this evening (sunday 2nd), 8.09-8.20pm, on bbc radio ulster
classical connections with john toal includes …
“John’s Classical Connection this week focuses on musical depictions of poetry written at the infamous Terezin Concentration Camp …
1. I never saw another butterfly, by pavel friedmann (b.1921, prague),
2. It all depends on how you look at it, by miroslav kosek (b. 1932, czechoslovakia)
3. The garden, by franta bass (b.1930, czechoslovakia) …
all set to music by charles davidson”
last wednesday morning (25th september), 12.00-1.00pm, on bbc radio 3
gustav mahler (1860-1911): god (3rd of 5 episodes) (in the composer of the week series) (presented by donald mcleod)
“3. Mahler’s ambivalent relationship to religion.
Mahler is often quoted as declaring himself “thrice homeless – as a native of Bohemia in Austria, as an Austrian among Germans, as a Jew throughout the world – always an intruder, never welcomed.” But while he may have been culturally Jewish he certainly wasn’t devoutly observant, and he wore his Judaism lightly enough to have no problem with converting to Catholicism when it suited him for professional purposes – in 1897 he was offered the directorship of the Vienna Court Opera, but only on condition that he switched faiths.
this afternoon (monday 22nd), 12.32-12.47pm (repeated 6.32pm), on bbc world service radio
outlook (presented by jo fidgen) includes …
“Lipa Schmeltzer has been called the Jewish Lady Gaga. That’s because Lipa’s style of traditional singing is filled with pop flair. He grew up in a Hasidic Jewish family in upstate New York, without much influence from the outside world. His father was a Holocaust survivor and wanted Lipa to become a rabbi.
But the pull of music proved too strong for Lipa. First he was involved with the traditional singing of his community, and then found pop when he heard it for the first time on the radio aged 20.
Colm Flynn went to meet him.”
this evening (sunday 7th), 8.43-8.48pm (repeated from 4.15pm friday), on bbc radio 4
victor hochhauser cbe, b. 27.3.1923, d. 23.3.2019 (part of last word, obituary programme, presented by matthew bannister)
“The impresario Victor Hochhauser, who specialised in bringing top Russian artists to the UK.”
including interview with …
• music critic norman lebrecht
BBC bias: BBC News presents a completely one-sided programme on “Palestinian identity freedom and resistance”, with multiple references to apartheid and human rights.
saturday 9th february, 4.30-4.55am (repeated 9.30pm), on bbc news tv
raving in palestine (filmed produce and directed by sebastien rabas) (in the our world series)
including contributions from …
• odai masri of oddz
• sama’ abdulhadi of sama’
• laith al bandak of nrd
• bruno cruz, and walaa sbait, of ministry of dub-key
• al nather, shab jdeed, and makimakkuk, of blinm
• sana jammelieh of sana jam
“This film follows Palestinian DJs producers and musicians as they redefine Palestinian identity freedom and resistance through music.”
“Our World spent the New Year party season in Ramallah, Bethlehem and Haifa documenting the personal views of young Palestinians on the Israeli occupation, and how it impacts their music.
this morning (monday 3rd), 8.08-8.10am, on bbc radio 4
today (presented by nick robinson) includes …
“Music arranged [but not written] by Polish prisoners at Auschwitz is being heard again for the first time since the Second World War. Professor Patricia Hall of the Univesity of Michigan found the handwritten sheet music in the archives at the former concentration camp in Poland.”
including report from …
• bbc reporter charlotte gallagher
(see also https://www.apnews.com/b9d7922a834f492cace3eee274987efc)
this morning (thursday 8th), 6.46-6.51am, on bbc radio 4 (repeated 2.19pm friday on newshour on bbc world service radio)
today (presented by john humphrys) includes …
“A rare public performance has taken place in the Gaza strip. The is only one grand piano in Gaza, and it has been played in its first concert after it was completely restored. The work, first documented by the BBC three years ago, now completed, was led by a charity that supports musicians in areas of conflict.”
including contributions from …
• bbc reporter tom bateman
• pianist sara akel, 17
• lukas pairon, founder of the music fund
(see also https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-32042375 and https://www.facebook.com/events/570559980040688/)