The very best Classic FM live sessions

12 May 2017, 16:47

Nigel Kennedy live session

By Lizzie Davis

From intimate performances of Bach's music for solo cello to a delicate hornpipe by Purcell – and a musical trip to Buenos Aires. These are some of our best live Classic FM sessions.

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Here are some of our favourite musical moments so far:

Sean Shibe plays a Scottish Medley 

The guitarist treated us to some absolutely beautiful solo playing

Sean Shibe plays a Scottish Medley

The brilliant young guitarist treated us to a live session


And you can catch Sean performing his new project softLOUD at the East Neuk Festival this June – find out more here.

The Santiago Quartet play Piazzolla

The brilliant Santiagos brought a Latin American vibe to the studio. They've got a new album coming out very soon - more on their website here.

Piazzolla's Milonga del Angel – Santiago Quartet

A live session



Kyung Wha Chung plays Bach

The legendary violinist popped in to the studio and played some stunning solo Bach, just for us

Kyung Wha Chung plays the Prelude from Bach's Violin Partita No.3

The legendary violinist came in to the studio for a live session


Tenebrae sing Stanford

Gorgeous, ethereal singing from one of our favourite choirs, tackling a sublime Stanford song - 'The Blue Bird'.

Tenebrae sing 'The Blue Bird' by Stanford

Tenebrae joined us in the Classic FM studio to sing this mesmerising Stanford song.



Nigel Kennedy at home

We caught up with the incomparable violinist at home and he gave us this exclusive session.

Nigel Kennedy plays solo Bach

The legendary violinist played some beautiful Bach just for us



Phenomenal Handel from Hakon and Mari Samuelsen

The amazing string duo performed at last year's Bristol Proms – and were one of the highlights of the festival. Here's their spine-tingling take on Handel's Passacaglia:


Hákon and Mari Samuelsen play an arrangement of Handel's Passa...

A phenomenal version of Handel's Passacaglia, courtesy of Mari and Hakon Samuelsen . You might want to sit down for this…

Posted by Classic FM on Friday, 22 January 2016


Jan Lisiecki plays a Rachmaninov Prelude

The brilliant young Canadian pianist plays Rachmaninov's Prelude Op.3 No.2

Jan Lisiecki plays Rachmaninov's Prelude Op.3 No.2

A Rachmaninov Prelude, up close. (Courtesy of the brilliant Jan Lisiecki)

Posted by Classic FM on Friday, 15 January 2016


Alisa Weilerstein plays Bach

An enchanting performance of Bach's Prelude from the Cello Suite No.1

Alisa Weilerstein plays the Prelude and Minuet from Bach's Cel...

Just the thing to ease you in to 2016: Alisa Weilerstein playing part of Bach's iconic Cello Suite No.1. Happy New Year!

Posted by Classic FM on Friday, 1 January 2016


Nicola Benedetti's Beethoven

The brilliant violinist tackles the first movement of Beethoven's masterpiece for violin and piano, the 'Kreutzer' Sonata

Nicola Benedetti plays Beethoven's Kreutzer Sonata, first move...

Nicola Benedetti Violin (Official ) at her virtuosic best – here she is playing Beethoven's epic 'Kreutzer' Sonata in Saffron Hall with pianist Peter Limonov.

Posted by Classic FM on Monday, 7 December 2015


Joshua Bell in rehearsal

Joshua Bell let us sit-in on a rehearsal with members of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields (our Artists in Residence) and they treated us to a run-through of Spring from Piazzolla's The Four Seasons.

Spring in Buenos Aires - rehearsal

Our amazing Artists in Residence, Joshua Bell and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields are taking to the stage in London on 11th Nov playing Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky & Mozart: couple months ago they popped into Classic FM for a rehearsal of their summer tour - this is Piazzolla's The Four Seasons of Buenos Aires. Just stunning.

Posted by Classic FM on Monday, 26 October 2015


Purcell on the harpsichord

We popped in to Trevor Pinnock's house to film a performance of this effervescent hornpipe by Purcell.

Henry Purcell: Hornpipe

Some exquisite Purcell from amazing harpsichordist Trevor Pinnock. Find out about his upcoming performances of the English Baroque composer here:

Posted by Classic FM on Monday, 12 October 2015


A cappella beauty in the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe

Early music specialists Alamire perform Jean Mouton's heart-stoppingly beautiful 'Total pulchra es' in the candlelit interior of the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe.

Tota pulchra es

Alamire perform Jean Mouton's atmospheric 'Tota pulchra es' in candlelight at the Sam Wanamaker Playhouse at Shakespeare's Globe

Posted by Classic FM on Wednesday, 16 September 2015

An unusual combination from Mozart

Bassoonist Amy Harman came in to play Mozart's beautiful Sonata for bassoon… and cello!

Mozart's Sonata for Bassoon and Cello

Bassoonist Amy Harman plays Mozart's wonderful piece


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