this afternoon (tuesday 21st), 1.32-1.59pm (repeated 10.06pm), on bbc world service radio
leonard bernstein and me (presented by jon tolansky) (in the the documentary series)
“On the centenary of his birth, musician and broadcaster Jon Tolansky meets the people who continue to be inspired by Leonard Bernstein’s all-embracing approach to music and life and who are now breaking down boundaries themselves.
He hears personal recollections from • his son Alexander Bernstein as well as former pupils and world class musicians • Marin Alsop, • Thomas Hampson, • Midori, • Jason Robert Brown and • David Charles Abell.
Jon also speaks to fans for whom Leonard Bernstein has had a life-changing effect, despite only knowing him through his music, including • Elizabeth TeSelle, • Kathy Anderson and • Ivan Rodrigues, none of whom knew him personally, but for whom he has had a life-changing effect.
four afternoons this week (tuesday 21st to friday 24th), 1.00-2.00pm, on bbc radio 3
bernstein 100 (presented by donald macloed and marin alsop) (4 episodes, in the composer of the week series) …
“This week Donald Macleod is joined by Bernstein protegée, the conductor Marin Alsop, to look back at Bernstein’s hectic life as composer, pianist, thinker and entertainer. And, thanks to the BBC radio and TV archives, we hear from the man himself in interviews he gave through the course of his prolific career. We discover a man who was forceful in his views, passionate to the extreme, charismatic on the stage, but also latterly tormented by regrets and a feeling that he had never quite achieved the magnum opus inside him.
this evening (friday 30th), 7.15-7.45pm, on bbc radio 4
leonard bernstein: a centenary celebration (presented by john wilson) (in the front row series)
“John Wilson is joined by his son, • Alexander Bernstein, who remembers his father composing at home, and who attended many of his Young People’s Concerts; by • his friend and biographer, Humphrey Burton, who discusses Bernstein’s multiple talents as a conductor, composer and educator; and by • his pupil, the conductor Marin Alsop, who was inspired by Bernstein to take up the baton. ”