In an episode dangerously overburdened with wholesomeness, the boys chat to saxophonist YolanDa Brown about her multiple MOBO awards and life as a Ceebeebies presenter. There’s also a heartwarming email exchange with master of the queens music Judith Weir – and the big secret behind the Star Trek Original Series theme is revealed.
Avast mateys. The boys are back from extended shore leave with a trunk full of classical doubloons. In today’s episode Tim talks to Raymond Yiu about his unconventional route into composing, Anthony Burgess and a new disc with the BBC Symphony Orchestra. Sam discusses common pitfalls in music analysis and the controversies surrounding Dr Susan McClary.
Sam and Tim are joined by the Classical PopUps players for a live edition of the podcast. Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet and the 1950s Ellington/Strayhorn remix both get the analysis treatment. There’s plenty of trivia along the way, along with a few giggles – and some Philharmonia gin. Merry Christmas!
Dec 22, 2020
Sam speaks to harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani about his responsibility as a musician, dynamics and milky tea. Plus: why Janáček is an inspiration for all late bloomers and the latest in space-age sound technology.
Nov 20, 2020
Tim chats to Paul Morley about his new book, A Sound Mind, which charts his journey into classical music, giving a history and critique of the genre from his own, unique perspective as a seasoned rock and pop journalist. Sam deconstructs a piece by one of Paul’s favourite composers, Debussy, and tries to work out what exactly it makes him FEEL. Watch out for new jingles, plenty of laughs and a healthy dose of pseudo intellectualism.
Nov 4, 2020
Tim chats to British composer Eleanor Alberga about her Jamaican upbringing and her wonderful piece for narrators and orchestra, ‘Snow White and the Seven Dwarves’, which is being performed as part of Music@Malling this year. Sam finds unlikely parallels between the NBA and Heinrich Biber’s 'Sonata Representativa', and chats to Cathy Boyes of the Brighton Early Music Festival.
Oct 15, 2020
In the first episode of the new season Sam catches up with Jess Gillam for a JOINT analysis of one of the tracks from her newly-released second album, Time. Meanwhile, Tim reviews concerts from Apartment House and European trio Pavel Kolesnikov, Elina Buksha and Aurélien Pascal.
Sep 30, 2020
For the final episode of the season a host of musical big wigs – from Stephen Hough to Steven Isserlis, Errollyn Wallen to Tom Service – phone in to give the boys recommendations for summer reading. Sam also waxes lyrical on the panharmonium, a precursor to the modern synthesiser for which Beethoven wrote his Wellington Sieg, whilst Tim speaks to New York-based author Annik LaFarge about her upcoming book, Chasing Chopin: A Musical Journey Across Three Centuries, Four Countries, and a Half-Dozen Revolutions.
Aug 12, 2020
In this, the penultimate episode of this series, the boys take a trip to Renaissance Italy in pursuit of the abbess-composer Eleonora d'Este. Sam reviews Silhouettes, the latest disc from viola-piano duo Dana Zemtsov and Anna Fedorova, and Tim chats to violinist Jennifer Pike about Elgar, Vaughan Williams and Polish cuisine.
Jul 12, 2020
Sam and Tim dissect one of Julius Eastman’s most controversially titled works, catch up with the gang from Living Room Live and discuss spherical music with the Founder and Principal Conductor of the Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon.
Jun 19, 2020