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This Classical Life

Jess Gillam with... Kaapo Ijas

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Finnish conductor Kaapo Ijas's tracks include Sibelius and Radiohead.

Finnish conductor Kaapo Ijas's tracks include Sibelius, the Sibelius Academy Big Band and Radiohead.

Finnish conductor Kaapo Ijas's tracks include Sibelius, the Sibelius Academy Big Band and Radiohead.

Here's the music we played today...

Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances, 1st movement

Kurt Weill - The Ballad of Mack the Knife (Threepenny Opera)

Sibelius - Symphony No.4, 3rd movement

Jutta Rahmel/Sibelius Academy Folk Big Band - Levoton sydän

Anders Hillborg - Violin Concerto No.2

Falla - 7 Canciones populares españolas (arr. Mischa Maisky)

Radiohead - Everything in its right place

Nico Muhly - Motion

Private Passions

Mike Brearley

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Michael Berkeley’s guest is former England cricket captain Mike Brearley.

Mike Brearley, one of the most successful cricket captains of all time, talks to Michael Berkeley about the music that inspires him and about his second career as a psychoanalyst.

Mike Brearley, the former England cricket captain, talks to Michael Berkeley about the wide range of classical music that inspires him.

Mike is one of the most successful cricket captains of all time, winning 17 tests for England and losing only four. No one who follows the game will forget the so-called ‘miracle’ of the 1981 Ashes: recalled as captain, Mike galvanised the demoralised team in one of the greatest-ever feats of sporting psychology - and led England to an astonishing 3-1 series victory.

The Australian fast bowler Rodney Hogg famously described Mike as having ‘a degree in people’ – and that’s particularly appropriate as he’s gone on to have a long and successful second career as a psychoanalyst, as well as writing a series of books and working as a cricket journalist.

Mike talks to Michael Berkeley about the close engagement he has with music – he listens with the same intensity and concentration he brought to test cricket and that he brings to his work as a psychoanalyst.

He chooses music by Bach, Monteverdi, and Tchaikovsky, and a Mozart sonata that reminds him of his father, also a first-class cricketer.

Mike is drawn to the complexity and darkness of music written by Beethoven and by Schubert at the very end of their lives and to an opera by Harrison Birtwistle that he finds challenging and difficult but ultimately enlightening.

Producer: Jane Greenwood

A Loftus Media production for BBC Radio 3

The Early Music Show

Vincenzo Galilei

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Hannah French and Zak Ozmo explore the life & work of 16thC lutenist Vincenzo Galilei

Hannah French and Zak Ozmo explore the life and work of the extraordinary 16th-century lutenist, music theorist and composer Vincenzo Galilei, who was born around 500 years ago.

Hannah French and Zak Ozmo explore the life and work of the extraordinary 16th-century Italian lutenist, music theorist and composer Vincenzo Galilei, who was born around 500 years ago.

Galilei was a hugely important figure in the musical life of the late Renaissance - a polymath, who studied the science of music as well as performing it, and was clearly an enormous inspiration for his son - the astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei. Some scholars credit him with directing the activity of his son away from pure, abstract mathematics and towards experimentation using mathematical quantitative description of the results. And Zak Ozmo says there is a case for regarding him as the father of Baroque music, pre-empting the work of Monteverdi and possibly influencing JS Bach to compose the Well-Tempered Clavier over a century later.

We also hear from Acoustic Engineer, Professor Trevor Cox, who looks at the practical experiments Galilei carried out to see if Pythagoras's theories about string lengths in musical instruments were correct.

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Paul Gambaccini recalls The Stax Volt Tour of 1967, which brought soul greats to Europe.

Paul Gambaccini recalls The Stax Volt Tour of 1967 which brought to Europe soul greats Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and Booker T and the MGs.

Paul Gambaccini recalls The Stax Volt Tour of 1967 which brought to Europe soul greats Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, and Booker T and the MGs.

A Sugar production for BBC Radio 4.

Music Life

The science behind the perfect hit with Becky Hill, MNEK, Ella Eyre and Frances

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Is there a formula for writing the perfect hit?

Becky Hill, MNEK, Ella Eyre and Frances discuss whether there is a formula for writing the perfect hit song.

This week Music Life gets crazy about pop with host Becky Hill, who asks MNEK, Ella Eyre and Frances all about their signature styles, if there's a formula for writing the perfect hit, and when songs don’t turn out as expected.

Becky was a finalist on the first series of The Voice UK, and has since gone on to achieve global Pop stardom, working with the likes of Rudimental, MNEK, Little Simz, Jonas Blue, Jax Jones, Sigala and many more. An album is finally expected next year.

Former Music Life guest MNEK is a Grammy Award-winning singer, songwriter and record producer. He has written and produced for some of the biggest artists around the world, including Beyonce, Christina Aguilera, HER and Dua Lipa, and he’s amassed over 1 billion streams. Frances is a singer-songwriter and producer. She’s been releasing her own music since 2015, and has written and produced for the likes of Katy Perry, Dua Lipa and Meghan Trainor. And Ella Eyre is an award-winning British/Jamaican/Maltese singer-songwriter, who rose to fame back in 2013 when her collaboration with Rudimental topped the UK chart. Since releasing her debut album, Feline, back in 2015, she has toured with the likes of Olly Murs, Little Mix and the Script, and has worked with everyone from Ty Dolla $ign, Yxng Bane, and Kiana Ledé to Meghan Trainor and French Montana.

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Classical Fix

Marie Davidson

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Guest presenter Jules Buckley mixes a classical playlist for musician Marie Davidson.

Guest presenter Jules Buckley stands in for Clemmie Burton-Hill and mixes a classical playlist for his music-loving guest. This week, Jules is joined by musician Marie Davidson.

Guest presenter Jules Buckley stands in for Clemmie Burton-Hill in a new series of Classical fix, mixing bespoke classical playlists for music-loving guests. This week, Jules is joined by musician and producer Marie Davidson.

Marie's playlist:

Franz Liszt: Three Concert Studies: no.3 ‘Un sospiro’

Ellen Fullman: Blue Tunnel Fields

Robert Schumann: Wehmut (from Liederkreis, arranged by Reinbert de Leeuw)

Missy Mazzoli: Death Valley Junction

Alonso Lobo: Versa set in luctum

Percy Grainger: Shallow Brown

Classical Fix is a podcast aimed at opening up the world of classical music to anyone who fancies giving it a go. Jules Buckley is a Grammy-winning conductor, arranger and composer who pushes the boundaries of almost all musical genres by placing them in an orchestral context, and has earned himself a reputation as a 'pioneering genre alchemist' and 'agitator of musical convention'. He leads two of the world’s most versatile and in-demand orchestras - the Heritage Orchestra and the Metropole Orkest - and over the past nine years he has been responsible for some of the most groundbreaking BBC Proms, including the Ibiza Prom, 1Xtra's Grime Symphony, The Songs of Scott Walker, Jacob Collier and Friends, and tributes to Quincy Jones, Nina Simone and Charles Mingus. In 2019, Jules joined the BBC Symphony Orchestra as Creative Artist in Association.

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John Aiziewood investigates the phenomenon known as 'prog rock'.

John Aiziewood investigates the phenomenon known as 'prog rock'. With Keith Emerson, Rick Wakeman and Fish.

John Aizlewood examines the oft derided genre of Progressive Rock, a catch all term for a variety of bands from Pink Floyd to Yes to Hawkwind to Jethro Tull. He talks to Floyd's David Gilmour, Rick Wakeman of Yes and Keith Emerson, and ponders the subtle difference between 'Prog' and 'Progressive', before asking the difficult question - was any of it any good?

Jazz Library

Bud Shank

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Alyn Shipton profiles the late saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank.

Alyn Shipton profiles saxophonist and flautist Bud Shank, and features an interview from 1992 in which he talks about his main musical influence - tenorist Stan Getz.

Bud Shank was one of the major figures in West Coast Jazz before his death in April 2009. To commemorate Bud and his music, Alyn Shipton selects Shank's key recordings, with the help of a 1992 archive interview with the man himself, covering his work with Stan Kenton, Shorty Rogers, the LA Four and many of his own groups.

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Jazz Library

Dave Liebman

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Saxophonist Dave Liebman joins Alyn Shipton to choose highlights of his recordings.

Saxophonist and erstwhile Miles Davis colleague Dave Liebman joins Alyn Shipton in front of an audience at Cheltenham Town Hall to select highlights of his recordings.

Dave Liebman came to fame as the saxophonist in Miles Davis's 1970s band, but he has had a formidable career since the 1980s as a bandleader in his own right, often specialising on the soprano instrument, but also returning to the his first love, the tenor. He joins Alyn Shipton in front of an audience at Cheltenham Town Hall to select the highlights of his recordings.

In this Jazz Library, Dave Liebman, who was the Cheltenham Jazz Festival's artist in residence in 2009, joins Alyn Shipton to look back over his extensive catalogue of recordings, including free solo improvisations, reinterpretations of classical music, tributes to John Coltrane and interpretations of standards. A virtuoso musician who is also a leader in the world of jazz education, Liebman shows his mastery in a variety of settings from playing completely unaccompanied to working with a full-scale big band.

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The Hidden Henry

Henry The Scholar

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Dr Steven Gunn and Dr Andrea Clarke explore the intellectual life of Henry VIII.

Steven Gunn and Andre Clarke pore over Henry VIII’s books, maps and letters exploring his intellectual life. From 2009.

At the British Library Steven Gunn and Andre Clarke pore over his books, maps and letters which reveal a man of keen, curious and disputatious intellect.

The second of five programmes marking the 500th anniversary of the coronation of Henry VIII. Speaking fluent Latin and the author of four books, Henry wasn't a boorish, uncultured tyrant. He was one of the most educated of our monarchs, a Renaissance Man. The historian Dr Steven Gunn from Merton College, Oxford and Dr Andrea Clarke, Curator of the 'Henry VIII: Man and Monarch ' exhibition at the British Library, present us with the unexpectedly studious side of Henry. There is in his psalter, a portrait of him reading, and the young Henry was well versed in poetry, music and religious discourse. He was keen to be seen as a philosopher king, and the notes in the margins of his books reveal how closely he read, and his intellectual striving. His love letters to Anne Boleyn, show a man with a vast vocabulary and a keen sense of amour courtois. We hear too from Prof James Carley, who has catalogued Henry VIII's books - and he had several thousand. And it was his collection of books which is at the centre of what became the British Library.

The Hidden Henry

Henry The Father

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Susan Doran and Henry VIII's biographer, Lucy Wooding, explore Henry's role as father.

Susan Doran and Lucy Wooding explore Henry VIII's role as a father and how ambition affected his private life. From 2009.

In the third of five programmes marking the 500th anniversary of the coronation of Henry VIII, Tudor historian Dr Susan Doran, and Lucy Wooding, author of the most recent biography, consider what is was like to have Henry as your father. Looking at letters, books, gifts and portraits they discuss how he seems to have been closest to his illegitamate son; he humiliated his daughter Mary, and Elizabeth's fear of commitment, even her bearing are due to her contact with him. Henry's children lived in fear of their terrifying father and yet modelled themselves on him.

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Germaine Greer presents a profile of eccentric 1970s rock icon Frank Zappa.

4 Extra Debut. Germaine Greer remembers the eclectic musician and activist who died in 1993. With Zappa's family and friends. From October 2006.

Germaine Greer presents a profile of Frank Zappa, the 1970s icon of eccentric rock whose range of work included serious orchestral composition, film-making and social activism, particularly in the field of anti-censorship.

Contributors include Gail Zappa, son Dweezil, guitarist Steve Vai, family friend and author Peter Occhiogrosso and David Butcher, chief executive of the Britten Sinfonia.

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Finance guru Alvin Hall charts the rise of rap music entrepreneur Jay-Z.

Finance guru Alvin Hall charts the rise rap music entrepreneurJay-Z - a man who has become a brand in his own right.

Ten years ago rap superstar Jay-Z was struggling to get a record deal after being spurned by every major label - so he started his own. A decade on, with 20 million CD sales under his belt, he is now a major music industry player, and currently reigns as president of the legendary Def Jam records.

He built on his success with lucrative sidelines in the fashion industry, a chain of bars, his own brand of vodka, and is also part-owner of a professional basketball team. Now some of America's biggest brands are hiring him in hope his business savvy can help them, too.

Finance guru Alvin Hall meets Shawn Carter a.k.a Jay-Z for an in-depth discussion charting the birth of his business empire and rise from the notorious Marcy Projects in Brooklyn to C.E.O’s office, revealing the story of a man who has become a brand in his own right.

This programme was originally broadcast on BBC Radio 4 on December 2, 2006.

Presenter: Alvin Hall

Producer: Richard Fenton-Smith

Editor: Tony Phillips

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This episode focuses on 1978.

This episode focuses on 1978, with archive and musical hits of the time to provide an enthralling and entertaining potted history of Northern Ireland.

Pop Goes Northern Ireland blends news footage, archive and the musical hits of the time to provide an enthralling and entertaining potted history of Northern Ireland dealing with our difficult recent past in a way that is entertaining, informative, fresh and accessible to all.

This episode focuses on 1978. The IRA are feeling the squeeze as secretary of state Roy Mason continues with a 'military solution' to the conflict. However, although the IRA are a diminished force they still carry out terrorist atrocities. Their increasing using of incendiary devices results in the deaths of 12 people in the La Mon hotel in February.

Amnesty International reports concerns about the abuse of suspects in police custody. The government continues to refuse to treat republican prisoners differently than 'ordinary' criminals. This leads to conflict in the prisons and the start of the 'Dirty Protest' by republican prisoners demanding the restoration of 'special category status’.

One More TUNE

Beabadoobee

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Beabadoobee shares tunes that inspired her 90s indie-pop sound.

Indie rock star Bea Kristi - aka Beabadoobee - joins Kerr Okan to pick the tunes that have inspired her sound, from indie legends Pavement to Filipino folk group APO Hiking Society.

Filipino Londoner Beabadoobee joins Kerr Okan for a round of One More TUNE, choosing the songs that inspired her to pick up her guitar aged 17 and write her first song, Coffee, which later became a massive viral hit on Tik Tok with Canadian rapper Powfu.

Through picking the tunes that have shaped her journey from her roots in the Philippines, to getting kicked out of school in London, to the DIY 90s pop that first inspired her to write, Bea shares the songs and the stories that led to her becoming one of the UK’s most exciting new rock stars.

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St Magnus Festival

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Tom Service visits the St Magnus International Festival.

Presented by Tom Service. As the St Magnus International Festival celebrates its first 40 years, Tom visits Orkney's annual midsummer celebration of music and the arts.

Presented by Tom Service.

As the St Magnus International Festival celebrates its first 40 years, Tom Service takes Music Matters on the road to Orkney's annual midsummer celebration of music and the arts founded by the late Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Including a discussion about the role of rural arts festivals in their local communities, with St Magnus artistic director Alasdair Nicolson, music critic Kate Molleson, chief executive of the Hebrides Ensemble, Jennifer Martin, and composer and educationalist Stephen Deazley.

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Saturday Classics

Bridget Kendall

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Bridget Kendall presents the music that has accompanied her through her global BBC career.

Journalist Bridget Kendall presents some of the music that accompanied her in her BBC careeer. With Shostakovich, Gershwin, Shchedrin, Bernstein, Villa-Lobos and Appalachian folk.

As Diplomatic Correspondent Bridget Kendall prepares to leave the BBC after more than three decades she looks back at her global postings and presents the music that accompanied her through them.

From Shostakovich, Gershwin and Shchedrin in Moscow, where she reported on the fall of the Soviet Union, to Bernstein, Villa Lobos and the Appalachian folk music she experienced for the first time whilst Washington Correspondent in the mid-nineties. Plus music from Cambridge, where she grew up and is now returning to as the first female master of Peterhouse College.

The Voices of...

Series 1 Annie Briggs

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An intimate portrait of the iconic but elusive English folksinger Annie Briggs.

4 Extra Debut. The iconic, but elusive, English folksinger Annie Briggs talks to Alan Hall about her role in the 60s folk revival. From 2016.

An intimate portrait of the iconic but elusive English folksinger Annie Briggs.

Annie Briggs was a leading figure in the English folk revival of the early 1960s, inspiring Bert Jansch (famously, in Blackwater Side), Sandy Denny, The Watersons and many more. But she was a restless spirit, travelling through the British Isles and Ireland, finding songs and living close to the earth.

As Sandy Denny depicted her in The Pond and the Stream:

Annie wanders on the land.

She loves the freedom of the air.

She finds a friend in ev'ry place she goes.

There's always a face she knows.

I wish that I was there.

And so she remains, now a grandmother living by the water in the west of Scotland. She's always resolutely resisted celebrity and commercial success, withdrawing from the folk scene in the early 1970s, but her legacy - her voice and her attitude - continue to inspire and to carry a link to life as it was once lived in 'the imagined village'.

Annie talks to Alan Hall about childhood holidays singing along with the waves, writing songs while living on a beach in west Ireland, her garden and the wildlife that she shares it with, and the ballad tradition she discovered as a teenager and that she 'belongs to'.

Producer: Alan Hall

A Falling Tree production for BBC Radio 4 first broadcast in September 2016.

Saturday Classics

James Rhodes

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James Rhodes with favourite recordings, including Grigory Sokolov and Jean-Marc Luisada.

James Rhodes presents favourite recordings, including pianists Grigory Sokolov and Jean-Marc Luisada. Plus performances by inspiring amateurs as part of BBC Get Playing.

James Rhodes presents another selection of his favourite recordings, including performances by pianists Jorge Bolet, Grigory Sokolov and Jean-Marc Luisada, and symphonic works by Tchaikovsky and Mozart.

As part of BBC Get Playing he also introduces specially recorded performances by some inspiring amateur pianists and talks to them about the impact music making has on their lives.

Private Passions

Daniel Libeskind

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Michael Berkeley's guest is renowned architect Daniel Libeskind.

Michael Berkeley's guest is architect Daniel Libeskind, who oversaw the rebuilding of the World Trade Center in New York. His choices include works by Perotin, Saariaho and Bach.

On this, the 15th anniversary of 9/11, Michael Berkeley's guest is Daniel Libeskind, a world-renowned architect, known for concert halls, opera sets, museums, hotels and universities.

In 2003 Libeskind won an international competition to produce an overarching vision for buildings which would stand on the site of the Twin Towers. That vision is now almost complete, and includes a memorial to those who were killed in the attacks. He's called his plan "a site of memory, a healing of New York". Daniel Libeskind had already made his reputation with buildings that symbolised and preserved tragic histories, such as the Jewish Museum in Berlin, and the German Military Museum in Dresden.

In Private Passions, he talks to Michael Berkeley about the day he first visited the site and climbed down into the crater left in the earth. He says that experience changed his life - he began to hear the voices of the dead. He talks about how he decided this should be a "sacred site", and that the footprint of the twin towers should never be built on. He reveals his concept of a light memorial to the dead, created by using shafts of light filtered through the spaces between skyscrapers. The sun strikes the ground at exactly the same times as the planes hit the towers.

Daniel Libeskind is extraordinarily musical; in fact, a gifted accordionist, he was something of a musical prodigy. He decided to follow architecture instead, but is still inspired by music. His music choices include Renée Fleming singing "Amazing Grace", Perotin; the contemporary Finnish composer Saariaho, and Mark Padmore singing Bach's Cantata for the 16th Sunday after Trinity - so the right cantata for 11 September 2016.

Produced by Elizabeth Burke

A Loftus production for BBC Radio 3.

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