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Music Matters

9 January 2005

Sunday 9 January 2005 17:45-18:30 (Radio 3)

Tom Service talks to conductor Charles Dutoit about giving old music new vitality, the influence Herbert von Karajan made on him and how, unusually for a conductor, he prefers short rehearsals. And as Orthodox Christians celebrated Christmas last Friday, Tom takes a look at the music associated with the celebrations.


45 minutes

In this Programme

Charles Dutoit
Charles Dutoit
Charles Dutoit has experienced the highs and lows of the international musical scene. He transformed the Montréal Symphony Orchestra from a provincial band into a world-beating ensemble, especially in their recordings of French repertoire, only to fall out with the players after 25 years at the helm. Tom talked with him when he was in London last year and asked him about how he shaped the Montréal sound, and how he works with orchestras around the world, from America to Japan.

Highland Fling
Highland Fling
Matthew Bourne's latest version of his ballet Highland Fling has caused controversy among musicians. He's using a CD instead of an orchestra on tour. The Musicians' Union is outraged. Could ballet be facing a future without live music? Tom discusses Bourne's decision with Horace Trubridge from the Musicians' Union, and Ismene Brown, dance critic of the Daily Telegraph.

Bolivian Baroque Music
Bolivian Church
The dense jungle of Bolivia is an unexpected haven for a treasury of Baroque music. In the 17th and 18th centuries, Jesuit missionaries were sent to convert the Bolivians and created an enormous library of music during their stay. Tom discovers the fascinating tale of the reconstruction and performance of these lost works with Polish Jesuit Priest and musicologist Piotr Nawrot and artistic director of Florilegium, Ashley Solomon.
You can hear a concert of Bolivian Baroque music performed by Florilegium at the Wigmore Hall in London on Tuesday 1st February at 7.30pm.

A CD of the music is available on the Channel Classics label in February.

Gustav Mahler - A Life in Crisis
Gustav Mahler
When Gustav Mahler was counselled by Sigmund Freud in 1910 in Leiden an epoch making encounter took place. Stuart Feder's new book on Mahler analyses the circumstances of this amazing meeting and the perpetual turmoil of Mahler's life. Tom talks to psychoanalyst Stuart Feder about his new book and the psychology of a complex composer.

Gustav Mahler - A Life in Crisis By Stuart Feder
Published by Yale University Press
352 pp.
ISBN 0 300 10340 9

Russian Christmas
St Basils Catherdral
In the Orthodox calendar, Christmas Day is the 7th of January, and just like the rest of the Christian church, it's an occasion marked by music. But it's also politically significant: until the end of Communism, celebrating Christmas was banned in Russia. Tom explores the ritual of the Russian Orthodox Christmas and the music associated with it in the company of Father Michael Fortunato, Dean of the Cathedral of Dormition in London, and musicologist Noëlle Mann.

You can hear Sacred Russian Orthodox Music on this week's CD Masters at 10am on BBC Radio 3

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