Episode synopsis

(4/10) Semicentennial Celebrations: We’re back for a second series of abject commentary and lovely music. We’re celebrating 2021’s musical anniversaries, with composers and compositions stretching back in fifty-year increments up to 1571. Featuring Haydn, Albinoni and Verdi.

Series synopsis

I, Isaac, wanted an excuse (as a proud Northerner) to drink ginger-infused tea by becoming a member of the upper-middle class. Keoni (a pensioner) wants to feel young again by utilising the vast array of “youf’” words he’s learned at university to abuse me from the sidelines every time I make a mistake. Together, we will undoubtedly make a bedtime show with the singular potential to lull anyone to sleep – but only when we’re talking… (Oh, and David’s here, too.)


Praetorius: The Lord ascendeth up on highThe Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, George Guest21:05
Albinoni: La Statira – Sinfonia in CLa Serenissima, Adrian Chandler21:12
Caldara: Temistocle – “Non tremar vassallo indegno”Philippe Jaroussky, Concerto Köln, Emmanuelle Haïm21:22
10 Pieces, Op. 36: No. 4. La Romanesca – Air de danse du XVIeme siecle (arr. for piano duet) [Monika Egri & Attila Pertis]Sigismond Thalberg21:28
Piazzolla: Las cuatro estaciones – IV. Primavera porteñaAlexander Gurning, Alissa Margulis, Alexandre Debrus21:34
Adès: Violin Concerto – II. PathsAnthony Marwood, Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Thomas Adès21:42
Verdi: Aida – Act II – Marcia trionfale – BallabileNew Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti21:54
Shostakovitch: Symphony No 15 in A, Op 141 – I. AllegrettoRoyal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko22:02
Bor: McMozart’s Eine Kleine Bricht Moonlicht Nicht MusikKremerata Baltica, Gidon Kremer22:11
Gavin Bryars: Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me YetTom Waits & The Gavin Bryars Ensemble22:16
Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 31 in A flat, Op 110 – I. Moderato cantabile molto espressivoIgor Levit22:22
Haydn: Symphony No 43 in E flat, “Mercury” – IV. Finale. AllegroIl Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini22:31
Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No 4 in G, BWV 1049Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini22:45