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Classical Breakdown

WETA Classical

John Banther takes classical music fans behind the scenes with interviews, deep dives, and analysis. Episodes released bi-weekly on Tuesdays. Produced by WETA Classical in Washington, D.C.

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Real and fictional characters come to life in this incredibly challenging work for piano that also includes musical puzzles. John Banther and Linda Carducci explore all the characters and how Schumann depicts them in music, the ciphers, discarded mov... more

12 days ago

She might have been the most influential person in music of the 20th century, and few would argue with you. John Banther and Evan Keely explore her life, music, and incalculable influence, but also some of the criticism her legacy has faced in the 45... more

a month ago

We've come to know the concerto as a work showcasing a single soloist with (or sometimes against) an orchestra, but what if a work has not 1... but 4 soloists at the same time? And what if it is also bringing in ideas from the symphony? John Banther ... more

a month ago

It's one of the most common musical instruments, but where did it come from and how did we get here? John Banther and Linda Carducci go on a journey through time to trace the evolution of the piano and its various forms. Plus, why is it so fun to see... more

2 months ago


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4.8 out of 5 stars from 332 ratings
  • Wonderful pod.

    Always enjoy these episodes, it’s great to discover new works to explore like the recent Haydn. The evolution of the piano was so well put together. Thanks.

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    Andy J F (Piano)
    United Kingdoma month ago
  • Mmm good show

    I like show, but needs obscure composers and also some music that tell stories. Anywho, good show. - sugar cat guy 89

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    United States2 months ago
  • Jan Sibelius

    Very good summary of the composer’s life! I enjoyed the show and would like to hear an analysis of the symphonies, especially the second.

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    Les is more.
    United States5 months ago
  • Really enjoy this podcast!

    I teach 6-12 general and choral music, so I am always looking for relevant content. The hosts are knowledgeable and engaging!

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    Survivor Fan on the Couch
    United States5 months ago
  • Love the show!

    After listening to Apple Music Classical’s “The Story of Classical,” I wanted to find a podcast that breaks down and comments on classical music. I found this show and love it. As someone who played bass trombone in high school, I appreciate John’s insights from being a tuba player. more

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    United States8 months ago

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