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Therese Oulton

Michael Berkeley's guest is Turner Prize-nominated artist Therese Oulton. Her musical choices include Britten, Shostakovich, Wagner, Brecht and Mary Lou Williams.

Thérèse Oulton burst on to the scene in 1984, fresh out of art school, with a highly-praised solo exhibition, which was followed three years later by a nomination for the Turner Prize.

From the very beginning she has challenged the orthodoxies of both abstract and figurative painting. And her recent highly detailed landscapes find beauty even in a damaged, fragile earth, evoking both familiarity and strangeness.

Her work is highly prized by collectors and is in major public collections around the world, including the Tate and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Thérèse talks to Michael Berkeley about her passion for Wagner, the physicality of music and painting, and the pleasure of listening to live music. Her music choices include Britten, Shostakovich, Wagner, Brecht and Mary Lou Williams - inspired by the time she spent waitressing at Ronnie Scott's as an art student.

Producer: Jane Greenwood
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

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34 minutes

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Sun 6 Nov 2016 12:00

Music Played

  • Benjamin Britten

    Elegy (Serenade for tenor, horn and strings)

    Performer: Radek Baborák. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Singer: Ian Bostridge.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and fugue in A major, Op.87 no.7

    Performer: Tatiana Nikolayeva.
  • Mary Lou Williams & Cecil Taylor

    Back to the blues

  • Richard Wagner

    Prelude: Das Rheingold

    Orchestra: Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
  • Kurt Weill

    Mack the Knife

    Singer: Bertolt Brecht.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Les Ressuscites et le chant de l'etoile Aldebaran (Des Canyons aux etoiles)

    Performer: Yvonne Loriod. Ensemble: Ensemble Ars Nova. Conductor: Marius Constant.
  • John Cage

    Sonatas XIV and XV (Gemini)

    Performer: Margaret Leng Tan.
  • Laura Cannell

    All the Land Ablaze

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