Perfect Pitch: Classical Music Deconstructed

By Nick Hely-Hutchinson

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Unlock the secrets of classical music with Perfect Pitch – the podcast that takes you on a journey through the centuries of timeless compositions. Whether you're a seasoned expert or a curious beginner, Perfect Pitch offers an accessible and relaxed exploration of the world's most beautiful classical works. Join us as we reveal fascinating stories behind the music and the composers who created them. With Perfect Pitch, you'll discover new insights into the classics and develop a deeper appreciation for the art form. Get ready to immerse yourself in the world of classical music like never before!

Episode Date
S2.E25. Mozart and Chopin in the clutch of a Nutcracker. Mozart, La c darem,and Chopin's variations on it, Tchaikovsky Miniature Overture and Waltz of the Flowers.
Dec 02, 2023
S2.E24. Larking about -no, not that one- Haydn String Quartet op 64; Holst St.Paul's Suite; Chopin Ballade 4.
Nov 24, 2023
S2.E23. A Polish minuet by Paderewski, virtuosity with Saint Saens 2nd Piano Concerto, Englishnes with Vaughan Williams English Folksong Suite, and joyous Bach in 5th Brandeburg.
Nov 18, 2023
S2.E22. Merriment with Nicolai; Seduction with Puccini; Reflection with Stevenson; and Optimism with 'Rach 3'. A bit of everything!
Nov 11, 2023
S2.E21. The sound of The London Philharmonic Orchestra.
Nov 04, 2023
S2.E2O=EPISODE 100! Grieg Symphonic Dances, Mozart Cassation, Schubert Piano Trio, Beethoven Violin Concerto.
Oct 28, 2023
S2.E19. Copland Appelation Spring, Holst Moorside Suite, Brahms Violin Concerto.
Oct 20, 2023
S2.18. Strauss Violin Sonata, Zueignung -orchestrated-Offenbach, Barcarolle, 'Bowie meets Rachmaninoff' with Harriet Stubbs, Holst, Mars from The Planets.
Oct 13, 2023
S2.E17. A miniature by Elgar, La Capricieuse, a duet by Schubert, ecstasy with Wagner's Liebestod, and a crowd-pleaser by Shostakovich, the Moscow Cheryomushki Waltz.
Oct 06, 2023
S2.E16. Fiendish Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata, a love song by Giordanno, playfulness with Haydn Piano Concerto in D; and 2 all time faves by Puccini - O soave fanciulla and Nessun Dorma at last!
Oct 01, 2023
S2.E15. Sarasate Zigeunerweisen, Schubert Impromptu 2 - and an unusual work by Schumann, his Konzertstuck for FOUR horns and orchestra!
Sep 24, 2023
S2.E14. Two different sides of Brahms - humour and tenderness. Academic Festival Overture, Intermezzo 1. And the freshness of CPE Bach, Cello Concerto.
Sep 15, 2023
S2.E13. Music for love, tears, and joy. Schumann Arabesque, Rossini Stabat Mater, A Schubert Sanctus, Mozart Agnus Dei from Coronation Mass, Vivaldi Lute Concerto.
Sep 10, 2023
S2.E12. A couple of earbusters with Dubois Organ Toccata and Berwald 3rd Symphony, ending with calm in Beethoven's Adagio from the 9th Symphony
Sep 02, 2023
S2.E11. Clarinet virtuosity in Kuffner's Clarinet Quintet; the genius of Bach on the cello; Ponchielli's one hit wonder The Dance of the Hours; and playfulness with Mozart Piano Concerto No.26.
Aug 26, 2023
S2,E10. Happy music - Mozart Oboe Concerto in full, Dvorak Violin Concerto finale, Respighi Bergamasca.
Aug 20, 2023
S2.E9. Familiar can still be genius - Mozart 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik' in full; and Mendelssohn pulsating Piano Concerto No,1
Aug 09, 2023
S2.E8. Three rowdy doses of the familiar - Sibelius Karelia Suite; Bizet Carmen Suite; Offenbach Can Can.
Jul 25, 2023
S2.E7. Three doses of joy, with Rimsky Korsakov Capriccio Espanol; Mozart Exsultate, Brahms Hungarian Rhapsodies 4 and 5.
Jul 18, 2023
S2.E6.Prokofiev Overture on Hebrew Themes, Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty, Beethoven Pathetique and Eroica.
Jul 09, 2023
S2.E5. A Rossini overture and 4 familiar miniatures: Grieg 'Morning', Bach 'Jesu Joy', Catalani 'Ebben, ne andro', Poulenc 'Les Biches'.
Jun 23, 2023
S2.E4. Easy Listening - Schubert Rondo for Violin and String Orchestra, 3 Copland Songs, Strauss Vienna Blood Waltz.
Jun 11, 2023
S2.E3. Love, Passion, Romance, and Charm. Wagner Lohengrin, Verdi Ballo, Dvorak Serenade, Korngold Straussiana.
Jun 02, 2023
S2.E2. La Clemenza di Tito, a Chopin piano concerto, and Poulenc's organ concerto.
May 18, 2023
Series 2. Episode 1. Celebratory music for a Coronation.
May 05, 2023
79. Fanfare the Janacek way; and some nationalism with Rachmaninoff and Sibelius.
Apr 29, 2023
78. Dreamy Delius and Triumphant Tchaikovsky.
Apr 23, 2023
77. Exuberance x 3. Schubert Octet, Chopin Polonaise Brillante, Mendelssohn Scottish Symphony.
Apr 14, 2023
76. Tragic Nobility.(Tip: for maximum benefit, let go, submit. Perseverance is rewarded!) Brahms Tragic Overture, Bruckner Symphony 7.
Apr 07, 2023
75. Raw intimate talent. Clara Schumann Piano Trio.
Mar 31, 2023
74. Exquisite harmony, and the looming of spring. Mozart Magic Flute, Beethoven variations on Mozart Magic Flute, Fauré Dolly Suite, Mozart O Isis, Schumann Spring Symphony.
Mar 25, 2023
73.A mixture of familiar and unfamiliar. Les Misérables,Verdi Chorus of the Hebrew Slaves, Mozart Piano Concerto 26.
Mar 18, 2023
72. My Favourite Festive Piece.
Dec 17, 2022
71. A Stockingfull of Festive Faves.
Dec 11, 2022
70. Nationalism, Dexterity, Merriment, Playfulness Sibelius Finlandia Suite, Liszt La Campanella, Mozart Clarinet Concerto, Beethoven Symphony 4.
Dec 03, 2022
69. Music to lift the spirits. Weber Euryanthe, Mozart 12 Piano Variations, Sullivan The Mikado, Ravel La Valse.
Nov 26, 2022
68. Patriotism to Jubilation. Walton Spitfire Suite, a Scarlatti sonata, Puccini Chrysanthemums, Dvorak Symphony 8.
Nov 19, 2022
67. A Quintet of Beauties. Puccini Doretta’s Dream, Mozart Hunt Quartet, Mahler Symphony 1, A Chopin Prelude with a twist, Haydn Symphony 85.
Nov 13, 2022
66. Fireworks, Remembrance, Statement. Handel Fireworks, Williams Schindler’s List, Handel As with Rosy Steps the Morn, Beethoven Symphony 1.
Nov 05, 2022
65. Lightness, Comfort, Drama. Ragtime on xlophone, Danse Negre Coleridge-Taylor, Mozart Piano Concerto 27, Verdi Requiem.
Oct 31, 2022
64. A Charge at each end, with some Peace in the middle.Walton Henry V, Beethoven Pastoral, Chopin Berceuse, Dvorak Serenade for Wind Instruments.
Oct 23, 2022
63. A mixture of old and modern. Mozart Piano Concerto 15, Handel Let The Bright Seraphim, Beethoven Cello Sonata 3, Sibelius Karelia Suite.
Oct 15, 2022
62. A bit more autumn, romance, spring - and frenzy! Two piano pieces by Brahms, Fernando Hahn, Schumann Symphony 1, Korngold Violin Concerto.
Oct 09, 2022
61. Sunny, sensual, sprightly. Beethoven Cello Sonata 3, Schubert Fantasy for piano, Prokofiev Classical Symphony.
Oct 01, 2022
60. Autumn. Vivaldi Autumn Four Seasons, Tchaikovsky Symphony 4, Mozart Symphony 35, Parry Songs of Farewell.
Sep 25, 2022
59. Comfort, Joy, Majesty. Respighi, Bach Well Tempered Klavier, Schubert Symphony 3, Haydn Symphony 96, Britten National Anthem
Sep 17, 2022
58. 'Parting is hell. But life goes on, so sing as well.' Some thoughts after the death of Queen Elizabeth II. Handel Zadok the Priest, Beethoven Emperor Concerto, Bernstein West Side Story, Elgar Nimrod.
Sep 11, 2022
57. Hello again! A cocktail of solace and high spirits. Strauss Morgen, Brahms Variations on a theme by Haydn, Shostakovich Festival Overture.
Sep 05, 2022
56. A few gems before a summer break. Gershwin Sunmertime, Dukas Sourcerer’s Apprentice, Handel Lascia ch’io pianga, Beethoven 7th Symphony.
Jul 17, 2022
55. A 20thC Piano Concerto, A Song without Words, and a Tuneful Earbuster. Shostakovich Piano Concerto, Mendelssohn Song without words for cello and piano, Dvorak Scherzo Capriccioso
Jul 10, 2022
54. From Derilium to Optimism, via a Joyful Leap and Romance. Schumann Toccata, Warlock Capriol Suite, Beethoven Romance No.1 for violin, Arlen Over the Rainbow.
Jul 03, 2022
53. 'A Ray of Sunshine'. Mozart Piano Concerto 17.
Jun 27, 2022
52. A one-off symphony. Bizet Symphony in C.
Jun 20, 2022
51. Everything - tenderness, lightness, high drama, passion, and happiness. Beethoven Moonlight Sonata, Schumann Widmung, Liszt Widmung, Holst Jupiter from The Planets.
Jun 13, 2022
50! A quartet of jollity, perfection, comfort, and playfulness.Mahler 1st Symphony, Dove Sono from Mozart’s Marriage of Figaro, Bach Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring, Brahms Piano Concerto 2.
Jun 06, 2022
49. Something dreamy, book-ended by something addictive. Tchaikovsky, rococo, variations, Mendelssohn A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Haydn Piano Concerto 11.
May 30, 2022
48. Reflection to Flourish. Fauré Dolly Suite, Grieg Last Spring, Schumann Arabesque, Vivaldi Concerto for Lute and Strings, Saint Saëns Rondo.
May 23, 2022
47. Four helpings of fun. Reznicek, Mozart clarinet quintet, Dvorak American String Quartet, Gimenez.
May 16, 2022
46. Upbeat music - and music for love, young and old. Khachaturian Masquerade Suite, Gremin aria from Tchaikovsky Onegin, Beethoven variations on a Mozart theme.
May 09, 2022
45. Music for Spring. Vivaldi Spring from Four Seasons, Mendelssohn ‘I waited for the Lord’, Sibelius Symphony 5
May 02, 2022
44. Playful, uplifting. sorrowful; and the launch of Cancer and Pisces. Schubert Trout Quintet, Gounod ‘Je veux vivre’, Wagner Siegfried Funeral March, Ravel Souvenir de Bayreuth.
Apr 24, 2022
43. The Saint Matthew Passion: the pinnacle of all music.
Apr 15, 2022
42. Faure Requiem - in full.
Apr 11, 2022
41. Reflective music. Strauss Träume, Sibelius Valse Triste, Mendelssohn Italian Symphony, Ravel Le Tombeau de Couperin
Apr 04, 2022
40. Patriotism and Solace. Vaughan Williams Dives and Lazarus, Greensleves, Dvorak Serenade for Strings, Brahms Requiem.
Mar 28, 2022
39. A Great Curtain Raiser, A Great Voice, A Frivolity or Two; and A Protest.Wagner Meistersinger Prelude, Lensky aria from Onegin, Percy Grainger favourites, Beethoven Egmont.
Mar 21, 2022
38. The Arpeggione, A Famous Theme, and A Masterclass in Craftsmanship. Schubert Arpegione Sonata, Purcell, Mozart Symphony 41 (Jupiter) finale.
Mar 14, 2022
37. Baroque on piano, a 'new' voice, and violin acrobatics.
Mar 07, 2022
36. A Fairytale, Nostalgia, a Tour de Force for Strings.
Feb 28, 2022
35. A Valediction in Song. Especially apt if you are ín need of comfort.
Feb 21, 2022
34. Maestros and Maestras at the very top of their game. Weber clarinet Concerto.2, Verdi Rigoletto’Bella Figlia’ quarte, Mozart Horn Concerto 4
Feb 14, 2022
33. A quartet - Trumpet, Violin, Piano, Orchestra.Hummel Trumpet Concerto, Beethoven Violin Romance 2, Bach Italian Concerto, Haydn Symphony 102
Feb 07, 2022
32. Light and cheerful; weighty and glorious. Schubert Piano Duets, Wagner Tannhäuser
Jan 31, 2022
31. Earth, Sky, Water. Brahms Symphony 1, Mendelssohn Hear My Prayer, Smetana Ma Vlast
Jan 24, 2022
30. From Franckly lovely to outright nostalgia.Cesar Franck Violin Sonata, Grieg Solveg Song, Rachmaninoff 2nd Symphony
Jan 17, 2022
29. A favourite concerto in full - and something personal.Mozart Piano Concerto 20, Stravinsky Firebird finale.
Jan 10, 2022
28. My Christmas Cracker!
Dec 20, 2021
27. Comedy, purity, love, and JAZZ! Beethoven at the hands of Dudley More, Giordano ‘Caro mio bien’, Shostakovich Jazz Suite.
Dec 13, 2021
26. From tranquillity to jubilation in three steps. Schubert Andantino, Verdi Traviata aria, Strauss Don Juan
Dec 06, 2021
25. The Spanish Mozart, high spirits, and power.Arriaga Symphony, Mendelssohn Rondo capriccioso, Midsummer Night’s Dream, Beethoven Symphony 1.
Nov 29, 2021
24. Some playfulness, some charm, and a triumph.Schumann Scenes from Childhood, Ireland Downland Suite, Verdi Aida
Nov 22, 2021
23. Freshness, anger, comfort, and menace.Beethoven 8th Symphony, Mozart ‘Mi Tradi’ from Don Giovanni, A Schumann Romance, Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet.
Nov 15, 2021
22. Get your dancing shoes on! Herold Clogg Dance, Wagner Lohengrin Prelude Act 3, Strauss Rosenkavalier Suite.
Nov 08, 2021
21. "If you have tears, prepare to shed them now."Mozart Flute and Harp Concerto, Handel ‘Waft her Angels’, Beethoven Cavatina
Nov 01, 2021
20. Rite of Spring, Haydn Cello Concerto, Sibelius Andante Festivo, Dvorak Song to the Moon.
Oct 25, 2021
Bernard Haitink, R.I.P. Mozart Marriage of Figaro Overture, Bruckner 7th Symphony, Mahler Symphony 3.
Oct 24, 2021
19. A Glinka Overture, some Lehar, Beethoven Piano Concerto 4.
Oct 18, 2021
18. Faure Requiem, Massenet Thais, Korngold Die Tote Stadt, Boyce Symphony 4.
Oct 11, 2021
17. Butterworth Banks of Green Willow, Elgar Sea Songs, Bach Double Violin Concerto.
Oct 04, 2021
16. Bach Badinerie Suite, Mozart Double Piano Concerto, Cosi, Carmen, Mussorgsky Pictures at an Exhibition
Sep 27, 2021
15. Verdi Traviata Prelude, Schumann Scherzo, Beethoven Emperor Concerto, Charpentier Te Deum, Saint Saens Rigadon.
Sep 20, 2021
14. Britten Foggy Foggy Dew, Haydn Symphony 96, Dvorak Rondo for Cello and Piano, Schubert Allersehlen
Sep 13, 2021
13. Tchaikovsky Onegin Polonnaise, Schubert Piano, Puccini Tosca, Handel Arrival of the Queen of Sheba.
Sep 06, 2021
12. Shostakovich Gadfly, A Scarlatti sonata, 2 songs Victor Hely-Hutchinson, Sibelius Violin Concerto.
Aug 30, 2021
Episode 11: Maxwell-Davis Farewell to Stromness, Strauss Zueignung, Beethoven Spring Sonata, Bach Cello Suite, Donizetti
Aug 23, 2021
Episode 10. Mozart Symphony 39, Laudate Dominum, Lohengrin.
Aug 16, 2021
Episode 9. Dvorak 8th Symphony, Strauss Mondschein, Bach Violin Partita, Hansel and Gretel, Chopin Ballade No 1
Aug 09, 2021
Episode 8: Elgar Ave Verum, Dream of Gerontius, Weber Invitation to the Dance, Bach Brandenburg Concerto 3..
Aug 02, 2021
Episode 7.Strauss Die Fledermaus, Mozart 'Non so piu', Beethoven 5th.
Jul 27, 2021
Episode 6. Brahms Requiem, Tchaikovsky Queen of Spades, Strauss Horn Concerto, Schumann Oboe Romance, Handel Organ Concerto.
Jul 20, 2021
Episode 5. Mendelssohn Octet, Casta Diva, Mozart Piano Concerto 23.
Jul 13, 2021
Episode 4. Haydn Creation,Surprise Symphony, Trumpet Concerto; Beethoven Appassionata
Jul 06, 2021
Episode 3: An excerpt from the St Matthew Passion; 2 Slavonic Dances for piano by Dvorak; and Schubert Great C Major
Jun 21, 2021
Episode 2: The Wonders of the Human Voice and some Euphoria
Jun 21, 2021
Series 1. Episode 1: Welcome to Perfect Pitch
Jun 19, 2021