In these podcasts I talk to musicians and listeners about what they are hearing in the music that touches and moves them.
What's going on at the beginning of the last movement of Beethoven's Ninth?
In this podcast, I unpack the narrative that forms the opening of the Ninth Symphony's Finale, as Beethoven searches for "joyful sounds," a tune we can all sing – the Ode to Joy.
A sublime slow movement: Beethoven A minor Quartet, No. 15
The slow movement of the A minor quartet is profound–but somehow difficult to discover without careful listening.
Schubert and broken hearted lovers, a "Winter's Journey"
In this podcast, I explore ways in which Schubert uses music in the first song of his cycle, "Winter's Journey," to give the lyrics an angle, rather like a film score gives a scene an angle. The singer is Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau with Gerald Moore on the Piano.
Dylan Goes Electric
This is a podcast produced for a music class at Humber College. It speaks to Bob Dylan's switch, in Bringing It All Back Home, from purely acoustic instruments to the introduction of the electric guitar: from folk to folk rock.
Liszt's "Les Preludes"
First impressions of Liszt's symphonic poem, "Les Preludes:" the story of development.
Brahms Piano Concerto No. 2
Mark talks about the paradoxical relationship between the piano and orchestra in the opening movement of Brahms' 2nd piano concerto.
This podcast deserves more recognition and appreciation. The commentary and attention to detail is exceptional. I am new to Western classical music, and I am loving the process of learning how to listen to it with Mark Whale’s help.