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Composer of the Week is one of Radio 3's longest running programmes, now presented by Donald Macleod.

Composer of the Week is one of Radio 3's longest running programmes, now presented by Donald Macleod.
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London, United Kingdom

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BBC

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Composer of the Week is one of Radio 3's longest running programmes, now presented by Donald Macleod.

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English


Episodes

Hubert Parry

10/12/2018
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Marking the centenary of his death, Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Hubert Parry. Donald begins with the story of Parry's early years, rooted at Highnam Court in Gloucestershire, before looking at the period he was centred around Orme Square in London, the home of his teacher and mentor Edward Dannreuther. We hear about Parry’s connection with the long-running Three Choirs Festival: Parry’s father, Thomas Gambier Parry, was energetic and generous in his efforts to ensure the...

Duration:01:08:11

Thea Musgrave

10/5/2018
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Donald Macleod is in conversation with Thea Musgrave as she celebrates her 90th birthday. Donald and Thea begin by discussing her dream of becoming a composer, and the dreams that have inspired her works. Born in Edinburgh, Thea left her medical degree for music, winning a composition prize which took her to Paris to study with Nadia Boulanger. A dream about a subversive clarinettist helped formed the idea for her breakthrough commission from the CBSO, the Concerto for Orchestra. They talk...

Duration:01:09:54

Sergei Rachmaninov

9/28/2018
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Donald Macleod explores Sergei Rachmaninov’s years in America. Reluctant even to visit at first, and once there always more than a little homesick, this proudly Russian composer in fact lived in the United States of America for 25 years, from the end of the First World War until his death in 1943. His life there was principally that of a virtuoso performer, not a composer; and Rachmaninov gave recitals for presidents, recorded discs for Thomas Edison, and felt obliged to rattle off his...

Duration:01:05:06

Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

9/14/2018
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Donald Macleod explores the conflicted relationships and mysteries in the life of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Donald begins this week’s episode by looking at Tchaikovsky’s early years as a civil servant, wrestling with the tension between his desire to compose music and his responsibilities as a bureaucrat in St Petersburg. We hear about some of the composer’s tricky relationships - with the ascendant Nationalist school of Russian composers, and also with money. His need to earn a living and...

Duration:00:58:15

Ernest Chausson

9/7/2018
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Donald Macleod explores the friendships, influences and struggles in the life and work of Ernest Chausson. Amédée-Ernest Chausson grew up in Paris during a period of great political, social and economic upheaval in France, from the outbreak of the Franco-Prussian War to the advent of the Third Republic. His family, however, was materially little affected, profiting from their involvement in Napoleon’s remodelling of the medieval city into wide open boulevards. Living a bourgeois lifestyle...

Duration:00:59:56

Leonard Bernstein

8/24/2018
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Donald Macleod is joined by Bernstein protegée, conductor Marin Alsop, to look back at Bernstein’s hectic life as composer, pianist, thinker and entertainer. There are no neutrals when it comes to Leonard Bernstein: exhibitionist, a playboy touring Italy in a Maserati, an exhilarating conductor, provocative thinker, ‘one of the most electrifying personalities of our time’. 2018 marks the centenary of this life-affirming composer who always preferred to call himself, simply, ‘musician’....

Duration:01:13:17

Rachel Portman

3/9/2018
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Donald Macleod joins the Oscar winning film composer Rachel Portman in her studio in London, to chat about her life and music for film and the concert platform.

Duration:01:22:44

Beethoven

1/19/2018
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Donald Macleod explores Beethoven the pianist and composer for the piano.

Duration:00:48:56

Schubert

1/12/2018
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Donald focuses on five years through Franz Schubert's short life.

Duration:00:48:52

J S Bach

12/22/2017
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Donald Macleod traces J S Bach's early life from Eisenach through to his first marriage.

Duration:00:59:51

Tchaikovsky

12/15/2017
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Donald Macleod explores the rich vein of fairy tale and fantasy in Tchaikovsky's music

Duration:00:39:42

21st Century Opera

12/8/2017
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Paul Griffiths joins Donald Macleod to give opera a health check in the 21st century.

Duration:00:58:49

Thelonious Monk

11/24/2017
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Donald Macleod and Brian Priestley celebrate the centenary of jazz legend Thelonious Monk

Duration:01:15:20

Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture: Soviet Russia (1953-1991)

11/17/2017
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Donald and Marina Frolova-Walker look at the lives and masterpieces of the musicians.

Duration:01:27:39

Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture: Soviet Russia (1917-1953)

11/10/2017
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Donald and Marina Frolova-Walker look at the lives and masterpieces of the musicians.

Duration:01:14:59

Elgar

11/3/2017
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Donald Macleod explores the life and career of Edward Elgar through the lens of his muses

Duration:01:05:47

Puccini

10/20/2017
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Donald Macleod and Sir Antonio Pappano trace the developmental line of Puccini's heroines

Duration:01:32:28

Vivaldi's operas

10/13/2017
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A look behind the curtain and onto the stage to explore the world of Vivaldi's operas

Duration:01:05:12

Mussorgsky

9/29/2017
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Donald Macleod explores Mussorgsky's music, with the spotlight on his songs

Duration:00:46:50

Purcell

9/22/2017
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Donald Macleod explores the music of English composer Henry Purcell.

Duration:01:01:47