Listening Guides to some of the greatest masterpieces in Classical Music. A discussion of great works of music, with plenty of musical examples played for each work, and recommended recordings too. We'll talk through Contextual History for each piece too. Episodes Weekly
#10: Tchaikovsky - Symphony 6 'Pathetique'
A listener's guide to Tchaikovsky's Sixth Symphony, the 'Pathetique', featuring a bit of history, a guide to the music, and recommended recordings. Discover Tchaikovsky's final piece - his swansong, premiered a week before his death.
#9: Rimsky-Korsakov - Scheherazade
A listener's guide to Rimsky-Korsakov's famous suite based on the tales of 'Arabian Nights'; with a contextual history, plenty of musical examples, and recommended recordings too.
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#8: Beethoven - Symphony No. 6 ('Pastoral')
A listener's guide to one of Beethoven's great programmatic symphonic works, depicting the countryside; with a contextual history, plenty of musical examples, and recommended recordings too.
#7: Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique
A listener's guide to Berlioz's Magnum Opus - Symphonie Fantastique, famously inspired by a drug-induced, opium trip where the artist fantasizes about his beloved, then his own public execution, then his dark, Satanic funeral. Lots of musical examples, and recommended recordings at the end.
#6: Britten - Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra
A listener's guide to Britten's 'Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra', also known as 'Variations and Fugue on a Theme of Purcell'. This podcast goes through how Britten ingeniously introduces to us the different elements of the orchestra, through a compelling piece of music, ending with an explosive, brilliant, and mindblowingly complex fugue. Recommended recordings at the end.
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#5: Dvorak - Symphony no. 9, "From the New World"
A listener's guide to Dvorak's "New World" Symphony. After a review of its 'American' qualities, and its use of spirituals and folk music, this episode provides a walkthrough of the symphony, with plenty of musical examples, and recommended recordings too.