Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast: Tenebrae Music Director Nigel Short

St Johns Smith Square Holy Week Festival 2021 begins on Sunday 28 March – Palm Sunday. Vocal group Tenebrae under the direction of Nigel Short features in pre-recorded and live streams as well as Amici Voices, violinist Lana Trotovšek, Bojan Čičić, and organist Steven Devine. For more information visit the St John’s Smith Square website

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Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast: Pianist Clare Hammond

Pianist Clare Hammond releases a new disc ‘Variations’ on 5 March featuring piano variations by Hindemith, Copland, Adams and Szymanowski.

It continues the pianist’s deeply felt work advocating active listening in discovery sessions specifically tailored for prisoners. COVID guidelines permitting, Hammond hopes to return to prisons in the UK sharing the repertoire on the disc in live performance sessions.

In Podcast 112 Clare Hammond talks about how she introduces classical music repertoire to a prison community. The music used is Clare Hammond’s recording of Szymanowski’s ‘Variations on a Polish Theme’.

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Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast 66: Discovering the music of Lully with Christophe Rousset

Conductor and harpsichordist Christophe Rousset discusses the writing of composer Lully following a performance of ‘Isis’ given at Opera Royal in the Palace of Versailles on Tuesday 10 December. 

Listen to the podcast below, via Audioboom or Spotify.

Read a synopsis of the opera on the Les Talens Lyriques website. A recording of the opera made by Les Talens Lyriques is available on Spotify or to purchase

Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast 47: Pianist Nicolas Hodges discusses Messiaen’s Des Canyons aux étoiles

Nicolas Hodges appears at the BBC Proms 2019 in a performance of Messiaen’s Des Canyon aux étoiles.

Here he discusses the different ways birdsong sounds across the world, how eight weeks when he was a teenager made contemporary music inescapable, and what happens in the moment between the final note of a piece of music and the applause beginning. 

The podcast is available on Audioboom or Spotify.

Recorded at Queen Elizabeth Hall foyer on Wednesday 23 July 2019.

Thoroughly Good Classical Music Podcast 46: Cellist Matthew Barley

Matthew Barley’s recording of John Tavener’s The Protecting Veil was released on the Signum label in June 2019. It’s available via Spotify.

In this podcast Matthew discusses how the impact of a skiing accident forced him to reevaluate his playing, led to a diagnosis of Ehlers Danloss Syndrome, and how his subsequent understanding of hypermobility demanded learning how to play the cello all over again.