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Jess Gillam hosts the music show for people who like classical and other stuff too. Music, eclectic playlists and chat, with a new guest every week.

Jess Gillam hosts the music show for people who like classical and other stuff too. Music, eclectic playlists and chat, with a new guest every week.
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United Kingdom

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BBC

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Jess Gillam hosts the music show for people who like classical and other stuff too. Music, eclectic playlists and chat, with a new guest every week.

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English


Episodes

Jess Gillam with... Rakhi Singh

1/18/2020
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Jess Gillam is joined by violinist Rakhi Singh to swap tracks and share the music they love, with music from Bach to Portishead and we squeeze bees with Ivor Cutler.

Duration:00:30:08

This Classical Life: Jess Gillam with... Rakhi Singh

1/18/2020
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Jess Gillam and violinist Rakhi Singh swap tracks and share the music they love.

Duration:00:30:00

Jess Gillam with... Charlotte Harding

1/4/2020
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Jess Gillam is joined by Ivor Novello award winning composer and fellow saxophonist Charlotte Harding to swap tracks, including two saxophone greats - Branford Marsalis and Ivy Benson, other worldly textures from John Luther Adams and Anders Hillborg and two generations of Prokofievs. Tracks we played today... Gabriel Prokofiev – Saxophone Concerto: IV. Allegro Mechanico Nadia Boulanger - 3 Pieces for Cello and Piano, no.1: Modere Stravinsky - The Firebird Suite John Luther Adams - The Wind...

Duration:00:28:56

Jess Gillam with... Evelyn, George and Emma

12/28/2019
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In a special edition of the show with BBC Ten Pieces, Jess is joined in the studio by young musicians Evelyn, George and Emma to listen to music by Brahms, Grieg, Clean Bandit and a number from the hit musical Hamilton.

Duration:00:28:52

Jess Gillam with... Miloš Karadaglić

12/21/2019
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Jess and guitarist Miloš Karadaglić share some of their favourite tracks, from Albeniz to Bjork, with a little bit of David Bowie narrating Prokofiev for good measure. Today we listened to... Isaac Albeniz – Suite espanola, Op. 47; No. 5 Asturias (played by John Williams) Bjork – Vokuro Nicola Porpora – Polifemo, Act 3: Alto Giove (sung by Philippe Jaroussky) Prokofiev - Peter and the Wolf, Op. 67 (narrated by David Bowie) Vincente Amigo - Callejón de la luna (played by Zsófia Boros)...

Duration:00:29:34

Jess Gillam with... Bartosz Glowacki

12/7/2019
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Jess is joined by the accordionist Bartosz Glowacki to share their favourite tracks of the moment, including music by Piazzolla, June Tabor, a Chopin ballade and Sofia Gubaidulina's experimental concerto for orchestra and jazz band.

Duration:00:29:15

Jess Gillam with... Soraya Mafi

11/30/2019
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Jess and the soprano Soraya Mafi share some of their favourite tracks, from Verdi to Jeff Buckley. Tracks we listened to today: Verdi - La Traviata, Act 1: 'Sempre libera' (Maria Callas) Philip Glass - Etude no. 2 for piano (Vikingur Olafsson - piano) Jeff Buckley - Lilac wine Schubert - Trio for Piano, Violin and Cello Op. 99; II. Andante un poco moso Handel - Scipione: ‘Scoglio d’immota fronte’ (Sandrine Piau) Nina Simone – Stars (Live at Montreux) Clara Schumann - Liebst du um Schonheit...

Duration:00:29:35

Jess Gillam with... Simon Höfele

11/23/2019
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Jess Gillam swaps tracks with the trumpeter Simon Höfele, from the epic symphonies of Mahler and Shostakovich to reflective Beethoven and the repetitive rhythms of Meredith Monk. Here's the music we played today... Ades - Overture from Powder Her Face, suite for orchestra Mahler - Symphony No.2 "Resurrection", final movement Meredith Monk - Ellis Island Zimmermann - Concerto for Trumpet “Nobody knows de trouble I see“ Parcels - Lightenup Shostakovich - Symphony No. 5, 4th movement Beethoven...

Duration:00:29:33

Jess Gillam with... Kaapo Ijas

11/16/2019
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The Finnish conductor Kaapo Ijas' tracks include Sibelius, the Sibelius Academy Big Band and Radiohead. Here's the music we played today... Rachmaninov - Symphonic Dances, 1st movement Kurt Weill - The Ballad of Mack the Knife (Threepenny Opera) Sibelius - Symphony No.4, 3rd movement Jutta Rahmel/Sibelius Academy Folk Big Band - Levoton sydän Anders Hillborg - Violin Concerto No.2 Falla - 7 Canciones populares españolas (arr. Mischa Maisky) Radiohead - Everything in its right place Nico...

Duration:00:29:09

Jess Gillam with... Andrey Lebedev

11/9/2019
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Jess and classical guitarist Andrey Lebedev swap music from Brahms to Mason Bates, and Jimmie Rowles feat. Stan Getz.

Duration:00:29:21

Jess Gillam with... Jessie Grimes

11/4/2019
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Jess and clarinettist Jessie Grimes swap the music they love, including the Mozart Clarinet Concerto that first sparked Jessie's interest in the clarinet, a Beatles classic with an indefinable opening chord, polished pop by Vulfpeck and Schubert's emotional Shepherd on the Rock. This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds. And here's what we played today... Mozart - Clarinet Concerto KV 622 i. Allegro A Hard Day’s Night – Beatles Franz Schubert - Der Hirt auf dem Felsen...

Duration:00:29:36

Jess Gillam with... Abel Selaocoe

11/2/2019
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Jess is joined by the cellist Abel Selaocoe, a member of the Manchester Collective whose performances take in everything from chamber music to beatboxing. He and share tracks including a radical interpretation of Biber's Battalia and another war-themed piece in Britten's Sinfonia da Requiem, symphonies by Mozart and Penderecki, plus music by John Adams and the Youngblood Brass Band.

Duration:00:29:36

Jess Gillam with... Alexia Sloane

10/12/2019
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Jess Gillam is joined by composer and poet Alexia Sloane to swap music including John Luther Adams immersive Become Ocean, the sublime vocal harmonies of Kraja, Steve Reich's Music for 18 musicians, Smetana and a soul classic by Aretha Franklin. Here's the music we played today... Bedrich Smetana - Ma vlast, Vltava [Moldau] Kraja- Polska Till Rut Francis Poulenc - Sonata for Oboe FP, 185; 1. Allegro John Luther Adams - Become Ocean Aretha Franklin - I Say a Little Prayer Hildegard Von Bingen...

Duration:00:29:23

Jess Gillam with... Ian Arber

10/5/2019
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Jess is joined by film composer Ian Arber, who wrote the theme tune for the TV coverage of BBC Proms 2019. They swap tracks including music by Penderecki, Terence Blanchard, Bach and Rachmaninov. Today we listened to... Krzysztof Penderecki: Sinfonietta No. 1 - Vivace Sergei Rachmaninoff – Prelude in C-Sharp Minor (No. 2), Op. 3. Frederic Rzewski - Attica John Barry - The Knack… and How to Get it. Benjamin Britten - Friday Afternoons, Op. 7: Cuckoo! Terence Blanchard - Leeves Gustavo...

Duration:00:29:05

Jess Gillam with... Freya Waley-Cohen

9/28/2019
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Jess Gillam and composer Freya Waley-Cohen swap Messiaen's frenetic Joy of the Blood of the Stars from Turangalîla, a Procol Harum classic performed by King Curtis, Ravel, Janacek and Shostakovich. This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds. Here's what we listened to today... Olivier Messiaen - Turangalîla-Symphonie; V. Joie Du Sang Des Étoiles Vif, Passionné Avec Joie William Byrd - Miserere Mei, Deus arr. Nico Muhly Jenna Moynihan and Mairi Chaimbeul - Steaph’s Red...

Duration:00:29:41

Jess Gillam with... Fiachra Garvey

9/21/2019
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Jess and pianist Fiachra Garvey swap the music they love, including Bernstein that makes them both want to dance, Holst's joyful Jupiter from The Planets and Fiachra embraces his Irish roots with Thin Lizzy's Whiskey in the Jar. Here's what we played this episode... Leonard Bernstein - Mambo from West Side Story Johannes Brahms - Piano Quintet in F minor (Scherzo) Nils Frahm - Ambre from Wintermusik Thin Lizzy - Whiskey in the Jar Gustav Holst - The Planets - suite Op.32: Jupiter, the...

Duration:00:29:37

Jess Gillam with... Cecilia Bignall

9/7/2019
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Jess and Cecilia swap some of their favourite music, including the epic Dies Irae from Verdi's Requiem, fight scenes from Prokofiev's Romeo and Juliet, folk tunes by Sulkhan Tsintsadze, and tracks by Mica Levi and Nino Rota. This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Duration:00:29:15

Jess Gillam with... Callum Smart

8/31/2019
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Violinist Callum Smart plays Jess some classic Michael Brecker, and Jess introduces Callum to piano music by Missy Mazzoli, plus Punch Brothers playing Bach and vintage Jascha Heifetz playing Richard Strauss. This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

Duration:00:29:32

Jess Gillam with... Martin James Bartlett

7/13/2019
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Jess Gillam is joined by the pianist Martin James Bartlett, a former winner of BBC Young Musician who has just released his debut album 'Love and Death'. They share music from the explosive overture to Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila to contemplative Peter Gabriel, a classic recording of Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony and Max Richter. From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018...

Duration:00:29:43

Jess Gillam with... Lauren Fagan

7/6/2019
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Jess Gillam is joined by the soprano Lauren Fagan, a recent graduate of the Royal Opera's Jette Parker Young Artists Programme. They chat about the music they love, from Copland's Fanfare for the Common Man, to Queen and John Adams, and Barbara Bonney singing Schubert From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTAs, Jess is one of today’s most...

Duration:00:29:22