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Benedict Cumberbatch Is In Everything. Even Classical Music.

colorphoto of Benedict Cumberbatch and James Rhodes sitting at a grand piano
from YouTube video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sm4OKds30k8
Benedict Cumberbatch and pianist James Rhodes talk about their love of classical music.

A couple of years ago, The New Yorker published a cartoon by Joe Dator that truly catches the spirit of our times.

In the single panel, a pregnant woman undergoing an ultrasound exam looks befuddledly at a face on the ultrasound monitor screen. The mouth of the woman giving the exam is slightly open, as though in mid-speech. The cartoon’s caption reads, “Oh, don’t worry. That’s Benedict Cumberbatch. He’s in everything.” View the cartoon here.

If you’re a fan of Sherlock, or if you’ve seen The Imitation Game, Atonement, Amazing Grace or any number of series, films or plays produced in the last decade, you know the actor really is everywhere in the world of theater.

And now he’s in the classical music world, too.

Cumberbatch is a close childhood friend of the British concert pianist James Rhodes and also a great lover of classical music. The lads got together (with a camera crew from British newspaper The Guardian) for a couple of chats about why they love music. The results, released in a series called Piano Night, are fun viewing.

In the first of these talks, Rhodes and Cumberbatch talk about what Cumberbatch loves about classical music and why Rhodes thinks Chopin is “the greatest.”


In Part 2, Cumberbatch and Rhodes both play Debussy, and James Rhodes reveals what he has tattooed on his left arm.


Don’t miss James Rhodes playing Chopin at 10 a.m. Sunday on Classical 101.

Jennifer Hambrick unites her extensive backgrounds in the arts and media and her deep roots in Columbus to bring inspiring music to central Ohio as Classical 101’s midday host. Jennifer performed with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra and the Civic Orchestra of Chicago before earning a Ph.D. in musicology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.