a series exploring relationships within a variety of musical partnerships.


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01The Teachers And Students20040202Itzhak Perlman is one of the world's greatest violinists - he also has a flourishing conducting career - but each summer he radically scales down his performing schedule to join the Faculty at the Perlman Music Program (PMP), where a small group of young, gifted musicians reap the benefits of his expertise. To Perlman, and his wife Toby (the Program's founder), achieving high musical standards is a key aim, but providing a nurturing and resolutely non-competitive environment where students are supportive of each other is just as important. During a 'PMP Weekend' - part of the year round activities which complement the Summer School - Itzhak Perlman talks about the unique nature of the Program and what he feels he can bring to his students, as well as what he himself gets from teaching.
02The Singer And Agent20040203The rising young soprano Ailish Tynan has been making waves. Last year, she won the Rosenblatt Recital Song Prize at the BBC Singer Of The World Competition in Cardiff, and she has recently been earning some excellent reviews for her performances at Covent Garden. Every step of the way, she has been under the watchful eye of her agent, Colin Ure, who specialises in looking after young singers at the start of their careers Tynan and Ure talk about their relationship, how they work together to build on her success and how they avoid the pitfalls that could accompany an increasingly full performance diary.
03The Piano Trio20040204In 2002, news that the British violinist Daniel Hope was to join the legendary Beaux Arts Trio, one of the best known and best loved of all chamber music ensembles, made musical headlines.
At only 28, Hope was only just over half the age of Trio itself, which was founded nearly 50 years ago by the pianist Menahem Pressler.
Pressler, now 80, is the only remaining original member of the Beaux Arts Trio.
The 46 year old cellist Antonio Meneses, who joined 5 years ago, completes the current line up.
Pressler, Hope and Meneses talk about their respective roles within the Beaux Arts Trio and how the different members bring different qualities, both on a professional and on a personal level.
04The Radio Producer And Composer20040205Cherry Cookson is an experienced producer of radio drama with a flair for music (she is a trained musician).
Elizabeth Parker is an experienced composer with a flair for radio (she worked in the BBC's renowned Radiophonic Workshop for 18 years).
Their most recent collaboration is The Pallisers, the adaptation of Anthony Trollope's political novels which is the current Radio 4 Classic Serial.
In this programme, Cookson and Parker talk about how, through their collaboration on many radio dramas, they have formed a close working relationship.
05 LASTThe Conductor And Orchestra20040206The exciting young Russian conductor Tugan Sokhiev has been the Music Director of Welsh National Opera since January 2003. Despite his youth (he only turns 26 this month) and his relative inexperience, he beat a competitive field to get the job. Some considered that the task awaiting him was a daunting one: his predecessor, the flamboyant Carlo Rizzi, was a hard act to follow, and musicians can be notoriously hard to impress at the best of times! Sokhiev talks about his experiences since taking up the baton in Cardiff and how he has established his authority there, while various WNO company members give their side of the picture.
 The Piano Trio20040614In 2002, news that the British violinist Daniel Hope was to join the legendary Beaux Arts Trio, one of the best known and best loved of all chamber music ensembles, made musical headlines. At only 28, Hope was only just over half the age of the Trio itself, which was founded nearly 50 years ago by the pianist Menahem Pressler. Pressler, now 80, is the only remaining original member of the Beaux Arts Trio. The 46 year old cellist Antonio Meneses, who joined 5 years ago, completes the current line up.
Pressler, Hope and Meneses talk about their respective roles within the Beaux Arts Trio and how the different members bring different qualities, both on a professional and on a personal level.

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