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The stories that matter, the people that matter, the music that matters

The stories that matter, the people that matter, the music that matters

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The stories that matter, the people that matter, the music that matters

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Episodes

Music and Activism

9/18/2021
Pianist Igor Levit talks to Tom Service about his latest epic recording project – three and a half hours of music by Dmitri Shostakovich and the Scottish composer Ronald Stevenson. No stranger to large-scale works he live-streamed Erik Satie’s Vexations during lockdown playing 840 repetitions over 16 hours as part of his online House Concerts. He discusses the huge challenges on every page of Stevenson’s Passacaglia and the contradictions of his life as a pianist and his political beliefs....

Duration:00:44:04

Music Under Restriction

9/11/2021
As Music Matters returns to the airwaves for the Autumn, and classical music emerges from Covid along with the rest of the world, Tom Service assesses the current state of play with musicians and industry leaders, and asks them how much has really changed in the last eighteen months and what the future holds. Gillian Moore, Director of Music at the Southbank Centre in London, and Roger Wright, Chief Executive of the newly-merged Britten Pears Arts in Suffolk, explain how they navigated the...

Duration:00:44:10

Musical Connection

7/24/2021
Kate Molleson looks back on a year of musical connection and reflection as she revisits some of the guests we have featured on Music Matters. Kate talks to American composer, vocalist, dancer and film artist, Meredith Monk and she shares her thoughts on nature, art and resilience through the age of pandemic. Tom Service and South African soprano, Golda Schultz look back on Golda’s memorable appearance at the 2020 Last Night of the Proms. Earlier this month, the celebrated opera director Sir...

Duration:00:43:55

Writers on Music

7/18/2021
Kate Molleson talks to some of today's greatest writers about how music shapes their work and explores the ineffable intersection between words and music. Featuring Colm Tóibín, Elif Shafak, Ishmael Reed, Simon Armitage and Lavinia Greenlaw. Best-selling Irish author Colm Tóibín’s writing is infused with sound and music. His latest book is a fictional account of the life of Thomas Mann and is steeped in Mahler and Schoenberg. He discusses the powerful role music plays in his fiction and...

Duration:00:43:51

Lars Vogt, King Lear, Louis Andriessen

7/10/2021
The pianist Lars Vogt talks candidly to the presenter Kate Molleson about music making after his cancer diagnosis in February and his ongoing treatment to fight the disease. He tells Kate about his latest projects, including a recording of music by Janacek. We eavesdrop on rehearsals for a new production of Shakespeare's King Lear at The Grange Festival, set to music by the composer Nigel Osborne and directed by Keith Warner, which features singers in speaking roles – among them John...

Duration:00:43:53

Politics, possibilities and epiphanies

7/3/2021
Image credit: The Japan Art Association As the celebrated violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter prepares for the premiere of John Williams’s new violin concerto, she talks to Tom Service about making music in and out of the pandemic. She reflects on how her relationship to music has changed over the past 18 months and the need for urgent change when it comes to supporting music and culture in German and beyond. A New Topography of Love Part II is an animated video-game opera experience currently...

Duration:00:43:54

Sensory deprivation, musical revelation

6/26/2021
Image credit: Dayna Szyndrowski As the American composer Caroline Shaw releases Let the Soil Play Its Simple Part - her first solo vocal album, with Sō Percussion - she talks to presenter Tom Service about her approach to music. With its roots in childhood, playing violin to her father's medical patients nearing the end of their lives, to the music of the past she loves, Shaw's generous attitude as a composer and collaborator results in music which is to be shared, and which resonates with...

Duration:00:43:54

Musical Strength

6/19/2021
Linton Stephens is joined by the soprano Nadine Benjamin ahead of a performance of her autobiographical opera BEAM, part of the Summer at Snape season. She reflects on how music has the power to heal and why she finds strength in her voice. The music psychologist Natasha Hendry talks to Linton about her research into race and racism in music education and the music industry. As Radio 3 celebrates the London Festival of Architecture, Music Matters visits Bold Tendencies at its unique home in...

Duration:00:43:56

Coventry UK City of Culture 2021

6/12/2021
Kate Molleson celebrates Coventry as UK City of Culture 2021, exploring the musical life there, its rich musical history, and talking about what the future holds for Coventrians. She begins at the heart of Coventry in the ruins of the old cathedral, which was destroyed the November night in 1940 when the German Luftwaffe flattened the city centre. It is poignantly connected to the new cathedral by Basil Spence. With its consecration began a distinctive new choral tradition, particularly...

Duration:00:44:03

Music in the Moment

5/29/2021
Tom Service is joined by the pianist Stephen Hough, and over a cup of coffee they discuss living in the moment during music during performance and how Stephen has spent much of the past year working as a composer. Double-bassist and artist Kirsty Matheson talks about the challenge she set herself to create 100 paintings about 100 pieces of music in 100 days. Responding to works by Arnold Schoenberg and Steve Reich, she describes how their works shaped the images she created as well as...

Duration:00:43:54

Breaking rules, making new forms...

5/22/2021
Image credit: Helge Hansen / Sony Music Entertainment Tom Service talks to pianist Leif Ove Andsnes about a new four-year-long performing and recording project with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the 'Mozart Momentum 1785/1786', which explores two of the most crucial years in the composer's life. We visit the Royal Opera House to witness their latest project, 'Current, Rising' - a hyper reality opera, inspired by Shakespeare’s 'The Tempest’, which combines virtual reality with a multi-sensory...

Duration:00:43:52

Dennis Brain, Anthony Payne, and music’s healing nature.

5/15/2021
Tom Service takes a look at the influence of horn player Dennis Brain in his centenary year - We hear from two of today's leading horn players Ben Goldscheider, who is releasing an album centred around Brain's legacy, and Sarah Willis who talks us through some iconic Dennis Brain recordings. Plus we speak to retired horn player Andrew McGavin, who played second horn to Dennis in the Philharmonia in the 1950s, for some first hand memories of the legend that was Dennis Brain. As live music...

Duration:00:44:03

Musical Ecosystems

5/8/2021
Kate Molleson is joined by the violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja as she releases two new albums of works by Schoenberg and Francisco Coll. She explains why the music education system should encourage young minds, and tells us why vulnerability is vital on the concert stage. As the trustees of Mills College announce their decision to close admissions to the college’s courses, Kate learns about the school’s legacy of training musically free thinkers with the flautist, composer, and a former...

Duration:00:44:15

The Conductors' Edition

5/1/2021
Tom Service talks to two world-class conductors of today, Sir Antonio Pappano and Sir Simon Rattle, as they swap roles at the London Symphony Orchestra, and looks back at one of music history's first great conductors, Richard Wagner. Four weeks ago, Sir Antonio Pappano was announced as the new Chief Conductor of the London Symphony Orchestra - he will leave his current role of Music Director at the Royal Opera at Covent Garden in 2024. Pappano also has a continuing role at the Orchestra...

Duration:00:43:51

Stravinsky 50 - Reinventing Stravinsky!

4/24/2021
As we commemorate 50 years of the death of Igor Stravinsky, Tom Service explores how his music continues to resonate in today's world, how his legacy has been in effect reinvented, from contemporary composition to film scores, from digital sampling in pop to the language of jazz, and also in the world of dance. With contributions from the composers George Benjamin, Anders Hillborg, Shiva Feshareki and Helen Grime, explaining how Stravinsky's music has shaped their work and their lives; from...

Duration:00:43:41

A life in music

4/17/2021
Kate Molleson is joined Claire Booth, Juliet Fraser and Loré Lixenberg, three major contemporary music voices, as they pay tribute to the soprano Jane Manning who died this month. They discuss Jane's thirst for contemporary repertoire, her collaborative instinct which saw her premiere more than 350 new works by leading composers and her legendary fearless performances. We hear from the writer and Managing Director of the Barbican Centre in London, Nicholas Kenyon. His new book The Life of...

Duration:00:44:00

Renaud Capuçon, Cecilia McDowall, Michael Spitzer

4/3/2021
Photo credit Simon Fowler Tom Service speaks to the French violinist Renaud Capuçon about his new recording of Elgar's Violin Concerto, made during lockdown last year with Simon Rattle and the London Symphony Orchestra who premiered the work back in 1910. The musicologist Michael Spitzer Joins Tom to talk about his new book, The Musical Human: A History of Life on Earth, which explores the relationship between music and the human species, and tells the story of music from the dawn of time to...

Duration:00:43:54

Music under threat in Kabul

3/27/2021
Kate Molleson is joined by musicians in Kabul to discuss the new restrictions on women singing - the ban, from the Afghan Ministry of Education, has caused concern that the Taliban is increasing its influence in the Afghan government as western forces prepare to pull out of the country. With contributions from Ahmad Sarmast, Director of the Afghanistan National Institute of Music, and pianist Maram Abdullah. Following the death earlier this month of the conductor James Levine, Kate hears...

Duration:00:44:11

The fierce joys of Spring

3/20/2021
Photo credit: Dario Acosta As the Countdown to Spring reaches zero, Tom Service hears from the South African soprano Golda Schultz as she looks back on a year where the few musical performances that have taken place have assumed a special importance, including her memorable appearance at the 2020 Last Night of the Proms, as well as last month's live stream of Weber's Der Freischutz from Munich. And she optimistically predicts a new flourishing of arts and music after the pandemic. The sound...

Duration:00:43:51

Celebrating a Century of Astor Piazzolla

3/13/2021
Tom Service commemorates the centenary of the birth of Astor Piazzolla with a portrait of the great Argentine bandoneon player and tango composer, and explores his revolutionary style which changed the genre for ever. He also questions his legacy in today's Argentina. We hear from Piazzolla himself in rare BBC archive material, as well as his widow Laura Escalada Piazzolla; his grandsons Daniel Villaflor Piazzolla, who runs the 'Fundación Piazzolla' and Daniel 'Pipi' Piazzolla, drummer in...

Duration:00:43:56