Classical music, arts and culture (Updated November 2017; image)
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The Radio 3 Documentary
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Exploring different aspects of history, science, philosophy and the arts.
 
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Arts and Ideas
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The best of BBC Radio 3's flagship arts and ideas programme Free Thinking - featuring in-depth interviews and debates with artists, scientists and public figures.
 
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The Essay
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Leading writers on arts, history, philosophy, science, religion and beyond, themed across a week - insight, opinion and intellectual surprise
 
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Composer of the Week
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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.
 
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The Early Music Show
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An exploration of early music, looking at early developments in musical performance and composition both in Britain and abroad
 
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Sound of Cinema
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Series of programmes exploring film music
 
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The Verb
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Radio 3's cabaret of the word, featuring the best poetry, new writing and performance
 
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Music Matters
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The stories that matter, the people that matter, the music that matters
 
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Private Passions
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Guests from all walks of life discuss their musical loves and hates, and talk about the influence music has had on their lives
 
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Late Junction Sessions
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Unique studio sessions bringing together musicians who have never recorded together before to create spontaneous new hybrid music. From BBC Radio 3.
 
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My Essential Classics
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Discover classical music loved by celebrated guests from all walks of life. To hear the music in full go to BBC Playlister.
 
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Between the Ears
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Celebrating 20 years of innovative and thought-provoking features that make adventurous use of sound and explore a wide variety of subjects. Made by leading radio producers
 
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In Tune Highlights
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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.
 
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The Choir - The Choral Interview
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Sara Mohr-Pietsch interviews performers about their choral passions. The Choir programme broadcasts every Sunday at 4pm, exploring all things choral, with performances and...
 
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The Proms Podcast
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Composer and comedian Vikki Stone unbuttons the BBC Proms and asks the questions everyone else is afraid to ask.
 
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The Radio 3 Documentary
 
Ian Sansom attempts to resurrect the spirit of poet Vladimir Mayakovsky
 
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Private Passions
 
As part of Radio 3's coverage of the London Jazz Festival, Michael Berkeley talks to the saxophonist and bass clarinettist John Surman, who over a career of dizzying versatility that spans more than fifty years, has shown us just how many different ways jazz can be made. Surman's hundreds of recordings include solos with synthesizers, saxophone ...…
 
Karl Marx's penultimate journey was as a corpse in a coffin being trundled up the very steep hill of Highgate to what should have been his last resting place - a three-guinea plot in Highgate's East Cemetery - in March 1883, buried alongside his wife Jenny von Westphalen. The next year a memorial procession to his grave was turned away, but eve ...…
 
Presented by Tom Service.Tom meets the celebrated conductor Bernard Haitink who talks about how conducting is a strange profession, the differences between his many orchestras and despite 6 decades at the very top of his game admits he still gets nervous before rehearsals. He also shows Tom round his treasured wall of composer letters and autog ...…
 
Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond.Writer, composer and silent movie accompanist Neil Brand weighs up propaganda versus artistic invention in the re-enactment of the Revolution at the heart of Eisenstein's classic fil ...…
 
Ian McMillan explores the language of the 'unseen' in film, drama, song and poetry. Film director Mark Cousins considers the moment when the 'unseen' becomes the 'seen' in film and photography, Isobel Rogers performs songs which satirise 'selfie' culture, writer Glen Neath takes us behind the scenes of the drama 'Seance' - staged in a dark ship ...…
 
Stories of objects, ghosts and histories lost and found recorded on location in Portsmouth's most haunted house, the site of a sacrifice in Canterbury and at the TfL Lost Luggage Office. Presenter Matthew Sweet meets academics taking part in Being Human which showcases research from universities around the UK.How can the reflections of a warrio ...…
 
Donald and Marina Frolova-Walker look at the lives and masterpieces of the musicians.
 
Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond. Political commentator and historian Tariq Ali recalls a tour of Constructivist Moscow in the 1980s that introduced him to the work of revolutionary architect Moisei Ginzburg.Part of ...…
 
Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond. Ceramicist Claire Curneen tells the strange story of the Imperial Porcelain Factory in Petrograd that was renamed the State Porcelain Factory in 1917. She examines two dinner plates ...…
 
BBC Head of News, James Harding, offers his verdict of a new stage version of Network, starring Bryan Cranston. Philosopher, Gloria Origgi, considers the importance of reputation in the digital age. Plus, presenter Rana Mitter meets with the 'father of Virtual Reality', Jaron Lanier. Jaron Lanier's books include You Are Not a Gadget, Who Owns t ...…
 
‘There are three urgent and indeed great problems that we face today… that is the problem of racism, the problem of poverty and the problem of war.’The words of Martin Luther King in 1967 when he visited Newcastle upon Tyne to receive an honorary degree. Words that underlie a discussion about poetry and protest which features in the festival ma ...…
 
Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond. Poet and biographer Elaine Feinstein compares the impact of the Revolution on the contrasting lives of the two great poets, Anna Akhmatova and Marina Tsvetaeva. Part of Breaking Fre ...…
 
Highlights from the week, including Russian musicians Semyon Bychkov and Yevgeny Sudbin.
 
Marin Alsop on the moment she decided she wanted to be a conductor, after encountering/watching Leonard Bernstein as a 9 year old at a Young Persons Concert. This week’s podcast also includes conversations with two great musical partnerships; the French pianist Louis Lortie and violinst Augustin Dumay, as well as the pianist Inon Barnatan and t ...…
 
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The Essay
 
Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond. Musicologist Tamsin Alexander considers the music of Alexander Mosolov, which was inspired by the industrial sounds of the newly forged Soviet Union, and who was the only composer t ...…
 
Lucie Skeaping introduces music from the court of Catherine the Great in Russia. We hear how the Queen, despite having personally little interest in music, but aware of its cultural importance, brought Italian composers to St. Petersburg as she wanted to position Russia as a cultural powerhouse to compete with their European neighbours in the w ...…
 
Author Boris Akunin and broadcaster and writer Zinovy Zinik in conversation with Anne McElvoy, recorded with an audience at Pushkin House.Pushkin House has commissioned a pavilion on Bloomsbury Square in London from the architect and artist Alexander Brodsky, titled '101st km - Further and Everywhere', as part of the Bloomsbury Festival. Anne v ...…
 
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The Essay
 
Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond. Academic and art historian Christina Lodder describes the work and influence of visionary sculptor Vladimir Tatlin, whose major revolutionary design would never be realised.Part of ...…
 
Simon Sebag Montefiore is a prizewinning writer whose books return again and again to Russia. His latest novel is Red Sky at Noon, the last of his Moscow Trilogy, following Sashenka and One Night in Winter. His most recent history, The Romanovs 1613-1918, tells the story of twenty tsars and tsarinas, some touched by genius, some by madness. It' ...…
 
Patrick McGuinness discusses Brancusi's war memorial, the Endless Column in Romania
 
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Between the Ears
 
'Hey man, you're living my dream...!'The cry rings out once, twice a day from people who catch sight of the shanty boat as it wends its way down the back waters of the USA. Hand built out of reclaimed redwood by artist, anarchist, and surprisingly practical river boat captain, Wes Modes - his aura is that of a modern day Huck Finn, his ships ma ...…
 
Matthew Sweet reflects on the impact of the Russian Revolution and music for Soviet film as part of the "Breaking Free" season, with scores for Battleship Potemkin, Alexander Nevsky, War and Peace, and The New Babylon.Lenin declared "that of all the arts the important for us is the cinema" recognising the propaganda potential that it offered an ...…
 
Presented by Tom Service. Part of Radio 3's Breaking Free: A Century of Russian Culture. Tom meets Teodor Currentzis, the controversial Greek-born, Russian-nationalised conductor who has revolutionised musical life in the city of Perm, near the Ural Mountains on the edge of Siberia. Currentzis reveals how he and his period instrument ensemble, ...…
 
What does it mean to live a Stoic life in 2017? With the current resurgence of interest in Stoic ideas,, The Verb investigates.Helping Ian is the philosopher Angie Hobbs, technology writer Tom Chatfield, Coralie Bickford Smith, Ned Boulting and John Osborne.Producer: Faith Lawrence.
 
Donald and Marina Frolova-Walker look at the lives and masterpieces of the musicians.
 
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The Essay
 
Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond. Director and writer Richard Eyre appraises the impact of the Russian Revolution on the life and career of theatre director Vsevolod Meyerhold. Initially, an enthusiast for the Bolsh ...…
 
"The greatest documentary of all time"? Michael Nyman, Alexei Popogrebsky, Ian Christie and Larushka Ivan-Zadeh join Matthew Sweet to discuss Dziga Vertov's 1929 film, Man with a Movie Camera, which was voted top of a poll conducted by Sight and Sound Magazine. Vertov's film is a kind of cinematic symphony of urban life in the Soviet Union. It ...…
 
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Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond. Former ballerina Deborah Bull looks at the impact of Nijinsky's revolutionary ballet, The Rite of Spring, which in dance terms, pre-empted the events of October 1917 by several year ...…
 
Nobel prize winner Svetlana Alexeivich on the Soviet Woman's Stories of World War II and why they did not want them published; Stephen Kotkin with Volume II of his biograph of Joseph Stalin explores the bloody creation of a Soviet State capable of standing up to hostile global countries. Ran Mitter talks to them about their top down/bottom up h ...…
 
Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond. 100 years to the day since American journalist John Reed witnessed first-hand the momentous events in revolutionary Petrograd, writer and historian Helen Rappaport reappraises his c ...…
 
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The Essay
 
Ten contemporary cultural specialists look back at the impact of the Russian Revolution of 1917 on artists of the time - in film, theatre, poetry, dance and beyond. Journalist and writer Martin Sixsmith opens the series with a consideration of the choices, good and bad, open to artists during and after the Revolution.Part of Breaking Free: A Ce ...…
 
Lucie Skeaping celebrates 30 years of the Dufay Collective in conversation with the ensemble's Director William Lyons.
 
How do Russia's latest cultural émigrés feel about leaving their homeland? In Russia, culture is increasingly on the front line - many writers, theatre directors and academics feel stifled or under attack. Lucy Ash hears from those who have wrestled with the dilemma of whether to leave. For some, working abroad opens up space to think, while fo ...…
 
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Private Passions
 
Ronan Bennett is a novelist and screenwriter whose latest drama series on the BBC, "Gunpowder", dramatizes the story of Guy Fawkes from the point of view of the Catholics, who were persecuted in England at the time. All through his substantial body of work Ronan Bennett has explored the roots of violence and terrorism, something he knows about ...…
 
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Between the Ears
 
A hurley is the name given to the stick used to hit a leather ball - or sliotar - in the ancient Gaelic sport of hurling.And the time-honoured tradition of the Irish hurley stick maker is where gentle craftsmanship and player's dreams collide. Neil McManus hurls for Cushendall (Ruairí Óg G.A.A.) and is visiting local craftsman and hurley stick ...…
 
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Sound of Cinema
 
Matthew Sweet explores the whodunnit genre with a varied line-up of suspicious looking film scores in the week of the release of the new version of Agatha Christie's classic "Murder On The Orient Express".The original Orient Express boasted a much loved classic score by Richard Rodney Bennett. The new film, with a starry ensemble cast and direc ...…
 
Presented by Sara Mohr-Pietsch In the wake of the political crisis that risks breaking up Spain and Catalonia, Sara asks Barcelona music journalist Andrea Romanos how important music is for the Catalans, and how have they've used it in the recent massive street demonstrations, whether in favour or against the region's independence.Sara talks to ...…
 
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The Essay
 
Poppy - this globally significant flower is about much more than blood, war and opium. Without illegal poppy crops Afghanistan would probably starve. Opium poppies are legally grown commercial crops in many UK counties, for use in medical opiates such as morphine, in heavily guarded, regulated fields mostly unknown to the public. Given the colo ...…
 
Philip Pullman, Hollie McNish, Francesca Martinez and David Denison join Ian McMillanA masterclass in using 'tense' for writers. Philip Pullman, author of the 'His Dark Materials' series, explains why the fashion for the present tense can limit writers of fiction and celebrates the 'classical tone' of Philippa Pearce. Francesca Martinez delight ...…
 
Comedian Janey Godley, historian John Gallagher, poet and journalist Bridget Minamore and author and science writer Dr Emma Byrne discuss with Matthew Sweet swearing on stage, in pain and protest and when new terms entered our language. Swearing Is Good For You by Emma Byrne is out now. Please note this programme may contain strong language.Pro ...…
 
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Composer of the Week
 
Donald Macleod explores the life and career of Edward Elgar through the lens of his muses
 
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The Essay
 
Lavender is put to more uses than probably any other flower and is used worldwide. It is in the mint family and is a herb. It was introduced to Britain 2000 years ago from France and used medicinally ever since, especially as a headache remedy, to treat indigestion and gas. Lavender oil treats many medical complaints, including burns and wounds ...…
 
A Late Junction collaboration session featuring Tony Allen, Pat Thomas and Elvin Brandhi.For this sonic experiment we are excited to put together Tony Allen, Pat Thomas and Elvin Brandhi, each of them from quite distinct musical worlds and of different generations too.Tony Allen is known as 'Mr. Afrobeat'. A masterful drummer, he was the powerh ...…
 
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The Essay
 
Richly present in art, mythology, national claims and literary works, but daffodil surprises include it not being Welsh! They are Iberian in origin and very toxic. They flourish so well in early spring because almost nothing (except a few insects) can eat them due to poisonous crystals (especially toxic to dogs). Daffodil sap is also toxic, esp ...…
 
David Hendy, Glyn Maxwell, Kate Kennedy and Lucy Walker with Philip Dodd and an audience at Aldeburgh in a discussion exploring Britten’s relationship with radio in Britain and in America, with his subjects as varied as mountaineering (with words from Christopher Isherwood), a dramatisation of Homer’s Odyssey and short stories by D.H. Lawrence ...…
 
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The Essay
 
The orchid family has the largest number of species of any flowering plant and has existed for over 120 million years. There are more species of orchid than all species of mammals and birds combined. Orchids have culinary, medicinal, artistic, historical and literary stories galore. This astonishingly huge floral family has surprises galore in ...…
 
What does Gulliver's Travels say to us now? Satirical cartoonist Martin Rowson and Daniel Cook from the University of Dundee assess the legacy of Swift's best-known work. And Monochrome exhibition co-curator Jennifer Sliwka and photographer Sarah Pickering discuss exhibits ranging from black and white art on glass, vellum, ceramic, silk, wood, ...…
 
Highlights from the week, including Jessica Duchen, Vienna Piano Trio and Benjamin Appl.
 
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The Essay
 
Bluebells are a British icon, literary stars, and have recently become a besieged underdog and Brexit symbol, with hordes of Spanish bluebells ousting and hybridising with the native English variety. Bluebells are also called 'fairy flowers' as mythology says fairies used bluebells to lure and trap people passing by in the woods - especially ch ...…
 
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