Sean Rafferty At Home

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At the piano with Lang Lang20191225

Sean Rafferty travels to Holland to meet the international pianist Lang Lang and finds him very much at home seated, of course, by the piano; this time at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam. Lang Lang takes a break from his busy tour schedule to give Sean a mini-masterclass on Beethoven’s Für Elise. They talk about Lang Lang’s passions and how his excitement for Tom and Jerry cartoons and Franz Liszt provided the catalyst for a young and determined pianist growing up in China.

Lang Lang began playing the piano at the age of three. He won the Shenyang Competition and gave his first public recital at five, before entering Beijing’s Central Music Conservatory aged nine. Lang Lang talks about difficult childhood times, practising for endless hours each day and night and about how he became an overnight sensation at seventeen when he stood in at short notice to play Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Today Lang Lang is spending a lot of his time immersing himself in the music of Beethoven, he demonstrates to Sean how he is exploring his technique as he prepares to play the concertos and record the piano sonatas. When on tour Lang Lang always visits the city’s museums and galleries. He is inspired by colour and today Sean and Lang Lang take time to stand in front of ‘Sunflowers’ at the Museum Van Gogh - Lang Lang is transported and immediately his mind turns to music and Schumann ...

Sean visits Lang Lang in Amsterdam to discover his life on the road.

Sean Rafferty visits musicians at home and at work to learn about their lives and music

Sean At Home With Ren\u00e9e Fleming20190101

She has sung for the Queen, at President Obama's inauguration, to the vast crowds at the super bowl and for ecstatic audiences in the world's finest opera houses and concert halls. Sean Rafferty finds Renée Fleming at home in her New York apartment where they talk about her musical tastes which range from opera to jazz, from lieder to musical. Renée has been dressed by the top names in haute couture - we even get a peek at her extraordinary collection. Her advocacy embraces the importance of music in the mind as well as advisory positions on some to the most important institutions in the USA. Join us for New Year's in New York.

Sean Rafferty visits legendary soprano Ren\u00e9e Fleming

Sean Rafferty visits musicians at home and at work to learn about their lives and music

Sir Bryn Terfel20181225

Sir Bryn Terfel welcomes Sean Rafferty into his home in south Wales where he meets some of Bryn's family, including his lively toddler who, Bryn points out, has inherited his lungs. Bryn reflects on his upbringing in Wales, singing in his local church, to the Cardiff Singer of the World Competition in 1989 and the battle of the baritones between him and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Bryn shows Sean around his home, and they mull over Bryn's hectic international career in the major opera houses, in roles ranging from Mozart to Wagner's Flying Dutchman and Wotan. Sean casts an envious eye around his wine cellar and music room, and their chat throws up insights into the life and work of one of the country's greatest and much-loved singers.

Sean Rafferty visits the home of Sir Bryn Terfel.

Sean Rafferty visits musicians at home and at work to learn about their lives and music