13th January: Last week’s top re-entries The Classical Album and The 50 Greatest Pieces of Classical Music switch around, at no. 1 and no. 2, and Renée Fleming’s new album is the highest new entry at no. 8.
Celebrity chef John Torode – most famous for his appearances on MasterChef – came into the office. So obviously we sat him down and made him listen to some of the greatest pieces of music ever written.
We gave the music no introduction, we didn't tell him what was coming up – we just handed him some headphones and told him to listen. Here's what happened.
Stravinsky's Rite of Spring: "If somebody thought that was a nice piece of music, they're weird"
In case you haven't heard Stravinsky's revolutionary masterpiece in a while, here's a clip:
And here's what the outspoken John Torode had to say:
John Torode listens to the Rite of Spring
And gives us his reaction…
Sibelius's Symphony No.5: "hopeful but with an underlying tone that something awful is about to happen"
Poor Sibelius, he probably thought he was being really cheerful in the final movement of his Fifth Symphony – here's a clip:
And here's what John had to say:
John Torode listens to Sibelius Symphony No.5
And here's his reaction
Monteverdi's L'Orfeo: "Well someone's having a lovely day"
We played John the opening of Monteverdi's opera L'Orfeo
And he loved it! Here he is effusing about it:
John Torode listening to Monteverdi's L'Orfeo
What did he think of it?