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 (5)

  • 20 Dec 14: Christmas Stocking Fillers

    Sat, 20 Dec 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Available:
    29 days remaining

    Tom Service, in the company of Elaine Padmore, Ivan Hewett and Alexandra Wilson, reviews three new books: Schubert's Winter Journey by Ian Bostridge, After Wagner by Mark Berry and Bizet by Hugh Macdonald. Tom also talks to the soprano Gillian Keith about her new CD of songs by Debussy which were inspired by his "muse" - Marie-Blanche Vasnier.

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  • 13 DEC 14: Peter Sellars

    Sat, 13 Dec 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Available:
    22 days remaining

    Tom Service talks to American opera, theatre and festival director Peter Sellars who is one of the most innovative and powerful forces in the performing arts today. Sellars is known for his work in contemporary opera as well as ground-breaking interpretations of classic works. Whether it's reinventing Purcell, adding a dramatic twist to Bach's Passions or staging John Adams’s operas – “Nixon in China”, “The Death of Klinghoffer” and “The Gospel According to the Other Mary”, Sellars's productions are always thought provoking and engaging, while often illuminating contemporary social and political issues.

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  • Pierre-Laurent Aimard 6 Dec 2014

    Sat, 6 Dec 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Available:
    15 days remaining

    Tom Service talks to the pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, and discusses a polemical new book 'El Sistema: Orchestrating Venezuela's Youth' on the system of orchestras in the South American country, written by academic Geoff Baker, also puts those views to El Sistema's Executive Director Eduardo Mendez. And Tom finds out the latest about the difficult financial situation the Ulster Orchestra is facing. He interviews its Chairman Sir George Bain, and also journalist Terry Blain.

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  • 29 Nov 14 Karajan, Viola, Handel

    Sat, 29 Nov 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Available:
    8 days remaining

    Tom Service talks to director John Bridcut about his new feature-length documentary for BBC Four, Karajan's Magic and Myth, and the writer and broadcaster Stephen Johnson previews the film which explores the life of the still controversial conductor. As Wigmore Hall stages a day of concerts and talks celebrating the viola, Tom explores the instrument's rise with players Tabea Zimmermann and Garth Knox, and composer Brett Dean. Plus a review of Ellen T Harris's new book, Handel: A Life with Friends, with countertenor Robin Blaze and early music scholar Tess Knighton.

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  • 22 Nov 14: Idil Biret, Harry Partch

    Sat, 22 Nov 14

    Duration:
    45 mins

    Available:
    1 day remaining

    Tom Service profiles the 'Hobo' composer Harry Partch, with the author of a new book Andrew Granade, biographer Bob Gilmore, and performers Jared Soldiviero and Helen Bledsoe. He talks to the Turkish pianist Idil Biret about her passion for repertoire from Brahms to Boulez, the writer Chris Walton discusses his new book 'Lies and Epiphanies - Composers and their inspiration from Wagner to Berg', and Anna Meredith sends her third and final postcard to Music Matters from her composing residency for the British Council and PRS Foundation in China.

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