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Ann Murray, Stalin's Music Prize

Petroc Trelawny talks to the mezzo-soprano Ann Murray, reviews a new book about musical culture in Stalin's Soviet Union, and Julian Lloyd Webber is on the Music Matters Soapbox.

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  • Ann Murray

    Duration: 21:45

  • Soapbox: Julian Lloyd Webber

    Duration: 04:25

  • Stalin’s Music Prize

    Duration: 15:52

Ann Murray

Ann Murray

Petroc Trelawny talks to the Irish mezzo-soprano Ann Murray about her musical upbringing and career in the world’s leading opera houses and recital halls. Acclaimed for her roles in the operas of Handel, Mozart and Strauss, Murray has developed particularly close relationships with the Royal Opera, the English National Opera and the Bavarian State Opera. Her passion for storytelling through song began with an invitation to join Graham Johnson’s Songmaker’s Almanac in the 1970s, and has more recently led to a partnership with the pianist Malcolm Martineau. Murray has also maintained close links with her homeland through the support of young singers at Dublin's Opera Theatre Company, and she performs at London’s Wigmore Hall in April as part of a week-long festival commemorating the centenary of the Easter Rising.

More information:
Ann Murray masterclass at Wigmore Hall
Irish Culture in Britain: A Centenary Celebration, at Wigmore Hall
Ann’s concert at Wigmore Hall will be broadcast in Radio 3 in Concert on 21st April.

Photo © Frances Marshall

Soapbox: Julian Lloyd Webber

Soapbox: Julian Lloyd Webber

The British cellist Julian Lloyd Webber is principal of the Birmingham Conservatoire and a passionate advocate for the role of music and musical education in our society. In the latest Music Matters Soapbox, he presents a powerful argument against the ‘scourge’ of background music.

Let us know what you think about the issues raised on the Soapbox - email

More information:
Music Matters Soapbox Collection
Julian Lloyd Webber

Stalin’s Music Prize

Stalin’s Music Prize

Stalin's Music Prize is a new book by the Russian music expert Marina Frolova-Walker, which aims to shed new light on musical, cultural and political life in Stalin's Soviet Union. Using recently declassified sources which show Stalin’s personal role in a bureaucratic and often controversial decision making process, Frolova-Walker explores the annual prizes which were awarded to composers and musicians from 1940-1954 to represent the best in Soviet Culture. Petroc talks to the author, and is joined to review the book by the writer, broadcaster and former BBC Moscow correspondent, Martin Sixsmith, and Christina Guillaumier from the Centre for Russian Music at Goldsmiths, University of London.

More information:
Stalin’s Music Prize from Yale Books
Saturday Classics: Julian Barnes on Music and Power


Role Contributor
Presenter Petroc Trelawny
Interviewed Guest Ann Murray
Interviewed Guest Marina Frolova-Walker
Interviewed Guest Martin Sixsmith
Interviewed Guest Christina Guillaumier
Interviewed Guest Julian Lloyd Webber


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