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In these podcasts I talk to musicians and listeners about what they are hearing in the music that touches and moves them.

The Music Listening Project The Music Listening Project

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    • 5.0 • 4 Ratings

In these podcasts I talk to musicians and listeners about what they are hearing in the music that touches and moves them.

    Joy and Learning in Brahms' Second Symphony

    Joy and Learning in Brahms' Second Symphony

    Brahms' second symphony is, as commentators agree, "serene, full of warmth, and brimming with optimism." The philosopher, Roger Scruton, writes that great music does not simply express a state - serenity, warmth, optimism – it interrogates it. In this podcast I explore his idea, and its – and the symphony's – profound relationship to life.

    • 33 min
    A passion for life: Dvorak's cello concerto

    A passion for life: Dvorak's cello concerto

    In this podcast I explore the idea that Dvorak redeems the problems of life – specifically the problem of his homesickness for Czechoslovakia – not by solving them but by turning them into music.

    • 23 min
    What's the deal with Mozart's Jupiter symphony?

    What's the deal with Mozart's Jupiter symphony?

    Commentators seem unable to praise the Finale of Mozart's 41st symphony enough, containing, "they say," the greatest 30 seconds of music ever written. I thought I'd work out why – and I'm not so sure I agree.

    • 19 min
    In Dulci Jubilo

    In Dulci Jubilo

    In this podcast I explore the relationship of carols to the magic of Christmas.

    • 13 min
    Hely-Hutchinson's Carol Symphony

    Hely-Hutchinson's Carol Symphony

    When I first rehearsed this music I could make no sense of it! So I made a podcast. Now I find parts of the Carol Symphony quite moving.

    • 16 min
    Mahler's First Symphony – Movement 1

    Mahler's First Symphony – Movement 1

    Journey to "where no [person] has gone before" or an early morning walk? Chamber music or symphony of gigantic proportions? Mark and Matthew listen to key moments from a work haunted by themes of joy, unrequited love and death.

    • 24 min

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vishalJP ,

Underrated gem

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.

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