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Presented by beloved broadcaster and educator Graham Abbott, Classics Unlocked is a monthly podcast exploring the many wonders of classical music.
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Presented by beloved broadcaster and educator Graham Abbott, Classics Unlocked is a monthly podcast exploring the many wonders of classical music.
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    Debussy's Preludes

    Debussy's Preludes

    In this episode of Classics Unlocked, Graham Abbott explores one of the landmarks of 20th century piano music in Claude Debussy's Preludes. Following the tradition laid down by JS Bach and Chopin (among others), Debussy wrote a set of 24 preludes (across two books of twelve), but the stress on them wasn't so much key as it was colour, expression and emotional impact.
    This episode of Classics Unlocked featured the following recording:
    DEBUSSY: Preludes I & II
    Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, piano
    Deutsche Grammophon
    DISCOVER Book I: https://uma.lnk.to/UTg76M7nID
    DISCOVER Book II: https://uma.lnk.to/CZvJdSvAID

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    • 44 min
    The Orchestral Songs of Richard Strauss

    The Orchestral Songs of Richard Strauss

    In this episode of 'Classics Unlocked', Graham Abbott explores one of the last of the German Romantic composers, Richard Strauss, who is today remembered primarily for creating stunning works in two genres: orchestral tone poems and operas. Yet Strauss should be remembered just as much for his creation of music in another genre, because he took up the challenge of continuing and developing the German song tradition in a form usually known as Lieder. An extension of the form was the orchestral song, and Strauss composed more than 40 orchestral songs, spanning most of his life.
    The soloists featured in this episode of Classics Unlocked are:
    Jessye Norman
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    Karita Mattila
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    Christine Schäfer
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    Renée Fleming
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    Lisa Della Casa
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    • 47 min
    Beethoven's Piano Concertos

    Beethoven's Piano Concertos

    In this episode of 'Classics Unlocked', Graham Abbott explores another chapter in the extraordinary creative output of Ludwig van Beethoven: his piano concertos. Beethoven revolutionised the way composers composed, and the way performers performed. Today, it is easily forgotten that Beethoven's piano concertos were written for himself to display both his compositional and pianistic capabilities.
    This episode of Classics Unlocked featured the following recording:
    BEETHOVEN ODYSSEY
    Colin Davis, conductor
    Stephen Kovacevich, piano
    BBC Symphony Orchestra
    London Symphony Orchestra
    Decca Eloquence 484 1728 (12-CD)
    DISCOVER: https://Eloquence.lnk.to/00028948417285OA

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    • 43 min
    Bach's Goldberg Variations

    Bach's Goldberg Variations

    In this episode of 'Classics Unlocked', Graham Abbott explores one of the mightiest works for the keyboard: Johann Sebastian Bach's 'Goldberg Variations'. Today, it stands alongside the St Matthew Passion, the Mass in B minor, The Art of Fugue and the Musical Offering as an eternal musical monument.
    This episode features four different recordings, headed by Lang Lang's 2020 Deutsche Grammophon album:
    BACH: Goldberg Variations
    Lang Lang, piano
    DG 481 8971
    DISCOVER: https://uma.lnk.to/usjMcRfFYP​
    BACH: Goldberg Variations (Extended Edition)
    Lang Lang, piano
    DG 481 9701
    DISCOVER: https://uma.lnk.to/zomHEe0QYP​
    BACH: Goldberg Variations
    George Malcolm, harpsichord
    Decca Eloquence 482 8439
    DISCOVER: https://Eloquence.lnk.to/000289482843...​
    BACH: Goldberg Variations
    Julian Rachlin, violin; Nobuko Imai, viola; Mischa Maisky, cello
    DG 477 6378
    DISCOVER: https://uma.lnk.to/0PYI5JJY​
    BACH: Goldberg Variations
    Catrin Finch, harp
    DG 4778097
    DISCOVER: https://uma.lnk.to/SYQjBjv0​


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    • 53 min
    Classics Unlocked - Ep. 18 - The Études of Philip Glass

    Classics Unlocked - Ep. 18 - The Études of Philip Glass

    This episode of Classics Unlocked delves into some rather recent piano music, from one of the most famous of all contemporary composers. Philip Glass is considered one of the founding fathers of the movement known as ‘Minimalism’. Graham Abbott explores one particular aspect of Glass’s canon – his Études for solo piano, using the 2017 Deutsche Grammophon album from Icelandic performer Víkingur Ólafsson.
    This episode features the 2017 Deutsche Grammophon recording:
    GLASS: Piano Works
    Víkingur Ólafsson, piano
    DG 479 6918
    DISCOVER: https://uma.lnk.to/GlassPianoID

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    • 47 min
    Tchaikovsky's Solo Piano Music

    Tchaikovsky's Solo Piano Music

    In this episode of Classics Unlocked, Graham Abbott looks at the solo piano music of Pyotr Ilich Tchaikovsky. Best known for his dramatic symphonies, ballets and concertos, Tchaikovsky wrote a plethora of smaller works which rarely see the light of day. Thanks to a recording project from Decca pianist Valentina Lisitsa, Graham shines the torch on the many beautiful pieces the Russian master composed for the solo piano.
    TCHAIKOVSKY: THE COMPLETE SOLO PIANO WORKS
    Valentina Lisitsa, piano
    Decca Classics
    LISTEN: https://uma.lnk.to/cJp46ZYOWE

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    • 48 min

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