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Rethink music with The Listening Service. Tom Service presents a journey of imagination and insight, exploring how music works

The Listening Service BBC Radio 3

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Rethink music with The Listening Service. Tom Service presents a journey of imagination and insight, exploring how music works

    Kurt Weill and The Threepenny Opera

    Kurt Weill and The Threepenny Opera

    Tom Service takes a musical dive into the decadent sound world of Bertolt Brecht and Kurt Weill's epoque-making The Threepenny Opera.

    • 29 min
    Steve Reich's Different Trains: Minimalism and Memory

    Steve Reich's Different Trains: Minimalism and Memory

    Tom explores Steve Reich’s 1988 work Different Trains, its use of sampling and speech melodies, and its evocation of the Holocaust. Our witness is the author and journalist Jonathan Freedland.

    Producer: Ruth Thomson

    • 29 min
    The Hebrides Overture: Mendelssohn's melodious cave

    The Hebrides Overture: Mendelssohn's melodious cave

    Tom Service explores the story behind the very first orchestral tone poem and one of the best-loved pieces in classical music: Mendelssohn's Hebrides Overture. Cave expert Prof Stuart Jeffrey shares his insights into Fingal's cave (which inspired Mendelssohn to write his overture), from its many famous visitors over the years to its extraordinary - and sometimes disconcerting - acoustic.

    • 29 min
    Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams - musical time travel

    Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis by Vaughan Williams - musical time travel

    Tom Service experiences musical time travel as he listens to "Fantasia on a Theme of Thomas Tallis" by Ralph Vaughan Williams, with its magical interplay of ancient and modern. And film music expert Neil Brand examines how this and other classical adagios have been used to great effect in Hollywood blockbusters.

    • 29 min
    Musical Ecstasy

    Musical Ecstasy

    Tom Service explores musical ecstasy from techno to classical, dissecting 'Ecstasio' by the British composer Thomas Ades and talking to the Dutch composer and DJ Junkie XL

    • 29 min
    Stormy Weather

    Stormy Weather

    Tom Service explores how and why storms and extreme weather events have inspired classical composers from Beethoven to Britten. With meteorologist, space physicist, and double bass player Dr Karen Aplin.

    Producer: Ruth Thomson

    • 29 min

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