In Tune Highlights

In Tune Highlights


Highlights from BBC Radio 3’s In Tune - featuring interviews with guests from the world of music and the arts. In Tune is presented by Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein.


'I remember trying to steal Rostropovich's spike out of his cello' - Daniel Hope  

Picks from across the week on In Tune with Sean Rafferty: violinist Daniel Hope, conductor Marin Alsop, choral director David Skinner and violinist Min Kym. Plus a jazzy little encore courtesy of choral group Voces 8.

'If you wanna be more than a virtuoso, first you have to BE a virtuoso' Murray Perahia quoting Vladimir Horowitz  

Top picks from across the week on In Tune, including pianist Murray Perahia, Oliver Mears and Antonio Pappano from the Royal Opera House, and crime novelist Donna Leon. Plus pianist Joseph Middleton who was recently nominated for two Royal Philharmonic Society Awards with soprano Mary Bevan, and finally folk musicians Kathryn Tickell and Amy Thatcher from Radio 3's Uproot Festival in Hull.

'Beethoven 5 is so great and so popular that it's weirdly underrated' - Joshua Bell  

Picks from the week including Melvyn Tan and Dan Newell.

Banging the drum for In Tune with the Yamato Drummers of Japan  

Picks from across the week on In Tune with Suzy Klein: folk musician Eliza Carthy on receiving her MBE, the multitalented Christian Lindberg, actor Carole Boyd (of Archers fame), and the Yamato Drummers of Japan.

'It touches me so deeply, I can't find the right words' Vladimir Ashkenazy on Elgar  

Picks from across the week on In Tune including Vladimir Ashkenazy, saxophonist Courtney Pine, baritone Christopher Purves, klezmer band She'Koyokh, and pianolist Rex Lawson.

'By singing they recovered their hope' - Jordi Savall  

Picks from the week including Leif Ove Andsnes, Errollyn Wallen, Adrian Brendel, Joanna MacGregor and David Harsent.

'Opera is about dilemma, not about plot' - Thomas Hampson  

Picks from across the week on In Tune with Sean Rafferty: opera singers Thomas Hampson, Michael Fabiano and Tara Erraught, pianist Alexandra Dariescu, and a duo from Welsh folk band 9Bach. Plus highlights from Sean's trip to the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, for the 'Madonnas and Miracles' exhibition.

'It's inconceivable that I would pass a day without large infusions of music' Simon Callow  

Picks from across the week on In Tune including piano legend John Lill; trumpet virtuoso Alison Balsom; folk trio Leveret; and violinist Patricia Kopatchinskaja; plus the unmistakable voice of the actor, writer and director Simon Callow.

'Benjamin Britten's folk song arrangements just didn't sound right...' - Shirley Collins  

Picks from the week on In Tune, including folk legend Shirley Collins, pianist Llyr Williams, singers Jacqui Dankworth and Charlie Wood, and organist Stephen Farr.

Sergeant John Tomlinson whips the Radio 3 choir into shape...  

Picks from the week on In Tune, featuring bass Sir John Tomlinson; cellist Alisa Weilerstein; folk musicians Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp and Nathanial Mann; pianist Martin James Bartlett; and tenor Michael Spyers.

'Listening to Bach just sorts you out' Rachel Podger  

Picks from across the week on In Tune, including mezzo-soprano Jamie Barton, harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, guitarist Derek Gripper, organist and choir director Robert Quinney, baroque violinist Rachel Podger and last but not least the Canadian bass-baritone Gerald Finley.

'Music is a bridge between different nations and cultures and religions' - Anne-Sophie Mutter  

Sean Rafferty talks to violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter, conductor Marin Alsop and pianists Mitsuko Uchida, the Labèque sisters and Tamara Stefanovich with Pierre-Laurent Aimard.

'We're having an extraordinary amount of fun already' - Sir Simon Rattle on working with the LSO  

Picks of the week, featuring conductor Simon Rattle, tenor Vittorio Grigolo, actor John Standing, and soprano Mhairi Lawson.

'All we can do as artists is come together and say 'This is a vision of unity'' Renée Fleming  

Highlights from the week on In Tune including opera star Renée Fleming on her new CD which includes her take on Björk, composer Mark-Anthony Turnage on his latest piece for Simon Rattle. Film music expert and all round musical genius Neil Brand gives us his take on the musicals ahead of his new BBC 4 series. Harvey and the Wallbangers bring some close harmony magic to the proceedings as they return with a new line up after 30 years out of the limelight. Jonathan Cohen, conductor of Arcangelo, talks baroque and about his new CD with counter tenor Iestyn Davies. Classical Opera round off with a snippet from their epic Mozart series with performance from soprano Gemma Summerfield, bass-baritone Ashley Riches and Ian Page on piano.

'Webern should make you smile just like Schubert does' - Edward Gardner  

Picks from the first week of In Tune in 2017, in which BBC Radio 3 celebrated the Second Viennese School as part of 'Breaking Free', its year-long focus on Revolutions. Suzy talks to conductor Edward Gardner, Max Baillie and Sebastian van Kuijk of Aurora Orchestra, and folk musician Ange Hardy. Plus actor Kelly Price and baroque specialist Peter McCarthy talk about All the Angels, Nick Drake's play about Handel's Messiah.

'We have played in night clubs...a few medieval drinking songs, music based on drum and bass' BLOCK4, the recorder quartet  

Sean Rafferty with guests from across the week on In Tune, including harpsichordist and director Trevor Pinnock, folk duo Hannah Sanders and Ben Savage, the Doric String Quartet, The King's Men (close harmony group of choral scholars from King's College Cambridge) with composer and Radio 3 presenter Michael Berkeley on his commission for Nine Lessons and Carols, and BLOCK4 the recorder quartet from BBC Classical Introducing.

In Tune heads to Outer Space (via Cornwall)  

Picks from the week with Sean Rafferty and Suzy Klein, including highlights from our trip to Cornwall. Featuring Will Gregory, Ian Jones, The Changing Room, Sally Beamish, George Fenton, Charles Hazlewood and Christian Zacharias.

'The only way I could achieve this was by running away' - Sir Peter Wright on becoming a dancer  

Picks from the week including Hilary Hahn, Sophie Raworth, and Alistair McGowan.

'Despair is our biggest enemy' Joyce DiDonato  

Sean Rafferty with highlights from across the week on In Tune. American opera star, Joyce DiDonato, came in to talk about her new disc and why she is so passionate about it, Jools Holland was in the studio telling us about his duets al fresco with birds on the Kent marshes, conductors Rumon Gamba and Scott Dunn on why Richard Rodney Bennett was such a special composer, and the home-grown talent that is mezzo-soprano Sarah Connolly gave us some Britten along with Joseph Middleton on piano.

'I think we should be more concerned about the next generation of audiences' - Thomas Hampson  

Picks from the week on In Tune with Sean Rafferty: film composer Hans Zimmer, baritone Thomas Hampson, harpist Ailie Robertson, opera director Oliver Mears and choral director Robert Hollingworth.

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