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Thomas Ostermeier

Michael Berkeley's guest is theatre director Thomas Ostermeier. His musical selection features 20th-century composers including Shostakovich, Bartok, John Adams and John Cage.

Michael Berkeley talks to the director Thomas Ostermeier about his musical passions.

Thomas is the outstanding German theatre director of his generation, known for his gritty realism, and for working with a close and consistent ensemble of actors. He's been a champion of young British playwrights such as Sarah Kane and Mark Ravenhill, as well as a radical interpreter of the classics.

In 1999 - at the age of only 32 - Thomas was made Director at Berlin's prestigious Schaubühne Theatre, and his productions are staged and celebrated world-wide. He was awarded a Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement at the 2011 Venice Biennale.

In London he's developed a close and productive relationship with The Barbican.

No one who has seen it will ever forget his celebrated production of Hamlet, a truly visceral experience, with blood, drunkenness and actors rolling around in - and even eating - the soil that covered the stage.

Thomas chooses music by 20th-century composers including Shostakovich, Bartok, John Adams, and John Cage and he talks to Michael about his passion for Shakespeare, how he chooses music for his productions, and how difficult it is to get his actors to keep their clothes on.

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

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34 minutes

Last on

Sun 2 Apr 2017 12:00

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    String Quartet No.15, Op.144 (1st mvt: Elegy: Adagio)

    Ensemble: Brodsky Quartet.
  • Béla Bartók

    Piano Concerto no.1 (1st mvt: Allegro moderato)

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman. Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
  • The Stooges

    I Wanna Be Your Dog

    Ensemble: The Stooges.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Rosary Sonata No 16 in G minor (Passacaglia)

    Performer: Rachel Podger.
  • John Cage

    6 Melodies (no.1: Rubato)

    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Performer: Naoko Yoshino.
  • Luciano Berio

    Sequenza VIII

    Performer: Jasper Wood.
  • John Adams

    Road Movies (no.1: Relaxed Groove)

    Performer: Leila Josefowicz. Performer: John Novacek.

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