Episode synopsis

(8/10) Humour in Music: Can music, without words, actually be funny? In tonight’s programme, we look at classical music that may, or may not, be funny, and discuss what makes it funny (if indeed it is).

First aired: 7pm-9pm, Sunday 13th June 2021


Mozart: Die Zauberflöte, K 620 – Der Hölle Rache kocht in meinem HerzenFlorence Foster Jenkins19:04
Dvořák: Eight Humoresques, Op 101 – No 7 in G flat. Poco lento e graziosoStephen Hough19:08
Rawsthorne: Hornpipe HumoresqueJonathan Delbridge19:12
Overture to CandideBernstein / Geoffrey Simon & London Symphony Orchestra19:19
PDQ Bach: 1712 OvertureGreater Hoople Area Off-Season Philharmonic, Walter Bruno19:26
Haydn: Symphony No 90 in C – IV. Finale. Allegro assaiHeidelberger Sinfoniker, Thomas Fey19:41
Good GriefJay Foreman19:49
Shchedrin: Concerto for Orchestra No 1 “Naughty Limericks”Russian National Orchestra, Mikhail Pletnev19:51
Schumann Phantasiestücke, Op 88 – 2 Humoreske: LebhaftMartha Argerich, Renaud Capuçon, Gautier Capuçon20:02
Haydn: String Quartet in E flat ‘The Joke’, Op 33 No 2 – IV. PrestoThe London Haydn Quartet20:10
Reizenstein: Concerto PopolareDavid Owen Norris, The Philharmonia Orchestra, Michael Massey20:15
Moore: ‘And the same to you’Piers Lane20:31
Haydn: Symphony No 93 in D – II. LargoLes Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble, Marc Minkowski20:40
Mozart: Divertimento in F, K 522, “A Musical Joke” – IV. PrestoOrpheus Chamber Orchestra20:50
Kabalevsky: The Comedians, Op 26 – II. Galop. PrestoBBC Philharmonic, Vassily Sinaisky20:57

Episode credits

Presenter / ProducerIsaac Lowe
Presenter / Executive ProducerDavid Hemingway
Presenter / Executive TeaboyKeoni D’Souza