BBC Music Magazine’s brand new podcast, Music to my Ears, features a series of interviews with well-known classical musicians and composers about their musical passions and discoveries. Subscribe wherever you get your podcasts to ensure you never miss an episode.
Cosmo Sheldrake | Musician, composer and producer
43:53This week, we chat to the multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer Cosmo Sheldrake from his home in Dorset. True to form, he recorded his side of the conversation outdoors in the countryside, so there are quite a few birds and woodland creatures keeping us company throughout this episode. He explains how he records the most intimate, low-level sounds of animals, fungi, rain and even tree sap, and how he goes about recontextualising them in his music. He also tells us all about his musical childhood with his mother, who was trained in Mongolian overtone chanting and who had previously lived and travelled with the pioneering electronic composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.Links:Entangled Life by Merlin Sheldrake https://www.amazon.co.uk/Entangled-Life-Worlds-Change-Futures/dp/B084T51RCY/The Mystic Spiral: Journey of the Soul by Jill Purce https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mystic-Spiral-Journey-Soul-Imagination/dp/0500810052Excavated Shellac: An Alternate History of the World’s Music by Dust to Digital https://dust-digital.com/pages/excavated-shellac-an-alternate-history-of-the-world-s-music-1907-1967-tracklistSmithsonian Folkways (ethnographic recordings and folk from around the world) https://folkways.si.edu/Listen to all the music featured in this episode on our Spotify playlist:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4ZoAZxQIlWVfH1dsiP5GAV?si=a1187808f9334992Music featured:Cuckoo Song (Cosmo Sheldrake, Wake Up Calls)Teo (Miles Davis, Sketches of Spain)Wriggle (Cosmo Sheldrake, The Much Much How How and I)Rich (Cosmo Sheldrake, Pelicans We) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Jakub Józef Orliński | Countertenor
44:48This week, we meet the star Polish countertenor Jakub Józef Orliński to discuss the laborious process of recording previously undiscovered works, his passion for breakdancing and the music he listens to while he’s on the move. He also tells us about why he believes the post-pandemic concert format works surprisingly well, and why he prefers listening to ambient music when he travels as opposed to music by the likes of Palestrina and Tallis. Listen to all the music featured in this episode on our Spotify playlist:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/7BIiAN1ge4UruD9bKO0VFb?si=1e27450900554e0fMusic featured:Victoria: O Magnum Mysterium (Choir of Westminster Cathedral/David Hill)Mozart: The Magic Flute (Geoffrey Mitchell Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra/Charles Mackerras)Hasse: Sanctus Petrus et Sancta Maria Magdalena (Jakub Józef Orliński, Il Pomo d’Oro/Maxim Emelyanychev)Handel: Rinaldo: Aria. Sibilar gli angui d’Aletto (Argante) (Christopher Purves, Arcangelo/Jonathan Cohen) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Peter Jablonski | Pianist
34:35Swedish pianist Peter Jablonski discusses his recent recording of music by Stanchinsky (out now on Ondine), discovering the music of Bacewicz and his downtime during the pandemic has seen him fall in love with the piano all over again.Recordings featured: Stanchinsky: Piano Sonata in E flat minor (Peter Jablonski)Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Yuri Boukoff, Orchestre de la Société des Concerts du Conservatoire/Ljubomir Romansky)Liszt: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Martha Argerich , LSO/Claudio Abbado)Chopin: Mazurka, Op. 6 No. 4 (Peter Jablonski)Bacewicz: Children’s Suite – VII: Gavotte (Morta Grigaliūnaitė) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Hannah Rankin | Boxer and Bassoonist
32:11Reviews editor Michael Beek sits down for a chat with Hannah Rankin. The professional boxer and classically trained bassoonist discusses dividing her time between the worlds of sport and music, choosing the perfect ‘walk-out’ music for when she enters the ring and some of her most cherished works to play and listen to.Recordings featured:Dukas: The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Philadelphia Orchestra/Leopold Stokowski)Bill Conti: Rocky – Gonna Fly Now (DeEtta Little, Nelson Pigford (vocals); Studio Orchestra/Bill Conti)Pierné: Solo de Concert, Op. 35 (Karen Geoghegan (bassoon), Philip Fisher (piano))Mozart: Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K 191 – Rondo (Stepan Turnovsky (bassoon); Vienna Mozart Academy/Johannes Wildner)Humperdinck: Hansel and Gretel – Overture (Philharmonia Orchestra/Charles Mackerras)Brahms: Hungarian Dances (Maxim Vengerov (violin), Vag Papian (piano); Virtuosi/Mikhail Parhamovsky) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Julian Bliss | Clarinettist
48:45British clarinettist Julian Bliss has an extremely wide breadth of listening tastes, from heavy metal to core classical via jazz and funk. In this episode, he tells us about his passion for Rachmaninov and Oscar Petersen and why he thinks wind band music should be taken more seriously in the UK. He also reflects on the last year of lockdown and what it meant for his practice and approach to performance.Recordings featured:Stranger on the Shore (Acker Bilk)Tchaikovsky: Piano Concerto No. 1 (Martha Argerich, Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado)Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 2 (Alexandre Tharaud, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Alexander Vedernikov)The Masquerade is Over (Nancy Wilson and Cannonball Adderley)Eric Whitacre: EquusPuccini: Madama Butterfly (Maria Callas, Orchestra del Teatro alla Scala di Milano/Herbert von Karajan)Strauss: Eine Alpensinfonie (London Symphony Orchestra/Bernard Haitink)Glass: Etude No. 2 (Vikingur Olafsson)Invaders Must Die (The Prodigy) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Georgia Mann | BBC Radio 3 Broadcaster
38:47We speak to Radio 3 broadcaster and producer Georgia Mann, who recently took over the reins on the station’s morning programme, Essential Classics. She tells us all about the new musical discoveries she’s made so far in the job, her experiences of live music during lockdown, starting out as a singer in Gilbert & Sullivan musicals and how to be articulate live on radio when a performance blows you away.Recordings featured:Miles Davis: Lift to the ScaffoldTrad: Blow the wind southerly (Sheku Kanneh-Mason)Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 ‘Pathétique’ (Igor Levit)Peggy Granville-Hicks: Sinfonia Pacifica (Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra/Richard Mills)Ruth Gipps: Symphony No. 2 (BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Rumon Gamba)Hannah Peel: Sunrise Through the Dusty NebulaBach: Cello Suite No. 1: Prelude (Yo-Yo Ma)Rossini: The Barber of Seville – Largo et Factotum (Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Vittorio Gui & Sesto Bruscantini)Verdi: Requiem: Dies Irae (London Symphony Orchestra/Colin DavisElla Fitzgerald: Cheek to CheekSerge Gainsbourg: Les goemonsMozart: Laudate Dominum (Felicity Palmer, Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, The Wren Orchestra/George Guest) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Miloš Karadaglić | Guitarist
37:37The Montenegrin guitarist talks about falling in love with the guitar in Montenegro, ‘growing up’ in London, his favourite guitar to play, the healing power of Mozart and his latest album The Moon & The Forest.Recordings featured:Joby Talbot: Ink Dark Moon – Luminoso (Miloš Karadaglić)Howard Shore: The Forest (Miloš Karadaglić)Albéniz: Suite Española – Asturias (Andres Segovia)JS Bach: Suite No. 4 in E major BWV 1006a - Prelude (John Williams)Mahler: Symphony No. 5 - Finale (Vienna Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein)Mozart: String Quartet No. 2 in D major, K 155 (Armida Quartett) See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Octavia Bright and Héloïse Werner | Librettist and composer
1:05:19This week, we have the delightful composer-librettist duo Héloise Werner and Octavia Bright on the podcast. The pair worked together on a one-woman opera The Other Side of the Sea and spoke to us from their respective London homes at the end of the UK lockdown, discussing themes of grief and isolation, as well as the role music plays in their lives and the ever-changing emotional responses they’ve had to it over the last year. They also share stories of carnival music and the human compulsion to dance.Music featured:Héloïse Werner: Coronasolfège for 6 (The Gesualdo Six)Britten: Peter Grimes (Bergen Philharmonic/Edward Gardner)Mendelssohn: Violin Concerto (Yehudi Menuhin, Philharmonia Orchestra/Wilhelm Furtwängler)Mozart: Clarinet Concerto (Sabine Meyer, Berlin Philharmonic/Claudio Abbado)Bach: St Matthew Passion (Choir of King’s College, Cambridge/Stephen Cleobury)Bach: Violin Partita No. 3 in E (Christian Tetzlaff)Rebirth Brass Band: Do Whatcha WannaTeresa Cristina: Para Não Contrariar VocêBeverly Glenn-Copeland: Ever NewErrollyn Wallen: Concerto Grosso (Chineke! Orchestra/Anthony Parnther)Megan Thee Stallion: BodyBeyoncé: Sweet DreamsListen to all the music featured in this episode on our Spotify playlist:https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4JfJPzQGlqYTOxmuG3tZhn?si=1b5fcf5e26924b30 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Amit Chaudhuri | Author and Indian Classical Singer
41:40Author and Indian classical singer Amit Chaudhuri talks to BBC Music Magazine about his relationship with western and Indian classical music, the allegories and narratives that can be created within music and his experience of working as the librettist on Ravi Shankar’s opera Sukanya.His latest book, Finding the Raga: An Improvisation on Indian Music, was published recently by Faber, and is part memoir/part essay, focused on his enduring love for Indian classical music and the power of the voice.Music featured:Jimi Hendrix: Voodoo Chile BluesUstad Dilshad Khan: Raga TodiKishori Amonkar: Raga Shuddh Kalyan – Khyal In Drut TeentalPandit Bhimsen Joshi: Sun Surat RangiliVishmadev Chatterjee: Bamana De BataBeethoven: Symphony No. 7 (Berlin Philharmonic/Herbert von Karajan)Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 7 (Jonathan Biss)Ravi Shankar: Sukanya (London Philharmonic Orchestra/David Murphy)Listen to all the music featured in this episode on our Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/3j2hzTzleS7cTs6GdIyDwa?si=dfca6ff7b9354707 See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Julian Lloyd Webber | Cellist
44:36As he turns 70 years old, the cellist Julian Lloyd Webber tells us about his remarkable life in music, from growing up in one of Britain’s most famous musical families to performing on the world’s finest stages and his unending passion for helping to create tomorrow’s great players.Music featured: Shostakovich: Cello Concerto (Mstislav Rostropovich, Philadelphia Orchestra/Eugene Ormandy)Bernstein: Mambo (Simon Bolivar Youth Orchestra of Venezuela/Gustavo Dudamel)Elgar: Cello Concerto (Julian Lloyd Webber, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Yehudi Menuhin)Mozart: Symphony No. 40 (Academy of St Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner)Listen to all the music featured in this episode in our Spotify playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/66e9JwhBV5O8zYtbiamw06?si=YzaczmkxQi2M-MXiB3P7aw See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.