Donald's joined by composer and jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock .
Donald's joined by composer and jazz pianist Gwilym Simcock .
Donald Macleod delves into the character and music of Camille Saint-Saëns
Donald Macleod surveys the life and work of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov
Donald Macleod journeys through Christmas week in the company of Heinrich Schutz
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of George Gershwin
Donald Macleod journeys through the life of Felix Mendelssohn
Donald Macleod explores the operas of Jean-Phillipe Rameau
Donald Macleod delves into the life and work of Franz Liszt through five striking images
Donald Macleod and Oliver Soden explore Michael Tippett's life through his relationships
William Grant Still
Donald Macleod explores the life of African-American composer William Grant Still
Donald Macleod explores Max Bruch’s violin works
Johann Sebastian Bach
Donald Macleod travels alongside J S Bach as he moves between cities throughout his life
Donald Macleod visits Debbie Wiseman at home to discuss her long and varied career
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Hector Berlioz
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Astor Piazzolla through five key locations
Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Donald Macleod explores the music and mysterious life of Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber
Donald Macleod surveys the life and work of Francis Poulenc, a man full of contradictions
Donald Macleod explores the prolific life of Joseph Haydn, with a spotlight on his masses
Donald Macleod surveys the life, loves and music of Alban Berg
Handel, Messiah and Dublin
Donald Macleod tells the real story behind one of music's most popular masterpieces
Donald Macleod follows Amy Beach’s quest to create a uniquely American sound in her music
Donald Macleod surveys the life and music of Russian-born composer Igor Stravinsky
Donald Macleod explores Dmitry Shostakovich through the lens of his family life
England's Golden Age
Donald Macleod introduces six composers who flourished under the rule of Elizabeth I
Donald Macleod on Jacques Offenbach - maestro of the Cancan and much more besides.
Donald Macleod explores “the poet of the piano”, Fryderyk Chopin.
Donald Macleod tells the story of the loss - and later rediscovery - of CPE Bach’s music
Donald Macleod explores Carl Nielsen’s worldview through his music.
Donald Macleod talks to composer James MacMillan as he celebrates his 60th birthday
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Antonio Vivaldi.
Donald Macleod explores Edward Elgar’s music through the locations that inspired him.
Donald Macleod is joined by William Lyons to explore Guillaume Dufay's life and music.
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Franz Schubert.
Donald Macleod explores the music and life of Henry Purcell
Donald Macleod explores the music and life of Gustav Mahler through five key themes.
Donald Macleod explores the music of Sergei Prokofiev and the story of his American dream
Donald Macleod delves into the life and work of piano prodigy Muzio Clementi.
Donald Macleod talks to Sir Harrison Birtwistle about his life, inspiration and music
Donald Macleod explores the life, music and perseverance of Antonín Dvořák.
Donald Macleod journeys through some of the contrasting sides and work of Malcolm Arnold
Mary Lou Williams
Donald Macleod charts the life of composer & jazz pianist Mary Lou Williams
Donald Macleod illustrates Leos Janacek’s inner tensions through five key relationships
Donald Macleod surveys the life, music and quirks of Australian composer, Percy Grainger.
Donald Macleod explores the music of Johannes Brahms through his close relationships.
Donald Macleod delves into the international successes of Arcangelo Corelli.
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of George Walker, with his son Gregory
Ludwig van Beethoven: Why Beethoven?
Donald Macleod, Marin Alsop and Simon Schama discuss why Beethoven still matters today
Donald Macleod explores the myriad influences on the life’s work of Karol Szymanowski
Ludwig van Beethoven: Making a Man
Donald Macleod on Beethoven’s childhood clues that point to the great man he would become
Donald Macleod delves into the life and work of Samuel Wesley
Ludwig van Beethoven: Conversations with Friends
Donald Macleod and his guests discuss Beethoven’s early chamber music..
Donald Macleod looks at five themes in Monteverdi's life through the letters he wrote.
Ludwig van Beethoven: Making His Way
Donald Macleod follows Beethoven as he sets himself up in his new home of Vienna
Donald Macleod uncovers the story and prolific output of American composer Florence Price
Beethoven Unleashed: At Home
Donald Macleod uncovers some of Beethoven’s personal possessions at his home in Bonn.
Beethoven Unleashed: The Drawing Room Demon
Donald Macleod follows Beethoven’s progress as he seeks out wealthy Viennese patrons
Beethoven Unleashed: At the Keyboard
Pianist Jonathan Biss shares the wonder of Beethoven's piano sonatas with Donald Macleod.
Beethoven Unleashed: Fate
Donald Macleod continues his journey through the life of Ludwig van Beethoven.
Beethoven Unleashed: Beethoven and the Voice
Donald Macleod explores Beethoven’s vocal music with Iain Burnside and Simone Young
Beethoven Unleashed: New Pathways
Beethoven Unleashed: Return to Form
Donald Macleod explores the enduring power of Beethoven’s late string quartets
Beethoven Unleashed: Hero
Donald Macleod explores the triumphs, friends and foes of Beethoven’s ‘heroic’ phase.
Beethoven Unleashed: Private Papers
Donald Macleod examines Beethoven’s documents to see what they reveal about him
Holmes and Duparc
Donald Macleod explores the lives and music of Augusta Holmès and Henri Duparc.
Beethoven Unleashed: Restless Spirit
Donald Macleod follows Ludwig van Beethoven through the years 1807-1809.
Donald Macleod journeys through Johann Sebastian Bach’s relationship with the organ
Beethoven Unleashed: In His Own Words
Donald Macleod explores Ludwig van Beethoven's varied and rich correspondence.
Beethoven Unleashed: Creating the Myth
Donald Macleod follows Beethoven through the years 1810-1812
Beethoven Unleashed: How to Play Beethoven
Donald Macleod meets professional musicians to get the performer’s eye view of Beethoven
Donald Macleod delves into the life and career of the piano prodigy Marie Jaëll
Beethoven Unleashed: Phoenix Rising
Donald Macleod explores Beethoven's life and music through the years 1813-1815.
Beethoven Unleashed: Spirit of the Age
Donald Macleod is joined by five guests to explore Beethoven’s wider world.
Beethoven Unleashed: Withdrawal
Donald Macleod follows Ludwig van Beethoven through the years of 1816-1821
Kaija Saariaho (b 1952)
Donald Macleod talks to Kaija Saariaho about five contrasting aspects of her music.
Beethoven Unleashed: Piano Sonatas
Donald Macleod and pianist Angela Hewitt discuss 5 aspects Beethoven’s piano sonatas
Desmarets and Boismortier
Donald Macleod steps into the French baroque with Desmarets and Boismortier
Beethoven Unleashed: Titan
Donald Macleod explores Beethoven through the years 1822-1824
James Price Johnson
Donald Macleod explores the life of composer and pianist, James Price Johnson
Beethoven Unleashed: Freedom and Joy
Conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner, joins Donald Mcleod to discuss Beethoven’s symphonies
Beethoven Unleashed: Pain and Persistence
Donald Macleod reaches the final chapters of his year-long biography of Beethoven
George Benjamin (b 1960)
Donald Macleod is joined by Sir George Benjamin to discuss his musical influences
Beethoven Unleashed: In Perspective
Donald Macleod introduces personal highlights of his year-long celebration of Beethoven
Edvard Grieg (1843-1907)
Donald Macleod explores Grieg's music through the places from which he took inspiration
Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky (1840-1893)
Donald Macleod reflects on five aspects of Tchaikovsky
Joseph Martin Kraus (1756-1792)
Donald Macleod surveys the life and music of Joseph Martin Kraus
Franz Schubert (1797-1828)
Donald Macleod explores Schubert’s chamber music and the stories behind five key works
Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958)
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of Ralph Vaughan Williams
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756-1791)
Donald Macleod finds connections between Mozart’s operas and the composer’s own life
Felix Mendelssohn (1809-1847)
Donald Macleod focuses on the final five years of Mendelssohn’s life
Richard Strauss (1864-1949)
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of the young Richard Strauss
Ruth Gipps (1921-1999)
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of the English composer Ruth Gipps.
George Frideric Handel (1685-1759)
Donald Macleod looks at Handel’s life and work during the 1730s
Maurice Ravel (1875-1937)
Donald Macleod drops five pins on the map of Ravel’s life story
Donald Macleod surveys the string quartets of Joseph Haydn
Fryderyk Chopin (1810-1849)
Donald Macleod explores Chopin’s time in Britain
Erik Satie (1866-1925)
Donald Macleod explores five aspects of Satie
Aaron Copland (1900-1990)
Donald Macleod explores Aaron Copland’s most productive decade, the 1940s.
Robert Schumann (1810-1856)
Donald Macleod explores the life of Schumann and his most notable piano works
Gabriel Fauré (1845-1924)
Donald Macleod explores some of the many turning points in Gabriel Fauré’s career
Robert Simpson (1921-97)
Donald Macleod explores the life and work of Robert Simpson, in his centenary year
Pauline Viardot and her Circle
Donald Macleod explores the life and music of the multi-talented Pauline Viardot