Maria Joao Pires, David and Christopher Alden, Andris Nelsons
Presented by Tom Service. Including an interview with pianist Maria João Pires, conductor Andris Nelsons discussing Riga, plus the story of pianist and composer Andre Tchaikowsky.
Presented by Tom Service.
During rehearsals at The Barbican in London, Tom meets the pianist Maria Joao Pires, who celebrates her 70th birthday in 2014.
In a rare joint interview, Tom talks to the opera directors and twin brothers David and Christopher Alden, as they return to share the stage at English National Opera - David with a revival of his production of Britten's Peter Grimes, and Christopher with a new production of Verdi's Rigoletto.
And, as the Latvian capital of Riga begins its year in the limelight as a European Capital of Culture, the BBC's Damien McGuinness profiles the city and the Riga-born conductor Andris Nelsons talks about the essential nature of music in his homeland.
Tom Service interviews Maria João Pires
European City of Culture: Riga 2014
An interview with Christopher and David Alden
Maria João Pires
The Portuguese pianist Maria Joao Pires has been in London this week rehearsing the Schumann piano concerto with the London Symphony Orchestra and Sir John Eliot Gardiner. Tom Service went to The Barbican during rehearsals and talked to her about her current project developing choirs with disadvantaged children in Brussels, her feelings towards public performance and competitions, and her plans for a quieter life as she turns 70 this year.
Next month she performs with the Scottish Chamber Orchestra the Chopin Piano Concerto Number 2 on 6th Feb at Usher Hall in Edinburgh and 7th Feb at City Halls in Glasgow.
Riga 2014 – European Capital of Culture
As the Latvian capital of Riga begins its year in the limelight as a European Capital of Culture, the BBC’s Damien McGuinness gives a profile of the city, and its history as a thriving port and vibrant cultural centre and the Riga-born conductor Andris Nelsons tells Tom about his musical training and the essential nature of music in his homeland.
Christopher and David Alden
In a rare joint interview, Tom talks to the opera directors and identical twin brothers Christopher and David Alden, as they return to share the stage at English National Opera - David with a revival of his production of Britten's Peter Grimes, and Christopher with a new production of Verdi's Rigoletto. The Alden brothers’ productions have shocked and moved audiences all around the world over the last thirty five years and they talk to Tom about their Broadway upbringing, their feelings toward critical reaction and what they see as the future of the art form.
Role Contributor Presenter Tom Service Interviewed Guest Maria Joao Pires Interviewed Guest David Alden Interviewed Guest Christopher Alden Interviewer Damien McGuinness Interviewed Guest Andris Nelsons