Patricia Kopatchinskaja, Jane Bathori, Colin and David Matthews, Claude Vivier
Tom Service talks to Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja and hears about the French opera singer Jane Bathori. Just The Two of Us features the composers Colin and David Matthews and Tom looks at a new book on the composer Claude Vivier.
Tom Service talks to the Moldovan violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja about her thoughts on being a professional musician today and why she sees the notes on the manuscript as her enemies. She tells Tom how every time she plays a piece it's a different experience and why she believes concert promoters today should programme only new music.
The French opera singer Jane Bathori was instrumental in the development of contemporary French music in the early 20th century. She put on concerts and gave first performances of new music by composers including Debussy, Ravel and Satie and she promoted the works of the youngest French composers, including Poulenc and Milhaud. Tom talks to Professor Barbara Kelly and singer Olivia Ray about her legacy ahead of a concert devoted to her influence.
Just the Two of Us: Colin and David Matthews
The latest instalment of our series Just the Two of Us - revealing conversations between musicians. Composers Colin and David Matthews discuss their careers in music and the impact of their relationship as brothers. Growing up in London with only each other to discuss music with, they remember their early forays into composing, both working with Benjamin Britten with minimal musical qualifications and how sibling rivalry has made them both better composers.
Claude Vivier: A Composer's Life
A new biography on Claude Vivier sheds new light on the tragic life of the 20th century Canadian composer. A student of Stockhausen whose life was cut short aged 34 when he was murdered in Paris - Vivier's music holds a haunting and expressive fascination with its beautiful melodies and shimmering orchestral effects. Tom talks to the author Bob Gilmore as well as two staunch advocates of Vivier's music - soprano Barbara Hannigan and critic Paul Griffiths.
More information:Claude Vivier: A Composer's Life by Bob Gilmore
|Interviewed Guest||Patricia Kopatchinskaja|
|Interviewed Guest||Colin Matthews|
|Interviewed Guest||David Matthews|