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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.

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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.

    Amit Chaudhuri | Author and Indian Classical Singer

    Amit Chaudhuri | Author and Indian Classical Singer

    Author 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 Blues
    Ustad Dilshad Khan: Raga Todi
    Kishori Amonkar: Raga Shuddh Kalyan – Khyal In Drut Teental
    Pandit Bhimsen Joshi: Sun Surat Rangili
    Vishmadev Chatterjee: Bamana De Bata
    Beethoven: 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
     
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    • 41 min
    Edith Bowman | DJ and Broadcaster

    Edith Bowman | DJ and Broadcaster

    We speak to DJ, broadcaster and presenter Edith Bowman about her fanatical love of film music and the scores that have shaped who she is today. A former Radio 1 DJ, Bowman has spent the last few years presenting the Soundtracking podcast, in which she talks to directors, actors and composers about the use of music in their films.


    She tells us about the origins of this podcast and the musical discoveries she’s made through it, the scores she returns to time and time again, and the opportunities lockdown has afforded to independent cinema.


    Recordings featured:
    ‘Hand Covers Bruise’ from The Social Network (Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross)
    ‘Just Us’ from Soul (Trent Reznor and Atticus)
    ‘Welcome to Lunar Industries’ from Moon (Clint Mansell)
    ‘Bathroom Dance’ from Joker (Hildur Guðnadóttir)
    ‘Cavatina’ from The Deer Hunter (John Williams)
    ‘The Way of the Ghost’ from Ghost of Tsushima (Ilan Eshkeri)
     
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    • 48 min
    Music to my Ears Season 3 | Trailer

    Music to my Ears Season 3 | Trailer

    Introducing the third season of the Music to my Ears podcast, where we sit down with artists, musicians, broadcasters and writers to find out about the music that has made them who they are today. This season, we hear from guests including DJ Edith Bowman, who tells us about the power of watching films with live orchestras; musician Como Sheldrake, who describes the process of recording the sounds of nature with ultra-high sensitive microphones; and cellist Julian Lloyd Webber, who shared stories of his bohemian musical upbringing alongside his brother Andrew.
     
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    Paul Morley | Journalist

    Paul Morley | Journalist

    In this week's episode of the Music to my Ears podcast, we speak to Paul Morley, the pop journalist and musician and, more recently, classical music devotee . 
    Brought up in Stockport, Paul cut his teeth in music journalism in Manchester. He then went on to write for the New Musical Express, where he rapidly became one of the paper’s most respected critics, leading to regular appearances on radio and TV.


    In 1983, Morley and producer Trevor Horn founded ZTT Records, which soon hit both the top of the charts and the headlines with the release of Frankie Goes to Hollywood’s Welcome to the Pleasuredome album. In the same year, they also formed the group The Art of Noise, which had a string of hits including a cover of Prince’s Kiss, featuring Tom Jones.
    In more recent years, however, Paul has turned his attention towards classical music, and in 2010 took part in a BBC Four documentary called The Art of Composing, which saw him study at the Royal Academy of Music for a year. In 2020, he charted his developing interest in a new book called A Sound Mind: How I Fell In Love with Classical Music, which has now been published by Bloomsbury.
    Paul talked to BBC Music Magazine’s deputy editor Jeremy Pound over Zoom during the second period of lockdown in England, and told him how, from his pop and rock background, he gradually fell under classical music’s spell.


    Recordings featured:
    Brian Eno: Fullness of Wind (Variation on Pachelbel's Canon in D)
    Debussy: Pelléas et Mélisande: 'Je les tiens dans le mains'
    London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle
    LSO Live LSO0790
    Shostakovich: String Quartet No. 2: I. Overture
    Borodin Quartet
    Decca 4834159
    Janáček: Words Fail
     
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    • 36 min
    Caroline Shaw | Composer

    Caroline Shaw | Composer

    In this week's episode of the Music to my Ears podcast, we talk to the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, violinist and producer Caroline Shaw about the music that underscores her day-to-day life and how she balances the various facets of her fascinating career. Orange, her album of string quartets recorded and performed by the Attacca Quartet, was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award earlier this year. Freya Parr spoke to Caroline over Zoom from her home in Amherst, Massachusetts.


    Recordings featured:
    Verdi: La Traviata ‘Dite alle giovine’ ­– Anna Netrebko, Vienna Philharmonic/Carlo Rizzi (DG 475933)
    Tune-Yards: Water Fountain
    Bach: Partita No. 2: V. Chaconne (Itzhak Perlman (violin) – Warner Classics 2564612981
    Bach: Brandenburg Concerto (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) (Erato 5615522)
    The Bangles: Eternal Flame
     
     
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    • 27 min
    Vasily Petrenko | Conductor

    Vasily Petrenko | Conductor

    This week, reviews editor Michael Beek sits down with the Russian-British conductor Vasily Petrenko. Vasily recently said farewell as chief conductor of the Oslo Philharmonic and is about to embark on final season as chief conductor of the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.
    Speaking from his father’s home in St. Petersburg, Vasily talks about returning to the condtuctor’s podium after months in lockdown, saying goodbye to the RLPO and his new appointment with the Royal Philharmonic in 2021.


    Recordings featured:
    Bernstein: West Side Story – Mambo (New York Philharmonic/Leonard Bernstein)
    JS Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I – Prelude No. 1 in C major (Sviatoslav Richter, piano)
    Sounds of Nature
    Beethoven: Grosse Fuge in B flat major, Op. 133 (arr. string orchestra) (Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Peter Oundjian)
     
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