Alex James's Date Night - Saturday 30 July 2016, 7pm

saxophone

There's plenty of sax appeal in tonight's show.

Tonight Alex celebrates the first big success for Belgian inventor Adolphe Sax’s eponymous instrument, discovers why Monteverdi got the sack, and there's a birthday to celebrate for violinist and conductor Richard Tognetti.

Classic FM Apps

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Happy birthday in the style of Shostakovich

Happy Birthday in the style of a Shostakovich string quartet is extremely clever

The Super Mario Brothers theme

The Super Mario Brothers theme in the style of a Mozart piano sonata is genius

Good or evil music quiz

QUIZ: Should you use your musical talents for good or evil?