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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.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Tom Service interviews Maria João Pires

    Duration: 13:51

  • European City of Culture: Riga 2014

    Duration: 08:48

  • An interview with Christopher and David Alden

    Duration: 21:55

Maria João Pires

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.

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Maria performs the Schumann Piano Concerto with the LSO on Tues 21st Jan at the Barbican

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

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.

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Riga 2014

Andris Nelsons

 

Christopher and David Alden

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.

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David Alden directs Peter Grimes: 29th Jan - 27th Feb

Peter Grimes will be broadcast live to cinemas across the UK and Ireland and selected cinemas worldwide on 23rd February 2014 as part of ENO Screen.

Christopher Alden's new production of Rigoletto: 13th Feb - 14th March

Credits

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

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