David Walliams' Marvellous Musical Podcast

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Join David Walliams as he goes on a marvellous musical journey of discovery and meets some of the most famous names from the history of music – from Ludwig ‘Grumpy’ van Beethoven to 19th-century rock star Franz Liszt. (Please note no composers were harmed in the making of this podcast).

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Episode 10: John Williams and the Chamber of Star Wars
00:19:16
David Walliams takes a ride through the magical career of legendary film composer John Williams, from Star Wars to Harry Potter – with a little help from a ghost. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150 Music from: John Williams: Star Wars, Main Title – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM) John Williams: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Raiders March – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM) John Williams: Jaws, The Shark Theme – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM) John Williams: Jurassic Park, Theme – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM) John Williams: Superman, Superman March – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM) John Williams: Saving Private Ryan, Hymn to the Fallen – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM) John Williams: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Hedwig’s Theme – London Symphony Orchestra/Gavin Greenaway (Decca/Classic FM) Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker – Bergen Philharmonic/Neeme Järvi (Chandos)
Feb 14, 2019
Episode 9: Weird Instruments
00:19:47
From a helicopter quartet to a vegetable orchestra, prepare to have your idea of what an ‘instrument’ can be blown wide open. David Walliams explores some of the most fantastical, needlessly complex and sometimes tasty musical instruments that human beings have ever created. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150 Viola Organista performed by S?awomir Zubrzycki The Vegetable Orchestra John Cage: Variations I – Langham Research Centre Leroy Anderson: The Typewriter – Richard Hayman Orchestra/Richard Hayman Verdi: ‘Anvil Chorus’ from Il trovatore – Orchestra e coro del teatro alla scala/Riccardo Muti Mahler: Symphony No.6 – Minnestora Orchestra/Osmo Vänskä (BIS) Tchaikovsky: 1812 Overture – Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra/Vasily Petrenko (Classic FM) Ligeti: Poème Symphonique for 100 Metronomes – Françoise Terrioux (Sony) Leopold Mozart: Cassation in G ‘Toy Symphony’ Rautavaara: Cantus Arcticus – Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra/Leif Segerstam Tchaikovsky: Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy on glass harmonica – William Zeitler
Feb 13, 2019
Episode 8: The Greatest Schumann
00:21:01
It’s time to delve into the tale of Clara Schumann, the phenomenally gifted composer who was, in many ways, The Greatest Schumann. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150 Clara Schumann: Three Romances – Jennifer Pike and Tom Poster (Chandos) Beethoven: Für Elise – Ji Liu (Classic FM) Robert Schumann: Piano Quartet in E flat – Alexander Melnikov/Jerusalem Quarete (Harmonia Mundi) Brahms: Piano Sonata in F minor – Stephen Hough (Hyperion) Chopin: Nocture Op.9, No.2 – Ji Liu (Classic FM) Brahms: Variations on a Theme by Haydn – Georg Solti/Murray Perahia Clara Schumann: Scherzo in D minor, Op.10 – Konstanze Eickhorst
Feb 12, 2019
Episode 7: Beethoven
00:17:26
You’ve heard his music, now it’s time to hear his story. David dives into the life of one of history’s greatest – and grumpiest – composers. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150 Beethoven: Symphony No.5 – Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/John Eliot Gardiner (SDG) Beethoven: Symphony No.7 – Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique/John Eliot Gardiner (SDG) Walter Murphy: A Fifth of Beethoven Beethoven: Rage Over a Lost Penny – Ronald Brautigam (BIS) Beethoven: Symphony No.3 – Dresden Philharmonic/Michael Sanderling (Sony) Beethoven: Für Elise – Ji Liu (Classic FM) Beethoven: Symphony No.9 (BIS) Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.14 ‘Moonlight’ – Ji Liu (Classic FM)
Feb 11, 2019
Episode 6: Maverick Musicians
00:18:03
They broke the mould and changed the face of music. Meet the marvellous mavericks and devilish divas who took the musical world by storm. And don’t be surprised if a number of old friends turn up to join the party… Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150 Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.13 – Arcadi Volodos (Sony) Rimsky-Korsakov: Flight of the Bumblebee – Royal Scottish National Orchestra//Neeme Järvi excerpts from Mozart: Don Giovanni – MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis (Sony) Mozart: ‘Voi che sapete’ from Don Giovanni – Adelina Patti (Nimbus) Paganini: 24 Caprices – Augustin Hadelich (Warner Classics) Paganini: Violin Concerto – Itzhak Perlman/Royal Philharmonic Orchestra/Lawrence Foster Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 – Arcadi Volodos (Sony) Bizet : ‘L’amour est un oiseau rebelle’ from Carmen – Maria Callas, Orchestra de l’Opéra National de Paris
Feb 10, 2019
Episode 5: Ballet
00:17:20
Ballet: You may think it’s all tutus and tippy toes, but there’s a world of wild, daring and downright bizarre stories behind this dainty dance. Join David Walliams as he journeys around the globe to give us a peek into the highly competitive, and fantastically strange world of ballet. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150 Music from: Tchaikovsky: The Nutcracker – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Neeme Järvi (Chandos) Saint-Saëns: The Swan from Carnival of the Animals – Ji Liu (Classic FM) Lully: Alcidiane, Ritournelle et air de Mademoiselle Hilaire – La Risonanca/Fabio Bonizzoni (Glossa) Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Neeme Järvi (Chandos) Stravinsky: The Rite of Spring – MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis (Sony) Prokofiev: Romeo and Juliet – Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra/Andrew Litton (BIS)
Feb 07, 2019
Episode 4: Staying Alive with Ethel Smyth
00:18:12
We journey back a hundred years to explore the life of Ethel Smyth: composer, suffragette and all-round legend. Also, there are pirates. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150 Music from: Ethel Smyth: Concerto for Violin – BBC Philharmonic Orchestra/Odaline de la Martinez (Chandos) Ethel Smyth: Mass in D – Orchestra of the Plymouth Music Series/Philip Brunelle (EMI) Ethel Smyth: The Wreckers – Scottish National Orchestra/Sir Alexander Gibson (Warner) Ethel Smyth: March of the Women – Orchestra of the Plymouth Music Series/Philip Brunelle (EMI) Ethel Smyth: The Boatswain’s Mate, Overture – BBC National Orchestra of Wales/Rumon Gamba (Chandos) Ethel Smyth: String Quartet in E minor – Mannheim String Quartet (CPO)
Feb 06, 2019
Episode 3: It takes one to (pia)no one
00:16:58
This instrument may seem pretty black and white, but there’s more to the piano than meets the eye. Join David Walliams as he travels inside the piano, discovers its most famous players and explores the unlikely ways it changed music forever. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150 Music from: Beethoven: Für Elise – Ronald Brautigam (BIS); Mozart: Piano Sonata No.11 ‘Alla turca’ – Fazil Say (Warner); J. S. Bach: Concerto in G major, BWV 973 – Richard Egarr (Harmonia Mundi); Chopin: Nocturne in E flat major – Ji Liu (Classic FM); Beethoven: Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’ – Leif Ove Andsnes (Sony); Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 – Georges Cziffra (Warner); Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 ‘Appassionata’ – Lang Lang (Sony) Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No.2 – Leif Ove Andsnes (Warner); Chopin: Piano Sonata No.3 – Martha Argerich (Warner); Round Midnight – Thelonious Monk (Sony/ATV); Gershwin: Rhapsody in Blue – André Previn, London Symphony Orchestra (Warner) Things are Getting Better (Echobass) Beethoven: Piano Sonata No.23 ‘Appassionata’ – Lang Lang (Sony) Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here - https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150
Feb 05, 2019
Episode 2: The Liszt Factor
00:19:25
Franz Liszt was music’s first true rock star, baby. Join David Walliams as he enrols in Liszt’s school of cool, and discovers what it really means to rock, old school. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150 Music from: Liszt: La Campanella – Ji Liu (Classic FM); Liszt: Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 – Georges Cziffra (Warner); Liszt: Liebesträum – Ji Liu (Classic FM); Liszt: Mephisto Waltz No.1 – Leif Ove Andsnes (Warner); Liszt: Transcendental Studies – Yevgeny Sudbin (BIS); Liszt: Totentanz – Louis Lortie, Residentie Orchestra The Hague/George Pehlivanian (Chandos); Liszt: Un sospiro – Leslie Howard (Hyperion)
Feb 04, 2019
Episode 1: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
00:17:47
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: You might well have heard of Mozart – but did you know he had a really rude sense of humour? Or that he owned a pet starling? In the first episode, David meets one of the most famous composers of all time… and has a bit of a run in with a music professor. Each episode is also accompanied by a playlist in Apple Music – you can find those here: https://itunes.apple.com/gb/curator/classic-fm/1211395150 Music from: Mozart: The Magic Flute – Bayerischen Staatsoper/Wolfgang Sawallisch (Warner); Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro – Collegium Vocale Gent, Concerto Köln/René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi); Mozart: Symphony No.41 ‘Jupiter’ – Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Neville Marriner (Warner); Mozart: Piano Concerto No.21 – Murray Perahia, English Chamber Orchestra (Sony); Mozart: Clarinet Concerto – Martin Fröst, Amsterdam Sinfonietta/Peter Oundjian (BIS); Mozart: Eine kleine nachtmusik – Camerata Nordica/Terje Tønnesen (BIS); Mozart: Piano Sonata No.11 ‘Alla turca’ – Fazil Say (Warner); Wagner: Wedding March from Lohengrin – Bayreuth Festival/Andris Nelsons (Opus Arte); Mozart: La finta semplice – Jeremy Ovenden, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment/Jonathan Cohen (Signum Classics); Mozart: Don Giovanni – MusicAeterna/Teodor Currentzis (Sony); Allegri: Miserere – Tenebrae/Nigel Short (Signum); Mozart: Requiem – Freiburger Barockorchester, RIAS Kammerchor/René Jacobs (Harmonia Mundi)
Feb 03, 2019
David Walliams' Marvellous Musical Podcast Trailer
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Jan 20, 2019