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This podcast series will be hosted by the wonderful Jonathan James, looking at classical music, chatting with world famous performers and conductors and also getting in touch with you guys to discuss lots of exciting classical music topics. Working as part of St David Hall (National Concert Hall of Wales) International Concert Series, we run lots of exciting extras alongside it to support the concerts. Check out the Arts Active website for more - y gyfres podlediad hon yn cael ei chynnal gan y rhyfeddol Jonathan James, yn edrych ar gerddoriaeth glasurol, yn sgwrsio â pherfformwyr ac arweinwyr byd-enwog a hefyd yn cysylltu â chi guys i drafod llawer o bynciau cerddoriaeth glasurol gyffrous. Gan weithio fel rhan o Gyfres Cyngherddau Ryngwladol Neuadd Dewi Sant (Neuadd Gyngerdd Genedlaethol Cymru), rydym yn cynnal llawer o bethau ychwanegol cyffrous ochr yn ochr ag ef i gefnogi'r cyngherddau. Edrychwch ar wefan Arts Active i gael mwy -
15 Episodes
In this St Dwynwen/Valentine's Special, JJ and Haz celebrate music as the supreme language of love. Includes a Rachmaninoff-off, comparisons of the sexiest classical pieces and which wind players would have the best six-pack. The 'stave being braved' this time is the balcony scene from Prokofiev's 'Romeo and Juliet'. Accompanying playlist: the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
'The sweets left at the bottom of the box'In this bumper Christmas episode, JJ and Haz explore festive pieces that often get overlooked while reflecting on premature descants, Ukranian nationalism, an orchestral musician's essential kit and the perils of pizzicato. The stave to be braved this time is the ballet score to Tchaikovsky's 'The Nutcracker', but expect the unexpected!Accompanying playlist: the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
The "It's definitely not Christmas yet" one.JJ and Haz venture into some very chilly winter musical landscapes, ward off the gloom with a risqué viola joke, and brave the stave of Vivaldi's 'Winter' from his Four Seasons, courtesy of a dynamic recording by Dmitri Sinkovsky and La Voce Strumentale. Accompanying playlist: the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
Upbeats goes to the dark side in a Halloween specialIn this second Upbeats episode, JJ and Haz ask what makes scary music scary, listen to diabolical instruments and marvel at the many versions of 'Night on a Bare Mountain.' And there's even a creepy viola joke!Accompanying Playlist: the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
Upbeats Classical musings with JJ and Haz (Jonathan James and Angharad Smith).In this pilot episode, Jonathan James and Angharad Smith get to know each other, try unsuccessfully to avoid viola jokes and, with some trepidation, scale the modernist mountain that is Stravinsky's Rite of Spring. Support the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
Jonathan is joined by conductor Jessica Cottis to discuss the ambitious vision of nature and humanity coming together in Mahler's third symphony, bringing this series of podcasts to a very grand close. Jessica, it turns out, is a real lover of nature and of butterflies in particular. For her this is one of the finest symphonies ever written.Support the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
Jonathan James and photographer Molly Hollman chat about the deeply inspiring and romantic worlds of moonlight and sunrise in this week's podcast, comparing how they are treated in visual art and music and dipping into works by Field, Chopin, Debussy and Nielsen as they go.Molly Hollman website: mollyhollman.myportfolio.comSupport the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
Music and the Sea

Music and the Sea


Music and the Sea For a composer, the sea is an obvious source of inspiration. The waves, the calm, the depths and the surface, all of these invite a musical response. Jonathan James takes to the coast to see how composers from Telemann to Britten represent the ocean in all its colours and complexity. This week he's accompanied by Sarah Jane Brown, a painter with a deep connection to the sea and its musicality.Sarah Jane Brown website: the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
Music and Storms

Music and Storms


Music and StormsComposers have always enjoyed whipping up a storm. Baroque theatre was the perfect crucible, and as the orchestra grew larger and mightier through the centuries, so the storms got more and more ferocious. Jonathan James ventures in the eye of various musical storms and compares them to the actual thing, in conversation with Sound Artist, Jay Richardson. Jay Richardson Album: from the album will be going to:  https://www.lensational.orgSupport the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
In conversation with Tony WhiteheadTony has been with the RSPB for 31 years and is also a sound technician and curator of concerts that encourage people to listen differently. The perfect conversation partner, in other words, to explore how to listen to birds and appreciate their musicality, including the all-important question: do blackbirds improvise?Support the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
Music and Birdsong

Music and Birdsong


Music and BirdsongIn a lighthearted exploration to kick off the series of podcasts examining the connections between music and nature, Jonathan James captures the dawn chorus in his local park before reflecting on four ways composers have captured birdsong in their music, with reflections from Tony Whitehead, Communications Manager from the RSPB.Support the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
Fauré's Élégie gives us one of his most memorable, singable melodies. But it offers so much more. Jonathan James explores why this short work packs such an emotional punch, using the version cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason was due to play this summer in the hall. This podcast is related to the concert that would have taken place on the 6 June 2020 at St David's Hall, Cardiff with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.Support the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
Jonathan James talks about Beethoven's mighty 'Eroica' symphony, and in particular the challenges the Aurora Orchestra must have faced when they memorised the work's finale, where every instrument has an important voice. This is related to the concert that would have taken place at St David's Hall, Cardiff on the 18th May 2020 with the Aurora Orchestra.Support the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
A message to all patrons and staff at St David's Hall from Nicola Benedetti about her cancelled performance with the Aurora Orchestra due to the COVID19 pandemic. Nicola speaks about why she loves the Mendelssohn violin concerto that she would have performed at St David's Hall (Cardiff) on 18th May 2020.Support the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
Jonathan James talks online to Nick Collon, conductor of the Aurora Orchestra, about their feats of memorisation and about the challenges of  Beethoven's epic 'Eroica' symphony. Among other candid insights, Nick reflects on how we don't think twice about other artists memorising their parts - opera singers, for example - and how the Eroica should "hit you around the face', and not be allowed to "turn into sludge". This is related to the concert that would have taken place at St David's Hall, Cardiff on the 18th May 2020 with the Aurora Orchestra.Support the show (!/DonationDetails#%2FDonationDetails)
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