Just want to give a shout out to this excellent podcast series I recently discovered. I had never heard of it before.
It’s from a BBC Radio 3 show, but the archive is on Spotify and BBC Sounds. Basically, it is a guy called Tom Service who each week talks about a different aspect of classical music. I’d never heard of him before this. Hard to explain why it is so good, but Tom is just a really erudite and engaging host, totally unpretentious and really enthusiastic about the music he talks about. He neither alienates the newcomer, nor patronises the music buff. The shows are brisk and well edited, just half an hour or so each. Perfect for walking the dog.
Some example subjects have been things like what a conductor actually does, or the power of slow music, or why different versions of the same piece sound so different.
He sometimes wanders slightly outside classical music too. The episode on prog rock was really good, with an enthusiastic appraisal of Supper’s Ready. (That episode contains extensive Rick Wakeman though, which might not be to your taste….)
Anyway, I know many people on here are always on the lookout for a good podcast, so thought I would recommend this one.