I have just listened to the ‘inheritance tracks’ chosen by Richard for the BBC Radio Four programme. In case, like me, you missed the programme this morning where Richard was asked about his ‘inheritance tracks’, here it is:
It is a really interesting little clip, with Richard not only telling us which tracks he’d like future generations to hear and appreciate, but also giving the listener insights into the meaning the chosen pieces hold for him personally. He talks about his own musical background – in which the flute actually appears to feature more strongly than I always thought – and how he uses music to build the characters he plays on stage and on film. He refers back to his school days, to his family, and to other bits from his past, some of which we had already heard about. The chosen pieces are beautiful indeed, and I was particularly taken with his second choice, a piece called “On the Nature of Daylight” by Max Richter. Apart from the background of the piece (which Richard talks about, too), I was really pleased he chose a contemporary composer. There is so much wonderful contemporary “classical” music out there, but it is always overshadowed by the composers of the past. Personally, Richard’s choice of Richter has had the desired effect on me – I *am* checking out Richter now. – It’s a really nice “interview”, and I encourage you to listen to it!
However, if I was asked about *my* inheritance track, it would be something that is on the cusp of classical and contemporary. I have always been drawn to faster (as opposed to contemplative) music, and the passion of the Russian composers really appeals to me. My inheritance track is the Rhapsody on a Theme by Paganini.
PS: If I get to it, overdue double edition of Weekly Round-up, later today…