Conductors, performers and experts explore familiar pieces of classical music through their own personal experiences.

0101Beethoven's 5th Symphony2003042920030727Conductors Sir Roger Norrington and Leonard Slatkin and biographer John Suchet talk about Beethoven's 5th Symphony.
0102Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 22003050620030803
Pianists Peter Donohoe and Howard Shelley are joined by expert Ron Beech to discuss Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 2.
0103Verdi's Requiem2003051320030810Conductor Mark Elder, choral director, Simon Halsey and Verdi expert, Roger Parker discuss Verdi's Requiem.
0104 LASTSchubert's String Quintet2003052020030817Cellist Steven Isserlis, violinist Levon Chilingirian and biographer Brian Newbould discuss Schubert's String Quintet.
0201Mahler's Fifth Symphony20050201begins with a solo trumpet call to a funeral march but ends in the most triumphant blaze of glory.
And in between Mahler explores every emotion from rage and terror to love and bliss.
The Symphony was made famous by its Adagietto being featured in the film Death in Venice.
But conductor Sakari Oramo, composer Anthony Payne and musical expert Stephen Johnson draw out the thrill and beauty of each movement of this mighty 5th Symphony.
0202Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto In E Minor.20050208Violinists Tasmin Little and Christian Tetzlaff discuss how it feels to play this beautiful concerto and why the music has such a profound effect on audiences.
0203 LASTBach's St Matthew Passion20050215Conductor Paul Spicer, Singer Emma Kirkby and Musical expert Simon Heighes discuss how it feels to perform monumental piece of music, and why the music has such a profound effect on audiences.



  • The 20040926 repeat of episode 2 was a last minute replacement for a pulled programme.