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James Rhodes

James Rhodes presents music has changed his life. Including recordings by Glenn Gould, Vladimir Horowitz, Marc-Andre Hamelin, Evgeny Kissin and Nikolai Demidenko.

In the second 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 Ashkenazy, and performances by some of today's leading virtuosi including Marc-Andre Hamelin, Joseph Moog, and Evgeny Kissin. Plus extracts from The Marriage of Figaro 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.

Plus news of how you can take part in a special edition of Saturday Classics with James later this summer if you're an amateur pianist as part of the BBC Get Playing campaign.

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35 minutes

Last on

Sat 18 Jun 2016 13:00

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    "Minute Waltz", Arr. Godowsky

    Performer: Joseph Moog.
    • Claves 2905.
    • Claves.
    • 4.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No. 19 In F Major, K.459

    Performer: Alexandre Rabinovitch-Barakovsky. Orchestra: Orchestra di Padova e del Veneto. Conductor: Jörg Faerber.
    • TELDEC : 4509-98407-2.
    • TELDEC.
    • 4.
  • Charles-Valentin Alkan

    Symphonie for Piano, Op.39

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • HYPERION : CDA-67218.
    • 4.
  • Marc-André Hamelin

    Etude No. 4 In C Minor (Perpetuellement Semblable)

    • HYPERION : CDA-67789.
    • 4.
  • Xavier Phillips & François-Frédéric Guy

    Sonata For Cello And Piano No.3 In A Major (3rd Mvt)

    • Evidence : EVCD015.
    • Evidence.
    • 3.
  • Nikolay Karlovich Metner

    Dithyramb in E flat Major, Op.10 No. 2

    Performer: Nikolai Demidenko.
    • HYPERION : CDA-66636.
    • 7.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Piano Concerto In F Sharp Minor Op.20 (3 mvt)

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • DECCA : 417 252-2-.
    • DECCA.
    • 4.
  • James Rhodes

    Prelude No. 1 In C Major, BWV. 846

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Le Nozze Di Figaro: Act 2, Scene 11

    Performer: Maria Forsstrom. Performer: Nikolai Loskutkin. Singer: Simone Kermes. Singer: Fanie Antonelou. Singer: Andrei Bondarenko. Singer: Krystian Adam. Orchestra: MusicAeterna. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis. Singer: Christian Van Horn.
    • Sony : 88883709262.
    • Sony.
    • 13.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Le Nozze Di Figaro: "Dove Sono"

    Singer: Simone Kermes. Orchestra: MusicAeterna.
    • Sony : 88883709262.
    • Sony.
    • 25.
  • Ivo Pogorelich

    Piano Concerto No. 2 In F Minor Op. 21 (3rd Mvt)

    • DG : 4105072.
    • DG.
    • 3.
  • Daniil Borisovich Shafran & Яков Владимирович Флиер

    Sonata For Cello And Piano In G, (4th Mvt)

    • Revelation : RV10017.
    • Revelation.
    • 4.
  • Evgeny Kissin

    Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Minor (4th mvt)

    • EMI : 2645362.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Moments Musicaux Op.16, No.6 in C

    Performer: Boris Giltburg.
    • NAXOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations BWV.988 "Aria"

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : SMK-64126.
    • 32.