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A Contrabassoonist's Perspective On Music With Margaret Cookhorn20181201

Today, bassoonist and principal contrabassoonist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Margaret Cookhorn shares her excitement about a rare experience - playing the contrabassoon in chamber music by Mozart. She also analyses how Richard Strauss brings exotic flavours to the orchestra in his take on Salome's Dance of the Seven Veils, and explains her fascination for patterns in the music of Benjamin Britten. Margaret's choices range from a miniature by Elgar played by violinist Nigel Kennedy to part of Messiaen's massive Turangalila Symphony, plus vocal acrobatics from Ella Fitzgerald and Bobby McFerrin.

At 2 o'clock Margaret introduces her Must Listen piece - something she thinks everyone should hear at least once in their life - as she says: "it contains one of the most exciting and rhythmic endings to a symphony ever written".

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Hear a leading musician open up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician

A Musical Adventure With Composer And Clarinettist Mark Simpson20191109

Composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson embarks on a two-hour musical adventure that traverses atmospheric music for electronics and orchestra by Jonathan Harvey, rhapsodic symphonic writing by Rachmaninov and a mischievous piano piece by Stravinsky.

At 2pm Mark ascends into the Australian night sky for his Must Listen piece: part of an epic and mystical cycle of works by Australian composer Georges Lentz, which is still being composed today.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Composer and clarinettist Mark Simpson opens up a selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

A Musical Melting Pot Explored By Composer Jocelyn Pook20190511

Composer Jocelyn Pook takes a musical journey that includes Bulgarian choral singing, an Egyptian call to prayer, French film music and a song by the pioneering American vocalist and composer Meredith Monk.

Jocelyn is also hypnotised by the 12th-century composer and mystic Hildegard of Bingen, thrilled by the beauty and brutality of Prokofiev and calmed by the piano music of Gavin Bryars.

At 2pm Jocelyn introduces her Must Listen piece: a vibrant and joyful take on a traditional French-Canadian folk song, brought to life by the experimental musicians’ collective, The Bang on a Can All-Stars.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Composer Jocelyn Pook opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

A Richly Romantic Mix With Horn Player Katy Woolley20191116

Katy Woolley was appointed principal horn of the Philharmonia Orchestra when she was just 22, and has recently taken up the top horn job in Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Today she chooses music that has emotional weight behind it, whether it’s angst-ridden or upbeat, and discovers how composers can unleash that power to move us.

There’s angular dance music by Prokofiev, the public expression of private grief by Brahms and music by Shostakovich that never seems to give up the fight. Plus one of the orchestral repertoire’s most notorious French horn solos given a soulful treatment by Chet Baker, and how some early baroque music has more in common with The Carpenters than you’d think.

At 2 o’clock Katy reveals her Must Listen piece - a work full of shape and colour by a conductor-composer.

A series in which each week a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Katy Woolley opens up a selection of classical music from a horn player's point of view.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

A Search For The Essence Of Music With Paul Lewis2018070720190316 (R3)

Today pianist Paul Lewis is bemused by a performance on the player-piano by Marc-André Hamelin, finds the voice of Dame Clara Butt both terrifying and entrancing, and discovers that the combination of two voices, double bass and the composer Antônio Carlos Jobim serves to conjure up the very essence of chamber music. He also puts things into perspective by subjecting us to ‘one of the worst recordings of all time’.

At 2 o’clock Paul plays his Must Listen piece - a work by Schubert for male voices and strings in which Paul hears a depth of sound colour that he’s often searching for in his piano playing.

The series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Pianist Paul Lewis introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

A Sublime Voyage To The Moon (and Back) With Pianist V\u00edkingur \u00d3lafsson20191221

Pianist Víkingur Ólafsson takes us on a journey featuring earthly delights from Jean Sibelius, Joseph Haydn and Béla Bartók, and otherworldly musical beauty from Leos Janacek, Thomas Adès and Edmund Finnis.

To start, Víkingur introduces a selection of tracks by the composer he refers to as ‘the Alpha and Omega of music’, JS Bach: choral intimacy and splendour from conductor John Eliot Gardiner, tragic beauty from pianist Edwin Fischer and a quirky take by Sir Peter Maxwell Davies. Plus Víkingur discusses how lighting in a recording studio led to just the right performance of his transcription of Widerstehe doch der Sünde from Bach’s Cantata BWV54.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Pianist V\u00edkingur \u00d3lafsson opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Beautiful Bass Lines With Contrabassoonist Margaret Cookhorn20191214

Bassoonist and principal contrabassoonist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Margaret Cookhorn appreciates the constantly shifting harmony in Debussy’s String Quartet, marvels at the space created by the expansive bass line in a Bill Frisell track, is gripped by Rachmaninov’s bold start to his Piano Prelude in C sharp minor, and wants to dance in the studio to some iconic Motown bassoon playing.

She also attempts to decipher why a piece by Grieg sparked a sadness in her for years, and reveals music by Beethoven which is a joy to play as a bassoonist as it actually has some fast notes. Plus, a Scarlatti fugue for harpsichord with an interesting feline connection.

At 2pm Margaret reveals her Must Listen piece - a dramatic work which unfolds slowly and inexorably with the timpani at its heart.

A series in which each week a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Hear a leading musician open up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Brilliant brass and a drunken Santa with trumpeter Anne McAneney20200411

London Philharmonic Orchestra trumpeter Anne McAneney chooses music with the magic of live performance at its heart. She reflects on her own experiences working with conductors like Kurt Masur, Sir Andrew Davis and Vladimir Jurowski, and enjoys the comic musical genius of Dudley Moore and his interactions with the audience.

Anne also demonstrates the subtleties of double and triple tonguing on the trumpet, before finding similar techniques in a track by Indian classical virtuoso Zakir Hussain.

And if you want to know about the difficulties of playing in time while pretending to be a drunk Santa Claus (who doesn’t?), Anne will enlighten you.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Trumpeter Anne McAneney opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Burnished Voices And Sparkling Brass With Bass Brindley Sherratt20190504

Brindley Sherratt is a celebrated operatic bass who began his musical career as a trumpet player. In this edition of Inside Music Brindley charts his evolution from brass player to singer via Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, the dizzying heights of the big band and the Verdi aria which launched his singing career.

He also pays homage to the musicians who have inspired him; George London’s seemingly effortless vocal technique, the lyricism and power of Maurice André’s trumpet playing and Sir Georg Solti’s focus and stamina.

Brindley’s Must Listen piece at 2 o’clock is a much loved work full of drama and emotion that offers solace and reflection.

A series in which each week a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Hear a leading musician open up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Burst Your Musical Preconceptions With Soprano Lucy Crowe20190921

Soprano Lucy Crowe often warms up for the opera stage by listening to indie pop band London Grammar and she recently discovered Bruckner’s symphonies thanks to an electronic remix album. So it’s no surprise to hear that for Lucy, keeping an open mind is the key to musical discovery.

During her explorations inside music today, Lucy also introduces a piece by Arvo Pärt that makes her think of a modern art installation, finds the supernatural in music by Sibelius and is wowed by a barnstorming interpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by violinist Rachel Podger.

For Lucy’s Must Listen piece at 2pm, we venture into the Moravian forest to hear sounds of nature depicted in a magical way by a composer completely in tune with his surroundings.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Soprano Lucy Crowe opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Soprano Lucy Crowe often warms up for the opera stage by listening to indie pop band London Grammar and she recently discovered Bruckner’s symphonies thanks to an electronic remix album. So it’s no surprise to hear that for Lucy, keeping an open mind is the key to musical discovery.

During her explorations inside music today, Lucy also introduces a piece by Arvo Pärt that makes her think of a modern art installation, finds the supernatural in music by Sibelius and is wowed by a barnstorming interpretation of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons by violinist Rachel Podger.

For Lucy’s Must Listen piece at 2pm, we venture into the Moravian forest to hear sounds of nature depicted in a magical way by a composer completely in tune with his surroundings.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Soprano Lucy Crowe opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Cellist Laura Van Der Heijden Finds Bittersweet Intensity In Music20190727

Since winning BBC Young Musician in 2012, cellist Laura van der Heijen has successfully juggled professional performing with her academic studies. She has just graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge and in today’s edition of Inside Music she talks about a highlight of her Cambridge years - putting on a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

Laura also finds music by Robert Schumann and Richard Strauss that has in the past assuaged her teenage angst, and a concerto by Telemann that’s been pepped up with the addition of the Hungarian cimbalom.

Raw vocal expression is another necessity for Laura, as she chooses recordings by singers Fritz Wunderlich, Ella Fitzgerald and Allan Clayton.

At two o’clock Laura’s Must Listen piece mixes cello, violin and orchestra and a sense of timelessness.

A series in which each week a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Hear a leading musician open up a colourful selection of music from the inside

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Laura also finds music by Robert Schumann and Richard Strauss that has in the past assuaged her teenage angst, and a concerto by Telemann that’s been pepped up with the addition of the Hungarian cimbalom.

Raw vocal expression is another necessity for Laura, as she chooses recordings by singers Fritz Wunderlich, Ella Fitzgerald and Allan Clayton.

Cellist Natalie Clein Chooses Music That Satisfies Both Mind And Heart2018122220191019 (R3)

Cellist Natalie Clein describes what it’s like playing J.S. Bach’s inexorable bass lines, thinks about how important silence is - both in music and everyday life, and presents two very different versions of the tango.

She also introduces us to a refreshing take on Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and the granite-like construction of Sibelius’s 5th Symphony.

Natalie’s Must Listen piece at 2pm takes us into the world of one of the greatest pianists of the 20th century - performing his own music.

A series in which each week a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Hear a leading musician open up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician

Choral Conductor Sofi Jeannin2018063020181215 (R3)

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today conductor Sofi Jeannin talks about the sense of longing she hears in Elgar's first symphony, is seduced by the velvet fingers of violinist Josef Hassid, and reveals her admiration for percussionists by choosing a virtuosic piece by Xenakis. Sofi also ensures a Swedish flavour to her choices, playing music by composers from her homeland including Wilhelm Stenhammar, Anders Hillborg and Elfrida Andree.

For her Must Listen piece at 2 o'clock, Sofi plays a brand new recording she has made with the BBC Singers featuring music by a French composer who was once described as "half monk, half rascal".

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Conductor Alpesh Chauhan's Enthralling Music Selection2018101320190803 (R3)

Today, conductor Alpesh Chauhan talks about the piece that converted him from Bollywood to classical music, how Bruckner can be likened to the Orient Express and how one work by Prokofiev perfectly captures the essence of young love.

Plus, Alpesh reminisces about the astounding, life changing experience of seeing pianist Grigory Sokolov perform.

At 2 o’clock Alpesh reveals his Must Listen piece – an English work so full of heartache and emotion that he simply had to introduce it to Italian audiences.

A new series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music – from the inside.

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Conductor Alpesh Chauhan leads us through his favourite music \u2013 from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

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Conductor Nicholas Collon Explores His Musical Obsessions2018042120190615 (R3)

Today, conductor Nicholas Collon discovers how when Joseph Haydn breaks the rules he produces his most endearing music, and describes just how Maurice Ravel skilfully manages to deconstruct the Viennese Waltz.
His choices range from an emotionally pivotal moment in Bach's B minor Mass, to a piano piece on which he had a teenage crush, plus a madcap movement by John Adams played by Nicholas's own Aurora Orchestra.

At 2 o'clock Nicholas reveals his Must Listen piece - a rarity from 1871 that he'd like to introduce to everyone.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Conductor Nicholas Collon introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Creative Connections With Fiddle-singer And Composer Nancy Kerr20200307

Nancy Kerr is a multi-award-winning fiddle-singer and songwriter. As a musician she brings her own individual take to traditional folk material and as a writer she combines folk mythology with tales of 21st-century life.

Today Nancy chooses pieces that highlight the lines of connection between some wildly different musical styles, including Bartok dances played first by the Budapest Festival Orchestra, and then the Romani group Taraf De Haïdouks. There’s also Gaelic music inspired by masters of the Italian baroque, and a song by Vaughan Williams that goes back to its earthy roots.

Plus romantic pieces for violin and piano by Dvorak, an orchestral favourite by Gustav Holst and some brain-taxing miniatures by JS Bach.

A series in which each week a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Hear a leading musician open up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Crunchy Chords And Heavenly Harmonies With Organist Rachel Mahon20200328

Organist and soon-to-be Director of Music at Coventry Cathedral, Rachel Mahon blends together a selection of music with a sacred slant, including pieces by Olivier Messiaen, Louis Vierne and Frank Martin.

The mood of reflection continues with a composer from over 800 years ago, Hildegard of Bingen, and with an ethereal recording of Caroline Shaw’s Plan and Elevation by the Attacca Quartet.

But don’t get too comfy, because there are also pyrotechnics from Bach, some naughty rule-breaking from Domenico Scarlatti and a lively improvised dance played by the early music group Joglaresa.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Organist Rachel Mahon opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Enjoy Irresistible Rhythms And A Tasty Stew With Pianist Stewart Goodyear20191123

Pianist Stewart Goodyear introduces music featuring irresistible rhythms and the catchiest melodies, including Koji Kondo’s Super Mario Bros.’ theme tune… There’s also a witches dance from Hector Berlioz, ethereal atmospheres from Gustav Holst and silken sounds from Chopin and Ravel.

At 2pm Stewart whips up a carnival with Sonny Rollins and his band for his Must Listen piece. And the carnival atmosphere continues in his own composition for piano and orchestra, Callaloo, named after a spicy Trinidadian stew.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Pianist Stewart Goodyear opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Expand Your Musical Horizons With Viola Player Nadia Sirota20190105

Nadia Sirota is a viola player who specialises in contemporary classical music, so in this episode of Inside Music, Nadia’s wide listening tastes mean Mozart, Bach and Brahms sit happily alongside Nico Muhly, Caroline Shaw and Luciano Berio.

Nadia also talks about how the music of Igor Stravinsky influenced American singer-songwriter Sam Amidon, reveals some unusual lyrics to accompany Berlioz’s Symphonie Fantastique and discusses how multi-tracking her viola with a viola da gamba produces beautiful and crystalline consort music.

At 2 o’clock Nadia chooses a piece of music she describes as being from another planet. “The first time I heard it my jaw was on the floor,” she says. See where yours ends up when you hear this Must Listen moment.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Hear a leading musician open up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician

Experience Some Deep Listening With Conductor Gabriella Teychenne20190525

Gabriella Teychenné shares her curiosity as to how music has the power to communicate by playing Russian ballet music by Prokofiev, a Stomp by Duke Ellington, and Paavo Jarvi’s take on a symphony by Schumann. And through a song about some metaphorical burning hot coals, she explores harmony and colour in the music of Tchaikovsky.

She also appreciates the importance of silence in a piano concerto by Beethoven, and finds otherworldly sounds conjured up by accordion, trombone and didgeridoo recorded underground.

Gabriella’s Must Listen piece at 2 o’clock is a beautifully crafted piece for choir and instruments that has a timeless significance.

A series in which each week a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Hear a leading musician open up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Expression And Emotion Explored With Conductor Rumon Gamba20190914

Conductor Rumon Gamba chooses expressive music ranging from the intimate and delicate to the terrifying and wild. He describes how the intense expression found in piano music by Arnold Schoenberg fascinated him as a child, explains how the music of J.S Bach works particularly well on the nyckelharpa and discusses the unique way that Eddi Reader tells stories through song.

At 2pm for his Must Listen piece, Rumon selects music by a composer who was one of the most revered orchestrators of the 20th century, as well as being a pretty handy conductor himself.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Conductor Rumon Gamba opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Conductor Rumon Gamba chooses expressive music ranging from the intimate and delicate to the terrifying and wild. He describes how the intense expression found in piano music by Arnold Schoenberg fascinated him as a child, explains how the music of J.S Bach works particularly well on the nyckelharpa and discusses the unique way that Eddi Reader tells stories through song.

At 2pm for his Must Listen piece, Rumon selects music by a composer who was one of the most revered orchestrators of the 20th century, as well as being a pretty handy conductor himself.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Conductor Rumon Gamba opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Exquisite Colour And Sumptuous Sounds With Violinist Tasmin Little20190907

Violinist Tasmin Little has spent her rich and varied performing life not only in the major concert halls of the world but also as a force behind valuable community projects. She brings her wealth of musical experience to Inside Music and plays pieces ranging from the baroque drama of JS Bach’s Mass in B minor to the impressionist inflections of The White Peacock by American composer Charles Griffes.

Tasmin also discovers a choral piece that’s really an organ concerto and finds a harpsichord far from its usual early music surroundings in a concerto by Swiss composer Frank Martin. And Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett inspire her to think about what exactly makes a blue note.

At two o’clock Tasmin’s Must Listen piece showcases expert writing for violin and orchestra in an outpouring of lyrical virtuosity and delicacy.

A series in which each week a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Hear a leading musician open up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Flamboyant Soloists And Wonderful Wind Instruments With Cor Anglais Player Alison Teale20190824

The BBC Symphony Orchestra’s cor anglais player Alison Teale takes us inside a vibrant range of classical music choices. She reveals how a mutant wind instrument inspired a composer from Northern Europe, draws parallels between chamber music and contact sports, unveils a performer who astonished her with his red socks and tells the heartwarming story of Jiří Bělohlávek’s final concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

At 2pm Alison introduces us to her Must Listen piece: an operatic finale which puts her through the emotional wringer every time she hears it.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Cor anglais player Alison Teale opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Free Thinking Festival - Horn Player Katy Woolley With Music That Works On Our Emotions20190330

Horn player Katy Woolley has recently been appointed as the new Principal Horn of Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Today she takes time out from performing in orchestras all over the world to come to Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead where she both chooses and gives her unique insights into a wide range of music. She’s especially interested in what different composers do to make us experience emotion as we listen, and discovers that simplicity is often the key to a truly moving performance.

Katy's choices include orchestral thrills by Shostakovich and Brahms, suspended delight in a concerto by Ravel, an angry outburst by Vivaldi and Scandinavian voices imitating sounds of nature. And you can be sure that French horns will feature at some point during the two hours.

Around 2pm Katy plays her Must Listen piece - one whose energy and intensity never fails to move her.

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Hear a leading musician open up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Get Inside Jacob Collier's Musical Mind2018122920191026 (R3)

Jacob Collier is a musical phenomenon. A multi-instrumentalist, singer, arranger, composer and producer, Jacob has been wowing the world with his breathtaking understanding of music and his amazing abilities on many different instruments.

In this edition of Inside Music, Jacob, who is still only 25 years old, introduces a wide array of music including pieces he performed as a solo treble with the English National Opera as well as a track from his album, DJESSE (Vol 1.)

The breadth of Jacob’s musical imagination leads him to some of the classical greats including Bach, Debussy and Schumann, as well as folk song from Bulgaria and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau’s take on a Lennon and McCartney classic.

And at 2 o’clock Jacob delves into the archives of the British Library to reveal his Must Listen piece performed by his grandfather, the violinist Derek Collier.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

The multi-talented multi-instrumentalist takes us inside some of his favourite music.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

In this edition of Inside Music, Jacob, who is still only 24 years old, introduces a wide array of music including pieces he performed as a solo treble with the English National Opera as well as a track from his brand new album, DJESSE (Vol 1.)

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician

Hear How Instruments Sing, With Cellist Matthew Barley2018050520181208 (R3)

Matthew Barley puts down his cello for a couple of hours and wonders just how Stravinsky brings a Russian character to his ballet Petrushka. He also analyses the mind-boggling technique of a classically trained Cuban jazz pianist, and compares the way a singer has to control their instrument that is their voice - in much the same way as a cellist does. Matthew finds a new way to listen to Barber's famous Adagio and introduces us to an endearing little piano piece by John Cage.

At 2 o'clock Matthew introduces his Must Listen piece - a rarely performed, beautiful work in a recording in which, according to Matthew, cellist Yo Yo Ma plays "at his very best".

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

A leading musician opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician

Improvisation And Virtuosity Explored By Cellist Abel Selaocoe20190622

Abel Selaocoe is a unique musician. His training is classical, while his South African roots constantly inspire him to push at the boundaries of what he and his cello can do together.

Abel’s musical selection is as far ranging as you might expect. He explores pulsating rhythms and fragments of melody in a Sibelius symphony and describes how Maurice Ravel can conjure up the image of a boat on the sea through magical orchestral effects. And he can’t resist the collaboration of mandolin and double bass, not to mention the peculiar but riveting sound of someone singing into a tuba.

At 2pm, Abel’s Must Listen piece combines string quartet and Klezmer clarinet to great dramatic effect.

Inside Music: a series in which each week a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Hear leading cellist Abel Selaocoe open up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Inside Music With Angela Hewitt2018080420190126 (R3)

Find out how keyboard players can learn how to phrase the music of J.S. Bach by listening to the way that singers do it with pianist Angela Hewitt, who also explains why the famous Adagietto from Mahler's 5th Symphony should never turn into a dirge.

She also showcases two contrasting pieces by fellow Canadian musicians, and thrills to the verbal and musical skills of Noel Coward.

At 2 o'clock Angela's Must Listen piece is a passionate and poignant work in a detailed recording by conductor Arturo Toscanini and the NBC Symphony Orchestra.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Pianist Angela Hewitt introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician

Inspiring Musical Characters Revealed By Flautist Juliette Bausor20191130

After a flying start as a multi-competition winner, Juliette Bausor went on to become principal flute of the London Mozart Players and the Royal Northern Sinfonia, before taking up the first flute job in the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She is also a member of the group Ensemble 360 and regularly performs as a soloist with orchestras all over the world.

Juliette’s choice of music today includes an ahead-of-its-time baroque battle scene, a moving miniature played by cellist Jacqueline du Pré and Keith Jarrett’s unique take on Over the rainbow.

She also focuses on the importance of musical partnerships with a Brahms sonata played by two close friends. And how does conductor Vladimir Jurowski get a whole orchestra to adopt a tone of grim energy in Shostakovich’s Sixth Symphony?

At two o’clock Juliette’s Must Listen piece features a heart-melting trio of voices supported by Romantic orchestral writing at its finest.

A series in which each week a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Hear a leading musician open up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Intensely Expressive Music With Pianist Jonathan Biss20200125

Pianist Jonathan Biss lines up an intensely expressive selection of choices, beginning with thoughts on the parallels between Schubert and Schumann - their poetic way of writing and their ability to convey human loneliness.

There are also dramatic and moving arias from Bach and Verdi, and a delicate, yet powerful piece, by a composer who Jonathan feels is often unfairly maligned, Arnold Schoenberg.

Jonathan is also struck by how lyrics can add another potent layer to music, and chooses tracks by Simon and Garfunkel and Joni Mitchell to demonstrate this.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Pianist Jonathan Biss opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Intimate Music-making With Cellist Andrew Yee20200404

Andrew Yee is the cellist from the Grammy award-winning Attacca Quartet and in this show he gathers up a selection of pieces that are centred around the intimate side of music-making. There’s a viol consort playing Orlando Gibbons, emotional pianism from Claude Frank, luscious textures from Bernard Hermann and delicate word painting for male chorus by Franz Schubert.

Andrew also talks about the powerful effect song has on him - from Richard Strauss causing him to be issued with a speeding ticket, to the lyrical confusion he experiences when listening to singer-songwriter Gillian Welch.

Plus revelations about working with the composer Caroline Shaw and how the Attacca Quartet’s approach to music-making is often focused on singing rather than playing their instruments.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

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Invention And Exploration On Early Music Day With Violinist Rachel Podger20200321

Today many radio stations across Europe are celebrating a European Day of Early Music. So to mark that here on Radio 3, we’ve asked the Ambassador for the day, Rachel Podger, to host Inside Music. Rachel will be spending a couple of hours getting inside a wide selection of pieces that make her life as a performer of (and listener to) early music so rewarding.

Rachel remembers the effect of singing the Sanctus from JS Bach’s Mass in B minor as a teenager and how it fostered a lifelong fascination for the composer. She also tries to work out why Handel’s tunes are so memorable, and finds a keyboard fantasy by Mozart that seems to break all the classical rules.

Plus a jazz pianist who brought a new slant to baroque-rooted music by Shostakovich and the thrill of improvising on a melody that’s nearly 500 years old.

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Layers Of Musical Time Revealed By Pianist Keval Shah20200314

Pianist Keval Shah compares the last movement of Sibelius’ Fifth Symphony to a long distance train journey, finds Martha Argerich and Maurice Ravel painting watery sounds together, and describes how John Adams uses a huge symphony orchestra to conjure up the feeling of being suspended in space.

Keval also shows how two tiny but vivid stories are brought to life by song composer Hugo Wolf and plays a four hundred year old piece that sounds as if it was written yesterday.

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Liquid Sounds (and A Marvellous Party) With Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo20190720

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo takes us on a wild musical ride. There’s passion and adventure from J.S Bach and one of his sons C.P.E Bach; harmonic twists and turns from Handel and Philip Glass; Puccini sung by Della Reese and absorbing soundworlds from Kaija Saariaho and Gregory Spears.

At 2pm Anthony lines up his highly unusual Must Listen piece. It’s a chance to step into the rehearsal room and eavesdrop on one of the twentieth century's greatest operatic stars as she conducts a masterclass in New York in the early 1970s. It’s also a chance to hear part of the aria “Cortigiani Vil Razza" from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto, sung by a soprano.

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Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo takes us on a wild musical ride. There’s passion and adventure from J.S Bach and one of his sons C.P.E Bach; harmonic twists and turns from Handel and Philip Glass; Puccini sung by Della Reese and absorbing soundworlds from Kaija Saariaho and Gregory Spears.

Looping Through Time With Composer And Producer Gabriel Prokofiev20200208

As a composer and producer who straddles the ever-merging worlds of classical and contemporary music, Gabriel Prokofiev brings a fresh perspective on composers who have influenced him - from his grandfather, Sergei Prokofiev, to Barbara Strozzi.

Gabriel’s choice of music today includes a piece by Ravel which is decorated by some ‘spicy’ Baroque trills, the mechanical and pulsing soundscape of Xenakis, and a piece by Schnittke which has a fragile sense of beauty.

He also plays a piece by Henry Cowell which you could mistake for modern dance music, with its loops and hypnotic repetition, until you realise it was written in the 1930s.

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Magnetic Melodies With Conductor Andrew Gourlay20190706

Conductor Andrew Gourlay introduces music that ignited his imagination as a trombonist in his county youth orchestra, speculates that perhaps the rhythmic drive of Stravinsky is what keeps his music sounding so modern, and fires up some Latin grooves with Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente.

At 2pm Andrew introduces his “sublime” Must Listen piece: a rarely heard work which Andrew hears as a total outpouring of emotion by an Englishman often thought of as quite reserved.

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Music From The Heart With Conductor Sofi Jeannin20190608

Conductor Sofi Jeannin explores the sense of space created in a recording of Brahms’ Trio for horn, violin, and piano, reveals her admiration for the voice of fado singer Amalia Rodrigues and jumps into the theatrical and dazzling sound world of Erik Satie.

She also shares some of her favourite music that was written for children – from Vaughan Williams to a piece which provides the perfect family recipe for tiramisu.

For her Must Listen piece at 2 o’clock, Sofi plays a recent live recording she’s made with the BBC singers featuring beautiful yet heart wrenching music written during the Nazi occupation of France.

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Music From Top To Bottom With Bass Player Cecelia Bruggemeyer20190427

Cecelia Bruggemeyer is a double bass player and teacher who specialises in historically informed performance. In this edition of Inside Music her enthusiasm for a huge range of repertoire is clear. Cecelia’s choices include a piece by Shostakovich that becomes a ‘mini guide to orchestration’, a sumptuous orchestral song by Hector Berlioz and the driving rhythms and ethereal sounds of a piece for prepared piano by John Cage.

She also delves into the mysteries of the baroque continuo group (the 17th-century forerunner of a jazz rhythm section), the creative and colourful way that Telemann writes for a cornucopia of instruments, and what it’s like to play a Beethoven bass line.

Cecelia’s Must Listen piece at 2 o’clock is a work that pre-dates Richard Strauss, Franz Liszt and John Cage by hundreds of years, but that sowed the seeds for many of their musical ideas.

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Music Illuminated From Within By Pianist Boris Giltburg20190406

Pianist Boris Giltburg puts together a list of music with a distinctly Russian flavour: from lush melodies by Rimsky-Korsakov, witty and sparkling operetta from Shostakovich, and piano and choral works by a composer who Boris reveres above all others, Sergei Rachmaninov.

Boris also takes us on a fascinating musical journey through the opening of a Bach cantata and is captivated by a song featuring ‘the voice of Georgia’, Hamlet Gonashvili, describing it as “full of harmonies and melodies that are entirely addictive”.

At 2pm Boris winds the clock back to 1954 Moscow for his Must Listen choice: a dramatic live recording by Emil Gilels of music by a Russian composer who Boris feels is often overlooked.

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Music Of Joy, Virtuosity And Defiance With Double Bass Player Leon Bosch20200104

Double bass player Leon Bosch grew up in Cape Town in South Africa and in this programme, Leon introduces some of the music he discovered during this time with pieces by Josef Suk, Serge Koussevitzky and Fernando Sor.

Leon also reflects on a piece of music that still makes the hairs stand up on the back of his neck 43 years after he found himself singing it with other prisoners in a South African jail. Plus a piece written by Leopold Kozeluch for a highly unlikely combination of instruments, and a recording that Leon discovered on the turntable of a vintage gramophone he found in a junk shop.

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Musical Connections Made By Film And Tv Composer Christian Henson20191207

Christian Henson is a multi award-winning film and television composer with over 45 soundtracks to his name. He is also a prolific vlogger, with his instructive 'how to compose' videos amassing millions of online views. Today he chooses music that has over the course of his life, fed into his own musical voice and personality. There’s an orchestral piece that both thrilled and terrified him, a piano miniature from the 1890s that he describes as starting a “beautiful revolution”, and an example of technology creating delicate beauty of sound.

Christian’s Must Listen piece around 2pm is a tiny gem in words and music by perhaps his most unique and influential teacher, the Scottish poet Ivor Cutler.

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Musical Delights Unravelled With Recorder And Violin Player Charlotte Barbour-condini20190413

Charlotte Barbour-Condini won the woodwind final of BBC Young Musician in 2012 playing the recorder, and she is also an accomplished violinist. She remembers the inspirational pieces that sparked her enthusiasm for performing and demonstrates that the recorder is an instrument that can shine in both ancient and new music.

As well as the recorder, highlights include a Scarlatti sonata played by pianist Yevgeny Sudbin, the sound of silence as it’s incorporated into the music of Arvo Pärt, and a voice recorded over 100 years ago that can teach musicians how to interpret music now.

At 2pm Charlotte brings us her Must Listen piece - a work for strings that communicates emotion in a seemingly effortless way.

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Musical Love Stories And Shimmering Strings With Pianist Lucy Parham20190629

Lucy Parham guides us through a wide range of music from ballet scores to Brahms. She includes a song by Strauss that makes you catch your breath, and an underplayed work by César Franck, which Lucy recorded at just 17 years old.

She also explores pianists she admires: Bill Evans for his improvisation, Clara Schumann for her composition, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard for his brilliant technical skill. Plus, Lucy presents her passion for combining music and words with Mendelssohn and Joni Mitchell.

At 2 o’clock Lucy’s Must Listen piece is by a composer who tragically died in World War One. It’s a song that captures the pointlessness of war through interesting harmonies but also has a beauty and elegance.

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Musical Rediscovery With Horn Player Alec Frank-gemmill20191005

Horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2014-2016, he has performed as a guest soloist with numerous international orchestras, and was the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s principal horn player for a decade.

Today, Alec takes us on a musical journey, from a dramatic musical experience at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, to the recent rediscovery of a piece of French chamber music.

He also finds Prokofiev’s Dance of the Mandolins to be beautiful yet disturbing, and reveals how different types of guitar from Portugal and Spain perfectly complement each other in the music of Pedro Caldeira Cabral.

Finding fun in music is essential for Alec, as you can hear in his choices which also include The Real Group virtuosically singing ‘Chilli Con Carne’, and a 17th Century dance which he thinks is unrivalled in dance music today.

At two o’clock Alec’s Must Listen piece is an orchestral fantasy based on The Little Mermaid…

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Horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2014-2016, he has performed as a guest soloist with numerous international orchestras, and was the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s principal horn player for a decade.

Today, Alec takes us on a musical journey, from a dramatic musical experience at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, to the recent rediscovery of a piece of French chamber music.

He also finds Prokofiev’s Dance of the Mandolins to be beautiful yet disturbing, and reveals how different types of guitar from Portugal and Spain perfectly complement each other in the music of Pedro Caldeira Cabral.

Finding fun in music is essential for Alec, as you can hear in his choices which also include The Real Group virtuosically singing ‘Chilli Con Carne’, and a 17th Century dance which he thinks is unrivalled in dance music today.

At two o’clock Alec’s Must Listen piece is an orchestral fantasy based on The Little Mermaid…

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Musical Teamwork With Countertenor Iestyn Davies20190831

Countertenor Iestyn Davies selects music with teamwork at its heart. From recordings featuring Iestyn as a young boy treble, to the interplay between a string quartet and a jazz trio, how musicians really listen to and interact with each other is the focus of this programme.

Iestyn also finds that learning technically difficult music means it stays with you forever and recalls the difficulties of someone tuning an archlute (all four feet of it) in the middle of a busy train carriage.

And for his Must Listen piece, Iestyn chooses a composer who he feels is hugely under-appreciated in the UK. Find out who at 2pm.

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Open your ears in a new way with conductor Simone Young2018111020200215 (R3)

Conductor Simone Young describes how listening to JS Bach is like listening to jazz, uncovers beauty in the music of Schoenberg, and showcases the many skills of pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim.

Simone also plays music by Benjamin Britten, and reveals all sorts of things you never knew about the harp.

At 2 o’clock Simone’s Must Listen piece is a dramatic scene in which emotions and politics are blended to musical perfection.

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Orchestral Storms And Vocal Tricks With Singer And Composer Sarah Dacey20191012

Singer and composer Sarah Dacey is not only a member of the innovative vocal trio Juice Ensemble, but is also a composer and violinist with fond memories of playing in string quartets and youth orchestras as a teenager.

Her choice of music today ranges from a haunting traditional tune from Northumberland discovered when she was writing music for a play at the National Theatre, to the stunning vistas created by Richard Strauss in his cinematic Alpine Symphony.

Sarah also plays a stunning piece of vocalized Quincy Jones by the French precursors to the Swingle Singers, Les Doubles Six, and reveals that she understands more about the pianistic talents of her great grandmother since listening to Martha Argerich playing a certain scherzo by Chopin.

At two o’clock Sarah’s Must Listen piece is an orchestral explosion of sound featuring a groundbreaking instrument.

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Singer and composer Sarah Dacey is not only a member of the innovative vocal trio Juice Ensemble, but is also a composer and violinist with fond memories of playing in string quartets and youth orchestras as a teenager.

Her choice of music today ranges from a haunting traditional tune from Northumberland discovered when she was writing music for a play at the National Theatre, to the stunning vistas created by Richard Strauss in his cinematic Alpine Symphony.

Sarah also plays a stunning piece of vocalized Quincy Jones by the French precursors to the Swingle Singers, Les Doubles Six, and reveals that she understands more about the pianistic talents of her great grandmother since listening to Martha Argerich playing a certain scherzo by Chopin.

At two o’clock Sarah’s Must Listen piece is an orchestral explosion of sound featuring a groundbreaking instrument.

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Pianist And Conductor Lars Vogt On A Search For Truth In Music2019011220190817 (R3)

Lars Vogt reveals how the combination of Josef Haydn and conductor Sir Roger Norrington is a perfect and witty match, and is amazed by the intimacy brought to the music of J.S. Bach by his friend, the violinist Christian Tetzlaff. Lars also plays a barn-storming track by jazz pianist Art Tatum and describes how the spirit of his former piano teacher Karl-Heinz Kämmerling guides him as he plays.

At 2pm Lars brings us his Must Listen piece, going back 80 years to hear how fast (or slow) Dvorak really wanted his music to be.

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Pianist Mariam Batsashvili Discovers Music From The Cosmic To The Intimate20190713

Mariam Batsashvili is a young pianist who’ll be walking on to the Royal Albert Hall stage next month to play Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms. Today her Inside Music choices range from love and sorrow expressed by Fritz Kreisler, to the most accessible side of Richard Wagner. Plus she uncovers the charming nature of the harpsichord as conjured up by Handel, and how love and friendship is a powerful ingredient in Verdi’s opera Don Carlos.

Mariam also explains how she imagines Vivaldi’s Winter from his Four Seasons as a very old person who has rediscovered a childlike innocence, and finds the elderly Rossini paying gentle tribute to operetta composer Offenbach.

At 2 o’clock Mariam’s Must Listen work is a piece she recorded as part of Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme. This music, says Mariam, reveals its composer to be profoundly thoughtful, reflective, and above all, kind.

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Piano Heroes, Polyphony And Dancefloor Gods With Pianist Ivan Ilic20190601

Pianist Ivan Ilić considers how singing rather than playing led him to understand polyphony with music by Palestrina. He explores the life of a pianist and how to develop an authentic voice with performances by Louis Lortie, Mikhail Pletnev, Ivo Pogorelich and Maurizio Pollini.

Ivan reveals how an obsession with Morton Feldman opened up a whole new musical world and examines the way Feldman creates a unique sound palette full of shifting timbres and visual imagery.

He also reflects on the nostalgia triggered by the traditional music of his native Serbia and remembers how a well-chosen folk tune could unite a restaurant in full voice.

Ivan’s Must Listen piece at 2 o’clock is a relatively unknown piece of minimalism for harp which hypnotises with its subtly moving pattern.

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Refreshing sounds with conductor Greg Beardsell2018061620200222 (R3)

Today conductor Greg Beardsell talks about how Carl Orff's masterpiece Carmina Burana might be seen as a warhorse by some, but is a great piece to sharpen singing skills. He also challenges preconceptions about what brass band music sounds like, and is refreshed by a live 1957 recording of Beethoven's 3rd piano concerto in which Glenn Gould and Herbert von Karajan are pulling in very different directions.

At 2 o'clock Greg plays his Must Listen piece, a choral work by a 20th century British composer that Greg suspects might have been "a bit of a hellraiser, a bit of a jazzer" thanks to his daring use of harmony.

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Rhythmic And Melodic Adventures With Oud Player And Composer Joseph Tawadros20190420

Master of the oud Joseph Tawadros brings us the angelic voice of Andreas Scholl, the sound of Coptic traditional chant, Bach with swing, Camille Saint-Saens’ glittering ‘Africa’ for piano and orchestra and a Mozart symphony that for Joseph has a middle Eastern flavour.

At 2pm Joseph reveals his Must Listen piece - a work from Australia that embodies peace, stillness and serenity.

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Rich Musical Discoveries Introduced By Mark Williams20190202

Mark Williams brings his own special insights to a wide range of music: from Saint-Saens’s Organ Symphony actually proving to be a piece of cake for organists, to the hazards of playing a harmonium on stage.

Mark also explores the genius of the 16-year-old Mendelssohn’s Octet for strings and finds there’s more in common than you’d think between playing the keyboard in baroque music and in jazz. Plus, he shows how the greatest Renaissance composers achieved huge emotional impact even when they were working within the confines of complex musical rules.

At 2 o'clock Mark’s Must Listen piece is an unusual piece by Rossini that mixes the sacred and the profane.

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Choral director Mark Williams unwraps a gorgeous musical selection.

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Singer Jeanine De Bique's Striking Musical Discoveries2018102020191102 (R3)

Singer Jeanine De Bique recalls her debut at the Proms in 2017, which left her feeling ‘like a rockstar’. She also takes us to her homeland of Trinidad and Tobago with sun-drenched music from massed steel pans and a local choir, and wishes her voice would allow her to sing Wagner.

At 2 o’clock Jeanine reveals her Must Listen piece – an anguished aria from Handel’s opera Alcina - and marvels at how singer Renée Fleming captures the sense of Alcina’s betrayal by the man she loves.

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Singing Piano Lines With Composer And Conductor Graham Ross20190928

Composer and conductor Graham Ross takes us on a journey through music. He discovers perfect palindromes, reveals his conducting heroes from Rene Jacobs to Sir Colin Davis, his love for social music making through Debussy’s piano duets, and finds harpsichords on the battlefield along the way.

Plus, which “Amen” is the best in the repertoire, and what to do with a spare evening in Australia?

At 2 o’clock Graham’s “Must Listen” piece is an exquisitely heartfelt outpouring of grief for Jerusalem.

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Composer and conductor Graham Ross takes us on a journey through music. He discovers perfect palindromes, reveals his conducting heroes from Rene Jacobs to Sir Colin Davis, his love for social music making through Debussy’s piano duets, and finds harpsichords on the battlefield along the way.

Plus, which “Amen” is the best in the repertoire, and what to do with a spare evening in Australia?

At 2 o’clock Graham’s “Must Listen” piece is an exquisitely heartfelt outpouring of grief for Jerusalem.

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Soaring Melodies And Musical Energy With Gareth Davies2018072820190323 (R3)

Flautist Gareth Davies urges all wind players to learn from the effortless phrasing of soprano Jessye Norman, recalls Sir Colin Davis’s special understanding of the music of Sibelius and is wowed by the extraordinary imagination of Björk.

At 2 o’clock Gareth plays his Must Listen piece - a harmonically daring work for flute by a 20th century composer who Gareth feels is often overlooked but who has created an “amazing piece full of melancholy and contemporary jazz-like qualities”

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Sumptuous Sounds Explored By Bassoonist Rachel Gough20200118

Principal bassoonist of the London Symphony Orchestra Rachel Gough finds her place at the very heart of the orchestra a thrilling and rewarding place to be. But her musical antennae range much further, as we’ll hear.

Rachel chooses romantically opulent pieces by Ravel and Schoenberg, alongside some more surprising tracks, from a baroque violin sonata that veers towards jazz in the hands of Andrew Manze, to a song in which Sofie von Otter’s nuance of tone and deeply felt expression can apparently provide inspiration in a bassoon lesson.

The amazing technique of Hungarian virtuoso Roby Lakatos is also on show, paired with one of Dvorak’s Slavonic Dances, and Rachel reveals some of the secrets of swanee whistle playing - does it really have to be in tune?

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The Unique Insights Of Guitarist Sean Shibe2018072120190119 (R3)

Guitarist Sean Shibe describes how Respighi creates the vastness of underground catacombs in sound, explores the appeal of Stokowski's dramatic treatment of JS Bach, and discovers how violinist Andrew Manze conjures up the joy of human existence in a piece by Vivaldi.

At 2 o'clock Sean reveals his Must Listen piece - a seductive, but seldom played 20th century work, with, according to Sean, 'glacial textures like levitating sheets of glass'.

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Sean's intriguing selection of music both mesmerises and thrills.

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Time And Melody Explored By Composer Caroline Shaw20191228

Caroline Shaw is a Pulitzer Prize-winning composer, singer, and violinist. She is a member of the Grammy-winning vocal ensemble Roomful of Teeth, and has been nominated for a Grammy for ‘Orange’, an album of compositions played by the Attacca Quartet. She’s regularly commissioned to write for international soloists and orchestras, as well as writing scores for film and TV.

Caroline’s choice of music includes a sparkly Carnival overture, an anonymous 17th-century love song about some beautiful eyes, and a bass and violin duet that sounds like breathing.

She also discusses the power of repetition in music: from a viola solo that keeps coming back in her own piece Its Motion Keeps, to the ‘efficiency and elegance’ of Arvo Pärt’s writing in Spiegel im Spiegel.

Plus, a harpsichord player who uses time delay and expression to create the illusion of dynamics in a piece by Couperin.

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Timeless Music Explored By Lute Player Elizabeth Kenny20200111

As one of the world’s leading lute and theorbo players, Elizabeth Kenny brings old musical manuscripts to sparkling life both as a soloist and in ensembles like Phantasm and her own Theatre of the Ayre.

Liz’s choice of music today includes a symphony by Mahler that’s at the opposite end of the musical scale from the sound of a solo lute, a ragtime number that has some Verdi buried at its heart, and a wild seascape in music painted by Ethel Smyth.

She also plays a set of variations that reveal pianist Friedrich Gulda’s very personal take on a song by The Doors.

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Trombonist Jorgen Van Rijen Takes Us Into A Multi-faceted Musical World20190518

Jörgen van Rijen takes time out from playing principal trombone in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to present a wide range of pieces, including music by Anton Bruckner that reminds him of a mountain landscape. He also points out some of the dangers of playing ancient instruments with a piece written for St Mark’s basilica in Venice, and highlights the story-telling vocal skills of Bryn Terfel.

Jörgen finds Henry Purcell merging with jazz and klezmer in a ‘non-cheesy’ crossover track by Christina Pluhar and reflects on how conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt made sense of some graceful Czech-rooted music by Antonin Dvorak.

At 2 o’clock Jörgen’s Must Listen piece is music that has the power to move him to tears. It’s an intriguing excerpt from a rarely performed large scale work about a famous female saint.

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Hear a leading musician open up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Violinist Francesca Dego finds Italian flavour wherever she listens2018110320200229 (R3)

Violinist Francesca Dego admires the cool dexterity of her teacher Salvatore Accardo, can’t resist the combination of Brahms and the cello, and explores the playing of harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani.

Francesca also treats us to her world premiere recording of a piece by a composer she loves, fellow Italian Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

At 2 o’clock Francesca’s Must Listen piece is a glorious operatic duet, where every phrase is given a special, emotion-wrenching musical treatment.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Violinist Francesca Dego opens up a colourful selection of music - from the inside

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.

Vocalist Nora Fischer With A Mesmerising Playlist2018092220190810 (R3)

Singer Nora Fischer remembers her experience as a child watching her father Ivan Fisher conduct a studio recording of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances. She goes on to convey the ‘creepy intensity’ of the opening of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto and thrills to the ecstatic build-up of Steve Reich’s Tehillim.

Nora also brings the Italian baroque to the 21st century in two very different performances of the same song by Antonio Cesti.

At 2 o’clock Nora’s Must Listen piece features a group of voices doing all sorts of bizarre, beautiful and mesmerising things.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.
A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Singer Nora Fischer introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

Get to know a selection of music from the inside with a leading musician.