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In this weekly podcast, a panel of critics and broadcasters choose their Top 5 on a variety of subjects, arguing their case between themselves and the listeners.

The Classical Top 5 classicaltop5

    • Music
    • 4.6 • 22 Ratings

In this weekly podcast, a panel of critics and broadcasters choose their Top 5 on a variety of subjects, arguing their case between themselves and the listeners.

    Classical Top 5: Final Edition!

    Classical Top 5: Final Edition!

    In the very last Classical Top 5, Tommy Pearson, Richard Bratby and Charlotte Gardner look back at their favourite guests, moments and music from the series and discuss issues that have emerged in what has been an extraordinary 18 months for the industry. 

    The show has welcomed some incredible guests and thousands of pieces of music have been mentioned in a wide-range of subjects. We hope you've enjoyed being with us and discovered things along the way - we've certainly loved doing it. But now things are inching back to 'normal' we return to our day jobs! Please continue to let us know your Top 5s on our Facebook and Twitter pages - we love hearing from you. Thank you for your company and support throughout. It's been a blast!




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    • 1 hr 4 min
    Top 5 Myths about Classical Music

    Top 5 Myths about Classical Music

    Our guest this week is the superstar harpsichordist, organist, writer and commentator Mahan Esfahani and he's got a few things to get off his chest about the classical music industry.

    Mahan chooses his Top 5 Myths about Classical Music - those oft-accepted views, approaches and ideas in music that can remain unchallenged. Why should a composer's wishes always be respected? Is every work we hear on radio really a masterpiece? Is fame and talent really down to just good PR?

    A wide-ranging discussion about many key issues in the classical music world. 
    With Tommy Pearson, Richard Bratby and Charlotte Gardner. 


     


    Producer: Simon Funnell


     



     

    • 1 hr 7 min
    Top 5 Violin Concertos

    Top 5 Violin Concertos

    A huge subject for the team this week: Violin Concertos. So many to choose from, everything from rare curiosities to much-performed classics. Tommy Pearson, Richard Bratby and Charlotte Gardner dive in with a mix of 'Bible and Shakespeare' choices and personal picks from the baroque to last month and everything in between! 


     


    Producer: Tommy Pearson


     


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    • 1 hr 3 min
    Top 5 Game-Changers

    Top 5 Game-Changers

    What are those pieces, performances, recordings or events that changed your entire perception of them and perhaps turned a dislike into a love?
    This week, Tommy, Richard and Charlotte highlight the moments that, for them, were game-changers in their classical music life. It's a deeply personal trip of memories through favourite teachers, revelatory recordings, performances and surprising discoveries. 

    Share your game-changing moments in classical music over on our Facebook page!

    Producer: Simon Funnell


     


    If you enjoy our podcasts, please help us continue by making a donation at paypal.me/classicaltop5.  Thank you!  


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    • 1 hr 7 min
    Top 5 Trios

    Top 5 Trios

    Our guest this week is pianist and writer Susan Tomes, one of the world's finest chamber musicians; member of the Florestan Trio, Domus Ensemble and solo recitalist as well as a brilliant writer on music. Susan's latest book, "The Piano: A History in 100 Pieces" is published in July. 
    Susan chooses her Top 5 Trios - all of them classics in the repertoire - and the team adds theirs. From Mozart to Judith Bingham and all points between, it's the usual Classical Top 5 mix!

    With Tommy Pearson, Richard Bratby and Charlotte Gardner. 


     


    Producer: Simon Funnell




    If you enjoy our podcasts, please help us continue by making a donation at paypal.me/classicaltop5.  Thank you!  


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    On Twitter: twitter.com/classicaltop5

    • 1 hr 11 min
    Top 5 First Symphonies

    Top 5 First Symphonies

    This week the team tackles First Symphonies; those that were numbered the first by their composers, or were written first but given another number (or no number at all) or are the only symphony they wrote. 
    The first symphonies of some of the greatest composers are amongst their least known works - for others, it's their biggest hit. 

    Lots to choose from, as always, for Tommy Pearson, Richard Bratby and Charlotte Gardner. Who will make it onto the final list?

    Producer: Simon Funnell


     


    If you enjoy our podcasts, please help us continue by making a donation at paypal.me/classicaltop5.  Thank you!  


    For all latest info:
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    On Twitter: twitter.com/classicaltop5




     

    • 1 hr 9 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
22 Ratings

22 Ratings

Tim Burden ,

Authoritative Commentary

Each show is well researched and the presenters speak with authority about each topic. Unlike some other classical focused podcasts, it’s refreshing that film music is not afraid to be highlighted and is not unjustly looked down upon.

save13579 ,

Love this podcast

At first I struggled with the lack of clips but it’s actually better. Pause and go to Apple Music... (other streaming services are available). I have discovered so many great bits of music. Love it....

iluvstarkey ,

Bruckner

Aghast good old Anton didn’t get a higher rating!? And if we are talking about Messiaen then surely then end of St Francois trumps all others.
So sorry to hear you are moving on Fiona. I have enjoyed your contribution.

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