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Brahms's Piano Concerto No 1 With Stephen Hough And The Lpo20210830International concert pianist, Stephen Hough, and members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra take us behind the scenes at the Royal Festival Hall in London and invite us to listen in as they rehearse Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.1. They show us how they combine their skills and insight to ignite one of the great masterpieces of the Romantic era, and give us their musician’s eye view on what makes Brahms’s music so compelling.

With additional recordings by Stephen Hough and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

Photo credit: Sim Canetty-Clarke

Concert pianist Stephen Hough gives us his musician's eye view on Brahms's First Concerto.

The insiders' take on bringing great classical music to audiences in 21st-century Britain.

Brahms's Piano Concerto No.1 With Stephen Hough And The Lpo20210830International concert pianist, Stephen Hough, and members of the London Philharmonic Orchestra take us behind the scenes at the Royal Festival Hall in London and invite us to listen in as they rehearse Brahms’s Piano Concerto No.1. They show us how they combine their skills and insight to ignite one of the great masterpieces of the Romantic era, and give us their musician’s-eye view on what makes Brahms’s music so compelling.

With additional recordings by Stephen Hough and the BBC Symphony Orchestra conducted by Sir Andrew Davis.

Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

Concert pianist, Stephen Hough, gives us his musician's-eye view on Brahms' first concerto

The insiders' take on bringing great classical music to audiences in 21st-century Britain.

Elgar's Enigma Variations With Sir Mark Elder And The Hall\u00e9 Orchestra20210906We eavesdrop on rehearsals as Manchester’s Hallé Orchestra prepare for a performance of Elgar’s Enigma Variations. The Hallé’s Music Director, Sir Mark Elder and players from the orchestra give us their insider's perspective on this celebrated music and show how they work together to bring it to life in the concert hall.

Associate Leader, Sarah Ewins, Principal Viola, Tim Pooley and Principal Flute, Amy Yule all describe the delights and challenges of working on this piece.

Sir Mark Elder discusses his role in uniting the players in a fresh and cohesive performance.

And Em Marshall-Luck, Founder-Director of the English Music Festival, gives historical context to the music.

Produced by Rosie Boulton for BBC Wales

Photo credit: Russell Hart

Eavesdropping on rehearsals, musicians give insiders' perspectives on preparing Elgar.

The insiders' take on bringing great classical music to audiences in 21st-century Britain.

Schubert's Trout Quintet With Chineke! Chamber Ensemble20210823We eavesdrop on rehearsals at The Warehouse Waterloo, as Chineke! Chamber Ensemble invites us into the world of Schubert's iconic Trout Quintet.

As they prepare for an upcoming series of concerts together, we get the insider's perspective on how this music works, the process of bringing it to life on stage, and why it's such a players' favourite. Along with the pianist Tom Poster, the quintet share thoughts and stories about playing this piece, and the joys and challenges of being a chamber musician.

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble:

Zara Benyounes, violin

Stephen Upshaw, viola

Ashok Klouda, cello

Stewart Goodyear, piano

Chi-chi Nwanoku, double bass

With additional recordings from the Alban Berg Quartet.

Photo credit: Matt Jolly (c) Britten Pears Arts

Produced by Amelia Parker for BBC Wales

Chineke! Chamber Ensemble invites us to a rehearsal of Schubert's much-loved Trout Quintet

The insiders' take on bringing great classical music to audiences in 21st-century Britain.

Vivaldi's Four Seasons With Rachel Podger And The Academy Of Ancient Music20210816We drop in on rehearsals at London’s Barbican Concert Hall to hear violinist Rachel Podger, with the Academy of Ancient Music, prepare for a performance of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Rachel and the ensemble give us their unique insider’s guide to how this music works and how they come together to help make it sing. They discuss the challenge of bringing a sense of freshness and individuality to one of the world’s best known classical pieces and share their thoughts on what keeps them and us coming back to this celebrated work.

With additional recordings by Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque.

Produced by Chris Taylor for BBC Wales

Photo credit: Mark Allan

Rachel Podger and the Academy of Ancient Music take us inside Vivaldi's celebrated work

The insiders' take on bringing great classical music to audiences in 21st-century Britain.