In these podcasts I talk to musicians and listeners about what they are hearing in the music that touches and moves them.
A sublime slow movement: Beethoven A minor Quartet, No. 15
The slow movement of the A minor quartet is profound–but somehow difficult to discover without careful listening.
Schubert and broken hearted lovers, a "Winter's Journey"
In this podcast, I explore ways in which Schubert uses music in the first song of his cycle, "Winter's Journey," to give the lyrics an angle, rather like a film score gives a scene an angle. The singer is Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with Gerald Moore on the Piano.
Dylan Goes Electric
This is a podcast produced for a music class at Humber College. It speaks to Bob Dylan's switch, in Bringing It All Back Home, from purely acoustic instruments to the introduction of the electric guitar: from folk to folk rock.
Liszt's "Les Preludes"
First impressions of Liszt's symphonic poem, "Les Preludes:" the story of development.
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2
Mark talks about the paradoxical relationship between the piano and orchestra in the opening movement of Brahms' 2nd piano concerto.
Please Please Me: what makes the Beatles different
This is a podcast I created for a course I teach in music. In it I explore what sets the Beatles apart from their contemporaries in their first no. 1 hit.