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Music Matters

12 September 2004

Sunday 12 September 2004 17:45-18:30 (Radio 3)

With Tom Service.

Daniel Barenboim explains why, relatively late in his career, he has now joined the pantheon of great pianists to have recorded Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier. And a look at Push 04, a season of British, black-led theatre, opera and ballet.


45 minutes

On this week's programme

American Elections
American FlagIt's an election that's dividing America , and its musicians as well. Donald Runnicles, the Scottish-born conductor of the San Francisco Opera and principal guest conductor with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra has threatened to leave the U.S.A. if Bush is re-elected. Christoph von Dohnanyi says he'd refuse an appointment with an American orchestra in the current climate. Tom asks John Rockwell from the New York Times what does it all mean for American music?

Daniel Barenboim and J.S. Bach's Well Tempered Clavier
Daniel BarenboimEarlier this week Tom met pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim to talk about Bach, the piano, and early music. Barenboim, largely associated with late romantic symphonies and Wagner operas, explains his life-long passion for Bach.

His new recording of the first book from the Well Tempered Clavier was released on the 6th September on Warner Classics.

Last Night of the PromsListen Up! is Radio 3's celebration of everything to do with British orchestral life, both professional and amateur. This week Music Matters delves into the role of the orchestral leader.
Look out for more on orchestral life here on Music Matters in the coming weeks.
Listen Up! runs from the 23 rd September till the 4th November.
More information can be found on the Radio 3 Website:

Inventions: Early Music Weekend
InventionsInventions is the title of next weekend's Early Music Festival at the South Bank in London . The weekend focuses on the problem of bridging the gap between the past and the present.

Tom met up with the artistic director of the Early Music Weekend, Tess Knighton to discuss a selection of paintings at London 's Wallace Collection with Jo Hedley (the curator of paintings pre 1800) and Ashley Solomon (artistic director of Florilegium). A new exhibition of Francois Boucher's work, Seductive Visions provides some insight into ways of understanding performance practice and social context as well as emotive response.

Inventions: Early Music Weekend takes place 17th -19th September at the South Bank Centre.

Boucher: Seductive Visions opens at London 's Wallace Collection on 30 th September.

You can hear The Orlando Consort, who are taking part in the Early Music Weekend, on BBC Radio 3's In Tune programme on 15 th September and a feature on I Fagiolini on The Early Music Show on 2 nd October.

Push '04
Push is a multi-disciplinary arts organisation dedicated to changing the face of British arts by promoting the wealth of Black artists into the heart of main-stream arts.

On Thursday, the first-ever double-bill of Black British opera and ballet opens at Sadler's Wells. Tom went along to rehearsals of Errolyn Wallen's new opera, Another America: Fire, to meet the composer, and ask the artist director Josette Bushell-Mingo about the inspiration behind Push,

You can see the double-bill, 16th -18th September at Sadler's Wells.
Music Matters will be reviewing the show on next week's live edition.

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