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James Rhodes, Monteverdi and the Genesis Suite

An interview with pianist James Rhodes. Also, Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses in a new ROH production; and the Genesis Suite, a piece by composers exiled in America during WWII.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to pianist James Rhodes about his latest book 'Fire on All Sides', a journal in which he candidly discusses the challenges of touring as a performing musician and its impact on mental health, a topic close to him. Also, a new production by the Royal Opera House of Monteverdi's The Return of Ulysses - we visit the site at London's Roundhouse and discuss the production with baritone Roderick Williams, who takes the title role, as well as with director John Fulljames and conductor Christian Curnyn. Also, we talk to Gerard McBurney who's producing a rare performance by the London Symphony Orchestra, under Simon Rattle, of the Genesis Suite, a collaboration between seven European composers exiled in the USA during the Second World War, including Stravinsky and Schoenberg. And Planet Harmonik, a project seen outside Indonesia for the first time, featuring traditional gamelan music inspired by the Pythagorean theory of Music of the Spheres.

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44 minutes

Chapters

  • James Rhodes

    Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to pianist James Rhodes about his latest book 'Fire on All Sides.

    Duration: 14:56

  • The Return of Ulysses

    We discuss the production with Roderick Williams, John Fulljames and Christian Curnyn.

    Duration: 12:04

  • Genesis Suite

    We talk to Gerard McBurney on producing a performance by the LSO of the Genesis Suite.

    Duration: 12:45

  • Aloysius Suwardi/Planet Harmonik

    Traditional gamelan music inspired by the Pythagorean theory of Music of the Spheres.

    Duration: 03:53

Credits

Role Contributor
Presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch
Interviewed Guest Roderick Williams
Interviewed Guest Gerard McBurney
Interviewed Guest James Rhodes

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