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This Classical Life


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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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.




This Classical Life: Jess Gillam with... Jacob Mühlrad

Jess Gillam and composer Jacob Mühlrad share the music they love.


Jess Gillam with... Jacob Mühlrad

Jess Gillam and composer Jacob Mühlrad share the music they love. Jacob introduces us to the music of Sven-David Sandström and a glistening re-mix of Josin by Kiasmos. We have some passionate tango performed by Nicola Benedetti and friends, a landscape of sound from John Cage and Missy Mizzoli tells the story of Isabelle Eberhardt. Plus some early Mahler, unfinished Schubert AND a meeting of musical magic with Chris Thile and Brad Meldhau. Playlist: Carlos Gardel - Por Una Cabeza (Arr. John...


Jess Gillam with... Sheku Kanneh-Mason

Jess Gillam and cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason share the music they love. Mozart takes us to heavenly plains with his Great Mass, Leroy Anderson plays a typewriter, Max Richter sends us to sleep and we'll hear some heart-wrenching cello playing from Jacqueline du Pré in Dvorak's Silent Woods. Plus Jess and Sheku discuss the iconic voices of legends Bob Marley and Nina Simone. Playlist: Dvořák - Silent Woods for cello and orchestra, Op. 68 No. 5 (Jacqueline du Pré - cello, Chicago Symphony...


Jess Gillam with... Jonathan Bloxham

Jess Gillam and conductor Jonathan Bloxham share the music they love. With a beautifully pensive tango from Piazzolla, Curtis Mayfield's life-affirming song 'Move on Up' and court jesters and curses from Verdi. Also, Anna Clyne is inspired by Persian poetry, Nick Drake sings about growing up and Haydn keeps to time. Playlist: Haydn - Symphony No. 101 in D major 'The Clock' - finale (Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Claudio Abbado - conductor) Piazzolla – Oblivion (Gidon Kremer - violin, Per Arne...


Jess Gillam with... Courtenay Cleary

Jess Gillam joins up with the Australian violinist Courtenay Cleary to share some of their favourite music, including an iconic work by Richard Strauss, a highly charged Janacek String Quartet, a spellbinding farewell from David Bowie, kaleidoscopic Australian jazz-funk and a special gift from the Aurora Orchestra. Playlist: R. Strauss - Also Sprach Zarathustra, Op. 30 (Herbert von Karajan, Berlin Philharmonic) Janacek - String Quartet No. 2 "Intimate Letters" (Emersen String Quartet) David...


Jess Gillam with... Tom Weaver

Jess Gillam joins up with American pianist Tom Weaver to share some of their favourite music, including Dvorak's Eighth Symphony, a virtuosic Vivaldi violin concerto played on the trumpet, an energetic tango by Piazzolla, plus tracks from Aerosmith and Electric Light Orchestra. Playlist: Dvorak – Symphony No.8, 3rd movement (Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra) Aerosmith – Sweet Emotion (from Toys in the Attic) Piazzolla – Night Club 1960 (from Histoire du Tango) (Astoria)...


Jess Gillam with... Bridget Kibbey

Jess Gillam and harpist Bridget Kibbey share the music they love. Greek saxophonist Alegros Gramma takes us to Morocco while Chick Corea is in Spain. Sol Gabetta plays Haydn, Martha Argerich plays Ravel plus we hear Sophie Hutchings, Portishead, Rachmaninov AND Beethoven's iconic fifth Symphony. Playlist: Beethoven – Symphony No.5 in C minor, Op.67; I. Allegro con brio (London Symphony Orchestra, Antal Dorati) Sophie Hutchings - Elysian Days Alegros Gramma – Mousaka Bari Bari (Traditional...


Jess Gillam with... Toby Young

Jess Gillam chats to composer and producer Toby Young about the music they love. With sparkling chamber music by Paul Hindemith, a heartbreakling aria by Henry Purcell, plus we'll dip into Motown with the Four Tops and spend some time with glorious choral music from Carlo Gesualdo. Playlist: Carlo Gesualdo – Ecce vidimus eum, Responsories from 1st Nocturn (The King's Singers) Four Tops - Bernadette Paul Hindemith - Kammermusik Op.24 No.1 for 12 instruments (Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,...


Jess Gillam with... Zeynep Özsuca

Jess Gillam and pianist Zeynep Özsuca talk about the music they love. With music by Robert Schumann, Handel, Stevie Wonder and Woodkid. Playlist: Robert Schumann - Piano Quintet in E flat Major, Op.44; I. Allegro brillante (Jerusalem Quartet and Alexander Melnikov) Woodkid - Iron Brahms - Symphony no. 3 (Op.90) in F major, 3rd movement; Poco allegretto (Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie, Daniel Harding) Joby Talbot - Ink Dark Moon; III. Allegro vigoroso (Milos, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Ben Gernon)...


Jess Gillam with... AyseDeniz Gokcin

Jess Gillam is joined by composer and pianist AyseDeniz Gokcin to share the music they love. With passionate and romantic music by Rachmaninov, Chopin and Brahms, the celestial and other worldly sounds of Jennifer Higdon’s Blue Cathedral and Max Richter’s Journey CP1919, plus the powerful empowering force that is Beyonce.


Jess Gillam with...William Thomas

Jess Gillam and opera singer William Thomas share the music that love, from Bach to Billy Joel. Today we played: Oscar Peterson – C Jam Blues (Oscar Peterson (Piano), Ray Brown (Double Bass), Ed Thigpen (Drums)) Bernstein – Rumble From West Side Story (Studio Orchestra, Johhny Green) Bach – Ich Habe Genug Bwv 82 No.1 : Aria ‘Ich Habe Genug‘ (Hans Hotter (Bass-Baritone), Geraint Jones (Organ), Sidney Sutcliffe (Oboe), Philharmonia Orchestra, Anthony Bernard) Nitin Sawney – Broken Skin Elgar –...


Jess Gillam with... Eve-Marie Caravassilis

Jess Gillam talks to cellist Eve-Marie Caravassilis about the music that the love, from Handel to Gnarls Barkley. Today we played: Handel: Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno, HWV46a "Tu del Ciel ministro eletto" (Julia Lezhneva (soprano), Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini) Max Richter: moth-like stars Pt. 14 (Max Richter (piano), Ben Russell (violin), Yuki Numata (violin), Caleb Burhans (viola), Clarice Jensen (cello), Brian Snow (cello)) Rodriguez: Crucify your mind Vivaldi:...


Jess Gillam with... Anna Tsybuleva

Jess Gillam and pianist Anna Tsybuleva talk about the music they love - with works by Vivaldi, Led Zeppelin, Beethoven and Penguin Cafe Orchestra.


Jess Gillam with... Martin Kohlstedt

Jess Gillam talks to composer and pianist Martin Kohlstedt about the music they love - with music from Bartók, Radiohead, Chopin and Dusty Springfield. Today we played... George Walker – Lyric for Strings (London Symphony Orchestra, Paul Freeman) Natureboy Flako - Gelis Caroline Shaw – Its Motion Keeps (Caroline Shaw, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Dianne Berkun Menaker) Frédéric Chopin - Nocturne No. 19 in E minor, Op. 72 No. 1 (Arthur Rubinstein) Dusty Springfield – The Look of Love John Tavener –...


Jess Gillam with...Jess Dandy

Jess Gillam talks to contralto Jess Dandy about the music they love, from Wagner to The Waterboys and including folk music from Ireland and Argentina. Today we played... Wagner - Gotterdammerung, WWV 86D / Act 3: Fliegt heim, ihr Raben! (Birgit Nilsson, Gottlob Frick, Vienna Philharmonic, Georg Solti) Ibert - The Deserted House (Peter Katin) Mercedes Sosa - Gracias A La Vida Frank Waxman A Place in the Sun – Suite (London Symphony Orchestra, John Williams) Lankum - The Wild Rover Göran Fröst...


Jess Gillam with...Poppy Ackroyd

Jess Gillam is joined by composer, pianist, and violinist Poppy Ackroyd to share the music they love, including Debussy, Brad Mehldau and Radiohead. This we we played... Debussy –Jardins sous la pluie (Jean-Yves Thibaudet) Brad Medlhau – When it Rains Origamibiro - Vitreous detachment Prokofiev – Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major Op.19: II. Scherzo: Vivacissimo (Hilary Hahn, Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Mikko Franc) Schubert - String Quintet in C Major, D.956; II. Adagio (Quatuor...


Jess Gillam with...Benson Wilson

Jess Gillam and baritone Benson Wilson share the music they love, including the voices of Johnny Mathis, Dmitri Hvorostovsky, and Samoan gospel singer Lani Alo. Today we played…. Copland – Appalachian Spring: Allegro (Leonard Bernstein, New York Phil) Erroll Garner - Misty (Johnny Mathis) Pulp – Common People Verdi – Don Carlos: "O Carlo, ascolta" from Act IV Scene 2 (Dmitri Hvorostovsky, BBC Welsh SO, Richard Armstrong, recorded at 1989 Cardiff Singer of the World final) Interpol – Untitled...


Jess Gillam with...Rosey Chan

Jess Gillam talks to pianist and composer Rosey Chan about the music that they love, including Mahler, Miles Davis and Eurythmics. Today we played: Vivaldi – Orlando finto pazzo, RV 727; ‘Se in ogni guardo’ (Philippe Jaroussky, Ensemble Matheus, Jean-Christophe Spinosi) Mahler - Totenfeier (OAE, Vladimir Jurowski) Miles Davis/Bill Evans - Blue in Green (Miles Davis, Bill Evans, John Coltrane, Paul Chambers, Jimmy Cobb) Eurythmics - Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Francaix - Petit Quartour 1....


Jess Gillam with... Ryan Bancroft

Jess Gillam is joined by conductor Ryan Bancroft to share the music they love, with music by Debussy, Aruna Sairam, Caroline Shaw, Joby Talbot and Massive Attack plus a warm hug from Beethoven. Playlist: Debussy - Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune (Orchestra National de la RTF, Constantin Silvestri) Joby Talbot - Once around the sun; January - A Yellow Disc Rising from the Sea Aruna Sairam – Tillana, Kalinga Nardhanam Massive Attack - Unfinished Sympathy Leos Janacek – Taras Bulba; 1. The...


Jess Gillam with... Tom Donald

Jess Gillam is joined by composer and pianist Tom Donald to swap tracks they love, including music by Keith Jarrett, Schumann, Stravinsky, big dog little dog and Elton John. Playlist: Keith Jarrett - Book of Ways 4 Igor Stravinsky - Infernal Dance from The Firebird (City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra / Andris Nelsons) Gustav Mahler - Symphony No 3 in D minor - Part 2 (4th mvt) (Christa Ludwig / New York Philharmonic / Leonard Bernstein) J.S. Bach - Goldberg Variations BWV 988: Aria...