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.