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Opera(argh), Modernism

Sue and Tom debate why does opera turn off so many music lovers? They revisit why so many listeners find contemporary music 'challenging'.

Sue and Tom debate one of classical music's most divisive issues: why does opera turn off so many music lovers? They also revisit why so many listeners find contemporary music 'challenging', and ponder whether classical music is too obsessed with sounding 'progressive'.

If you could ask BBC Radio 3 one question about music, what would it be? Sue Perkins and Tom Service are here to unravel everything you've ever wondered about music - but were too afraid to ask... Send YOUR questions to r3qt@bbc.co.uk, tweet with the hashtag #r3qt or post them on Radio 3's Facebook page at www.facebook.com/bbcradio3.

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Music Played

  • Franz Schubert

    An die Musik D.547

    Performer: Felicity Lott Performer: Graham Johnson

    • IMP RECORDS.
    • PCS2016.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    La Traviata - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Carlos Kleiber Performer: Ileana Cotrubas Performer: Bavarian State Opera Orchestra

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOP.
    • 415 132 2-.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Le Nozze di Figaro - opera in 4 acts K.492

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado Performer: Cecilia Bartoli Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 445-903-2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Le Nozze di Figaro - opera in 4 acts K.492

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado Performer: Sylvia Mcnair Performer: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra

    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 445-903-2.
  • John Adams

    Nixon in China - opera in 3 acts

    Conductor: Edo de Waart Performer: Sanford Sylvan Performer: St Luke's Orchestra

    • NONESUCH.
    • 979-177-2.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Battalia for strings and continuo

    Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt Performer: Concentus Musicus Vienna

    • TELDEC.
    • 4509-97914-2.
  • Jean‐Féry Rebel

    Les Elemens: 1. Le cahos

    Conductor: Christopher Hogwood Performer: Academy of Ancient Music

    • L'OISEAU-LYRE.
    • 421-656-2.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Quartet in C major K.465 (Dissonance) for strings

    Performer: Alban Berg Quartet

    • Teldec.
    • 843 055.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Musikalisches Wurfelspiel KA.294d (K8.516f)

    Conductor: Neville Marriner Performer: Erik Smith

    • PHILIPS.
    • 464-940 2.
  • Anna Meredith

    Fin like a flower for counter-tenor and harp

    Performer: Lucy Wakeford Performer: Michael Chance

    • NMC.
    • NMC-D150.
  • Anna Meredith

    Never Wonder

    Performer: Electronics/Samples

    • Moshi Moshi.
    • MOSHI153D.

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