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BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Week is a guide to composers and their music. The podcast is compiled from the week's programmes and published on Friday, it is only available in the UK.

BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Week is a guide to composers and their music. The podcast is compiled from the week's programmes and published on Friday, it is only available in the UK.

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London, United Kingdom

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BBC

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BBC Radio 3's Composer Of The Week is a guide to composers and their music. The podcast is compiled from the week's programmes and published on Friday, it is only available in the UK.

Language:

English


Episodes

Composer of the Week: Beethoven Unleashed: Restless Spirit: Moving Homes

7/14/2020
Donald Macleod explores Beethoven through the years 1807-1809

Duration:01:00:00

Composer of the Week: Beethoven Unleashed: Restless Spirit: Frustrated Ambitions

7/13/2020
Donald Macleod explores Beethoven through the years 1807-1809

Duration:01:00:00

Holmes and Duparc

7/10/2020
Donald Macleod and Anastasia Belina explore the lives and music of Augusta Holmès and Henri Duparc. Imagine creating a grand spectacle that demands 1,200 performers, along with the most lavish sets and costumes. You might think that the figure behind such an extraordinary achievement would have staked a claim on immortality, yet despite achieving considerable fame in her own lifetime, this is not the fate that befell Augusta Holmès. Over the passage of time her name has disappeared into...

Duration:01:20:12

Composer of the Week: Holmes and Duparc: When the music stops

7/10/2020
Donald Macleod explores the music of Duparc and Holmès with Duparc's La vie antérieure.

Duration:01:00:00

Composer of the Week: Holmes and Duparc: France’s muse

7/9/2020
Donald Macleod explores the music of Duparc and Holmès with a rarely heard chamber work.

Duration:01:00:00

Composer of the Week: Holmes and Duparc: A time of conflict

7/8/2020
Donald Macleod explores the music of Duparc and Holmès.

Duration:01:00:00

Composer of the Week: Holmes and Duparc: A composer in the making

7/7/2020
Donald Macleod explores the music of Duparc and Holmès. Today, lessons with Cèsar Franck.

Duration:01:00:00

Beethoven Unleashed: Private Papers

7/3/2020
Donald Macleod explores Beethoven’s sketches and letters to see what they reveal about his life and music. This week Donald Macleod is joined by Beethoven scholar, Erica Buurman and biographer, Jan Swafford to investigate some the many documents and papers that Beethoven left behind after his death, which are now scattered in archives and collections across the world. Donald and his guests explore high-quality, digital facsimiles of Beethoven’s most personal records including his letters,...

Duration:01:31:22

Beethoven Unleashed: Hero

6/19/2020
Donald Macleod explores the triumphs, friends and foes of Beethoven’s ‘heroic’ phase. This week, Donald Macleod follows Ludwig van Beethoven through the years of 1804-1806; the beginning of what many commentators have called his ‘heroic’ phase. Having weathered a profound psychological crisis, triggered by his failing hearing, Beethoven now throws himself into his composing with renewed energy and strength of spirit. However, that same passionate nature also leads to frequent conflicts....

Duration:01:22:34

Beethoven Unleashed: Return to Form

6/5/2020
Donald Macleod explores the enduring power, pathos and innovation of Beethoven’s late string quartets with guests Laura Tunbridge and Edward Dusinberre. Just two years before he died, Beethoven returned to an old treasured form, the string quartet. The five quartets he ended up writing would come to be his final major works, and would change the paradigm beyond recognition. Though dismissed by audiences in their day, their composition is now considered a pivotal moment not only in...

Duration:01:34:35

Beethoven Unleashed: New Pathways

5/22/2020
Donald Macleod continues his journey through the life of Ludwig van Beethoven. In this week’s episode, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the momentous years of 1802 and 1803. It was a time that saw remarkable developments in Beethoven’s creativity as he pursued a self-declared ‘new path’ for his music. He undertook his most ambitious works yet, pouring his whole self into his art. At the same time his personal life was reaching a crisis point that would plunge him to the...

Duration:01:17:50

Beethoven Unleashed: Beethoven and the Voice

5/8/2020
Donald Macleod explores Beethoven’s vocal music with Iain Burnside and Simone Young. In this week’s episode, Donald Macleod and his guests discuss some personal favourites from Beethoven's vocal music, taking in the giants of choral repertory like the Missa Solemnis and the ninth symphony, his opera Fidelio and orchestral vocal music, as well as relishing the astonishing variety of his song-writing, from the song cycle An die Ferne Geliebte and the most profoundly moving vocal masterpieces,...

Duration:01:21:42

Beethoven Unleashed: Fate

4/24/2020
Donald Macleod continues his journey through the life of Ludwig van Beethoven. In this week’s episode, Donald Macleod traces Beethoven’s story through the years 1799-1801. As he reaches his thirtieth birthday, we see Beethoven finally emerging as a mature composer and beginning to produce the enduring works that will mark him out as one of the great artists of his age. But there are clouds on the horizon too, and we see the first intimations of a serious problem with his hearing. Composer of...

Duration:01:07:59

Beethoven Unleashed: At the Keyboard

4/10/2020
Pianist Jonathan Biss shares the wonder of Beethoven's piano sonatas with Donald Macleod. Recorded at the piano, in the Angela Burgess Recital Hall at the Royal Academy of Music in London, Jonathan shares his life-long passion for Beethoven with Donald. As they talk, he demonstrates how and why Beethoven's piano sonatas advanced the genre far beyond anything that anyone had ever achieved previously. As they talk we will gain a performer's perspective of Beethoven's developmental trajectory....

Duration:01:52:07

Beethoven Unleashed: The Drawing Room Demon

3/27/2020
Donald Macleod follows Beethoven’s progress as he seeks out wealthy Viennese patrons for his music. This week, Donald Macleod follows Beethoven through the years 1796-99, as the young composer learns to negotiate the privileged and moneyed circles of Vienna’s culture-loving aristocracy. Few can resist his extraordinary charisma as a virtuoso pianist but will he also be able to persuade them of his talents as a composer? In this episode, Beethoven undertakes his first international tour,...

Duration:01:18:20

Beethoven Unleashed: At Home

3/13/2020
Donald Macleod and Erica Buurman examine some of Beethoven’s personal possessions at the Beethoven-Haus in Bonn. This week, Donald Macleod takes us to Beethoven’s home town of Bonn and the Beethoven-Haus museum which now occupies the building where he was born. Donald is joined by Erica Buurman, director of the Ira F. Brilliant Center for Beethoven Studies, and together they explore some of the everyday objects and household artefacts owned by the composer to see what they can tell us about...

Duration:01:41:16

Florence Price

3/6/2020
Donald Macleod uncovers the story and prolific output of American composer Florence Price. Florence Price became a highly successful classical composer, organist, pianist and teacher of music during the twentieth century in America. She was the first African-American woman to be recognised as a composer of symphonic music, and also the first African-American woman to have her works performed by one of the world’s leading orchestras. In collaboration with the Arts and Humanities Research...

Duration:01:06:40

Ludwig van Beethoven: Making His Way

2/28/2020
Donald Macleod follows Beethoven as he sets himself up in his new home of Vienna. All through 2020, Donald Macleod takes an unprecedented deep dive into the compelling story and extraordinary music of Ludwig van Beethoven. In this uniquely ambitious series, told across 125 episodes of Composer of the Week, Donald puts us inside Beethoven’s world and explores his hopes, struggles and perseverance in all the colourful detail this amazing narrative deserves. Alongside this in-depth biography,...

Duration:01:13:26

Claudio Monteverdi

2/21/2020
Donald Macleod looks at five themes in Claudio Monteverdi's life through the letters he wrote. Claudio Monteverdi’s compositions range from the secular to the sacred. He is a composer whose work spans the Renaissance and Baroque periods of musical history, and is known as a pioneer of the development of opera in Italy throughout the early 17th century. Throughout the week, Donald looks at five themes in Monteverdi’s life through the letters he wrote. Using Denis Stevens’ translations from...

Duration:01:09:22

Ludwig van Beethoven: Conversations with Friends

2/14/2020
Donald Macleod is joined by Raphael Wallfisch and Sara Bitlloch to discuss Beethoven’s early chamber music. All through 2020, Donald Macleod takes an unprecedented deep dive into the compelling story and extraordinary music of Ludwig van Beethoven. In this uniquely ambitious series, told across 125 episodes of Composer of the Week, Donald puts us inside Beethoven’s world and explores his hopes, struggles and perseverance in all the colourful detail this amazing narrative deserves. Alongside...

Duration:01:10:27