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Hear more. Feel more. Be more! Come with me and dive into some great classical music.
For over 1000 years great musicians have explored what it means to live, love, die and everything in between: asking all our deep and universal questions. Escape the cacophony - the noise of your brain and daily life; tune into the music, your feelings and emotions ‘good’ and ‘bad’ …and find the space, stillness and love that underpins everything.

NB: May include loud noise, surprises, challenges, cacophonous racket
May cause shock, comfort, discomfort, smiles, tears, peace, transcendence

CACOPHONY - Great classical music that makes life better‪!‬ Cacophony - Steve Thomas

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Hear more. Feel more. Be more! Come with me and dive into some great classical music.
For over 1000 years great musicians have explored what it means to live, love, die and everything in between: asking all our deep and universal questions. Escape the cacophony - the noise of your brain and daily life; tune into the music, your feelings and emotions ‘good’ and ‘bad’ …and find the space, stillness and love that underpins everything.

NB: May include loud noise, surprises, challenges, cacophonous racket
May cause shock, comfort, discomfort, smiles, tears, peace, transcendence

    136. Where the walls of heaven are thin as a curtain: Simon Clark on Talbot, Path of Miracles

    136. Where the walls of heaven are thin as a curtain: Simon Clark on Talbot, Path of Miracles

    An epic and spiritual adventure for choir, Joby Talbot's Path of Miracles captures the hope, the expectation and the moments of overwhelm (both positive and negative) of travellers on the ancient and still popular pilgrimage trail the Camino de Santiago (Way of St James).
    Simon Clark, scientist, author and singer joins me to share his passion for the piece and guide us on a journey of musical and maybe spiritual fulfilment! Listening time: podcast 24 mins, music 62'
    Music here on Youtube, Spotify, Apple Music and Amazon.
     
    f you like to see your singers in action, there's a live concert video performance on Youtube here.
    Path of Miracles was commissioned and premiered by the choir Tenebrae and their conductor Nigel Short. Their recording and performances remain the 'benchmark' for this increasingly popular piece. You can buy the above recording as a cd or high-quality download here, direct from the choir.
    The text is a mix of ancient Latin and early European languages (often taken from religious writings or music) alongside an English text writen by the poet Robert Dickinson. The complete words are here (starting on Page 4).
    Simon Clark’s The Wikicast is on all major podcast platforms and his science videos are on his Youtube channel. Simon also appears on Cacophony episode 134, unpicking some celestial science as we investigate The sound of the solar system?
     
    What do you think? Let me know with a comment at Cacophonyonline.com. I ‘d love to hear from you!
    If you’d like to support Cacophony there are easy, great, ways:
    – send us a little something or make a regular payment at ko-fi.com
    – share this episode with someone you know
    – share the 100 second trailer
    – subscribe/ review and keep listening!
    Thanks for listening!
     
     
     
     
     

    • 24분
    135. Uplifting melancholy and passionate languor: Granados, Spanish Dances

    135. Uplifting melancholy and passionate languor: Granados, Spanish Dances

    Music that seems to conjure all the tastes, smells and senses of Spain - or my expectations of them (as someone who's hardly been there): Spanish dances for piano by Enrique Granados. Perfect music if you just want to feel warmer, but it's also an opportunity to bask (Basque? [sorry]) in some gloriously wistful melancholy that seems to underpin all six of these pieces. Somehow it's not a melancholy that makes one feel sad - it seems as uplifting and nourishing as the warm sun on a cold winter's day. Listening time 12 mins plus music 25'.
    The music is here in full, played by Alicia de Larrocha on Youtube, Spotify, and links to the album on Apple Music and Amazon.
    Alicia de Larrocha was one of the great interpreters of Spanish music. These pieces haven't been recorded by many pianists, but de Larrocha did more than once. The recordings linked above are available to buy as high-quality downloads from Presto Music. You can also get her earlier recording (pretty much as good, maybe with slightly less good sound) and it's cheaper if you buy the whole album not individual tracks (a bit of care is required with your basket!).
     
    What do you think? Let me know with a comment at cacophonyonline.com. I'd love to hear from you!
    If you’d like to support Cacophony there are easy, great, ways:
    – send us a little something or make a regular payment at ko-fi.com
    – share this episode with someone you know
    – share the 100 second trailer
    – subscribe/ review and keep listening!
    Thanks for listening!
     
     
     

    • 11분
    Not the World Cup of (largely) classical music: revisited! Highlights and talking points

    Not the World Cup of (largely) classical music: revisited! Highlights and talking points

    Not the World Cup was a "glorious celebration of classical and world music" that ran alongside a small men's football competition in late 2022.
    Each team in each game of the football was represented by a short piece of (largely classical) music - 110 pieces in all from 107 composers (including 41 pieces by women): loads of great music and loads of new discoveries.
    I got together with my friend the conductor and writer Lev Parikian to pick some highlights and talk about a few of the things we learnt - about music, about how we listen and how it makes us feel.
    Listening time 41 mins.
    Here's a Youtube playlist of our favourite things of all from Not the World Cup
    and a playlist of everything that was clipped in the episode.
     
    What do you think? Let me know with a comment at cacophonyonline.com. I'd love to hear from you!
     
    You can learn more about Lev Parikian, his books, gigs, writing, nature projects, etc., at: https://levparikian.com and also on Substack & Twitter.
     
    It's a fluid conversation but things break down a bit like this:
    01:56 Wistful piano pieces and surprise winners [Music by Dolores Castegnaro, Enrique Granados, Julio Fonseca]
    04:30 Giving things a chance/ deciding quickly this isn’t for you/ music that transports you/ powerful openings [Iris Szeghy, Karl Jenkins, John Williams]
    08:16 Curation - contrasts and similarities [Hector Villa Lobos, Arthur Honegger, Reena Esmail, Kamancheh music played by Narges Dehghani, Sufi music from the group Hadarrattes Souiriyattes]
    11:45 Universal music in a world of nationalism, colonialism, borders and nationality
    16:10 Strange new worlds: non-western music to western ears and sensibilities -  Korea Republic and Africa [M. Birvaa, Unsuk Chin, Anne-Marie Nzie]
    21:27 Moods and complexity: Joy, sadness and sheer energy [John Adams, ND Jobins balafon music]
    24:49 Authenticity and craft [Astor Piazzolla, Dana al Fardan]
    26:28 Biases, choosing pieces from classical music’s ‘big players’ & pre-conceptions [Orlande de Lassus, Hector Berlioz, Johann Sebastian Bach]
    32:55 Music that’s not by white guys and a Mayer detour
    34:48 The final matches and final thoughts [Felix Mendelssohn, Eddie Mora, José Pablo Moncayo, Gabriela Ortiz]
     
    The Cacophony episode on Emilie Mayer's 7th symphony, which excited Lev so much, can be found here.
     
    ALL the music from the epic NWC adventure can be found by exploring the Cacophony website.
    ...and some of the pieces discussed have their own 'normal' Cacophony podcast episodes where they're discussed in a bit more depth:
    Felix Mendelssohn: Symphony No.3, "Scottish" (the 'winner' for Germany) 
    Maurice Ravel: Mother Goose suite ('should' have been the winner...)
    Reena Esmail: Darshan
    John Adams: Short ride in a fast machine
    John Williams: Olympic fanfare and theme
     
    Cacophony podcast episodes are normally released on the 10th, 20th and 30th of each month. It's a podcast bringing you great music that you may or may not know, but I think you'll love, all aimed at helping us Hear more, feel more and 'be' more! All at www.cacophonyonline.com or direct to your podcast player at bit.ly/cacolink
     
    If you’d like to support Cacophony there are easy, great, ways:
    – send us a little something or make a regular payment at ko-fi.com
    – share this episode with someone you know
    – share the 100 second trailer
    – subscribe/ review and keep listening!
     
    Thanks for listening!
     
     
     

    • 41분
    134. The sound of the solar system? Kepler’s Harmony of the World

    134. The sound of the solar system? Kepler’s Harmony of the World

    An extraordinary, ambitious, blend of art and science, Johanes Kepler's Harmony of the World is a 17th century attempt to understand what the then known universe sounded like - on a planetary level! In the 1970s, using the latest technology Professors Willie Ruff and John Rodgers were able to make Kepler's Harmony into music - an extended piece of electronica, hypnotic and thought provoking.
    Launched to great acclaim, Harmony of the World was then included on the famous Voyager spacecraft Gold Records, an explainer-for-aliens of earth and its people, currently somewhere in interstellar space!
    Prof Ruff tells the story with Dr Simon Clark alongside me to explain the science and what it all means. There's more from the great Willie Ruff on his website
    Listening time: 25mins+ (podcast 23', Harmony of the World up to 45')
    Harmony of the World is here on Youtube.
     
    There's a comprehensive website on the Voyager missions which includes loads of interesting information on the Gold Record: https://voyager.jpl.nasa.gov
    Simon Clark's podcast The Wikicast is available on all major podcast hosts and his science videos are on his Youtube channel
     
    What do you think? Let me know with a comment at cacophonyonline.com. I 'd love to hear from you!
    If you’d like to support Cacophony there are easy, great, ways:
    – send us a little something or make a regular payment at ko-fi.com
    – share this episode with someone you know
    – share the 100 second trailer
    – subscribe/ review and keep listening!
    Thanks for listening!
     
     
    Photo credit: NASA/ JPL
     
     
     

    • 23분
    Introducing: Not the World Cup of (largely) classical music!

    Introducing: Not the World Cup of (largely) classical music!

    This is a brief announcement to tell you about Not the World Cup of (largely) classical music, which is running during the football world cup as a complement or alternative. It's lots of fun and you can find it on the Cacophony Youtube   or at cacophonyonline.com 
    https://www.youtube.com/@cacophonypodcast
    Please listen, please vote, please share!
     

    • 1분
    133. A woman on the money: Clara Schumann, Piano Trio

    133. A woman on the money: Clara Schumann, Piano Trio

    Urbane sophistication mixes with poetry and drama in Clara Schumann's Piano Trio, her biggest piece from a small catalogue of great music. Better known in recent times as the wife of Robert Schumann, it was Clara who was an international star as the leading pianist of their day. It was composing, though, that brought her the greatest joy and her music is full of deep inspiration and honesty.
    Listening time 38 mins (podcast 13', music 25')
     
    Music here on Youtube, Spotify and (links to track 1 only:) Apple Music & Amazon Music played by the Beaux Arts Trio. You can buy this classic recording as a download here.
    There are plenty of other recordings but notably in the last few weeks one from tip-top violinist Anne-Sophie Mutter and friends. If you like the piece, check it out too. She emphasises the drama over the classy ease and sophistication.
     
    What do you think? Let me know with an easy voicemail or comment at Cacophonyonline.com, Facebook or Twitter, if it still exists!
     
    If you'd like to support Cacophony there are easy, great, ways:
    - share this episode with someone you know
    - share the 100 second trailer
    - send us a little something or make a regular payment at ko-fi.com
    - subscribe/ review and keep listening!
     
    Thanks for listening!
     
     
     

    • 12분

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