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 with... Lucy Humphris
Jess Gillam and trumpeter Lucy Humphris share their favourite music. Their musical adventure today includes scary Prokofiev, dreamy Debussy, wide open space from Edmund Finnis and Schoenberg, birdsong with Lady Maisery and some 8-bit chiptune from the computer game FEZ by Disasterpeace.
Cinderella-Suite Nr. 1, Op. 107, VIII. Midnight
Ukrainian State Symphony Orchestra, Theodore Kuchar
Edmund Finnis - Preludes I and II for Solo Cello
Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello)
Disasterpeace - Adventure from FEZ
Debussy – Reverie
Jean Yves Thibaudet (piano)
Lady Maisery – Birdsong
Colin Stetson - Nature is Timeless
Arnold Schoenberg - Verklärte Nacht, Op. 4: I. Sehr langsam
Juilliard String Quartet, Yo-Yo Ma
Clara Schumann - Piano Trio in G Minor, Op. 17: III. Andante
Anne-Sophie Mutter (violin), Pablo Ferrandez (cello), Lambert Orkis (piano)
Jess Gillam with... Karim Kamar
Jess Gillam and pianist Karim Kamar share some of their favourite music. Karim has an amazing musical story - after loving playing as a kid but never studying properly, at 25 he decided to quit his job and learn the piano seriously to become a professional musician. He spent years painstakingly learning how to play - and has since released 6 albums and performed at some of the most iconic music venues from Ronnie Scott’s to the Royal Albert Hall. He’s also a bit of a star on social media with millions of fans who follow his adventures of him playing the many street pianos you find around the country.
His music picks are all based around the piano - from the pure romance of Rachmaninov's Second Piano Concerto, to the video game imagination of Ryuichi Sakamoto and the latin funk of Stevie Wonder. Meanwhile Jess finds a new inspiration in Sibelius's Third Symphony, one of her teenage soundtracks in Massive Attack and an uneasy waltz by Shostakovich.
MILES DAVIS: Nardis [Bill Evans Trio]
SHOSTAKOVICH: Jazz Suite no.2 – Waltz no 2 [Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Riccardo Chailly (conductor)]
RUYICHI SAKAMOTO: Seven Samurai: Ending Theme
RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto no 2 – 2nd mvt Adagio sostenuto [Khatia Buniatishvilli (piano), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi (conductor)]
MASSIVE ATTACK: Hymn of the Big Wheel
CHOPIN: Waltz op.64 no.2 in C sharp minor [Arthur Rubinstein (piano)]
SIBELIUS: Symphony no.3 – 2nd mvt Andantino [BBC Philharmonic /John Storgards (conductor)]
STEVIE WONDER: Another Star
Jess Gillam with... Delia Stevens
Jess Gillam is joined by percussionist Delia Stevens to share the music they love and make some new discoveries, including tracks by Tessa Lark, Avner Dorman, Fabiano do Nascimento and Jack Hylton and His Orchestra.
Debussy: Danse profane for harp & orchestra
Tessa Lark: Jig and Pop
Cyrille Aimée: It’s a Good Day
Vega Trails: Love Your Grace
Avner Dorman: Frozen in Time (Indoafrica & Eurasia)
Julius Klengel: Hymnus
Fabiano do Nascimento: Forro Brasil
Jack Hylton & His Orchestra: Life is just a bowl of cherries
Jess Gillam with... Braimah Kanneh-Mason
Jess Gillam and violinist Braimah Kanneh-Mason swap some of their favourite tracks and chat about their lives in music. Braimah comes armed with a classic Beethoven recording by violinist Itzhak Perlman, a feel-good tune by The Melodians and a Haydn quartet. Meanwhile, Jess spins Rachmaninov at his most romantic, Monteverdi by the ensemble L'Arpeggiata and a soaring performance by Etta James.
HAYDN – String Quartet, op.33 no 2 ‘The Joke’ 1st mvt Allegro Moderato [London Haydn Players]
ETTA JAMES – At Last
RACHMANINOV – Symphony no 2 – 3rd mvt ‘Adagio’ [London Symphony Orchestra/Simon Rattle (cond)]
JOSEPH ACHRON – Hebrew Melody, op.33 [Josef Hassid (violin), Gerald Moore (piano)]
MONTEVERDI, arr. Pluhar – Zefiro Torna, SV251 [Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Nuria Rial (soprano), l’Arpeggiata/Christina Pluhar (director)]
THE MELODIANS: Rivers of Babylon
TRAD: Ku-Isa Tama Laug [David Darling (cello), The Wulu Bunun]
BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto in D, op.61 – 3rd mvt [Itzhak Perlman (violin), Berlin Philharmonic/Daniel Barenboim (conductor)]
Jess Gillam with... James Newby
Jess Gillam and baritone James Newby swap some of their favourite tracks and chat about their lives in music. James - who was one of Radio 3's New Generation Artists - is one of the country's most exciting young baritones and performs all around Europe in everything from contemporary opera to intimate song recitals. His music picks include a choral piece by Howells that changed the direction of his life and catapulted him into a music career and the stunning voices of Celeste and Bryn Terfel. Meanwhile, Jess picks a stunner of a voice of her own in Sarah Vaughan, alongside the energy of John Adams and a tender ballad for violin and piano by Donald Grant.
MOZART: Marriage of Figaro – Overture [Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Yannick Nezet Seguin (conductor)]
DONALD GRANT: Bha lá eile ann [Elena Urioste (violin), Tom Poster (piano)]
HERBERT HOWELLS: Nunc Dimittis (from Collegium Regale) [Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Stephen Cleobury]
JOHN ADAMS: Short Ride in a Fast Machine [City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor)]
DILYS ELWYN EDWARDS: The Cloths of Heaven (Gwiseg Nefoedd) [Bryn Terfel (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)]
CORELLI: Follia [Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall]
SARAH VAUGHAN: Be My Love