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Mark Padmore

Michael Berkeley's guest is tenor Mark Padmore. His musical choices include Bach's Passions, plus John Cage, Ryan Wigglesworth and Nebojsa Zivkovic.

Over the last 20 years Mark Padmore has established a reputation as one of Britain's most outstanding tenors. His performances combine emotional power with intellectual rigour; and he's not afraid to take risks by appearing in challenging new productions. He travels the world performing repertoire that includes Schubert lieder, Handel and Harrison Birtwistle, and many leading contemporary composers have written pieces especially for his voice. What makes Mark Padmore especially fitting as an Easter guest for Private Passions is his mastery of the role of the Evangelist in Bach's St Matthew and St John Passions.

In Private Passions he talks to Michael Berkeley about why there is always something new to discover in Bach's Passions, and reflects on the extraordinary fact that Bach himself only heard the St John Passion four times. He reveals - and sings - his favourite, haunting lines of Schubert. He introduces us too to other composers whose work excites him; we hear songs by John Cage and Ryan Wigglesworth and an exuberant percussion piece by the Serbian composer Nebojsa Zivkovic. And Padmore confesses that if he hadn't been a singer, he would have liked to be ... a thatcher.

Produced by Elizabeth Burke
A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

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31 minutes

Last on

Sun 16 Apr 2017 12:00

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein (Johannespassion, BWV.245)

    Orchestra: Dunedin Players. Conductor: John Butt. Choir: Dunedin Consort.
  • Jacob Handl

    Ecce quomodo moritur justus

    Choir: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
  • John Cage

    Experiences no.2

    Performer: Robert Wyatt.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
  • Nebojša Jovan Živković

    Trio per uno, Op.27 III

    Performer: Fernando Meza. Performer: Benjamin Toth. Performer: Nebojša Jovan Živković.
  • Ryan Wigglesworth

    Augenlieder IV: Keep your eyes open

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Ryan Wigglesworth. Singer: Claire Booth.
  • Franz Schubert

    Der Winterabend

    Performer: Gerold Huber. Singer: Christian Gerhaher.
  • Mahalia Jackson

    Take My Hand Precious Lord

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