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James Rhodes

James Rhodes presents music has changed his life. Including recordings by Glenn Gould, Vladimir Horowitz, the Labeque sisters, Arcadi Volodos and Sergio Tiempo.

In the first of two programmes this month pianist James Rhodes presents music that's changed his life: including recordings by iconic twentieth century pianists Glenn Gould and Vladimir Horowitz, and performances by some of today's leading virtuosi including the Labeque sisters, Arcadi Volodos, and Sergio Tiempo. Plus extracts from Cosi fan tutte conducted by Teodor Currentzis.

Until the age of 14, James had no formal academic musical education or dedicated mentoring. Aged 18 he stopped playing the piano entirely for a decade. Since returning to the piano, he has released five albums, all of which have topped the iTunes classical charts. His bestselling memoir, Instrumental, is a moving and compelling story that was almost banned until the Supreme Court unanimously overthrew an injunction in May 2015. He has performed in venues around the world from the Barbican, Roundhouse, Royal Albert Hall, Latitude Festival, Queen Elizabeth Hall and Soho Theatre in the UK to halls in Paris, Australia, Hong Kong, Chicago, Vienna and more.

James will be back next week with another edition of Saturday Classics.

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30 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations : Aria (BWV.988)

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
    • CBS/SONY : CD-44868.
    • CBS/SONY.
    • 1.
  • Darius Milhaud

    Scaramouche for 2 Pianos

    Performer: Katia Labèque. Performer: Marielle Labèque.
    • DECCA : 473-582-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 27.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto No. 22 In E Flat Major K.482

    Performer: Alexander Lonquich. Orchestra: Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg.
    • ORFEO : C-842-111-B.
    • ORFEO.
    • 14.
  • Franz Liszt

    Variations On Mendelssohn's "Wedding March"

    Performer: Arcadi Volodos.
    • SONY : SK-60893.
    • SONY.
    • 22.
  • Robert Schumann

    Piano Quartet In E Flat Major

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov. Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMC902122.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 3.
  • Franz Liszt

    Totentanz For Piano And Orchestra

    Performer: Sergio Tiempo. Performer: Orchestra della Svizzera italiana. Conductor: Ion Marin.
    • Avanti 541470610382.
    • Avanti.
    • 1.
  • Jean‐Yves Thibaudet

    O Mio Babbino Caro (arr. Mikhashoff)

    • Decca : 4757668.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Cosi Fan Tutte, Act 1 Scene 11

    Performer: Anna Kasyan. Singer: Simone Kermes. Singer: Malena Ernman. Singer: Christopher Maltman. Singer: Kenneth Tarver. Singer: Konstantin Wolff. Orchestra: MusicAeterna. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis.
    • Decca 4757668.
    • Decca.
    • 28.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Cosi Fan Tutte "Dammi un bacio, o mio tesoro"

    Performer: Anna Kasyan. Singer: Simone Kermes. Singer: Malena Ernman. Singer: Christopher Maltman. Singer: Kenneth Tarver. Singer: Konstantin Wolff. Orchestra: MusicAeterna. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis.
    • Sony Classical 88765466162.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 28.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Castor Et Pollux, Act 1, Scene 3 "Tristes Apprets"

    Singer: Nadine Koutcher. Orchestra: MusicAeterna. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis.
    • Sony Classical 88843082572.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 18.
  • Grigory Sokolov

    Etude Op. 25 No. 11 In A Minor

    • Naive OP30388.
    • Naive.
    • 15.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Sonata No. 2 In B Flat Minor

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • RCA 09026636812.
    • RCA.
    • 6.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No. 1. Op.61

    Performer: Glenn Gould. Performer: Columbia Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Golschmann.
    • Sony Classical SM3K52632.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 3.

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