Music to my Ears: Composer Caroline Shaw

Composer Caroline Shaw meets BBC Music Magazine to discuss the music that shapes her day-to-day life. From falling in love with opera at the age of ten to discovering the perfect combination of Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos and Britney Spears tracks during lockdown, we hear about the music that has underscored her life

Published: January 27, 2021 at 8:21 am
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In this week's episode of the Music to my Ears podcast, we talk to the Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, violinist and producer Caroline Shaw about the music that underscores her day-to-day life and how she balances the various facets of her fascinating career. Orange, her album of string quartets recorded and performed by the Attacca Quartet, was nominated for a BBC Music Magazine Award earlier this year. She recently released Narrow Sea, her second album on Nonesuch Records. Its title work is made up of five parts, each a new setting of hymns from The Sacred Heart, a collection of American hymns dating back to the 18th century.


Our editorial assistant Freya Parr spoke to Caroline over Zoom from her home in Amherst, Massachusetts.

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Recordings featured:

Verdi: La Traviata ‘Dite alle giovine’ ­– Anna Netrebko, Vienna Philharmonic/Carlo Rizzi (DG 475933)

Tune-Yards: Water Fountain

Bach: Partita No. 2: V. Chaconne (Itzhak Perlman (violin) – Warner Classics 2564612981

Bach: Brandenburg Concerto (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment) (Erato 5615522)

The Bangles: Eternal Flame

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