The Classical Top 5
Top 5 Opening Bars in Classical Music

Top 5 Opening Bars in Classical Music

September 17, 2020

We're back! After a short summer break, the team is back for a new series of Top 5s, starting with the greatest opening bars in classical music. Hosted by Tommy Pearson with Richard Bratby and Charlotte Gardner. 

Producer: Simon Funnell

Top 5 Works To Retire…and Resurrect

Top 5 Works To Retire…and Resurrect

August 5, 2020

In the final edition before taking a summer break, the team has a bit of fun choosing pieces they'd happily do without for the next 5 years and nominates works that should be back in the repertoire instead. 
With Tommy Pearson, Charlotte Gardner and Richard Bratby
Producer: Simon Funnell. 

Classical Top 5 will return in September!

Top 5 Piano Concertos

Top 5 Piano Concertos

July 29, 2020

One of the world's finest pianists, Stephen Hough, joins the team to pick his Top 5 Piano Concertos - no mean feat, considering the huge choice available!  
With Tommy Pearson, Richard Bratby, Charlotte Gardner

Producer: Simon Funnell

Top 5 Tone Poems

Top 5 Tone Poems

July 22, 2020

This week very special guest, conductor Daniel Harding, chooses his Top 5 Tone/Symphonic Poems from a long list of very popular - and not so well-known - works.  And we have a new-look panel: Tommy Pearson and Richard Bratby are joined by writer and critic Charlotte Gardner

Producer: Simon Funnell 

Top 5 Endings

Top 5 Endings

July 15, 2020

Tommy Pearson, Fiona Maddocks and Richard Bratby nominate their favourite endings in classical music, those final moments that can excite, move, shock, leave us breathless or in tears. It's a whistle-stop tour through dozens of pieces before the trio settle on their final Top 5. 

Producer: Simon Funnell 

Top 5 Works for Chorus and Orchestra

Top 5 Works for Chorus and Orchestra

July 8, 2020

One of the world's finest choral directors, Simon Halsey, joins the team this week to pick choral works that are important to him. Expect the unexpected alongside some great classics and some lively debate! With Tommy Pearson, Fiona Maddocks and Richard Bratby

 

Producer: Simon Funnell

Top 5 Wind Concertos

Top 5 Wind Concertos

July 1, 2020

This week, Tommy Pearson, Fiona Maddocks and Richard Bratby are joined by one of the world's finest soloists, the oboist Nicholas Daniel, who chooses his Top 5 concertos written for wind instruments (and possibly brass!). 

Producer: Simon Funnell  

Top 5 20th Century Operas

Top 5 20th Century Operas

June 24, 2020

Celebrated opera director and librettist Peter Sellars joins the team to nominate 5 operas written in the 20th century - but will he choose one of his own? With Tommy Pearson, Fiona Maddocks and Richard Bratby

Producer: Simon Funnell

Top 5 Works for String Quartet

Top 5 Works for String Quartet

June 17, 2020

Tommy Pearson, Fiona Maddocks and Richard Bratby are joined by special guest Robin Ireland who, for 20 years, was viola player in The Lindsays, one of the world's finest quartets until they disbanded in 2005. Robin and the team choose their Top 5 works for string quartet - a very difficult challenge indeed!

Top 5 British Symphonies

Top 5 British Symphonies

June 10, 2020

Conductor Sir Mark Elder joins the team to choose his Top 5 British Symphonies, another vast subject that includes popular classics and almost completely unknown works. 
With Tommy Pearson, Fiona Maddocks and Richard Bratby

Producer: Simon Funnell  

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