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Classical WETA
Classical Breakdown
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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Ratings & Reviews
4.7 stars from 127 ratings
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. I...Read full review »
Joeystan via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 10/04/23
Season five
I enjoyed hearing your podcast on Rachmaninov’s Piano Concerto No. 2. I like to give a Shot out to a friend of mine in the Winchester area who also loves listen to you guys name Jason, he loves to listen in his car. He especially love Linda Carducci. I also like sometime in the future I love to...Read full review »
classical an via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/19/23
2001 and beyond
While a teenager, as with so many of my generation, I suspect, my introduction to all genres of classical music was by means of Kubrick’s Space Odyssey—a unique contribution to film culture. Regardless of my later interests I have always loved this music. Similarly, this podcast is unique in that...Read full review »
conaninspace via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 07/22/23
Recent Episodes
Feeling dramatic? Opera has you covered! John Banther and Linda Carducci go on a journey through time on the origins, evolution, and dramatic moments of this enduring musical art form. Plus, recommended listening for each time period along the way.  Support Classical Breakdown:...
Published 11/28/23
Published 11/14/23
It's one of the more familiar works in the repertoire, but how well do you know the 3 major themes and Shakespearean connections? John Banther and Shakespeare enthusiast James Jacobs show you what to listen for, how much Tchaikovsky loved Shakespeare, theatrical elements in the music, and...
Published 11/14/23
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