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A Contrabassoonist's Perspective On Music With Margaret Cookhorn2018120120180512 (R3)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 Simpson20191109Composer 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.

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 Pook20190511Composer 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.

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 Woolley20191116Katy 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.

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 \u00d3lafsson20191221Pianist 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.

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 Cookhorn20191214Bassoonist 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.

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.

Bernstein 100: Inside Music With Kent Nagano20180825In today’s special edition of Inside Music, conductor Kent Nagano reveals a colourful selection of music - from the inside. As a former student of Leonard Bernstein, Kent remembers an emphasis on a broad education that included visiting art galleries and reading great works of literature, alongside studying musical scores with the maestro. His choice of music includes two dramatic works that for Kent, prove that Bernstein was not only a larger than life figure, but an outstanding American composer.

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Conductor Kent Nagano introduces a colourful selection of music, from the inside.

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

Blend And Colour With Harpist Heidi Krutzen20200620Hear a leading musician open up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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Heidi Krutzen is Principal Harp of the Philharmonia Orchestra, as well as a member of several chamber groups including her duo COULOIR and Trio Verlaine. Today, from her own home, Heidi reveals music that combines the harp with some unusual combinations of other instruments - from Arnold Bax’s Elegiac Trio, to Nico Muhly’s Clear Music. She also finds fearless piano playing by Alexander Horowitz in a live performance of an Etude by Scriabin, and uncovers a string sound that speaks to our core. Plus, music by a composer Heidi wishes had been written for the harp.

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

Photo credit: Marina Vidor/Philharmonia Orchestra
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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.

Brilliant Brass And A Drunken Santa With Trumpeter Anne Mcaneney20200411London 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 Sherratt20190504Brindley 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.

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 Crowe20190921Soprano 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 Johannes Moser With An Absorbing Selection Of Music20190209Cellist Johannes Moser presents a broad selection of the music he loves – opening it up from the inside – introducing us to new pieces and throwing fresh light on familiar classics.

He reveals how two Russian composers brought fire to life with sound, which one-take wonder has ended up in outer space, and the music that he heard before he was born. Plus, why a late-night encounter with the virtuoso violinist Ivry Gitlis in a smoky bar in Berlin was such a life-changing encounter

At 2pm Johannes introduces us to one of his all-time favourite recordings with his “Must Listen” piece, a German sonata which is key to his own understanding of music.

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

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Cellist Johannes Moser reveals some of the musical secrets behind his favourite pieces.

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

Cellist Laura Van Der Heijden Finds Bittersweet Intensity In Music20190727Since 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.

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.

Cellist Natalie Clein - Musical Motion And Oceanic Stillness20200718Natalie Clein is a world-renowned cellist whose musical explorations have led her to work with composers, dancers and writers.

Today, from her living room in Berlin, Natalie starts where her career began - with Bach’s cello suites. She then finds personal relevance in Steve Reich’s looping melodies, before enjoying some sumptuous violin playing from Anne-Sophie Mutter.

She also muses on how a simple transition from one note to the next can make you feel as if you’re sinking into the depths of an ocean, and reveals how a simple fairy tale by Prokofiev may be concealing a more profound statement of longing.

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.

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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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

Claire Booth Returns With Music That's Both Passionate And Subtle20190309Singer Claire Booth finds the links in the musical language that unites Ligeti and the jazz pianist Jason Rebello, and explores why an act of rebellion by Richard Strauss inspired groundbreaking song writing.

Claire thinks about musical friendships as she explains how a tiny music box became part of a work by her late friend Oliver Knussen, and reveals how she was calmed by the music of Corelli in an opera house dressing room.

At 2pm Claire brings us her Must Listen piece with the perfectly balanced pairing of Gil Shaham and Pierre Boulez, who bring out the romanticism of Bartok.

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.

Clarinettist Michael Collins' Musical Treats20181027Clarinettist Michael Collins reveals how he had to learn a 30-minute piece by John Adams in two days (from scratch), wonders what it would be like to play Vivaldi’s Four Seasons on the clarinet and is uplifted by Messiaen’s Quartet for the End of Time.

Michael also introduces a beautiful song from Japan which has become a key part of his repertoire.

At 2 o’clock Michael reveals his Must Listen piece by a composer who had a special affinity with the clarinet. Expect virtuosic fireworks.

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

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Clarinettist Michael Collins guides us through some of his favourite music.

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

Composer Caroline Shaw Explores Time And Melody.2019122820200829 (R3)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 is 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.

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.

Composer Hannah Kendall Explores The Notes Between The Notes20200926Hannah Kendall has composed music for various orchestras, ensembles and choirs throughout the UK, and her new piece Tuxedo: Vasco 'de' Gama opened the 2020 live BBC Proms with its world premiere. In 2015 Hannah won the Women of the Future Award for Arts and Culture.

Today Hannah explains how Mahan Esfahani’s recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations transformed the way she heard them, and explores the fluttery flute writing in Tania León’s Alma.

She also talks about the effect a space can have on a sound and treats us to the virtuosic tuba playing that changed her whole view of the instrument.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Photo credit: Chris Alexander

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.

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 Ben Gernon With Striking Musical Pictures And A Touch Of Star Wars20200725In a varied two hours of music conductor Ben Gernon enjoys one of Rachmaninov’s most luscious (borrowed) melodies and explains how he discovered the musical key that unlocked a piece by William Walton. He also finds Giacomo Puccini vividly describing falling in love, and Richard Strauss painting an orchestral picture that Ben can only describe as depraved...

Plus there’s vitality from the Freiburg Baroque Orchestra and a piece that goes Plink, Plank, Plunk.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Photo by Kirsty Thompson

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.

Conductor Douglas Boyd With A Playlist Of Vitality And Ecstasy20200808Conductor Douglas Boyd sheds new light on well-loved classics by Schubert, Berlioz and Purcell, and discovers some exuberant and toe-tapping music by Giovanni Sollima and Gyorgy Ligeti.

Dougie also reveals how he once surprised conductor Claudio Abbado with a relatively unknown piece for wind quintet by Beethoven, and demolishes the expectation that Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus should always be ‘loud, loud and louder still’.

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

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Conductor Douglas Boyd 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 Kirill Karabits Delves Into His Favourite Music20180929Conductor Kirill Karabits casts his net wide and puts together a rich playlist with a distinctly Ukrainian flavour. Kirill chooses Shostakovich’s 11th symphony, which inspired him to become a conductor, secular and sacred vocal music from the Ukraine and exotic sounds from Australia and Armenia.
He also introduces music created by his father, Ivan Karabits along with other composers including Rachmaninov, Liszt and Prokofiev.

At 2 o’clock Kirill plays his Must Listen piece - something Kirill himself re-discovered in a music library in Kiev in 2001, but dating from centuries earlier.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Conductor Kirill Karabits introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside

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

Conductor Natalie Murray Beale Reveals Her Musical Inspirations20190223Natalie Murray Beale takes us on a tour of music that makes her think. She describes the intensity of conducting music for a film soundtrack about robots, how playing Bach on modern instruments with vibrato and a very resonant sound can really work, and talks about what she has learned from conductor Esa Pekka Salonen - both in the way he directs an orchestra and how he writes music.

Natalie also chooses a piece by Mendelssohn that illustrates one of the many ways composers over the centuries have used their musical ingenuity to depict storms.

At 2pm Natalie brings us her Must Listen piece, a neo-classical masterpiece that starts in one way and then bursts out in different directions.

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.

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.

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

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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.

Conductor Sir Mark Elder Finds Ecstasy And Compassion In Music20200905Sir Mark Elder has been music director of the Hallé Orchestra since 2000, and has conducted many of the world’s leading orchestras and opera companies.

Today, Sir Mark challenges you to conduct along with Stravinsky’s Soldier’s Tale, and plays a passage from a Rossini opera that he thinks could be the starting point for a whole new Olympic discipline.

He also recommends submitting to the emotional intensity of Wagner, and muses on the impact of listening to Mahler’s third symphony live for the first time - hearing the delicate lines of the orchestra evaporating at the end of the second movement ‘like blowing on a dandelion’.

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Creative Connections With Fiddle-singer And Composer Nancy Kerr20200307Nancy 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.

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

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Crunchy Chords And Heavenly Harmonies With Organist Rachel Mahon20200328Organist 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.

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

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Deep Sounds With Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky20200502Violinist Alexander Sitkovetsky explores the unique sound of the cimbalom, explains why Sibelius was a master orchestrator, and reveals a composer who really knows how to write for the violin.

Plus, Alexander reminisces about his early experiences of music, from listening to The Beatles during family car journeys, to discovering Prokofiev’s Peter and the Wolf, and appreciating the musical skill of his Dad’s progressive rock band, Autograph.

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Enjoy Irresistible Rhythms And A Tasty Stew With Pianist Stewart Goodyear20191123Pianist 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.

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

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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.

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

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Expand Your Musical Horizons With Viola Player Nadia Sirota20190105Nadia 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.

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Experience Some Deep Listening With Conductor Gabriella Teychenne20190525Gabriella 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.

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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.

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

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Expression And Emotion Explored With Conductor Rumon Gamba20190914Conductor 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.

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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.

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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 Little20190907Violinist 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.

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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.

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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.

Fiddle singer and composer Nancy Kerr with creative connections2020030720201121 (R3)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.

Fiddle singer and composer Nancy Kerr with creative connections2020030720201121 (R3)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.

Find Fresh Meaning In Music With Singer Allan Clayton20190302Singer Allan Clayton delves into the evocative sound world of Benjamin Britten, reminisces about the spine tingling feeling of singing in close harmony, and shares what he believes is a perfect performance by Fritz Wunderlich in Mozart’s Magic Flute.

He also includes energetic music by an adventurous French composer Charles Tessier, in which Tessier uses nonsense ‘Turkish’, probably as a result of a trip he took to Istanbul in the late 1500s.

At 2pm Allan reveals his Must Listen piece, taking us into the violent world of the 17th-century execution of a Scottish witch.

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Flamboyant Soloists And Wonderful Wind Instruments With Cor Anglais Player Alison Teale20190824The 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.

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

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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.

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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 Emotions20190330Horn 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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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.

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

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From Dowland To Disney With Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas20200627Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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From her study in Sussex, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas sets up a playlist that’s full of the joy of making music. She reveals the many characters she’s played in Purcell’s Fairy Queen, from a nurse and a princess to a tree, and finds a connection between Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson singing in the movie Moana with running a choir at her children’s school.

Elin also chooses music by Mendelssohn that transports us to a far-off landscape, a cantata by Karl Jenkins commemorating the Aberfan tragedy of 1966 and an intense choral masterpiece by James Macmillan.

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Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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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.

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

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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

Guitarist Sean Shibe With Dance Music, Drones And A Reconstructed Dresden Manuscript20200704Guitarist Sean Shibe opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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Guitarist Sean Shibe takes lockdown recording to new heights as he builds a studio underneath a fortepiano (that’s correct) and lines up a playlist that features drones, dance music and a reconstructed Dresden manuscript. The guitar makes an appearance with pieces by Bach, William Walton and Johann Kaspar Mertz, as well as some comforting music for the guitar’s cousin, the lute.

Plus, Smetana’s Ma Vlast transports Sean back to his teenage bedroom floor, and he reveals a weakness for ‘banger’ arias, pointing out that there is more than football to Puccini’s famous aria Nessun Dorma. And if you fancy a rave, there’s a track by the multi-talented piper, violinist, composer and producer, Martyn Bennett.

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

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Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani with music from medieval Europe to downtown New York20201128Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani embarks on a musical travelogue including pieces from Iran, Romania and America. Mahan reveals recordings that made him re-evaluate his feelings towards Brahms and Handel, is thrilled by the musicianship of Maria Callas and happily goes on record to say that pianists should not feel guilty about playing Bach on the piano. Providing they play well...

The harpsichord makes an appearance in the hands of one of the greatest players of the 20th century, Ralph Kirkpatrick, and Mahan is inspired by a new recording by a young Iranian pianist that allows him to hear music by Schoenberg in a whole new way.

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

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

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Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani with music from medieval Europe to downtown New York20201128Harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani embarks on a musical travelogue including pieces from Iran, Romania and America. Mahan reveals recordings that made him re-evaluate his feelings towards Brahms and Handel, is thrilled by the musicianship of Maria Callas and happily goes on record to say that pianists should not feel guilty about playing Bach on the piano. Providing they play well...

The harpsichord makes an appearance in the hands of one of the greatest players of the 20th century, Ralph Kirkpatrick, and Mahan is inspired by a new recording by a young Iranian pianist that allows him to hear music by Schoenberg in a whole new way.

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

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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.

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".

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

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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.

Horn Player Alec Frank-gemmill On Musical Rediscovery2019100520200822 (R3)Horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2014 to 2016, was the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s principal horn player for a decade and has been principal horn of the Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra since last year.

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.

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Horn Player Katy Woolley With Music Of Energy And Tranquility20200801French horn player Katy Woolley has been having enforced time off from her job as principal horn of the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. She’s found herself in Sydney, Australia for the lockdown, but that hasn’t stopped her experimenting with the powerful frequencies of the horn as she continues to practice in anticipation of returning to the concert platform.

Today Katy’s musical choices include a prelude for harpsichord that grows organically from its first, single, potent note, and a piece by Arvo Pärt that makes her think about time and how music allows us to share it.

She also admires a pianist who makes fast notes meaningful as well as technically impressive, and discovers that in the hands of Tchaikovsky a waltz can still be a waltz, even if it has five beats in the bar rather than three.

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

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Improvisation And Virtuosity Explored By Cellist Abel Selaocoe20190622Abel 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.

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

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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.

Innovative And Uplifting Music With Conductor Gabriella Teychenne20200425Conductor Gabriella Teychenn\u00e9 opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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Conductor Gabriella Teychenné draws together a riveting collection of music spanning dreamy impressionism by Debussy and Ravel, a love duet by Monteverdi and startling sound worlds from Jonny Greenwood.

Gabriella also introduces us to a composer who, despite writing over twenty symphonies, is rarely performed today - Mieczysław Weinberg. Plus we’ll hear from his contemporary Dmitri Shostakovich, with a piece of music that might leave you feeling unsure whether to laugh or cry.

And perhaps appropriately for these difficult days, Gabriella chooses a movement from Haydn’s Missa in Angustiis (mass in troubled times) and finds that the music brims with determination and optimism.

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Conductor Gabriella Teychenn\u00e9 opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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Inside Music With Abel Selaocoe20180818A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today cellist Abel Selaocoe chooses a selection of pieces reflecting his tastes formed growing up in South Africa and learning the cello.

Abel chooses Purcell re-worked for the 21st century, a powerful work for cello and piano by James MacMillan and a movement from his favourite Beethoven symphony. Plus there's a joyful Norwegian folk tune for string quartet and a work by Italian composer Giovanni Sollima arranged by Abel himself to include vocals inspired by the throat singing of the Xhosa culture.

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Cellist Abel Selaocoe introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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Inside Music With Amy Harman20180714A new series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today bassoonist Amy Harman marvels at the hypnotic effect of Thomas Ades' arrangements. She also explains how The Little Mermaid inspired her to become a musician, why Mozart's bassoon parts are the best to play and how Strauss perfectly evokes a night-time woodland scene.

At 2 o'clock Amy reveals her Must Listen piece - a song which features the bassoon in a duet with the voice. The bassoon beautifully intertwines with the soprano while also sounding distant and ethereal.

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Bassoonist Amy Harman introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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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.

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

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Inside Music With Claire Booth2018042820180908 (R3)A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today soprano Claire Booth explains how a song by Mussorgsky has to be sung in Russian to stop it sounding like Gilbert and Sullivan, why the scherzo of Bruckner's 8th Symphony requires just the right tempo and how a Liszt arrangement of a Schubert song made her daughter cry with fear.

At 2 o'clock Claire reveals her Must Listen piece. It's a work she describes as dividing musical opinion - but wonders whether the sceptics have simply been listening to the wrong recordings. As she says, her chosen performance has opened her ears to the piece's sense of space.

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Soprano Claire Booth introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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Inside Music With Colin Currie2018040720180915 (R3)Each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today world-renowned percussionist Colin Currie talks about his admiration for horn players, what it's like being caught up in a performance of a piece for two marimbas, and how Jean Sibelius can make a waltz sound bittersweet. Colin's choice of music includes variations on an ancient tune played with improvisatory panache by Jordi Savall, Mozart's powerful Requiem, a dramatic work for four hands at one piano by Schubert, and Steve Martland's outrageous 'Horses of Instruction'.

At 2 o'clock Colin reveals his Must Listen piece. It's music he describes as 'thrilling, engaging and strange' - and he wants everyone to hear it at least once in their life.

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Percussionist Colin Currie introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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Inside Music With Douglas Boyd20180609A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today conductor and former oboe player Douglas Boyd explores the subtle difference between metronome and pulse, and introduces pieces by Ralph Vaughan Williams and Richard Strauss that attempt to make sense out the chaos of war.

Other choices include the mysterious opening of Mozart's Requiem, jewel-like miniatures by Webern and Schumann, and music by Ravel played by a pianist whose energy and panache seems to have an effect on everyone she works with.

At 2 o'clock Douglas reveals his Must Listen piece - a symphonic slow movement that builds from tiny fragments of melody to an emotionally searing climax.

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Conductor Douglas Boyd introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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Inside Music With Eimear Noone20180811A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today Irish composer and conductor Eimear Noone explores works that she knows intimately, including music by the 12th-century abbess, Christian mystic and composer Hildegard von Bingen. And from 700 years later, the sensual, dramatic work of Lili Boulanger.

Eimear also plays part of Mozart's Requiem and a movement from Dvorak's sunny Serenade for Strings, and reveals the joys and challenges of composing huge orchestral scores for video games.

At 2 o'clock Eimear shares her Must Listen piece. It's an iconic recording of a work beloved by many, and which opened up the art of conducting to Eimear.

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Composer and conductor Eimear Noone introduces a wide selection of music - from the inside

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Inside Music With Javier Perianes20180901A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today pianist Javier Perianes explores the emotional heart of performances from Schubert’s String Quintet in C major and Puccini’s Tosca, to Tchaikovsky’s “Pathétique” symphony and a Mazurka by Chopin played by Artur Rubinstein.

Javier also finds that the slow tempo conductor Otto Klemperer brings to Bach’s St. Matthew Passion allows a particularly mystical quality to emerge, and recalls how Daniel Barenboim gave Javier particular insights into the piano sonatas of Beethoven.

At 2 o’clock Javier plays his Must Listen piece featuring someone he calls “a poet of the piano”, Dinu Lipatti. The recording was made 70 years ago and according to Javier, no-one has made a finer one since.

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Pianist Javier Perianes introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside

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Inside Music With Katherine Bryan20180602A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today flautist Katherine Bryan chooses works that she knows intimately, including a scene from Aladdin by Nielsen that features four orchestras playing at once, and a wind quintet where the performers have to speak as well as play. Katherine also exposes the challenges for the flute player in making the opening solo of Debussy's Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune sound effortless.

At 2 o'clock Katherine shares her Must Listen piece. It's a work by a French composer, introduced to her by a French conductor, but she believes its glowing orchestral colours and gritty nature makes it sound far more Russian than French.

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Flautist Katherine Bryan introduces a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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Inside Music With Martin Owen20180623A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today the
French horn player Martin Owen marvels at the technical brilliance required to play the natural horn, is chilled by the ability of Bela Bartok to conjure up a spine-tingling soundworld, and reflects on the special intimacy of chamber music making. Martin also hazards a guess at why Janacek wrote a part for a hard-drinking horn player that involved almost no playing at all.

At 2 o'clock Martin plays his Must Listen piece, a movement from a recording of a Mahler symphony that he took part in and that so entranced him, he held up the recording session by forgetting that he was supposed to be playing.

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French horn player Martin Owen introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside

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Inside Music With Owain Park20180526A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today composer and conductor Owain Park discovers two composers expressing pain, suffering and beauty in their music, and another setting words by poet Emily Dickinson to create a jewel-like miniature.
Other choices include Chabrier's sparkling homage to Spain and an choral piece designed by Owain to evoke perfect stillness.

At 2 o'clock Owain reveals his Must Listen piece - it's music that had such an effect on him when he heard it for the first time, that he immediately ordered the full score so he could find out exactly how it worked.

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Composer Owain Park introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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Inside Music With Rachel Portman20180519A new series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today composer Rachel Portman revels in Ravel's use of pizzicato, enjoys the intimacy of lieder by Clara Schumann and shows how a simple rising scale can be the catalyst for mesmeric and powerful music by Philip Glass. Rachel also introduces music from her opera The Little Prince - written specifically with a younger audience in mind - "I wanted to write an opera that I could take my own children to".

At 2 o'clock Rachel plays her Must Listen piece - in fact a pair of pieces - from a collection of music she finds herself returning to again and again and in which Rachel finds a deep humanity.

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Composer Rachel Portman introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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Inside Music With Tamsin Waley-cohen20180414A new series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today solo violinist and chamber musician Tamsin Waley-Cohen is inspired by conductor Carlos Kleiber's rehearsal technique, discovers the eerie effect of strings combined with wine glasses, and describes how a Haydn string quartet is an elaborate game for four players. Tamsin's choices range from a number by Irving Berlin sung by Billy Holiday, to flirtatious pairings of wind instruments by Bartok, and a keyboard concerto by J.S. Bach's most iconoclastic son.

At 2 o'clock Tamsin reveals her Must Listen piece - something she thinks everyone should hear at least once in their life. It's a work she describes as sumptuous, intimate and with some of the most gorgeous harmonies imaginable.

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Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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Inspiring Musical Characters Revealed By Flautist Juliette Bausor20191130After 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.

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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.

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Intensely Expressive Music With Pianist Jonathan Biss20200125Pianist 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.

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

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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.

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

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Intimate Music-making With Cellist Andrew Yee20200404Andrew 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.

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Cellist Andrew Yee opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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Invention And Exploration On Early Music Day With Violinist Rachel Podger20200321Today 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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Inventive, Quirky And Joyous Music With Bass Player Cecelia Bruggemeyer20200509Bass player Cecelia Bruggemeyer opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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Double bass player Cecelia Bruggemeyer specialises in playing early music, but in this week's edition of Inside Music, her choices range much further forward in time. How does William Walton’s music illustrate the text in Belshazzar’s Feast? What makes Britten’s writing for the bassoon so extraordinary? And how does John Adams create trumpet “surround sound”?

There are also some irresistible, toe-tapping dances from one of the baroque period's most innovative composers, Jean-Féry Rebel, energetic rhythms and catchy tunes from Bartok’s Dance Suite, and overwhelming sounds from Messiaen that remind Cecelia of a Mark Rothko painting.

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Bass player Cecelia Bruggemeyer opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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Inventive, Quirky And Joyous Music With Double Bassist Cecelia Bruggemeyer20200509Double bassist Cecelia Bruggemeyer with a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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Double bass player Cecelia Bruggemeyer specialises in playing early music, but in this week's edition of Inside Music, her choices range much further forward in time. How does William Walton’s music illustrate the text in Belshazzar’s Feast? What makes Britten’s writing for the bassoon so extraordinary? And how does John Adams create trumpet “surround sound”?

There are also some irresistible, toe-tapping dances from one of the baroque period's most innovative composers, Jean-Féry Rebel, energetic rhythms and catchy tunes from Bartok’s Dance Suite, and overwhelming sounds from Messiaen that remind Cecelia of a Mark Rothko painting.

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

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Double bassist Cecelia Bruggemeyer with a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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Layers Of Musical Time Revealed By Pianist Keval Shah20200314Pianist 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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Layers of musical time revealed by pianist Keval Shah2020031420201128 (R3)Pianist Keval Shah compares the last movement of Sibelius’s 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 Costanzo20190720Countertenor 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 opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside

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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.

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.

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

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Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside

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Looping Through Time With Composer And Producer Gabriel Prokofiev20200208As 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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Lute player Elizabeth Kenny explores timeless music2020011120201107 (R3)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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Lyrical Storytelling With Singer Natalya Romaniw20200523Natalya Romaniw is an award-winning soprano who has taken to the stage with the English National Opera, Garsington Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, and more.

Today, from the comfort of her living room, Natalya finds nostalgia in a Welsh male choir that reminds her of home, muses on the power of Mozart’s Requiem to represent a sob, and discovers the gritty but beautiful sound of the viola da gamba played by Vittorio Ghielmi.

She also reveals why Judy Garland’s voice was so unique and discovers an unusual Overture by Tchaikovsky that unveils a tale through its orchestration. Plus, a Ukrainian dance that will get you spinning around your own living room.

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Magnetic Melodies With Conductor Andrew Gourlay20190706Conductor 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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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.

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

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Music From The Crazy To The Sublime Explored By Conductor David Charles Abell20181124Conductor David Charles Abell dives into the revolutionary musical language of Leonard Bernstein, learns how to express emotion in Tchaikovsky with a little-known Soviet musician, and remembers how as a teenager he conducted Dvorak’s 9th symphony - in his bedroom.

He also describes what it’s like playing the viola in the centre of Schubert’s string quintet and analyses the musical charm of a song from The Beatles’ Abbey Road album.

At 2 o’clock David’s Must Listen piece celebrates the life of someone who tragically drowned on holiday in Thailand, aged only 19.

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Music From The Heart With Conductor Sofi Jeannin20190608Conductor 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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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 Bruggemeyer20190427Cecelia 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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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 Giltburg20190406Pianist 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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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.

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

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

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Music Of Joy, Virtuosity And Defiance With Double Bass Player Leon Bosch20200104Double 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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Double bass player Leon Bosch opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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Musical Connections Made By Film And Tv Composer Christian Henson20191207Christian 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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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.

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

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

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Musical Delights Unravelled With Recorder And Violin Player Charlotte Barbour-condini20190413Charlotte 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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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.

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

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

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Musical Honesty And Virtuosity With Oboist And Conductor Nicholas Daniel20200613Oboist and conductor Nicholas Daniel plays music that has got under his skin over the years. He delights in astounding technical feats achieved by violinist Maxim Vengerov and flautist James Galway, and is captivated by the sense of truth and openness he picks up from pianist Radu Lupu playing a Schubert impromptu.

He also finds James MacMillan using voices as if they were instruments and tells how a five-year-old girl directing a Balinese gamelan orchestra helped an eminent conductor understand a little more about his job.

Plus Cleo Laine the coloratura...!

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

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Musical Love Stories And Shimmering Strings With Pianist Lucy Parham20190629Lucy 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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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-gemmill20191005Horn 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 Springboards With Pianist And Composer Gwilym Simcock20200516Pianist Gwilym Simcock opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside

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Pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock demonstrates that music has no boundaries as he explores sounds ranging from suspended choral harmonies by Eric Whitacre and celestial spirals on the harp, to a rarely heard piano quartet by William Walton and three intriguing minutes from Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.

Plus two very different sides of JS Bach and an irresistible Russian waltz.

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Pianist Gwilym Simcock opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside

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Musical Teamwork With Countertenor Iestyn Davies20190831Countertenor 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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Countertenor Iestyn Davies opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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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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Countertenor Iestyn Davies opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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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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Conductor Simone Young introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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Orchestral Storms And Vocal Tricks With Singer And Composer Sarah Dacey20191012Singer 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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Percussionist Michael Doran On Collaboration And Car Horns20200919Mick Doran’s many years as principal percussionist at English National Opera have given him a unique view of the musical world, whether he’s down in the opera house orchestra pit, teetering offstage on a ladder, or quietly absorbing the music while counting bars rest.

Today Mick’s musical choices range from the crystal-clear diction of Dennis Noble singing Rossini in English, to the spot-on ensemble of Count Basie’s big band. He also shows how Prokofiev understood the true power of the side drum, and talks about the profound effect Dvorak’s Eighth Symphony had on him when he was being treated for a life threatening illness.

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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 Intimate20190713Mariam 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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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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Pianist Nicholas Mccarthy Discovers Unsung Musical Heroes And Old Favourites20181117Pianist Nicholas McCarthy chooses glittering chamber music by Mendelssohn, a tricky waltz for piano played with effortless ease by Benjamin Grosvenor, and soprano Diana Damrau hitting high notes by Mozart’s contemporary Salieri.

Nicholas also talks about what makes a successful piece for piano left-hand and shows us just what he means with music by Korngold and Rachmaninov.

At 2 o’clock Nicholas presents his Must Listen piece - a choral work that he sang when he was in music college and that immersed him in 360 degrees of beautiful and uplifting harmonies.

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Pianist Nicholas McCarthy introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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Pianist Stewart Goodyear with irresistible rhythms and a tasty stew2019112320201114 (R3)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.

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

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

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Pianist Stewart Goodyear with irresistible rhythms and a tasty stew2019112320201114 (R3)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.

Plus, Stewart whips up a carnival with Sonny Rollins and his band. 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.

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

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Piano Heroes, Polyphony And Dancefloor Gods With Pianist Ivan Ilic20190601Pianist 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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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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Recorder player and violinist Charlotte Barbour-Condini on reversing the version20201024

Charlotte Barbour-Condini won the woodwind final of BBC Young Musician in 2012 playing the recorder She’s also an accomplished violinist, a member of Chineke! and a founding member of the ensemble Parandrus.

Today, from a makeshift studio in her corridor, Charlotte reveals how Chopin can really work on a harpsichord, how Scarlatti’s harpsichord sonatas are transformed on a grand piano, and how Bach’s Goldberg Variations played by a recorder quintet sound perfectly balanced - the effect being like a kind of multiplayer organ.

She also explores how a precise musical score can often come across as being completely improvised, and plays an 80-year-old recording that’s inspirational to her.

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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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Conductor Greg Beardsell introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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Rhythmic And Melodic Adventures With Oud Player And Composer Joseph Tawadros20190420Master 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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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 Williams20190202Mark 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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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.

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

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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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Singer Jeanine De Bique guides us through her favourite music \u2013 from the inside.

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Singing Piano Lines With Composer And Conductor Graham Ross20190928Composer 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.

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

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

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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.

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.

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”

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

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Flautist Gareth Davies introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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

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”

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Flautist Gareth Davies introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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

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”

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Flautist Gareth Davies introduces 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 Bursts Your Musical Preconceptions2019092120200815 (R3)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.

Plus, 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.

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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.

Storytelling, Beauty And Melancholy In Music With Composer Isobel Waller-bridge20200606TV and film composer Isobel Waller-Bridge leads us through an intriguing selection of pieces that get her thinking about the power music has to create vivid images and to tell stories.

She finds herself dancing with her eyes closed to Erik Satie before realising how stringed instruments can in their own way mimic the emotional impact of voices. She also discovers how a Finnish landscape full of migrating swans can be captured perfectly in music, and plays a song from 1969 that breaks many of the rules of pop to deliver its beautiful, melancholy message.

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

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

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Sumptuous Sounds Explored By Bassoonist Rachel Gough20200118Principal 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?

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.

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?

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.

Surprising Musical Twists With Composer Alex Woolf20200418
Surprising Musical Twists With Composer Alex Woolf20200418Composer of the ‘NHS Symphony’ and the ‘M1 Symphony’ Alex Woolf finds music going to places you might not expect in today’s Inside Music. He discovers a mix of old and new in both Mozart’s Requiem and ‘Motion’ by Nico Muhly, and muses on the power of a single unbroken musical line in Oliver Knussen’s violin concerto.

He also reveals the unlikely but magical combination of four bassoons and soprano in a serenely beautiful aria by Rameau, and decides that Beethoven would have probably preferred people not to analyse his music too much, but just be taken over by the drama.

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Symphonies And Swing With Conductor Tito Mu\u00f1oz20200530Conductor Tito Muñoz reveals his discovery of Mendelssohn’s revised Italian Symphony on a trip to Leipzig, and explains how an orchestra can sound ‘menacing, sly, and nervous’ in the way it swings.

Plus, Tito’s first encounter with historical performance with the playing of violinist Rachel Podger, and how melody can be uncovered in Stravinsky, once you decipher the phrases…

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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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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'.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

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

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

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'.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

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

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

Time And Melody Explored By Composer Caroline Shaw20191228Caroline 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 Kenny20200111As 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 Amos Miller On The Importance Of Fun In Music20201017Amos Miller combines his role as head of brass at Royal Birmingham Conservatoire with the post of principal trombone with the orchestra of Birmingham Royal Ballet and founder member of the acclaimed quintet Onyx Brass.

Fun is at the heart of many of his choices today, including a piece by Danny Kaye that made him cry with laughter as a child, and an arrangement of a piece by Bessie Smith that he’d like to play to aliens. Amos also reveals when Tchaikovsky finally got orchestration right, and tells us why he is still inspired by the 81-year-old Vladimir Horowitz’s comeback concert in Moscow.

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Trombonist Jorgen Van Rijen Takes Us Into A Multi-faceted Musical World20190518Jörgen 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.

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

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

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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.

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.

Viola Da Gamba Player Liam Byrne Explores Musical Lilt, Groove And Elegance20201003Liam Byrne plays the viola da gamba as both a soloist and with a variety of musical ensembles and artists including the Dunedin Consort, Fretwork, and Crash Ensemble.

In this programme Liam discovers the many contrasting worlds that can be created on a keyboard: from how the organ can be seen as the very first synthesiser to the glory of an actual synthesiser played by Wendy Carlos, and a microtonal piece played on a midi piano.

He also reveals why playing romantic music with brisk efficiency is so effective, and discovers strange and wonderful instruments - from Harry Partch’s diamond marimba and cloud chamber bowls, to Machaut played on a consort of daxophones.

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

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

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Violinist Carolin Widmann On Clouds, Courage And Carpets Of Sound20201010Carolin Widmann chooses a wide selection of music that reflects her approach to performance. She discovers Herbert von Karajan putting ego to one side and allowing soprano Jessye Norman to soar over a ‘carpet of sound’, and remembers the blistered fingers that Pierre Boulez felt was a necessary outcome when playing one of his pieces.

Carolin also analyses the cloud pictures shaped by Debussy from instrumental sounds and explores the courage it takes to make a musical line so simple that time seems to stand still.

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

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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.

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

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Violinist Jack Liebeck discovers musical rebels and pure romanticism20201031

Jack Liebeck’s choices include music by Friedrich Gulda that makes the cello sound as if it’s being played by Jimi Hendrix, and a piece for cor anglais and strings by the most fidgety composer he knows.

He also reveals how imperfections in performance can give music deeper human resonance and talks about the power that film composers have to make us cry.

Plus, hear how Jack’s photographic skills led him to a front row seat at Alfred Brendel’s farewell recital in Vienna.

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Violinist Jennifer Pike's Rich Pick Of Classical Discoveries20181006Violinist Jennifer Pike uncovers the emotional heart of Bach’s St Matthew Passion, reveals how her favourite films are brought to life by the music of Henry Mancini, and plays a thrilling, landscape-inspired piece by a Polish composer who died while skiing in his beloved Tatra mountains.

And where can you find music that truly reflects peace and silence? Jennifer discovers it in the voice of Elizabeth Schwarzkopf singing a heart-stopping song by Schubert.

At 2 o’clock Jennifer’s Must Listen piece is by a woman who in her short life wrote fantastically original music that came to inspire a new generation of (male) composers.

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Violinist Jennifer Pike introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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Violinist Maxine Kwok with all the instruments she ever wanted to play20201205

Maxine Kwok is a violinist in the London Symphony Orchestra who adores the lush sounds of Gustav Mahler, Richard Strauss and Erich Korngold, so she’s finding it hard to adjust to having to play music on a smaller scale under the current circumstances. This is a chance for her to play some of that music, alongside a piece of Gershwin that feeds her urge to tap-dance, a Chopin nocturne that she found was easier on the violin than the piano, and a flute concerto that made her want to give that instrument a try.

She also remembers the thrill of playing Verdi’s La Traviata in the orchestra pit and how Star Wars led her to the LSO in the first place.

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

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

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Violinist Tai Murray Invites You To Dance, Celebrate And Eat Cheese20200912Violinist Tai Murray assembles a kaleidoscopic playlist encompassing a riotous celebration by Adolphus Hailstork, some diabolical music by Prokofiev and glacial saxophone sounds from Roger Zare.

Tai also ponders why the final movement of Brahms’s Fourth Symphony always appeals to her whatever her mood, and marvels at how Dietrich Buxtehude can create so much musical contrast in a choral piece that sets just one word: Alleluia.

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

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Violinist Thomas Gould With Spine-tingling Sounds20200711Violinist Thomas Gould opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside.

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Violinist Thomas Gould brings his many experiences as a soloist, chamber player and orchestral member to his choices today. He thinks about the limitless ways a singer like Renée Fleming can inflect a single note, and enjoys the powerful emotional effect created by Barbra Streisand as she chooses when, and more importantly when not, to use vibrato.

There’s also riotous energy from composers Gyorgy Ligeti and Camille Saint-Saëns, and Thomas reveals his ‘wake up’ moment in Handel’s Messiah (it’s not the Hallelujah chorus).

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

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

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