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Jess Gillam with... Belle Chen

Jess and Belle share music by Korngold and Sibelius, prepared piano by John Cage and Aphex Twin, and Herbie Hancock playing Ravel.

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with the former BBC Introducing pianist and sound artist Belle Chen, and their 30-minute musical journey includes Korngold's Violin Concerto, music for prepared piano by John Cage and Aphex Twin, Sibelius' 7th Symphony and Herbie Hancock playing Ravel.

From musical beginnings in a carnival band, to being the first ever saxophone finalist in BBC Young Musician, and appearances at the Last Night of the Proms in 2018 and at this year’s BAFTA awards, Jess is one of today’s most engaging and charismatic classical performers. Each week on This Classical Life, she is joined by another young musician to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

This Classical Life is also available as a podcast on BBC Sounds.

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23 minutes

Music Played

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Karabits.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Concerto for Piano in G, 2nd Movement

    Remix Artist: Herbie Hancock.
  • Traditional

    Jag vet en dejlig rosa

    Performer: Martin Fröst.
  • Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

    Piano Concerto No.2

    Conductor: Vladimir Ashkenazy. Orchestra: Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Kirill Kondrashin.
  • John Cage

    Sonata No. 5

    Performer: Boris Berman.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No.7

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
  • Aphex Twin

    Kladfvgbung Mischk

  • Arturo Márquez

    Danzon No.2

    Orchestra: Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gustavo Dudamel.


  • Sat 13 Apr 2019 12:30
  • Sat 4 Apr 2020 12:30

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