How would Scottish independence affect the arts?
The issue of Scottish independence has been very much in the news this week and musicians have been expressing their views on the effect it would have on the arts in Scotland. The mezzo-soprano Karen Cargill says that she'll leave her homeland if the country becomes a new nation state, and bass-baritone Iain Paterson fears dark times for classical music if the Scottish National Party achieve their objective. Tom Service talks to Iain Paterson and Joan McAlpine, an SNP Member of the Scottish Parliament who explains why she thinks independence would have a positive effect on the arts.
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The violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter has been at the top of her career for nearly 40 years and in this interview for Music Matters she tells Tom that it’s her unwavering search to be better and truer to the music she loves that drives her life in music. As well, that is, as a unique commitment to commissioning today's great composers to extend the repertory of her instrument from Witold Lutoslawski to Pierre Boulez, and supporting young musicians through her foundation.More information: Anne-Sophie Mutter Concerts - 19th & 20th Feb - Barbican Hall
Photo: Anne-Sophie Mutter: © Harald Hoffmann / Deutsche Grammophon
Jewry in Music
David Conway’s new book Jewry in Music analyses why and how Jews, virtually absent from western art music until the end of the eighteenth century, came to be represented in all branches of the profession as leading figures – not only as composers and performers, but as publishers, impresarios and critics. The provocative title of the book is taken from Wagner’s notorious anti-Jewish tract. Tom talks to the author who explains why he felt it so essential to write the book and to the cellist Natalie Clein and writer John Deathridge who give their opinions of it.More information: Jewry in Music by David Conway
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It’s surprising but Rusalka is only now receiving its first ever staging by the Royal Opera at Covent Garden. Here Dvorak’s fairy-tale of water-nymphs, princes and witches is updated in a hard-hitting production set in the backstreets and brothels of a small town in modern times. Tom visits rehearsals to talk to members of the cast including Camilla Nylund who sings the title role, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin and one of the production’s two directors Sergio Morabito who believes that the piece has something dark and mysterious to tell us about today’s society.More information: Rusalka at The Royal Opera
This production is being broadcast in Opera on 3 on Saturday 2nd June 2012.
Photo: Rusalka – Camilla Nylund as Rusalka © A.T. Schaefer – Salzburg Festival 2008