Music Matters

Music Matters

The latest news on classical music. Interviews with key UK and international performers, composers, directors, conductors and musicians. With features on opera, jazz, world and community music making. BBC Radio 3's 45 minute music magazine show presented by Tom Service and Suzy Klein. Broadcast every Saturday at 12.15pm (exc. last Sat in month). Please note, this podcast is only available in the UK.

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Recent episodes (4)

  • 19 Jul 14: Brigitte Fassbaender (repeat)

    Sat, 19 Jul 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Available:
    24 days remaining

    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 to director, her work with young singers and about the music of Richard Strauss.

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  • 12 JULY 14 Riga, Capital of Culture 2014

    Sat, 12 Jul 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Available:
    17 days remaining

    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 its musical traditions. On the opening day of the World Choir Games, he meets former winners Latvian Voices, and one of Britain’s three hopeful choirs, the Bradford Catholic Girls’ Choir. He also explores the history of Latvian National Opera, and meets Riga born musicians including soprano Maija Kovalevska, cellist Mischa Maisky and composer Peteris Vasks. Choral conductor Ivars Cinkuss explains the country’s strong musical education system and Tom also interviews the Latvian Prime Minister, Laudota Straujuma.

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  • 5th July 14: Live from Glyndebourne

    Mon, 7 Jul 14

    Duration:
    46 mins

    Available:
    12 days remaining

    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 Kani, music journalist Paul Morley, opera director Annilese Miskimmon and Glyndebourne's General Director David Pickard.

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  • 28 JUN 14: World War 1

    Sat, 28 Jun 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Available:
    3 days remaining

    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.

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