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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... Tom Weaver

Jess Gillam and pianist Tom Weaver share some of their favourite tracks.


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...


Jess Gillam with... Alexandra Oomens

Jess Gillam and soprano Alexandra Oomens share the music they love, including Handel, Janacek and Marilyn Monroe. Today we listened to... Handel – Guilio Cesare: Act 3; Da Tempeste (Amanda Forsythe, Apollo’s Fire, Jeanette Sorrell) Joni Mitchell – Both Sides Now Elena Kats-Chernin - Memorial Rag (Gondwana Voices, Lyn Williams) Janacek – Glagolitic Mass: VIII. Intrada (CBSO, Simon Rattle) Andrew Bird – Pulaski at Night Philip Glass – Glassworks: I. Opening (Philip Glass Ensemble, Michael...


Jess Gillam with... Sasha Scott

Jess Gillam and composer and violinist Sasha Scott share the music they love, including Vivaldi, Ligeti, Henriette Renié, and The Prodigy. Sasha Scott was one of the Senior Category winners in the BBC Young Composer 2019 competition. Playlist: Witold Lutosławski – Symphony No 4 (Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra / Antoni Wit) Francis Poulenc – Flute Sonata FP 164 (1st mvt) (Emmanuel Pahud / Éric Le Sage) The Prodigy – Out of Space Antonio Vivaldi – The Four Seasons: Winter (1st mvt)...


Jess Gillam with... Jasmin Kent Rodgman

Jess Gillam and composer Jasmin Kent Rodgman share the music they love including Tchaikovsky, Arve Henriksen, Pan Daijing, Ella & Louis and the Penguin Cafe Orchestra. Playlist: Tchaikovsky - Swan Lake - op.20 Act 2, No. 10 (LSO, Andre Previn) Arve Henriksen - Arco Akropolis Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong - Let’s Call the whole thing off Pan Daijing – Phenomenon Berlioz - Symphonie Fantastique – Un Bal (West-Eastern Divan Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim) Mosseri, Herskedal, Talbot, Marshall -...


Jess Gillam with... Alex Woolf

Jess Gillam and composer Alex Woolf share some of the sounds they love, including music by John Adams and Tom Waits, and Imelda Staunton singing Sondheim. Playlist: John Adams - City Noir – I. The City and its Double (St Louis Symphony, David Robertson) Leroy Anderson - The Waltzing Cat Britten - Serenade for Tenor, Horn & Strings – Sonnet (Peter Pears, Barry Tuckwell, LSO, Benjamin Britten) De Falla - Siete Canciones; I. El pano moruno (Arr. Efraín Oscher) (Avi Avital) Sondheim - Losing My...