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Kirill Gerstein, Newark School of Violin Making, ABO Conference, Ralph Kirkpatrick

Tom Service talks to the pianist Kirill Gerstein, visits the Newark School of Violin Making, reports on the ABO conference and profiles the American harpsichordist and music scholar Ralph Kirkpatrick.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • KIRILL GERSTEIN ON TCHAIKOVSKY

    Duration: 10:30

  • NEWARK SCHOOL OF VIOLIN MAKING

    Duration: 12:20

  • ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORCHESTRAS CONFERENCE

    Duration: 05:30

  • RALPH KIRKPATRICK

    Duration: 14:12

KIRILL GERSTEIN ON TCHAIKOVSKY

KIRILL GERSTEIN ON TCHAIKOVSKY

The pianist Kirill Gerstein talks to Tom Service about his recording of a new critical edition of Tchaikovsky's ever-popular first piano concerto, which returns the work to the version authorised by the composer at the end of his life, and which, Gerstein argues, changes the essential character of the whole piece and puts it in a new light for today's audiences.

More information: Kirill Gerstein

NEWARK SCHOOL OF VIOLIN MAKING

NEWARK SCHOOL OF VIOLIN MAKING

The School of Musical Instrument Crafts at Newark College in Nottinghamshire, part of Lincoln College, is the only centre in the UK to offer a full range of practical courses in the making and restoration of strings, woodwind and guitar, along with piano tuning and restoration. Tom visits the college’s internationally recognised School of Violin Making, where students come from all over the world to learn the highly specialised craft of making and restoring violins, violas and cellos.

More information: The School of Instrument Making Crafts at Newark College

ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORCHESTRAS CONFERENCE

ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH ORCHESTRAS CONFERENCE

The slogan for this year’s ABO conference is “People Power: it’s what fuels our orchestras.” BBC Radio 3’s Sara Mohr-Pietsch reports from the conference at Sage Gateshead, which has included discussions on what the world of classical music can learn from the world of sport, and what the relationship between audiences and orchestras might look like in the future.

More information: Association of British Orchestras

RALPH KIRKPATRICK

RALPH KIRKPATRICK

The American harpsichordist and music scholar Ralph Kirkpatrick is known primarily for his cataloguing of Domenico Scarlatti's keyboard sonatas, and for his role as an important ambassador for his instrument, but Kirkpatrick was also hugely influential for a generation of American musicians in the mid-20th century, from his students to composers including Elliott Carter and Henry Cowell. Tom explores Kirkpatrick's legacy with his niece, Meredith Kirkpatrick, who has edited a new collection of his correspondence, with the harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, and with BBC radio archive of Kirkpatrick himself.

More information: Ralph Kirkpatrick - Letters of the American Harpsichordist and Scholar

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Service
Interviewed Guest Kirill Gerstein

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