Edinburgh born conductor Donald Runnicles returned to Europe last year following 17 years as music director of San Francisco Opera. He returned to lead two very different institutions – as General Music Director of Deutsche Oper Berlin, and Chief Conductor of the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. He also retains his American connections with roles at the Grand Teton Music Festival and the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra.Donald Runnicles conducts the BBC SSO on Sunday night in Edinburgh
Donald talks to Petroc Trelawny in the midst of rehearsals at City Halls in Glasgow about the challenges of musical life in Berlin, his relationship with the BBC SSO, and his life long love affair with the music of Wagner.
As part of their celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Chopin’s birth, the Polish Cultural Institute and WRO Art Centre present three very different interpretations of the composer’s music, collectively titled Where’s Chopin? Polish audiovisual artists Pawe? Janicki, Jaroslaw Kapuscinski and Józef Robakowski have each created an installation incorporating varied elements – motion detection, beams of light on digitalised scores, colour and light exploring synesthesia, and a multichannel video projection of the faces of rapt listeners.Where’s Chopin? runs until the 10th October at Dilston Grove
Petroc visits the installations with art critic Waldemar Januszczak, and talks to two of the artists about seeing Chopin through the eyes of art.
Mapping Chopin image © Karol Piechocki
The Glock Era
As BBC Controller of Music from 1959 to 1972 and Controller of The Proms from 1960 to 1973 Sir William Glock’s influence on British musical culture was immense. He broadcast and commissioned works by composers such as Boulez, Berio, Carter, Henze, Ligeti and Lutos?awski, and in championing the generation of Harrison Birtwistle and Peter Maxwell Davies, forever changed the landscape of British contemporary music. When asked what he wanted to offer listeners his reply was forthright – “What they will like tomorrow”. And yet controversies abound – none more so than the supposed ‘blacklist’ of composers he would not allow on the airwaves…“BBC Music in the Glock Era and after “ by Leo Black is available from Boydell & Brewer
Petroc talks to former producer Leo Black about his own recollections of Glock as he publishes a memoir of the era, while composer John McCabe and former Controller of Radio 3 Nicholas Kenyon assess his legacy.
Glock image © Palm/Rsch/Redferns
Cantum Pulcriorem Invenire
The Department of Music at the University of Southampton has been awarded almost £600, 000 to research, catalogue and create sound recordings of a genre of medieval music which hasn’t been performed since the middle of the 13th century - conductus – vocal compositions which merge Latin poetry and music. The project called ‘Cantum pulcriorem invenire’ or ‘to find a more beautiful melody’, aims to bring to life this all but forgotten genre of music and make it accessible to a 21st century audience.Find out more about Cantum Pulcriorem Invenire
Professor Mark Everist tells Petroc what this music was for, and why it’s been neglected for so long.
Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana Plut. 29.1 fol. 351r © Mark Everist
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