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Preview: Music Show, The

The Music Show - Program podcast

Hear the interview of the week from the Music Show, where composer Andrew Ford entertains and informs a wide audience each week, providing two hours of essential listening from the world of music.

Copyright: Copyright 2017, Australian Broadcasting Corporation. All Rights Reserved.

Messiah through history

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1100

The magic that combines Handel's music, the King James Bible and Charles Jennen's libretto.One of Messiah's famous choruses is The Trumpet Shall Sound (

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Bush Gothic Australian Songs

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:40:00 +1100

Bush Gothic- the next chapter in the quest to seek out and re-imagine ‘Australian’ songs .... and what that might mean.Jenny M. Thomas band- Bush Gothic (Supplied)

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A Bit Na Ta: George Telek and David Bridie

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:20:00 +1100

Two musical legends and long time collaborators have joined forces to explore a century of Tolai culture and music.A man in traditional Tolai dress, from the A Bit Na Ta album art.

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Border concerts

Sat, 25 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1100

The United States/Mexico Youth Philharmonic Orchestra's cross-border concerts take on a new significance in the age of Trump.United States Mexico Youth Philharmonic Orchestra formed in 2017 (EPSYO)

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Alex Ross

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1100

New Yorker music critic speaks about the rebellious composer Julius Eastman and music in a time of rage.Composer Julius Eastman from cover of Gay Guerrilla by Renee Levine Packer & Mary Jane Leach (D.W. Burkhardt (University of Rochester Press))

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Nigel Westlake and Diana Doherty embrace the Spirit of the Wild

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:40:00 +1100

One of the country's favourite composers has joined forces with our best oboist to create a concerto with an unusual inspiration.The Sydney Symphony Orchestra's principal oboist: Diana Doherty

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Conor Oberst's Ruminations

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:20:00 +1100

The ex-Bright Eyes frontman and well loved 21st Century troubadour discusses instant gratification, Trump and why he recorded an album twice.NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 12: Musician Conor Oberst poses for a portrait at SiriusXM Studio on October 12, 2016 in New York City.  (Matthew Eisman / Getty Images)

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Cyrus Chestnut

Sat, 18 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1100

The jazz pianist who started playing gospel music in a Baltimore church, became a sideman to the late, great Betty Carter and hitched up with Buster Williams and Lenny White.Jazz pianist Cyrus Chestnut (

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Scott Hicks and Highly Strung

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Scott Hicks' documentary Highly Strung is an emotional ride through the world of musical instruments, music making and personal and professional relationships.Sharon Draper, cello in Highly Strung (Supplied: Sharmill Films)

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Adrian Self and Antony Pitts on Cornelius Cardew

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1100

The Song Company's opening show for 2017 investigates the life and art of one of last century's most enigmatic composers.Cornelius Cardew

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Cyrus Meurant's Monday to Friday

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:40:00 +1100

A young composer uses artistic skill to mete out medical comfort.Cyrus Meurant, composer of Monday to Friday (2016)

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Schubert through the ages with Ian Bostridge

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:10:00 +1100

Why has Schubert's song cycle Winterreise become a vehicle for constant re-interpreting?From Otto Lieder (from Schubert's Winterreise) (

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Bruce Springsteen

Sat, 11 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Springsteen - the new resistance?Bruce Springsteen performs live with The E Street Band, February 7, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. (Don Arnold/WireImage - Getty)

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Lindy Hume, Sam Martin and the Restless Giant

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Director Lindy Hume and musician Sam Martin. on the power of making art in the bush, resulting in the former’s passionate essay Restless Giant.Gwen Lee (1930), Colours of Australia – Sudakie, 2001-13. Part of The Cad Factory’s On Common Ground Festival 2015. (Image courtesy James Farley. )

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Pekka Kuusisto and Sam Amidon with the ACO

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Prodigious talents and old friends, violinist Pekka Kuusisto and Sam Amidon discuss blood orgies, Bartók and the link between the folk tradition and classical music.Pekka Kuusisto

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Andy Irvine

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Folk music legend who worked with other greats of Irish music like Christy Moore, Donal Lunny and Paul Brady, is in for a set.Luke Plumb & Andy Irvine - touring in February with "Precious Heroes" (abc radio)

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Tan Dun & Secret Women's business

Sat, 04 Feb 2017 11:10:00 +1100

Chinese American conductor and composer of film score Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, the ceremonial music for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and many orchestral works is in Australia for Chinese New Year concerts.Woven fabric from Hunan Province.

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Fiona Maddocks: Music for Life

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

100 Works to carry you through.................Music for Life: 100 Works to Carry you Through by Fiona Maddocks published by Faber (Allen & Unwin)

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Ryan Adams

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:40:00 +1100

From alt-country band Whiskeytown to a prolific solo career starting with Heartbreaker and 17 years on his 16th studio album Prisoner.Ryan Adams (Michelle Montgomery)

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Karol Szymanowski and King Roger

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:20:00 +1100

The Dionysus vs Apollo tale of King Roger of Sicily.King Roger by Karol Szymanowski (Keith Saunders)

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Dori Freeman

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:10:00 +1100

Meet the young Appalachian with the golden pipes and a song writing finesse well beyond her years.Dori Freeman - 2017 (Zeno Gill)

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Dalmatica from Croatia

Sat, 28 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Some rich and flowing Croatian choral music to begin this week's show.Croatian Choir Dalmatica with songs of the Adriatic (Sydney Festival)

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Greil Marcus

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:25:00 +1100

America's most important writer on rock and pop music talks about his recent book, Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations.1928 recording by Bascom Lamar Lunsford, the subject of Greil Marcus's new book Three Songs, Three Singers, Three Nations. (Okeh records)

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Angelique Kidjo

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Benin singer, activist and Grammy-winner Angelique Kidjo talks about working with orchestra, with Philip Glass, and with the array of artists on her album Eve.Angelique Kidjo at the The 58th GRAMMY awards, 2016, Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic, Getty Images)

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Barney McAll at the piano

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:35:00 +1100

Barney McAll on living in the city, living at Peggy's house, an enduring love of gospel, and what jazz pianists practise.Barney McAll in The Music Show studio (Paul Penton)

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Cedric Burnside Project on RN Summer

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:10:00 +1100

Descendants of "Hill Country Blues" played on The Music Show in 2016.Cedric Burnside & Trenton Ayres touring Australia in March (Henry Rasmussen)

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The East Pointers play Secret Victory on RN Summer

Sat, 21 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Canadian trio The East Pointers played in The Music Show studio in 2016.The East Pointers in concert (

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Steve Earle

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:50:00 +1100

Steve Earle has won three Grammys, spent time in gaol, released 15 albums, is an author, and played Harley Wyatt—a street musician—in the critically acclaimed HBO series Treme.Steve Earle and The Dukes are touring Australia's east coast in March (Ted Barron)

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Elvis Costello

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 11:10:00 +1100

"I'm a songwriter, I don't know what genre - I don't speak French ...." Elvis Costello.Author to Author. Elvis Costello's new book is called Unfaithful Music & Disappearing Ink. (Penny Lomax)

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Stephen Hough

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:30:00 +1100

Pianist polymath and blogger discusses Serialism, the Trinity and Schubert.Stephen Hough touring Australia in April for Musica Viva. (Keith Saunders)

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Rhiannon Giddens

Sat, 14 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Vocalist with the Carolina Chocolate Drops is out on her own courtesy of T Bone BurnettAmericana exponent Rhiannon Giddens touring now with a new band and CD (

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The Thought of Music by Lawrence Kramer

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 11:30:00 +1100

How can music be knowledge? Can talking about Tchaikovsky's first piano concerto help us find meaning in this famous work?Lawrence Kramer's book The Thought of Music; detail from Jean Gris The Open Window (University of California Press)

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Nancy Kerr

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

"That's the magic of folksong ... ordinary people with their feet firmly in the earth, doing and singing and playing extraordinary things with their heads in the stars." Nancy Kerr.Nancy Kerr, at The Music Show (Photo: Henry Rasmussen)

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The Young'uns

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:45:00 +1100

Teeside trio performing a cappella close harmony songs about working people.The Young’uns, from left: David Eagle, Michael Hughes, Sean Cooney. Touring Australia in March (

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Bonnie Raitt

Sat, 07 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

Legendary R'n'B musician and one of the most important slide players on the blues circuit.Bonnie Raitt with a new album Dig in Deep (

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Blind Willie Johnson

Sun, 01 Jan 2017 11:05:00 +1100

He preached the blues and the gospel while roaming the southern USA states in the early 20th Century. Blind Willie's recordings for Columbia become a priceless legacy of gospel-blues.CD cover God Don't Never Change, a tribute to Blind Willie Johnson (Marc Burckhardt, Alligator Records)

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Kev Carmody

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:45:00 +1100

Elder statesman of indigenous story telling live from Womadelaide.Kev Carmody plays Womadelaide 2016 (

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Asian Dub Foundation

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:30:00 +1100

One of the most influential UK bands to fuse music from the Indian sub-continent with sounds from 90's Britain.Asian Dub Foundation play Womadelaide 2016 (Umberto Lopez)

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DakhaBrakha from Ukraine

Sat, 31 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1100

DakhaBrakha adopt old Ukrainian folk tunes and turn them into something new.DakhaBrakha from Ukraine (Photo: Tom Henry)

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Wayne Shorter

Sun, 25 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Composer, saxophonist, bandleader and multi-Grammy winner still cooking at 82.Wayne Shorter and Andrew Ford, June 2016 (Photo: Richard Girvan)

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Eric Idle and John Cleese

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 11:30:00 +1100

“One day I went, Da!, The Holy Grail is a perfect subject for a musical because comedy is about the low and the high- this could be Wagner- The Quest for the Holy Grail-  Wagner did it … not so funnily, because he’s German ….” Eric IdleJohn Cleese, Andrew Ford, Eric Idle (Photo: Penny Lomax)

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Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn

Sat, 24 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1100

Banjo virtuoso and composer Béla Fleck has Grammy nominations across more categories than any other musician, and his last win was for a duo album with wife Abigail Washburn.Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn play in The Music Show studios (Photo: Paul Penton)

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Flowers of War

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1100

...."the beautiful young men who'll never come home...." World War I and music of the Battle of the Somme.Two Australian WWI soldiers in a rest area for troops engaged in the Amiens sector, France. (Unknown official war photographer, courtesy Australian War Memorial)

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James Ledger's Hollow Kings

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:45:00 +1100

Composer James Ledger's orchestral work explores four tragic Shakespearean kings with an orchestra and a 21st century lute: the electric guitar.Richard III of England, one of Shakespeare's tragic kings (

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Music for Shakespeare- Christopher Wilson

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:30:00 +1100

"Be not afeard; the isle is full of noises, Sounds and sweet airs, that give delight and hurt not." The TempestC. Walter Hodges: Imagined view of an Elizabethan stage (Wikipedia)

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Paul Kelly

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:10:00 +1100

Paul Kelly collaborates with William Shakespeare.Paul Kelly's latest album celebrates Shakespeare. Design: Pete Salmon-Lomas (Supplied: One Louder Ent.)

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Michelle Nicole - new album

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 11:05:00 +1100

A Flower is a Lovesome ThingSinger and bandleader Michelle Nicole (

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Mose Allison RIP

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 11:40:00 +1100

Mose Allison, the pianist and singer who blended Delta blues with country style, died in November 2016 at the age of 89.Mose Allison - circa 2000 (David Redfern / Getty Images)

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Brett Dean and Hamlet

Sun, 11 Dec 2016 11:10:00 +1100

Composer Brett Dean's String Quartet And Once I Played Ophelia has just won the Paul Lowin Song Cycle Prize, and his opera Hamlet will be premiered at the 2017 Glyndebourne Festival.Ophelia by John Everett Millais (1852) is part of the Tate Gallery collection (

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Angel Olsen

Sat, 10 Dec 2016 11:40:00 +1100

Alt-folk it-girl, Angel Olsen takes us through her own musical history, her recent forays into filmmaking and why she wants people to focus less on her lyrics and more on her arrangements.St Louis born, North Carolina based Angel Olsen, one of indie music's more discerning trend-setters. (Tiger Webb)

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