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CPE Bach, Rudolf Buchbinder, Jonathan Reekie, Robert Ashley

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First broadcast:
Saturday 08 March 2014

Petroc Trelawny with a portrait of composer CPE Bach, on the 300th anniversary of the birth of Johann Sebastian's most famous son. Among those contributing to discuss his style and influence are harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani and conductor Rebecca Miller. Also, Petroc talks to the celebrated Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder and, continuing with our interviews with people at the helm of the UK's most prestigious musical institutions, a conversation with Jonathan Reekie, who's leaving Aldeburgh Music after 16 years as Chief Executive. And conductor Richard Bernas and Petroc discuss the legacy of American avant-garde composer Robert Ashley, who died earlier this week.


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  • CPE BACH AT 300

    Mahan Esfahani and Rebecca Miller

    Saturday 8th March 2014 marks the 300th birthday of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach.  Johann Sebastian’s second surviving eldest son is the most important composer to have led the progression from the Baroque epoch to the Viennese classical period - developing his own unique style. He had crucial influence on Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven and into the Romantic era. Although his father is far better known today, in his lifetime CPE Bach was highly acclaimed and his work, including chamber pieces, concerti, orchestral and sacred music, was heard far and wide. Petroc Trelawny assesses the legacy of this revolutionary composer with the conductor Rebecca Miller and the harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani.

    More information: The Early Music Show - CPE Bach - Sun 9th March

    Composer of the Week - CPE Bach - Catch up online

    Photo of Mahan Esfahani : ©Marco Borggreve


    Rudolf Buchbinder

    The Austrian pianist Rudolf Buchbinder has recorded all of Beethoven’s piano music and played complete cycles of the sonatas nearly fifty times. Having first recorded the sonatas more than thirty years ago he has  recently returned to them using first edition scores and the composer’s original manuscripts. Petroc talked to Buchbinder who was in Vienna - the place he was raised and educated - and found out what new discoveries he has made about Beethoven’s music, the importance of Haydn, and about what he has learned from the original manuscripts of Brahms which he owns. An avid collector, he tells Petroc about his vast collection of films – and single malt Scotch whisky!

    More information: Rudolf Buchbinder

    Rudolf Buchbinder at Wigmore Hall, London - Weds 12th March

    Photo: ©Marco Borggreve



    Jonathan Reekie on leaving Aldeburgh

    Jonathan Reekie took up the position of chief executive of Aldeburgh Music sixteen years ago. The organisation runs Snape Maltings and its concert spaces, the Aldeburgh Festival and education programmes including Aldeburgh Young Musicians and the Britten-Pears Young Artists Programme.  As Reekie prepares to leave Aldeburgh at the end of this week he talks to Petroc about what has been achieved during his tenure. Among the topics discussed are the probing questions: could the Aldeburgh model be replicated anywhere else in the UK? Is the festival an elite club? And how secure is the organisation financially?

    More information: Aldeburgh Music

    Photo: © Aldeburgh Music


  • ROBERT ASHLEY 1930-2014

    Robert Ashley

    The American composer Robert Ashley died on Monday 3rd March at the age of 83. He had just finished his latest opera “Crash” three months ago and was in rehearsal for its premiere in New York in April. Ashley is credited with creating the first “truly American” operas, most of them for television. His works include spoken dialogue, chanting and even mumbling which he used in pioneering ways. His librettos, most of which he wrote himself, had little conventional plot. Petroc is joined by the conductor and contemporary music specialist Richard Bernas, who knew the composer, to look back at Ashley’s life and work.

    Robert Ashley

    Robert Ashley's Automatic Writing at Cafe Oto, London - Sun 30th March

    Robert Ashley's Crash recieves its premiere in New York on 10th April

    Photo: ©Mary Lucier



Petroc Trelawny
Interviewed Guest
Mahan Esfahani
Interviewed Guest
Rebecca Miller
Interviewed Guest
Rudolf Buchbinder
Interviewed Guest
Jonathan Reekie
Interviewed Guest
Richard Bernas



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