The Cathy List 4

Posted by on Dec 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
The Cathy List 4

Happy Christmas! Here’s a short playlist for a quieter moment (if you have one). I’ve always loved ‘Adam lay y bounden’, a minstrel song from the 1400s often sung during advent. It has a beautiful shape to it, and it’s had many settings over the years. The one by Boris Ord (great, earthy name) is […]

Vasily Petrenko talks about Shostakovich

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Vasily Petrenko talks about Shostakovich

Here’s a short podcast of a conversation with Russian maestro Petrenko telling me about one of his favourite composers as he prepares to tour the fifth symphony with the Oslo Phil.

The Cathy List 3

Posted by on Dec 18, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Time to get Christmassy, starting with some Baroque classics (1600s): What better way to fling open the curtains on an oratorio than with a salvo on the drums and fanfares on trumpets? Bach in party mode here, with conductor JEG giving it plenty of ‘Schwung’. He’s good at that. Corelli’s Christmas concerto has a special […]

The Cathy List 2

Posted by on Dec 10, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments

This week I’m starting with a choral classic by Gregorio Allegri from the 1630s (so late Renaissance). The ‘Miserere’ text is about pleading God for mercy. A recurring feature is the monastic plainchant (single line, chanting text) sung by the men responded to by the most beautiful angelic-sounding choir in the distance, with ecstatic high […]

Exploring the original sound of Beethoven with Melvyn Tan

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments
Exploring the original sound of Beethoven with Melvyn Tan

Here’s a podcast I did recently with the pianist Melvyn Tan, who made his name in the 80s by performing on period instruments such as the fortepiano. For quite some time now he’s reverted to playing mainly on modern instruments – mainly because the early ones are some damn unreliable, apparently – but his specialist […]

The Cathy List. no 1

Posted by on Dec 3, 2015 in Uncategorized | No Comments

Last week I got asked by Cathy, my lovely sister-in-law, whether I could do a regular playlist of pieces that would help her and her partner get into classical music. As I often get asked to do recommendations like this, I thought I’d post the lists here so others can enjoy them too. With each […]