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Morton Feldman, My Life with Wagner

Tom Service presents this week's programme, including a feature on the American experimental composer Morton Feldman, and a review of conductor Christian Thielemann's book 'My Life with Wagner', which was first published in 2012 but has now been translated into English for the first time.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Christian Thielemann: ‘My Life with Wagner’

    Duration: 11:35

  • Soapbox: Andrew Carwood

    Duration: 04:43

  • Who was Morton Feldman?

    Duration: 18:12

  • Janice Kerbel: Turner Prize nominee

    Duration: 07:00

Christian Thielemann: ‘My Life with Wagner’

Christian Thielemann: ‘My Life with Wagner’

The German conductor Christian Thielemann is well known for his interpretations of Wagner’s operas. Announced earlier this year as Music Director at Bayreuth, he gives his insights into conducting Richard Wagner in his book, “My Life with Wagner”. Originally published in German in 2012, it charts the course of an obsession that began as a child, in a new translation by Anthea Bell.  Tom reviews the book with critics Hugh Canning and Shirley Apthorp.

More information:
Christian Thielemann One-to-One interview on Music Matters
Christian Thielemann: My Life with Wagner

Soapbox: Andrew Carwood

Soapbox: Andrew Carwood

We begin our new Soapbox series with leading figures from the world of music.  Musicians, arts leaders, educators and commentators – all will be stepping onto the Music Matters Soapbox to give their personal opinions on aspects of today’s classical music world.

This week, Andrew Carwood, Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral in London, makes a plea for musical cultures to get connected.

Photo © Dmitri Gutjahr

Who was Morton Feldman?

Who was Morton Feldman?

A portrait of the 20th century composer Morton Feldman, the man and his uniquely epic yet intimate music, from those who knew him and perform his demanding scores.  The composer Kevin Volans, the conductor Richard Bernas, and the pianist John Tilbury give their perspectives on this influential American composer, and we hear from the man himself from the BBC archive.

More information:
London Sinfonietta’s performance of Feldman’s For Samuel Beckett
Hear & Now on Radio 3, 14th November

Photo © Leo Smit

Janice Kerbel: Turner Prize nominee for DOUG

Janice Kerbel: Turner Prize nominee for DOUG

Music Matters talks to the London-based Canadian artist Janice Kerbel about her musical work DOUG, a performance art piece that has been nominated for the 2015 Turner Prize, and which will be exhibited at Tramway, Glasgow, until January. 

More information:
Turner Prize 2015 artists: Janice Kerbel

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Service
Interviewed Guest Alan Gilbert
Interviewed Guest Matthias Pintscher

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