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Jess Gillam with... Isata Kanneh-Mason

Jess Gillam and Isata Kanneh-Mason swap tracks by Beyonce and Radiohead, piano music by Brahms and Michael Nyman's compositions for film.

Jess Gillam presents her new show, with pianist Isata Kanneh-Mason, and their musical choices include a Brahms intermezzo, film music by Michael Nyman, symphonies by Beethoven and Walton, and tracks by Beyoncé and Radiohead.

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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29 minutes

Music Played

  • Michael Nyman

    Prospero’s Books: Miranda

    Performer: Michael Nyman Band.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Intermezzo B flat minor Op.117 No.2

    Performer: Nelson Freire.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Violin Concerto (3rd movement)

    Performer: Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Ensemble: MusicAeterna. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis.
  • Radiohead

    Harry Patch

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no.7 (3rd movement)

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber.
  • Beyoncé

    Hold Up

  • William Turner Walton

    Symphony No.1, 4th movement

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
  • Sergei Vasilyevich Rachmaninoff

    Cello Sonata; 3rd movement Andante

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz. Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich.

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