In an interview published in the Daily Telegraph, Goldie explained to Peter Stanford, among other things, how he got into classical music ...
'''The producer who suggested me for the series did so because she had heard I liked Górecki.' It was, he recalls, his erstwhile girlfriend Björk (they split in 1996) who first introduced Goldie to classical music through the work of Henryk Górecki, whose Symphony of Sorrowful Songs met with great critical and commercial success in the early Nineties. 'We were in Iceland together one Christmas Eve, looking out of a window at boats in the harbour, with three or four feet of snow. And she put on Górecki and it was just brilliant, beautiful, touching. When I got to know more about him - that he was Polish, that his family were in Auschwitz - I knew what it was that had touched me. This was music that summed up real life. And so it changed the way I thought about classical music.'
"Being introduced to Górecki inspired Goldie to make an hour-long symphonic piece, 'Mother', on his 1998 album, Saturnz Return. It featured his trademark drum and bass sound that had made its predecessor, Timeless, a chart-topper, but also worked into the mix orchestral textures and soul. 'Everyone told me at the time it was commercial suicide.' But it won him a new audience of admirers - among them, evidently, a BBC producer."
A revealing new documentary, Maestro: The Inside Story, will be shown over Christmas.
Maestro winner Sue Perkins tonight wowed the 35,000-strong Proms in the Park audience at the Last Night of the Proms.
Charlotte Higgins, the Guardian’s arts correspondent, was first up with a review of the Maestro Final posted on the Guardian Culture Blog at 9.53 this morning. A Spectator review has also been posted by Henrietta Bredin.
At tonight’s Grand Final, writer and comedienne Sue Perkins emerged from the audience vote to win the BBC’s first ever Maestro competition.
Virtuoso violinist and conductor Maximum Vengerov will replace Simone Young on the panel of judges for the Maestro Final on Tuesday 9 September.
The Maestro series reached new levels of tension as four students faced the orchestra vote.
Soprano Rebecca Evans and tenor Alfie Boe will join the Maestro show for Episode 4.
Will female conductors ever achieve equality? I think they will, says conductor Madeleine Lovell
TV talent shows come in many demographically targeted guises - I commend a different event - Maestro.
Bradley Walsh did not survive the BBC Concert Orchestra’s vote this week.
Maestro viewers have asked about the various musicians who have helped the students in their preparation.
I watched Maestro (BBC2) mostly because it was there … how wrong could I be because it was riveting.
Maestro student Sue Perkins posted a thoughtful article in the Guardian newspaper. These are her thoughts on what she has learned
Ex-grilfriend Bjork had a hand in Goldie’s conversion to classical …
Alex: “The first thing you have to learn as a conductor is how to stand up straight.”
Rejected student David Soul bares his … about what he learned from the Maestro experience.
Following the BBC Concert Orchestra’s vote, Bradley Walsh was saved and David Soul exited the competition.
In the run-up to Episode 2, Katie Derham has been finding out how to get an orchestra to do what she wants …
The BBC Concert Orchestra decides who remains in the competition.
Journalist Christopher Middleton visitis the students as they try out their conducting skills on an orchestra of young musicians in a church in London.
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