AAM podcasts

Nachtmusik: Haydn and Mozart

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.

 

 


 

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.

 

 


 

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 at http://www.barbican.org.uk/music/event-detail.asp?ID=13060.

 

 


 

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.

 

 


 

Discovering Bach: Professor Christoph Wolff

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.

 

 


 

Playing Bach: in discussion 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.

 

 


 

Improvising Mozart — Robert Levin

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.

 

 


 

A musical feast

AAM Music Director Richard Egarr introduces a programme of 'table music' by Schein, Biber, Simpson and Telemann. Recorded live at West Road Concert Hall, Cambridge in September 2012.

 

 


 

Age of the French baroque

AAM Music Director Richard Egarr introduces a programme of music from the court of the 'Sun King' Louis XIV, featuring works by Lully, Charpentier and Marais.

 

 


 

Performing Handel on the River Thames

Ahead of our performance of Handel's Water Music and Music for the Royal Fireworks on the River Thames on 3 June 2012, AAM Chief Executive Michael Garvey talks to Classic FM about why music is the perfect way to celebrate, how the orchestra will prepare - and why clothes pegs will be key to the day's success.

 Listen to the podcast on the Classic FM website

 


 

Dawn of the cantata

BBC Radio 3's Sara Mohr-Pietsch hosts a discussion between Jonathan Cohen (director), Frances Kelly (harp) and Erin Headley (lirone) about the music of Monteverdi and his contemporaries. Includes demonstrations of the lirone and baroque harp.

 

 


 

JS Bach's St Matthew Passion: John Butt lecture

Ahead of our performance in Cambridge, Bach scholar John Butt shares in-depth insights into the music.

 


 

JS Bach's St Matthew Passion: discussion with James Gilchrist & David Wilson-Johnson

John Butt leads a discussion with AAM St Matthew Passion soloists James Gilchrist (Evangelist) and David Wilson-Johnson (Christ). The pair share insights into and anecdotes from their experiences of performing the work, and on live performance and historical performance practice more generally.

 


 

JS Bach, Biber and Vivaldi with Alina Ibragimova

Ahead of our performance in Cambridge, Alina Ibragimova (director & violin), Joseph Crouch (cello) and William Carter (theorbo) discuss the music with BBC Radio 3's Sara Mohr-Pietsch - as well as delving into the remarkably fascinating world of pencils, and how they effect rehearsal.

 

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In conversation with Alina Ibragimova

We catch up with Alina Ibragimova ahead of her debut concerts with the AAM in February and March, which chart the rise of the baroque concerto through works by Bach, Biber and Vivaldi. She shares insights into the concert programme along with thoughts on period performance and what it's like to play-direct.

 

 


 

2012-13 Barbican season launch

A special edition of the Barbican classical music podcast, looking forward to the 2012-13 season and the launch of the AAM's Association at the Barbican in September 2012. The podcast features an interview with AAM Chief Executive Michael Garvey, as well as musical excerpts and input from the London Symphony Orchestra, Britten Sinfonia and BBC Symphony Orchestra.

 


 

Sumi Jo sings Mozart

AAM Music Director Richard Egarr introduces an all-Mozart programme at Cadogan Hall, London. The performance featured a rare UK appearance from the South-Korean soprano Sumi Jo.

 

 


 

Awakening of the Romantic hero: Beethoven, Paganini and Weber

BBC Radio 3's Sara Mohr-Pietsch is joined by AAM Music Director Richard Egarr and violinist Shunske Sato to discuss music from the dawn of the Romantic era. The discussion focusses on Beethoven's 'Eroica' symphony and Paganini's Second Violin Concerto, and looks at the revolutionary aspects of these composers and their music.

 

 


 

Introducing Mozart's La finta giardiniera

AAM Music Director Richard Egarr and principal cellist Joseph Crouch discuss Mozart's early opera La finta giardiniera ahead of a performance at London's Barbican Centre in June 2011.

Includes an exploration of different methods of accompanying vocal recitative on the cello and harpsichord.

 

 


 

Christopher Hogwood, AAM founder: 70th birthday tributes

Listen to tributes to Christopher Hogwood from his friends and colleagues, including singers Dame Emma Kirkby and Catherine Bott, conductor Neville Marriner, Managing Director of the Barbican Centre Sir Nicholas Kenyon and Gramophone's Editor in Chief James Jolly.


 

 


 

JS Bach's cantatas: Sir Nicholas Kenyon and Richard Egarr in conversation

Listen to AAM Music Director Richard Egarr and Sir Nicholas Kenyon discuss JS Bach's cantatas, ahead of performances of cantatas Nos. 20, 126 and 146 by the AAM and Choir of the AAM in July 2011.

Sir Nicholas is author of the recently-published Faber Pocket Guide to Bach. He is Managing Director of the Barbican Centre, and has been Controller of BBC Radio 3 and Director of the BBC Proms. He has written on music for The New Yorker, The Times and The Observer.

Our apologies for the poor sound quality in the first 40 seconds.

 

 


 

AAM Music Director Richard Egarr discusses the music of JS Bach's sons

Richard Egarr introduces a programme of music by four of JS Bach's sons: Carl Philipp Emanuel, Wilhelm Friedemann, Johann Christian and Johann Christoph Friedrich. The concerts, which took place in January 2011, starred cellist Steven Isserlis. You can watch a video about the performances, featuring rehearsal footage and interviews with the players, here.

 

 


 

AAM Music Director Richard Egarr explores JS Bach's ancestors

Richard Egarr introduces a performance of music by three of JS Bach's forebears: Heinrich Bach and his sons Johann Christoph and Johann Michael. The performance was the first in The Bach Dynasty, our 2010-11 series exploring the music of the incomparable JS Bach and his extraordinary family.