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Viktoria Mullova, Female Composers, Equality and Diversity in Classical Music, Weill's Mahagonny

Tom Service talks to the violinist Viktoria Mullova, and Sara Mohr-Pietsch asks why there are still so few female composers represented at the highest level. Plus Weill's Mahagonny.

Tom Service talks to the violinist Viktoria Mullova, asks why there are still so few women composers represented at the highest levels of music, looks at equality and diversity in the classical music profession and explores Kurt Weill's opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny.

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45 minutes

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Sat 7 Mar 2015 12:15

Chapters

  • VIKTORIA MULLOVA

    Duration: 11:08

  • WHERE ARE THE FEMALE COMPOSERS?

    Duration: 13:16

  • EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSICAL MUSIC PROFESSION

    Duration: 05:37

  • WEILL: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY

    Duration: 13:14

VIKTORIA MULLOVA

VIKTORIA MULLOVA

Tom Service talks to Viktoria Mullova, known as a violinist of exceptional versatility and integrity. Her musical curiosity ranges from the baroque through the classical and romantic repertoire and up to the most contemporary influences from the world of fusion and experimental music. She talks to Tom about the differences in approach between playing classical and non-classical music, the benefits of waiting for the right musical partnerships and how she has become less obsessed with musical perfection.

More information: Viktoria Mullova                                                                                       

Hear Viktoria Mullova play Brahms's Violin Concerto in Live in Concert

WHERE ARE THE FEMALE COMPOSERS?

WHERE ARE THE FEMALE COMPOSERS?

Ahead of Radio 3's celebration of female composers on International Women's Day (Sunday 8th March) Sara Mohr-Pietsch questions why  there are still so few female composers represented at the highest levels of British music, with fewer commissions and performances than their male counterparts and only a handful represented by the main music publishers. Sara explores the possible reasons for this with the composers Nicola Lefanu and Kate Whitley, the Managing Director of the publishers Boosey and Hawkes - Janis Susskind and Susanna Eastburn the Chief Executive of Sound and Music.

More information: Celebrating Women Composers on BBC Radio 3

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSICAL MUSIC PROFESSION

EQUALITY AND DIVERSITY IN THE CLASSICAL MUSIC PROFESSION

A new report entitled Equality and Diversity in the Classical Music Profession, highlights a number of significant inequalities in the British classical music industry – including the under-representation of women, people from black and minority ethnicities and working class backgrounds. Tom talks to the report’s author Dr. Christina Scharff of Kings College London, about the report’s findings and its recommendations.  These include introducing blind auditions and quotas to help ensure a more diverse profile of people into the UK music industry.

More information: Read the report: Equality and Diversity in the Classical Music Profession

WEILL: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY

WEILL: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE CITY OF MAHAGONNY

As a curtain raiser to the Royal Opera’s staging of Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht’s opera The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny, (broadcast on BBC Radio 3 on Saturday 14th March), Tom looks at the history of this work which was first premiered in Leipzig in 1930. A satire on money, morality and pleasure-seeking among the dubious citizens of a fictional city, the richly varied score is influenced by jazz and ragtime and features the Alabama Song, made famous by Weill’s wife Lotte Lenya (pictured). Tom talks to Kim Kowalke, President and CEO of the Kurt Weill Foundation and we hear archive recordings of Lotte Lenya and Kurt Weill himself.

More information: The Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny at The Royal Opera, London

Listen to Weill's Mahagonny in Opera on 3 on Saturday 14th March at 7.20pm 

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Service
Interviewed Guest Viktoria Mullova
Participant Sara Mohr-Pietsch

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  • Sat 7 Mar 2015 12:15

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