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Jess Gillam... with Adam Szabo

Saxophonist Jess Gillam is joined by Adam Szabo to swap tracks and share the music they love.

Jess Gillam is joined by Adam Szabo, Co-Founder and Managing Director of Manchester Collective, to swap tracks and share the music they love.

From her 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, Jess will be joined by young musicians to swap tracks and share musical discoveries across a wide range of styles, revealing how music shapes their everyday lives.

Her guest is the 29-year-old Co-Founder and Managing Director of Manchester Collective, who are redefining how a new generation of audiences engage with the arts. Their musical choices include a Shostakovich waltz, joyful ‘sunshine’ recorder music by 16th century Spanish composer Diego Ortiz, piano music by Debussy, Goreçki’s Symphony of Sorrowful Songs and their shared love, David Bowie.

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

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29 minutes

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Suite for jazz band (Waltz 2)

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Shostakovich: The Jazz Album - Brautigam, Masseurs.
    • Decca.
    • 13.
  • Diego Ortiz

    Recercada segunda (Arr. for Recorder and Accordion)

    Performer: Genevieve Lacey. Performer: James Crabb.
    • Heard This and Thought of You.
    • ABC Classics.
  • Claude Debussy

    Rêverie

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • Debussy: Preludes, etc.: Jean-Yves Thibaudet.
    • Decca.
    • 18.
  • Richard Strauss

    Im Abendrot (Four Last Songs)

    Singer: Elisabeth Schwarzkopf. Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: George Szell.
    • EMI.
  • Michael Nyman

    Time Lapse

    Orchestra: Michael Nyman Band. Conductor: Michael Nyman.
    • Nyman / Greenaway Revisited.
    • MN Records.
    • 5.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No. 1 in C Minor, Op. 68: II. Andante sostenuto

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca.
  • Henryk Mikolaj Górecki

    Symphony No 3, Op 36 'Symphony of Sorrowful Songs' (2nd mvt)

    Singer: Dawn Upshaw. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Zinman.
    • Gorecki: Symphony No. 3: Dawn Upshaw.
    • Elektra Nonesuch.
  • David Bowie

    Life On Mars?

    • Glastonbury 2000.
    • Parlophone.

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