Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Classical Music: upcoming shows

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You can listen to last week's show on our Classic FM Radio Player, or go to the Classic FM Playlist for a list of the pieces played in each programme.   

Sunday 30th July, 9pm

Catherine Bott tackles another question about the world of classical music and in this week’s programme, she asks: does size matter? From Chopin’s Minute Waltz to other musical miniatures, Catherine will investigate whether a piece of music has to be big scale in order to stir us. Featuring Monteverdi, Elgar and Rachmaninov, Catherine will discuss the art of distilling musicality into bite-sized proportions.

Sunday 6th July, 9pm

Catherine Bott presents the first of a two-part exploration about musical feuds and composers who are often pitted against each other, starting off with two greats: Johann Sebastian Bach and George Frideric Handel. Two contemporaries who never met, many music fans feel they have to like one or the other – a tradition mirrored centuries later with The Beatles vs The Rolling Stones and Blur vs Oasis. Catherine will explore the similarities and differences between Bach and Handel – and won’t dare comment on which composer is better than the other. Or will she?

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