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Music Matters

Kristjan Jarvi, Viola Tunnard and Sally Beamish

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch. Including interviews with conductor Kristjan Jarvi and composer Sally Beamish, plus a tribute to forgotten pianist Viola Tunnard.

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Sally Beamish
Interviewed Guest:
Steuart Bedford
Interviewed Guest:
Roger Vignoles
Interviewed Guest:
Kristjan Jarvi

Duration: 1 hour, 50 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Haydn's sacred oratorio The Creation (Die Schopfung) performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and Chorus conducted by Sir Colin Davis at the Barbican in London. Show more

Contributors

Director:
David Stevens
Executive Producer:
Peter Maniura

Music Matters

John Cage in letters

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores the letters of composer John Cage, visits a new house inspired by the music of Satie, and previews a rare new production of an opera by Hartmann. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Laura Kuhn
Interviewed Guest:
Pauline Oliveros
Interviewed Guest:
Peter Dickinson
Main John Cage image:
Getty Images
Small John Cage image:
James Klosty
Vex House image:
Chance de Silva
Simplicius Simplicissimus rehearsal image:
Max Lacome

Music Matters

Grace Bumbry, Audra McDonald, Bill Fontana

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to two American singers - the opera icon Grace Bumbry and the Broadway star Audra McDonald. Plus the sound artist Bill Fontana at the Aldeburgh Festival. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Grace Bumbry
Interviewed Guest:
Audra McDonald
Interviewed Guest:
Bill Fontana

Music Matters

At home with Maurizio Pollini

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Sara Mohr-Pietsch travels to Milan to interview celebrated Italian pianist Maurizio Pollini. Plus pianist Nicolas Hodges, and the centenary of harpsichordist George Malcolm. Show more

Music Matters

Music on the Catalonia crisis; Book on Creative Brain; our musical lives on the internet; and Uri CaineDD

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Sara Mohr-Pietsch on music in the Catalonia crisis; also a new book about creativity and the brain; what the internet tells us about our musical lives; and the composer Uri Caine. Show more

Music Matters

Pianist Jeremy Denk

Duration: 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Sara Mohr-Pietsch talks to pianist Jeremy Denk. A discussion on casting diversity in opera today. Artist Setsuko Ono on how Cage's music inspires her. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Jeremy Denk
Interviewed Guest:
Setsuko Ono
Main Image (c) Mark Allan:
Mark Allan

Music Matters

Andreas Haefliger, Monastic Music

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Sara Mohr-Pietsch is in conversation with German-born Swiss pianist Andreas Haefliger. Plus a focus on the musical life of a monastery. Show more

Music Matters

Gerald Finley and Tamara Stefanovich

Duration: 44 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Sara Mohr-Pietsch meets the baritone Gerald Finley and pianist Tamara Stefanovich, and Kate Molleson explores Scots dialect in song. Show more

Music Matters

BBC Opera Season: Dame Felicity Palmer, Annilese Miskimmon, cutting edge opera

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Sara Mohr-Pietsch asks: 'What is the future of opera?' She speaks to Dame Felicity Palmer and discovers some of the most exciting projects pushing opera right to its limits. Show more

Music Matters

Music on the move

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato talks to Sara Mohr-Pietsch about her work with El Sistema in Greece. Plus other musical responses to the refugee crisis around Europe. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Joyce DiDonato
Interviewed Guest:
Dee Isaacs
Interviewed Guest:
Nigel Osborne
Interviewed Guest:
Raven Chacon
Interviewed Guest:
Helen Phelan
Interviewed Guest:
Toner Quinn

BBC Proms

2008

Prom 38: Barenboim and West-Eastern Divan

Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Daniel Barenboim conducts the West-Eastern Divan Orchestra in a performance of Haydn's Sinfonia Concertante, Schoenberg's Variations for Orchestra and Brahms's Symphony Number 4. Show more

Music Matters

Viktoria Mullova, Female Composers, Equality and Diversity in Classical Music, Weill's Mahagonny

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Tom Service talks to the violinist Viktoria Mullova, and Sara Mohr-Pietsch asks why there are still so few female composers represented at the highest level. Plus Weill's Mahagonny. Show more

BBC Proms

2017

Dvorak and Bartok

Duration: 2 hours

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Bartok's Second Piano Concerto and Dvorak's Eighth Symphony are in the spotlight. The concert opens with Sinfonia (for Orbiting Spheres) by young American composer Missy Mazzoli. Show more

Music Matters

Monteverdi 450: Monteverdi the Radical

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Sara Mohr-Pietsch marks the 450th anniversary of the birth of Monteverdi with an investigation into his life and music, exploring what made him a modernist and a radical. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
John Eliot Gardiner
Interviewed Guest:
Ottavio Dantone
Interviewed Guest:
Ellen Rosand
Interviewed Guest:
Justine Rapaccioli

BBC Proms

2016

CBSO Plays Tchaikovsky

Duration: 1 hour, 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

The City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra perform Tchaikovsky's Fourth Symphony, Mozart's overture to The Magic Flute and a new piece by Hans Abrahamsen, 'let me tell you'. Show more

Music Matters

Spirit of Bach

Duration: 45 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Radio 3Latest broadcast: on BBC Radio 3

Available for over a year

Sara Mohr-Pietsch explores what lies beneath Bach's music with pianists Angela Hewitt and Gabriela Montero, conductor Steven Devine, physicist Tara Shears and cellist David Watkin. Show more

Contributors

Interviewed Guest:
Steven Devine
Interviewed Guest:
Tara Shears
Interviewed Guest:
Marcus Sautoy
Interviewed Guest:
Matt Herskowitz
Interviewed Guest:
Gabriela Montero
Interviewed Guest:
David Watkin