11 episodes

Join David Walliams as he goes on a marvellous musical journey of discovery and meets some of the most famous names from the history of music – from Ludwig ‘Grumpy’ van Beethoven to 19th-century rock star Franz Liszt. (Please note no composers were harmed in the making of this podcast).

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    • 4.7 • 19 Ratings

Join David Walliams as he goes on a marvellous musical journey of discovery and meets some of the most famous names from the history of music – from Ludwig ‘Grumpy’ van Beethoven to 19th-century rock star Franz Liszt. (Please note no composers were harmed in the making of this podcast).

    Episode 10: John Williams and the Chamber of Star Wars

    Episode 10: John Williams and the Chamber of Star Wars

    David Walliams takes a ride through the magical career of legendary film composer John Williams, from Star Wars to Harry Potter – with a little help from a ghost. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150

    Music from:

    John Williams: Star Wars, Main Title – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM)

    John Williams: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Raiders March – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM)

    John Williams: Jaws, The Shark Theme – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM)

    John Williams: Jurassic Park, Theme – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM)

    John Williams: Superman, Superman March – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM)

    John Williams: Saving Private Ryan, Hymn to the Fallen – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM)

    John Williams: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Hedwig’s Theme – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM)

    Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker – Bergen Philharmonic/Neeme Järvi (Chandos)

    • 19 min
    Episode 9: Weird Instruments

    Episode 9: Weird Instruments

    From a helicopter quartet to a vegetable orchestra, prepare to have your idea of what an ‘instrument’ can be blown wide open. David Walliams explores some of the most fantastical, needlessly complex and sometimes tasty musical instruments that human beings have ever created. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150

    Viola Organista performed by S?awomir Zubrzycki

    The Vegetable Orchestra

    John Cage: Variations I – Langham Research Centre

    Leroy Anderson: The Typewriter – Richard Hayman Orchestra/Richard Hayman

    Verdi: ‘Anvil Chorus’ from Il trovatore – Orchestra e coro del teatro alla scala/Riccardo Muti

    Mahler: Symphony No.6 – Minnestora Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä (BIS)

    Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko (Classic FM)

    Ligeti: Poème Symphonique for 100 Metronomes – Françoise Terrioux (Sony)

    Leopold Mozart: Cassation in G ‘Toy Symphony’

    Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus – Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Leif Segerstam

    Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on glass harmonica – William Zeitler

    • 19 min
    Episode 8: The Greatest Schumann

    Episode 8: The Greatest Schumann

    It’s time to delve into the tale of Clara Schumann, the phenomenally gifted composer who was, in many ways, The Greatest Schumann. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150

    Clara Schumann: Three Romances – Jennifer Pike and Tom Poster (Chandos)

    Beethoven: Für Elise – Ji Liu (Classic FM)

    Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat – Alexander Melnikov/Jerusalem Quarete (Harmonia Mundi)

    Brahms: Piano Sonata in F minor – Stephen Hough (Hyperion)

    Chopin: Nocture Op.9, No.2 – Ji Liu (Classic FM)

    Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn – Georg Solti/Murray Perahia

    Clara Schumann: Scherzo in D minor, Op.10 – Konstanze Eickhorst

    • 21 min
    Episode 7: Beethoven

    Episode 7: Beethoven

    You’ve heard his music, now it’s time to hear his story. David dives into the life of one of history’s greatest – and grumpiest – composers. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150

    Beethoven: Symphony No.5 – Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/John Eliot Gardiner (SDG)

    Beethoven: Symphony No.7 – Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/John Eliot Gardiner (SDG)

    Walter Murphy: A Fifth of Beethoven

    Beethoven: Rage Over a Lost Penny – Ronald Brautigam (BIS)

    Beethoven: Symphony No.3 – Dresden Philharmonic/Michael Sanderling (Sony)

    Beethoven: Für Elise – Ji Liu (Classic FM)

    Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (BIS)

    Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 ‘Moonlight’ – Ji Liu (Classic FM)

    • 17 min
    Episode 6: Maverick Musicians

    Episode 6: Maverick Musicians

    They broke the mould and changed the face of music. Meet the marvellous mavericks and devilish divas who took the musical world by storm. And don’t be surprised if a number of old friends turn up to join the party… Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150

    Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.13 – Arcadi Volodos (Sony)

    Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee – Royal Scottish National Orchestra//Neeme Järvi

    excerpts from Mozart: Don Giovanni – MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis (Sony)

    Mozart: ‘Voi che sapete’ from Don Giovanni – Adelina Patti (Nimbus)

    Paganini: 24 Caprices – Augustin Hadelich (Warner Classics)

    Paganini: Violin Concerto – Itzhak Perlman/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Lawrence Foster

    Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 – Arcadi Volodos (Sony)

    Bizet : ‘L’amour est un oiseau rebelle’ from Carmen – Maria Callas, Orchestra de l’Opéra National de Paris

    • 18 min
    Episode 5: Ballet

    Episode 5: Ballet

    Ballet: You may think it’s all tutus and tippy toes, but there’s a world of wild, daring and downright bizarre stories behind this dainty dance. Join David Walliams as he journeys around the globe to give us a peek into the highly competitive, and fantastically strange world of ballet.

    Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150

    Music from:

    Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Neeme Järvi (Chandos)

    Saint-Saëns: The Swan from Carnival of the Animals – Ji Liu (Classic FM)

    Lully: Alcidiane, Ritournelle et air de Mademoiselle Hilaire – La Risonanca/Fabio Bonizzoni (Glossa)

    Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Neeme Järvi (Chandos)

    Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring – MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis (Sony)

    Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Litton (BIS)

    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

hellonicnac ,

Amazing!

This is fab. A great introduction to composer for adults and kids.

Borne123 ,

But what about BACH?!?

This series is entertaining and informative and is a wonderful leaping off point to encourage children to explore classical music.
BUT WHAT ABOUT BACH?!?
Bach, who walked 280 miles as a young man to take in an organ concert?
Bach who fought in a duel against a bassoonist?
Bach, who’s trumpeter died of a stroke after playing one of Bach’s works?
Bach, who fathered 21 children?
Who completed 1128 pieces of music? With another 23 listed as incomplete or lost.
It is a travesty to leave him off the podcast.
And, might we humbly recommend, that if you do come to your senses and feature Bach in an upcoming episode, you include some of the performances of modern classical rock star, Cameron Carpenter and his International Touring Organ. Just a thought. If anyone reads these anyway...

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