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AAM PODCASTS

From exclusive interviews with artists to recording of pre-concert talks, you can stream and download our podcasts here.

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The Bach Family - pre-concert talk

Period performance pioneer Reinhard Goebel introduces the composers behind The Bach Family.


Recorded live at the Fountain Room, Barbican Centre, London on Saturday 18 June 2016.

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Handel's Acis & Galatea - pre-concert talk

Dr Ruth Smith (writer, speaker, broadcaster) introduces Handel's Acis and Galatea.


Recorded live at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge on Friday 20 May 2016.

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Vivaldi in Dresden - pre-concert talk

Music Director Richard Egarr invites our London audience to experience the "pleasing" music of Vivaldi, explaining its enduring popularity in popular culture and its inspirational effect on both Telemann and Bach.

Recorded live at Milton Court Concert Hall, London, on Wednesday 13 April 2016.

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JS Bach Lenten and Passiontide Cantatas - pre-concert talk

The cantatas of JS Bach are very close to the heart of broadcaster and performer Sandy Burnett (BBC Radio 3), who focuses on Cantata 127 "Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott" in this pre-concert talk. 

Recorded live at Milton Court Concert Hall, London, on Thursday 24 March 2016.


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JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio - pre-concert talk

Broadcaster Sandy Burnett presents an in-depth account of JS Bach's Christmas Oratorio, ahead of the AAM's complete performance of the work at London's Barbican Hall.  

Recorded live at the Fountain Room, Barbican Centre, London, on Tuesday 22 December 2015.

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Angels and saints — pre-concert talk

The cantatas of JS Bach are very close to the heart of broadcaster and performer Sandy Burnett (BBC Radio 3), who focuses on Cantata 127 "Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott" in this pre-concert talk. 

Recorded live at Milton Court Concert Hall, London, on Friday 20 November 2016.


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Music from the dark side — pre-concert talk

Pavlo Beznosiuk (AAM leader), Monika Beisner (illustrator) and Prof Peter Hainsworth (University of Oxford) discuss darkness and light before Music from the dark side.  

Recorded live at Milton Concert Hall, London, Monday 19 October 2015.

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Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria — pre-concert talk

Dr Anthony Pryor (Goldsmiths College, UCL) introduces Monteverdi's first opera written for the Venetian stage.

Recorded live at the Barbican Centre, 29 September 2015.

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Levin directs Mozart — pre-concert talk

Prof Robert Levin (Harvard University) introduces early keyboard works by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart.

Recorded live at Milton Court Concert Hall, London on 7 July 2015.

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The Grand Tour: Venice and the Mediterranean — pre-concert talk

Dr Merav Rosenfeld-Hadad (University of Cambridge) discusses music, the Middle East and Venice in the 18th Century with Richard Tognetti (director & violin) and Joseph Tawadros (oud).

Recorded live at Milton Court Concert Hall, London on 14 May 2015.

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The Baroque Trumpet — pre-concert talk

Sandy Burnett (BBC Radio 3) leads a panel discussion with trumpeters David Blackadder, Phillip Bainbridge and Robert Vanryne.

Recorded live at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge on 16 February 2015.

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Mozart Piano concertos — pre-concert talk

Prof John Irving (Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music & Drama) introduces Mozart's Piano concertos Nos.24 & 25.

Recorded live at the Barbican Centre, London on 4 February 2015.

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Robert Levin — in conversation with Prof John Rink

Robert Levin discusses improvisation with Prof John Rink of the University of Cambridge.

Recorded live at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge.

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Handel's Messiah — pre-concert talk

Sandy Burnett (musician and broadcaster) introduces Handel's festive masterpiece, Messiah.

Recorded live at the Barbican Centre, London on 10 December 2014.

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The Grand Tour: Vienna and Paris — pre-concert talk

Alexandra Coghlan (writer and critic) hosts a panel discussion with Gergely Madaras, Rachel Brown and Masumi Nagasawa ahead of The Grand Tour: Vienna and Paris.

Recorded live at Milton Court Concert Hall, London on 25 November 2014.

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The Grand Tour: Handel in London — pre-concert talk

Dr Ruth Smith (writer, speaker, broadcaster) introduces The Grand Tour: Handel in London, a programme of Arne, Boyce and Handel.

Recorded live at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge on 16 October 2014.

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Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea — pre-concert talk

Dr Anthony Pryer (Goldsmiths College, London) introduces Monteverdi's L'incoronazione di Poppea.

Recorded live at the Barbican, London on 4 October 2014.

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JS Bach's St John Passion — Philip Hobbs interview

Producer Philip Hobbs shares his thoughts on JS Bach's St John Passion, including his role in the recording process and how moments in this new release will “make shivers run up and down your spine”. Click here to find out more about the recording.

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JS Bach's St John Passion — James Gilchrist interview

Tenor James Gilchrist shares his thoughts on JS Bach's St John Passion, including the role of the Evangelist, the benefits of performing on period instruments and the reasons why this masterpiece "lives for me time and time again". Click here to find out more about the recording.

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Scholl sings Pergolesi — pre-concert talk

Dr Simon Heighes (musicologist, broadcaster and writer) introduces a programme of Vivaldi, Wassenaer and Pergolesi.

Recorded live at the Barbican, London on 31 January 2014.

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Handel's Messiah — an introduction

Edward Blakeman (author of Faber Pocket Guide to Handel) hosts a discussion Bernard Labadie before the AAM's performance of Handel's Messiah in December 2013.

Recorded live at the Barbican, London on 17 December 2013.

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The golden age of English baroque, with Richard Egarr — pre-concert talk

Richard Egarr (AAM Music Director) introduces a programme of Handel, Purcell, Arne and Locke.

Recorded live at Milton Court Concert Hall, London on 21 November 2013.

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Haydn and Mozart with Alina Ibragimova — pre-concert talk

Tom Service (The Guardian and BBC Radio 3) hosts a discussion between Alina Ibragimova (director & violin), Pavlo Beznosiuk (director & violin) and Lars Henriksson (oboe) before the AAM's performance of symphonies and concertos by Haydn and Mozart in October 2013.

Recorded live at Milton Court Concert Hall, London on 24 October 2013.

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Monteverdi L'Orfeo — post-concert talk

John Mark Ainsley (Orfeo), Richard Egarr (music director) and Orpha Phelan (stage director) discuss our performance of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo in a post-concert discussion hosted by Sara Mohr-Pietsch.

Recorded live at the Barbican on 28 September 2013.

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Monteverdi L'Orfeo — pre-concert talk

Fabrice Fitch (Royal Northern College of Music) introduces the historical and musicological context of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, and discusses some of the most significant moments in the opera.

Recorded live at the Barbican on 28 September 2013.

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Monteverdi L'Orfeo — a preview

We talk to Orpha Phelan (stage director) and Richard Egarr (music director) ahead of our performance of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo at the Barbican.

Recorded live at dress rehearsal on 27 September 2013.

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'Birth of the symphony: Handel to Haydn' — an introduction

Richard Egarr introduces our latest recording, 'Birth of the symphony: Handel to Haydn', to a live audience at the University of Cambridge. Click here to find out more about the recording.

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Vermeer and Music: Rachel Brown in discussion

Rachel Brown, principal flute and recorder player of the Academy of Ancient Music, introduces the music she'll perform as part of this summer's 'Vermeer and Music' exhibition at The National Gallery. Includes excerpts of performances on a variety of flutes and recorders. Recorded live at The National Gallery, 26 June 2013.

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Pre-concert talk — Handel in Italy

AAM Music Director Richard Egarr introduces a programme of music from Handel's years in Italy. Featuring music by Alessandro and Domenico Scarlatti, Arcangelo Corelli and Handel, with sopranos Lucy Crowe and Sophie Junker and mezzo-soprano Charlotte Hellekant. Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, 11 June 2013.

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Pre-concert talk — Handel's Imeneo

AAM founder and Emeritus Director Christopher Hogwood discusses Handel's late Italian opera Imeneo with Catherine Bott. Recorded live at the Barbican, London on 29 May 2013
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Pre-concert talk — Nachtmusik: Mozart and Haydn

Conductor Nicholas Collon and AAM musicians Joseph Crouch (cello) and Bojan Cicic (violin) discuss a programme of music by Mozart and Haydn, including the techniques required for classical repertoire. BBC Radio 3's Sara Mohr-Pietsch hosts. Recorded live at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, on Sunday 14 March 2013.
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Professor Christoph Wolff on JS Bach's St John Passion

Professor Christoph Wolff shares his thoughts on JS Bach's St John Passion, in conversation with AAM Head of Communications Toby Chadd.

Christoph Wolff is Adams Professor at the Harvard University and Director of the Leipzig Bach-Archiv. His book Johann Sebastian Bach: The Learned Musician was nominated for the 2001 Pulitzer Prize.

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James Gilchrist on JS Bach's St John Passion

Tenor James Gilchrist shares his thoughts on JS Bach's St John Passion, including the role of the Evangelist, the benefits of performing on period instruments and the reasons why this masterpiece "lives for me time and time again". Interview recorded in January 2013, featuring excerpts of James singing St John Passion on a 2003 Naxos recording (Naxos 8.557296-97).

James takes the role of the Evangelist in the AAM's Good Friday performance of the Passion on 29 March 2013 at Barbican Hall, London. More details here.

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Professor Christoph Wolff — 'Discovering Bach'

The pre-eminent Bach scholar Professor Christoph Wolff discusses a life of ground-breaking Bach research. Christoph Wolff is Adams Professor at the Harvard University, Director of the Leipzig Bach-Archiv and has been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Recorded live at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, on Thursday 31 January 2013, as part of a day exploring Bach's music organised by the Academy of Ancient Music.

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Pre-concert talk — Italian passions

BBC Radio 3's Sara Mohr-Pietsch hosts a discussion between AAM players Rodolfo Richter (violin), Frank de Bruine (oboe) and Alastair Ross (keyboards), before a performance of music from the Italian baroque by Vivaldi, Merula, Ferrandini, Albinoni and Veracini. Recorded live at Wigmore Hall, London, on Monday 25 February 2013.

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'Playing Bach' - in conversation with AAM musicians

AAM players Pavlo Beznosiuk (violin), Rachel Brown (flute), David Blackadder (trumpet) and Benedict Hoffnung (timpani) introduce their instruments and discuss performing Bach's music. Hosted by BBC Radio 3's Sara Mohr-Pietsch, and recorded live at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge, on 31 January 2013.

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Robert Levin on improvising Mozart

In the first of two lectures, pianist and scholar Robert Levin discusses issues around improvising Mozart — together with examples and, at the end of the talk, a live improvisation on works suggested by the audience.

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Richard Egarr in conversation with Edward Seckerson

The Independent's Edward Seckerson talks to AAM Music Director Richard Egarr about his personal musical history, period performance, the AAM's future plans — including the orchestra's newly-announced Association at the Barbican Centre — and Cliff Richard!

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Christopher Hogwood — a 70th birthday tribute

Friends and colleagues pay tribute to AAM founder Christopher Hogwood on his 70th birthday. Including singers Dame Emma Kirkby and Catherine Bott, Gramophone Magazine Editor in Chief James Jolly, conductor Neville Marriner and Managing Director of the Barbican Centre Sir Nicholas Kenyon.

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