter Maxwell Davies and Sir Harrison Birtwistle talk to each other - and to Tom Service - about their parallel lives in...
MusicMat: Strauss 150
In a special edition of Music Matters marking the 150th anniversary of the birth of Richard Strauss, Tom Service travels to Garmish-Partenkirchen, near Munich, where Strauss made his home for more than forty years, and where he wrote many of his most...
MusicMat: 07 Jun Benvenuto Cellini, Peter Gelb
A review of ENO's new production of Berlioz's Benvenuto Cellini, directed by Terry Gilliam. Peter Gelb, General Manager of The Metropolitan Opera in New York discusses the precarious state of The Met's finances, and Tom Service meets countertenor...
MusicMat: 31 May 2014 Jonas Kaufmann
This edition of Music Matters is given to an extended interview with Jonas Kaufmann, recently acclaimed by the New York Times as "currently the most in-demand, versatile and exciting tenor in opera". Kaufmann talks about his early experiences in...
MusicMat: Daniel Harding 24 May 2014
Tom Service talks to conductor Daniel Harding about his experiences with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra and other ensembles. Opera director Robert Carsen talks about Poulenc's Dialogue des Carmelites, opening this month at the Royal Opera House...
MusicMat: 17 May 14 Hilary Hahn, Nonesuch, Moses und Aron
Petroc Trelawny meets the violinist Hilary Hahn, and he talks to Bill Hurwitz, President of Nonesuch Records as the label turns 50. We hear about WNO's new production of Schoenberg's Moses und Aron and a trio of critics discuss how the classical music...
Tom Service with a review of Julian Anderson's new opera based on Sophocles, Thebans. He also meets flautist James Galway as he approaches his 75th birthday, and we eavesdrop on a conversation between the cellist Raphael Wallfisch and his mother Anita...
MusicMat: 03 May 14 Olli Mustonen, Constant Lambert, Edward Heath
Petroc Trelawny meets the Finnish pianist, conductor and composer Olli Mustonen, reviews Stephen Lloyd's new biography of Constant Lambert with the pianist David Owen Norris and dance critic Zoe Anderson, discusses the musical passions of Sir Edward...
MusicMat: Khovanskygate; Army Brass; Zinman; Rameau
Tom Service talks to conductor David Zinman as he moves on from the Zurich Tonhalle after nearly 20 years at the artistic helm of the Swiss orchestra. He travels to the midlands to review Birmingham Opera Company's 'Khovanskygate' a reworking of...
MusicMat: 19 Apr 14 Irvine Arditti, LaSalle Quartet
Tom Service talks to Irvine Arditti as his quartet turns 40, Robert Spruytenburg, author of a new book on The LaSalle Quartet, reflects on their place in musical history. Plus, cellist Miklos Perenyi recalls his compatriots Ligeti and Kurtag; and what...
MusicMat: Valentina Lisitsa 12 April '14
Tom Service talks to the Ukrainian-born pianist Valentina Lisitsa about becoming a success on the internet, as she prepares for a Wigmore Hall recital in London, and also releases a new CD with Michael Nyman's piano music. Also, Tom reviews a book on...
MusicMat: 05 APR 14: Ogdon, Stemme, RCO
Tom Service meets the Swedish soprano Nina Stemme, delves into the pages of a new biography of the brilliant but troubled pianist John Ogdon with author Charles Beauclerk and pianist Leslie Howard and celebrates 150 years of the Royal College of...
MusicMat: 29MAR14 Scriabin; L'Ormindo; Women conductors
Presented by Tom Service. As the London Symphony Orchestra embark on an exploration of music by composer Alexander Scriabin, Tom Service talks about his life and music with the LSO's principal conductor Valery Gergiev, pianist Dmitri Alexeev and...
MusicMat: The future of music criticism
Live from London's Southbank, Tom Service and guests debate the future of music criticism. With the pianist Peter Donohoe, Hugh Canning, Chief Classical Music Critic of the Sunday Times, the Artistic Director of Welsh National Opera David Pountney,...
MusicMat: 15 MAR 14; Brigitte Fassbaender
In a special programme Tom Service talks to German mezzo-soprano and opera director Brigitte Fassbaender about her life and career. Fassbaender, who is celebrating her 75th birthday this year. Fassbaender made her stage debut at the Bavarian State...
MusicMat: CPE Bach 08 March 14
Petroc Trelawny with a portrait of composer CPE Bach, on the 300th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian’s most famous son. To discuss his style and influence are harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and conductor Rebecca Miller. Also, Petroc talks to...
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