Rainer Hersch's All Classical Music Explained

With the help of Richard Thomas and guests, Rainer Hersch finally reveals why organ music is so boring, how to play instruments without practising, and how to clap in the wrong places at concerts and look like you did it on purpose.

Episodes

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01Opera1998101420031101 (BBC7)
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20050907 (BBC7)
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20071107 (BBC7)
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20090102 (BBC7)
20090103 (BBC7)
20110313 (BBC7)
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20110321 (BBC7)

Rainer Hersch reveals how 'Cosi Fan Tutte' is actually about TV chefs and the truth about Handel's 'Messiah'.

From October 1998.

Rainer Hersch reveals how 'Cosi Fan Tutte' is actually about TV chefs.

Find out why Cosi Fan Tutte is really about TV chefs and why there are only seven words in Handel's Messiah.

This week: opera, with Marilyn Hill-Smith, Lore Lixenberg and Patrick McCarthy.

Find out why Cosí Fan Tutte is really about TV chefs and why there are only seven words in Handel's Messiah.

02The History Of Music1998102120040610 (BBC7)
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20050914 (BBC7)
20050915 (BBC7)
20060908 (BBC7)
20060909 (BBC7)
20071114 (BBC7)
20071115 (BBC7)
20090109 (BBC7)
20090110 (BBC7)
20110320 (BBC7)

Rainer Hersch's comedic tour of our melodic past.

With the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble and Richard Thomas.

From October 1998.

With the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble.

Rainer Hersch's tour of our melodic past, featuring some announcer bloopers from Radio 3.

Rainer Hersch's whistle-stop tour of our melodic past, featuring some announcer bloopers from Radio 3.

Classical music is 'music without drums'.

Rainer Hersch reveals more.

Rainer Hersch gives us a brief history of some of the most prominent musicians, with the Fine Arts Brass Ensemble.

03The Orchestra1998102820040617 (BBC7)
20040618 (BBC7)
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20060915 (BBC7)
20060916 (BBC7)
20071121 (BBC7)
20071122 (BBC7)
20090116 (BBC7)
20090117 (BBC7)
20110327 (BBC7)

In a unique performance, Rainer Hersch assembles the largest collection of stylophones in one building.

From October 1998.

Rainer Hersch assembles the largest collection of stylophones in one building.

Rainer Hersch gives his own point of view on how the orchestra works.

With Thomas Hull, Susanna Candlin, Laurence Davies, Jeremy Cornes and Andy Horrell.

04The Bach Family1998110420050310 (BBC7)
20050311 (BBC7)
20050928 (BBC7)
20050929 (BBC7)
20060922 (BBC7)
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20071128 (BBC7)
20071129 (BBC7)
20090123 (BBC7)
20090124 (BBC7)

Rainer Hersch investigates the Master of the Baroque and his Big Boomy Special Effects.

With Wayne Marshall.

From November 1998.

Rainer Hersch investigates the Master of the Baroque and the theme to Ski Sunday.

With special guest Wayne Marshall.

With Wayne Marshall and the Hewitt-Jones family.

05The World's Most Beautiful Music1998111120040624 (BBC7)
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20050318 (BBC7)
20051005 (BBC7)
20051006 (BBC7)
20060929 (BBC7)
20060930 (BBC7)
20071205 (BBC7)
20071206 (BBC7)
20090130 (BBC7)
20090131 (BBC7)

Rainer Hersch brings you Bruch's Violin Concerto (frequently) and 'Shine 2'.

From Nov 1998

With Alistair Mcgowan.

From November 1998.

Rainer Hersch and Alistair Mcgowan bring you Bruch's Violin Concerto (frequently), All Classic-FM and Shine 2.

Rainer Hersch and Alistair Mcgowan bring you Bruch's Violin Concerto (frequently), and All Classic-FM.

Rainer Hersch attempts to show all of the world's most beautiful music ever made in just 28 minutes, ably assisted by Alistair Mcgowan.

Rainer attempts to show all of the world's most beautiful music ever made in just 28 minutes, ably assisted by Alistair Mcgowan.

06 LASTGoing To Concerts1998111820040701 (BBC7)
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20051012 (BBC7)
20051013 (BBC7)
20061006 (BBC7)
20061007 (BBC7)
20071212 (BBC7)
20071213 (BBC7)
20090206 (BBC7)
20090207 (BBC7)

Rainer Hersch explains the cost of concerts - and how to fall asleep subtly.

Rainer Hersch explains the cost of concerts - and how to fall asleep and look like you're still listening.

From November 1998.

Rainer Hersch finally explains why concerts cost a fortune, and how to fall asleep at them and look like you're still listening.

With Tasmin Little.