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Jess Gillam with... Martin James Bartlett

Jess and Martin's choices include the overture to Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila, Peter Gabriel, Karajan conducting Tchaikovsky and a violin piece by Max Richter

Jess Gillam is joined by the pianist Martin James Bartlett, a former winner of BBC Young Musician who has just released his debut album 'Love and Death'. They share music from the explosive overture to Glinka's Ruslan and Lyudmila to contemplative Peter Gabriel, a classic recording of Tchaikovsky's 4th symphony and Max Richter.

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, 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.

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

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30 minutes

Music Played

  • Darius Milhaud


    Performer: Jess Gillam. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Jesu, Joy of man's desiring

    Performer: Martin James Bartlett. Music Arranger: Myra Hess.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Mikhail Ivanovich Glinka

    Ruslan and Ludmila (Overture)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of Mariinsky Theatre. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Glinka: Ruslan and Lyudmila - Netrebko, Gorchakova.
    • Decca.
  • John Field

    Nocturne No.10 in E minor

    Performer: Benjamin Frith.
    • NAXOS.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat major, Op. 83; 3rd movement

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • DG.
  • Paul Simon

    The Boy in the Bubble

    Performer: Peter Gabriel.
    • Real World Records.
  • Paul Simon

    The Boy in the Bubble

    Performer: Paul Simon.
    • Warner Bros..
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No. 4 in F minor, Op. 36; 4th movement

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 67 (1st mvt)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Ólafur Arnalds

    Eyes Shut/Nocturne in C minor

    Performer: Alice Sara Ott.
    • MERCURY.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in C minor, Op 48 No 1

    Performer: Vladimir Ashkenazy.
    • Chopin: The Solo Piano Works: Ashkenazy.
    • London.
    • 1.
  • Richard Strauss

    Der Rosenkavalier - Final Scene

    Singer: Renée Fleming. Singer: Sophie Koch. Singer: Diana Damrau. Singer: Franz Grundheber. Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • Strauss - Der Rosenkavalier.
    • Decca.
    • 013.
  • Max Richter


    Performer: Hilary Hahn. Performer: Cory Smythe.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Stephen Sondheim

    I'm Still Here (from Follies)

    Performer: Tracie Bennett. Performer: Orchestr Národního divadla. Conductor: Nigel Lilley.
    • Warner.


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