Matinées Musicales 2

Sunday 26 February 2017 at 3.00pm

For the new network, BBC2, I invented a new strand called Workshop which explored the way composers’ minds worked. The first show was a survey of what made Paganini’s 24th Caprice for violin such an inspiration for so many other composers, most famously Rachmaninov but also Liszt, Brahms and Lutoslawski. I even persuaded John Dankworth to improvise a jazz version on the spot. Host is the urbane Martin Cooper; solo violin is Manoug Parikian. My last Workshop (1987) explored a virtuoso performance by the LSO of Strauss’s tone poem Till Eulenspiegel’s Merry Pranks. Decorated with dazzling graphics, the show is a typical mixture of rehearsal, analysis and performance: Strauss’s youthful masterpiece is dissected and conducted by the super-articulate Michael Tilson Thomas. These two shows are educational in the best old-BBC sense but also 100% entertaining; I’m proud of ‘em. If you can bring young family members, so much the better!