63 episodes

Joanna Lumley and her husband Stephen Barlow invite you into their home for a fascinating, funny journey into their shared love of music.
You probably know Joanna Lumley, but you may not be aware that her husband Stephen Barlow is a famed conductor, composer and musician - and the pair of them are passionate about classical music. On this, their new podcast, the pair welcome you into their home for a personal, fascinating and funny journey through a musical world.
Joanna is the enthusiastic amateur - asking the questions she’s always wanted to ask - and Stephen is The Maestro, providing the answers. Who was better: Mozart or Beethoven? Why do certain pieces of music make us feel a certain way? What do conductors actually do? They also discuss the great composers and symphonies, and the often-remarkable stories behind them, all delivered in Joanna and Stephen’s unique, engaging and affectionate way.
Maybe you think classical music isn’t for you? Or you know a little and want to know more? Or perhaps it's been a lifetime love? Regardless, you definitely need to meet Joanna & The Maestro.

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    • 4.7 • 442 Ratings

Joanna Lumley and her husband Stephen Barlow invite you into their home for a fascinating, funny journey into their shared love of music.
You probably know Joanna Lumley, but you may not be aware that her husband Stephen Barlow is a famed conductor, composer and musician - and the pair of them are passionate about classical music. On this, their new podcast, the pair welcome you into their home for a personal, fascinating and funny journey through a musical world.
Joanna is the enthusiastic amateur - asking the questions she’s always wanted to ask - and Stephen is The Maestro, providing the answers. Who was better: Mozart or Beethoven? Why do certain pieces of music make us feel a certain way? What do conductors actually do? They also discuss the great composers and symphonies, and the often-remarkable stories behind them, all delivered in Joanna and Stephen’s unique, engaging and affectionate way.
Maybe you think classical music isn’t for you? Or you know a little and want to know more? Or perhaps it's been a lifetime love? Regardless, you definitely need to meet Joanna & The Maestro.

    Rob Brydon: Springsteen, Miles Davis and paying homage to The King

    Rob Brydon: Springsteen, Miles Davis and paying homage to The King

    We're back! Starting a new series with comedian, actor and Welsh icon Rob Brydon who discusses the poetry of Bruce Springsteen, his life on stage and a burgeoning love for jazz. Sharing stories about early life in Porthcawl, Swansea and the wonderfully flamboyant 'Mr Crute', Rob tells us how his life took a turn towards musicals later in his career and how he's never looked back (even if his fingers are a little sore).

    • 31 min
    Bonus Brydon: Mashups, Richard Burton and 'The Swinging Doors'

    Bonus Brydon: Mashups, Richard Burton and 'The Swinging Doors'

    We enjoyed speaking to Rob Brydon so much that we kept the tape rolling after the interview finished – much to our joy. In this extra mini-episode, Rob runs through the 'schlocky' teen movie he’ll never forget and how to start a conversation in the style of Richard Burton.

    • 10 min
    Rule Breakers: Gesualdo, Beethoven and Stravinsky

    Rule Breakers: Gesualdo, Beethoven and Stravinsky

    Which three composers tore up the rule book and changed music forever? Joanna and Stephen begin this episode with the cold-blooded murderer, Carlo Gesualdo - a dreadful man who composed sacred music. Known for plundering the depths of emotion in his madrigals, Gesualdo's 'word-paintings' broke the 16th century Venosan equivalent of the internet. We also discover how Beethoven reimagined the symphony and explore Stravinsky's daring new experiments in rhythm and orchestration.

    • 33 min
    Unsung Heroes: Charles Koechlin and Magic of The Jungle Book

    Unsung Heroes: Charles Koechlin and Magic of The Jungle Book

    This week's mini episode comes to you as a pair. Stephen and Joanna discuss their favourite 'unsung heroes' - this time focusing on the strange and absorbing late works of Charles Koechlin. 'Les Bandar-Log' is part of a cycle of symphonic poems based on Kipling's Jungle Book, completed in 1940. The score touches on a range of early 20th-century styles, from Debussyan impressionism to 12-note technique, but somehow welds all the tongue-in-cheek references into a dazzling whole.

    • 14 min
    Aled Jones: Teenage Choirs, Richard Branston and the Music of Everything

    Aled Jones: Teenage Choirs, Richard Branston and the Music of Everything

    One of the UK's most loved vocalists and broadcasters, Aled Jones, sits down with Joanna and Stephen to discuss the moment he unearthed a trove of unreleased music from his childhood. In this candid conversation, Aled reveals what it was like meeting Richard Branston at Virgin Records as a teenager, recording 16 albums in 4 years before his voice broke and becoming the 'radio son' of the veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan.

    • 28 min
    Unsung Heroes: Lili Boulanger, Prodigy meets Tragedy

    Unsung Heroes: Lili Boulanger, Prodigy meets Tragedy

    This week's mini episode continues our theme of 'unsung heroes'. And today we're diving into the works of another prodigious French composer, Lili Boulanger, celebrating the flourish, colour and romance of her music.

    • 16 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
442 Ratings

442 Ratings

Lynnepitt ,

One of the best podcasts out there!

I love the dynamic between Joanna and the Maestro. Each episode is highly informative whilst being very entertaining too. I look forward to many more episodes

treewarrior ,

Late to the party

I’m late to the party, but just means I can fill my working from home with these to lovely, gentle and knowledgeable souls! What joy your bringing into my life. 💯 classic joy

Cara00000 ,

Really enjoyed this!

Really enjoying this, its relaxing, informative, cosy and cheering. (I do wish I could get rid of the awful and jarring Tinder adverts in the breaks though!)

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