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Monday, 8 September 2008

'Discovering Music' at the BBC Maida Vale Studios

I went along to the BBC Studios at Maida Vale on Saturday to see an episode of ‘Discovering Music’ being recorded.

‘Discovering Music’ is a programme broadcast on Radio 3 that selects a piece of classical music (or occasionally a particular musical theme) and analyses the various aspects of the work, throwing light on structure, historical context, themes, motifs etc.

The featured work on this occasion was Vaughan Williams’ 6th Symphony, his dramatic evocation of post-war Britain. It was presented by regular host (and my namesake) Stephen Johnson, with Martyn Brabbins conducting the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

Vaughan Williams’s 6th Symphony is a recent favourite of mine (discovered through the excellent eMusic website) and combines some powerful, dynamic playing with some of his most melodic folk-inspired lines. The opening movement in particular is excellent.

This particular episode will be broadcast on 16th November.

Before heading up to north-west London I spent a very enjoyable hour or so in the cafe at the Curzon Soho cinema, people-watching on Shaftesbury Avenue whilst listening to 'Basket Of Light' by Pentangle on my iPod.

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