The Listening Service is a Music programme.


The Listening Service

Virtuosity: what does it mean to be good? Really, really good? If you're a virtuoso pianist, violinist, cellist, does that mean you can play faster than everybody else - or better? From Liszt to Paganini, Horowitz to Lang Lang, what does it mean to be a virtuoso? Are you in league with the devil, as 19th-century critics said about the violinist Paganini, or are you able to communicate more movingly, more emotionally, more humanly than other players?

Genre: Music

Running Time: 30 minutes (approx)

When is The Listening Service next on TV?

It's next showing on BBC Radio 3 January 22nd, 4:30pm and on BBC Radio 3 January 24th, 5:00pm. See more...

Main Cast

Tom Service
Image for Jaye GriffithsJaye Griffiths
Lore Lixenberg
Lawrence Zazzo
Steve Reich
Lucie Green
Brian Irvine
Cheryl Frances-Hoad
Michael Pisaro
Fiona Maddocks
Kristian Bezuidenhout
Mariam Batsashvili
Victoria Williamson
Katy Hamilton
Dr Tiffany Watt-Smith
Berit Hagen
Image for Armando IannucciArmando Iannucci
Graham Rogers
Richard Sisson
Georgia Mann-Smith