67 episodes

Timmy Fisher and Sam Poppleton present classical music news, reviews, anecdotes and analyses. Is this the best classical music podcast produced in a Brixton bedroom? We think so.

The Classical Music Pod Timmy Fisher & Sam Poppleton

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    • 4.9 • 44 Ratings

Timmy Fisher and Sam Poppleton present classical music news, reviews, anecdotes and analyses. Is this the best classical music podcast produced in a Brixton bedroom? We think so.

    Eric Whitacre and The Sacred Veil

    Eric Whitacre and The Sacred Veil

    Sam chats to composer Eric Whitacre about their experience recording The Sacred Veil together with VOCES8. The 12-movement work is a collaboration between Whitacre and poet-lyricist Charles Anthony Silvestri, and comprises texts by Silvestri, Whitacre and Silvestri’s late wife Julie. Its intimate score ‘tells a story of courtship, love, loss and the search for solace’.

    • 50 min
    The Lord of the Rings: A Musical Pilgrimage

    The Lord of the Rings: A Musical Pilgrimage

    Today’s episode is all about geography. Tim talks international competition politics and how Rachmaninov’s disputed legacy ties into the debate. Meanwhile Sam forges a musical map of Middle Earth in a Lord of the Rings analytical pilgrimage. All topped off with a very literal fluffy-dog story. Live long and prosper.

    • 28 min
    Anna Thorvaldsdottir Doesn’t Need a Programme

    Anna Thorvaldsdottir Doesn’t Need a Programme

    Tim travels to the home of Icelandic composer Anna Thorvaldsdottir for a classical chat. They discuss Icelandic’s outsized musical pedigree, her upcoming role as Featured Artist at the Aldeburgh Festival, her cameo in Todd Field’s Tár and the importance (or unimportance) of a work’s conceptual inspiration in the ears of the listener.

    • 40 min
    Scoring Jane Austin

    Scoring Jane Austin

    In today's episode Sam and Tim discuss recent concert hall dramas as unionised musicians seize the means of sound production. Meanwhile Sam peers into the gilded musical cages of Jane Austin’s Sense and Sensibility in the next instalment of his film music series.

    • 28 min
    Caroline Shaw and Her Many Composer Hats

    Caroline Shaw and Her Many Composer Hats

    Tim speaks to the US singer, composer and producer Caroline Shaw. They cover her various composer hats, the upcoming performance of her Four Portraits at the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and their shared appreciation for Abba and Fiona Apple.

    • 45 min
    Hans Zimmer is Batman

    Hans Zimmer is Batman

    In our latest instalment: *POW* Sam investigates Batman’s secret musical identity *WHAM* Tim holds the Anglican Church to account in a hard-hitting exposé (not) *ZOINKS* We discuss Ukrainian composer Galina Grigorjeva’s new disc of choral music *ZAP* And yes, another excuse to talk about Star Trek.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
44 Ratings

44 Ratings

Hanefish ,

Very entertaining

Insightful and very entertaining - gives you a new perspective on all the music they cover

Arif6996 ,

Brilliant (Duo Tandem)

What an exceptional beautiful album for classical guitar listeners. Need more stars to rate this unique album .

RosieBuckland101 ,

Musosphere Magic!

Such an insightful and novel take on really relevant and interesting topics. You boys know your stuff! I would recommend this to everyone who is interested in classical music ! Great

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