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Sakari Oramo on Sibelius

Conductor Sakari Oramo talks about Sibelius, Phelim McDermott discusses Verdi's Aida, and Paul Driver and Frances Wilson debate the legacy of music critic Ernest Newman.

Presented by Tom Service

Tom talks to Sakari Oramo, Chief Conductor of the BBC Symphony Orchestra, as they embark on a cycle of Sibelius's symphonies at the Barbican Centre in London.

Inside rehearsals for a new production of Verdi's Aida at English National Opera, Tom meets the director Phelim McDermott - who's known for his work with Philip Glass and sees Verdi's opera as a partner piece for Glass's Egyptian-themed opera Akhnaten - and the conductor Keri-Lynn Wilson.

The critic Paul Driver and music writer and teacher Frances Wilson discuss the role of music criticism today, as a new biography of Ernest Newman, the most celebrated critic in early 20th-century Britain, comes out.

And organ builder and restorer Martin Renshaw talks about his crusade, including a conference in London this weekend, to save church organs across the UK, which are falling into disrepair or are being sold abroad.

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45 minutes

Chapters

  • Sakari Oramo on Sibelius

    Duration: 15:06

  • Ernest Newman & Music Criticism - Paul Driver and Frances Wilson

    Duration: 11:24

  • Aida at ENO - Phelim McDermott and Keri-Lynn Wilson

    Duration: 09:46

  • Unwanted Organs

    Duration: 06:18

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Tom Service
Interviewed Guest Sakari Oramo
Interviewed Guest Phelim McDermott
Interviewed Guest Keri-Lynn Wilson
Interviewed Guest Paul Driver
Interviewed Guest Frances Wilson
Producer Juan Carlos Jaramillo

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