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Winner of the British Podcast Awards Best True Crime Podcast 2019, Case Notes investigates some of the darkest mysteries from the history of music. From the murderous composer Carlo Gesualdo to the intriguing story of Haydn’s missing head – this is true crime like you’ve never heard it before. Join us as we delve into long-forgotten archives to unearth rich new evidence from decades and even centuries ago. Brought to you by the award-winning Classic FM team.
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In 1791 a masked figure knocked at Mozart’s door. He wanted to commission a piece from the great composer – a mass for the dead. There was one condition, Mozart could never know who his client was. Mozart agreed and started work on the piece. But he soon became ill – had he been poisoned? Mozart began to fear he was writing the music for his own funeral. He died before he could finish the piece. Who was the mysterious stranger? And what’s the real story behind Mozart’s Requiem?   Original music was written by Thomas Hewitt Jones (@thewittjones). Tim Lihoreau can be found on Twitter (@TimLihoreau) and the Classic FM team can be found @ClassicFM. You can get in touch about the show at classicfm.com and find out more about this episode at classicfm.com/casenotes The recordings featured in this episode are: Mozart: Requiem Sophie Karthäuser (soprano), Marie-Claude Chappuis (mezzo), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor), Johannes Weisser (baritone); Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor/René Jacobs   Mozart: The Queen of the Night's aria from The Magic Flute Sabine Devieilhe, Pygmalion/Raphaël Pichon   Franz Anton Hoffmeister: Symphony in G major 'La festa de la Pace 1791' II. Poco Adagio London Mozart Players/Matthias Bamert   Mozart: Piano Concerto No.25, III. Allegretto  Piotr Anderszewski, Chamber Orchestra of Europe   Mozart: Music from The Marriage of Figaro  Fanie Antonelou (Susanna), Christian van Horn (Figaro); MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis   Mozart: La Clemenza di Tito RIAS Kammerchor, Freiburger Barockorchester/René Jacobs    Salieri: Sinfonia in D major, 'La Veneziana' III. Presto; La locandiera III. Presto London Mozart Players/Matthias Bamert
In 1893 the composer Tchaikovsky breathed his last. He had become a celebrity in his native Russia and been showered with honours. But Tchaikovsky had a secret. He was gay. And in Russia at the time that was illegal. Attempts by authorities and historians to cover this up have meant that Tchaikovsky’s life and death became shrouded with mystery. In this episode, we try to get to the bottom of exactly what happened to one of the greatest musicians the world has ever seen. This episode tackles subjects that some listeners might find upsetting. Original music was written by Thomas Hewitt Jones (@thewittjones). Tim Lihoreau can be found on Twitter (@TimLihoreau) and the Classic FM team can be found @ClassicFM. You can get in touch about the show at classicfm.com and find out more about this episode at classicfm.com/casenotes The recordings featured in this episode are: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from ‘The Nutcracker’ Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Järvi Swan Lake James Ehnes (violin), Bergen Philharmonic, Neeme Järvi ‘Eugene Onegin’ Yuri Mazurok (Eugene Onegin), Anna Tomowa-Sintow (Tatyana), Nicolai Gedda (Lensky), Rossitsa Troeva-Mircheva (Olga); Sofia National Opera Chorus, Sofia Festival Orchestra, Emil Tchakarov Symphony No.6 Musicaeterna, Teodor Currentzis
In the early 20th century a craze for the occult swept the country. It was the era of Aleister Crowley and a new-found fascination with black magic. And no-one embraced this world more fully than Philip Heseltine. This hard-living, heavy-drinking composer delved into the art of black magic, experimented with spells and even changed his name to ‘Peter Warlock’. In 1930 he died suddenly, at the age of just 36. Had he been interfering with forces beyond his control? This episode tackles subjects that some listeners might find upsetting. Original music was written by Thomas Hewitt Jones (@thewittjones). Tim Lihoreau can be found on Twitter (@TimLihoreau) and the Classic FM team can be found @ClassicFM. You can get in touch about the show at classicfm.com and find out more about this episode at classicfm.com/casenotes The recordings featured in this episode are: Warlock: Bethlehem Down – The Rodolfus Choir, directed by Ralph Allwood (Signum Classics) Warlock: Capriol Suite – Nicholas Kraemer (harpsichord), Neville Marriner, Academy of St Martin in the Fields (Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon) Warlock: The Fox – John Mark Ainsley, Roger Vignoles (Helios/Hyperion) Warlock: Take, O Take Those Lips Away – Tim Travers-Brown and Jeremy Filsell (Signum Classics) Warlock: Captain Stratton’s Fancy – Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone), Michael Martineau (piano) (Decca Classics and Deutsche Grammophon)
Has something ever been stolen from you? Do you remember the feeling of panic when you realised it was gone? Now imagine if that thing was worth £1.2m. This is the story of violinist Min Kym and what happened when her instrument was taken from her. It’s a tale of giddy love, devastating loss and the healing power of music. Original music was written by Thomas Hewitt Jones (@thewittjones). Tim Lihoreau can be found on Twitter (@TimLihoreau) and the Classic FM team can be found @ClassicFM. You can get in touch about the show at classicfm.com and find out more about this episode at classicfm.com/casenotes The recordings featured in this episode are: Bach: Sarabande from Partita No.2 in D minor Min Kym (violin) Brahms: Violin Concerto, II Adagio Min Kym (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra/Andrew Davis Paganini: Caprice, Op.1 No.16 Min Kym (violin) Bach: Adagio from Sonata No.1 in G minor Samuel Staples (violin) playing a 1684 Stradivarius violin Massenet: Méditation from ‘Thaïs’ Min Kym (violin), Gordon Back (piano) Bach: Chaconne from Partita No.2 in D minor Alina Ibragimova (violin) Saint-Saëns: Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso Min Kym (violin), Gordon Back (piano) Lalo: Symphonie Espagnole Min Kym (violin), London Symphony Orchestra/Barry Wordsworth Chausson: Poéme Min Kym (violin), Gordon Back (piano)
The murder of Donna Maria D’Avalos and Don Fabrizio Carafa in 1590 was one of the most violent Naples had ever seen. It was so violent, in fact, it became known as the crime of the century. But who could have committed such a brutal murder? And why was no one ever punished for the crime? In this episode we explore the grim story of a killing that horrified Europe and sent shockwaves down the centuries. This episode tackles subjects that some listeners might find upsetting. Original music was written by Thomas Hewitt Jones (@thewittjones). Tim Lihoreau can be found on Twitter (@TimLihoreau) and the Classic FM team can be found @ClassicFM. You can get in touch about the show at classicfm.com and find out more about this episode at classicfm.com/casenotes  The recordings featured in this episode are: Gesualdo: Seso Libro di Madrigali 1611 La Compagnia del Madrigale, Glossa Gesualdo: Tenebrae Responsories for Maundy Thursday The King's Singers, Signum Records Gesualdo: Sacrae Cantiones for five voices The Marian Consort, Delphian Records
How did the tomb of Austria's great composer come to contain not one skull, but two? The story of Haydn's head leads us into the murky world of 19th-century medicine, complete with grave robbing and some gruesome pseudo-science. Be warned, this episode contains descriptions that some listeners might find disturbing. Original music was written by Thomas Hewitt Jones (@thewittjones). Tim Lihoreau can be found on Twitter (@TimLihoreau) and the Classic FM team can be found @ClassicFM. You can get in touch about the show at classicfm.com and find out more about this episode at classicfm.com/casenotes The recordings featured in this episode are: The Creation – Haydn performed by Collegium Vocale Gent and the Orchestre des Champs-Élysées conducted by Philippe Herreweghe (Phi) 'London' Symphonies – Haydn performed by Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana, conducted by Howard Shelley (Hyperion) The 'Joke' Quartet – Haydn performed by The London Haydn Quartet (Hyperion) The Queen of the Night’s aria from The Magic Flute – Mozart performed by Sabine Devieilhe (soprano), Pygmalion conducted by Raphaël Pichon (Warner Classics)
Case Notes is a brand-new crime podcast, investigating some of the darkest mysteries from the history of music. From the murderous composer Carlo Gesualdo to the intriguing story of Haydn’s missing head – this is true crime like you’ve never heard it before. Join us as we delve into long-forgotten archives to unearth rich new evidence from decades and even centuries ago. Brought to you by the award-winning Classic FM team.
Comments (17)

Chloe Watson

Oh my, this is scandalous!!

Aug 13th
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Nolan Tubb

When is the next season coming out? Love the podcast!

Apr 1st
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Nolan Tubb

Very good podcast. One of my favorites. Great stories, narration, music, and it's factual. Very entertaining!

Feb 14th
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Unknown

Not gonna lie, the narrator reminded me of Professor Layton XD

Jun 24th
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Morgan Hyneman

I have enjoyed many podcasts over the past few years and have thought about commenting before but never have. This is the podcast that changed that...thoroughly enjoyed all the stories and production was top notch!!! I really hope more stories are soon to follow, podcast world needs more storytelling like this!! I love the mix of classic music and true crime with a great narrator to top it off. Ive yet to hear anything else like it. Bravo!!!

Jun 19th
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Tyeson Rogers

What an amazing podcast. I love history so to hear a "behind the music"of composers is so cool!

Jun 10th
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Rebecca Neustel

Extremely fascinating and well done! This was a completely new story to me, and I'm thrilled with the knowledge of it.

Jun 2nd
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Rebecca Neustel

A beautiful and heartbreaking tribute

Jun 2nd
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Timothy Hollywood

What a great podcast series! I love classical music and true crime separately-- and the marriage of these two subjects is just fascinating. The podcast keeps me going through long nights of work with stories that move along, solid narration, reputable music experts and good production value. I rarely rate anything 5stars, but this podcast is definitely worth it. Cheers!

Jun 1st
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cade

What a very powerful story about conscience and the need for a life with music.

May 31st
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cade

I never heard of Peter Warlock before this podcast. Wow what a story. I need to learn more and find more of his music. What a character.

May 30th
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cade

I love classical music like a background to my life but I love a mystery. This brings new life to the mystery we were introduced to it in the movie Amadeus. wow!

May 30th
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cade

wonderful moving story of love and loss

May 30th
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Hunter James Hill

It's amazing! gripping to the very end and definitely entertaining! I will be an avid listener!

Mar 19th
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