Inside Music

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

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Bernstein 100: Inside Music with Kent Nagano20180825

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

In 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Bernstein 100: Inside Music With Kent Nagano20180825

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

In 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Clarinettist Michael Collins\u2019 Musical Treats20181027

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

Conductor Alpesh Chauhan\u2019s enthralling music selection20181013

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

Conductor Kirill Karabits Delves Into His Favourite Music20180929

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 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

Inside Music with Abel Selaocoe20180818

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

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

A 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music with Amy Harman20180714

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

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

A 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music With Angela Hewitt20180804

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

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Inside Music with Claire Booth2018042820180908 (R3)

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

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

A new 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music with Claire Booth20180428

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

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

A new 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music With Claire Booth2018042820180908 (R3)

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

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

A new 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music with Colin Currie2018040720180915 (R3)

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

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

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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Inside Music With Colin Currie2018040720180915 (R3)

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

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

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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Inside Music With Douglas Boyd20180609

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

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

A 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music with Eimear Noone20180811

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

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

A 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music With Gareth Davies20180728

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

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music With Greg Beardsell20180616

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

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

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

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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music with Javier Perianes20180901

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

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

A 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Inside Music With Javier Perianes20180901

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

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

A 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Inside Music with Katherine Bryan20180602

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

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

A 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music with Margaret Cookhorn20180512

Bassoonist Margaret Cookhorn introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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

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

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 Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music With Martin Owen20180623

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

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

A 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music with Matthew Barley20180505

Cellist Matthew Barley introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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

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

Today Matthew Barley puts down his cello for a couple of hours and wonders just how Stravinsky brings a Russian character to his ballet Petruchka. He also analyses the mind-boggling technique of a classically trained Cuban jazz pianist, and compares the way a singer has to control their voice as an instrument in much the same way as a cellist does. Matthew's choices encompass Barber's famous Adagio - and a new way to listen to it - and 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".

Inside Music with Owain Park20180526

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

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

A 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music with Paul Lewis20180707

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 series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today pianist Paul Lewis is amused and maddened in equal measure by fellow pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin, and chooses a recording of Mozart's Rondo in A minor played by his teacher Alfred Brendel. He's also terrified yet entranced by a recording of Dame Clara Butt made in 1917, and chooses a recording by two jazz musicians that for Paul captures the very essence of chamber music.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music with Rachel Portman20180519

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

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

A 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Inside Music With Sean Shibe20180721

Guitarist Sean Shibe introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside. Today guitarist Sean Shibe describes how Respighi creates the vastness of underground catacombs in sound, explores the appeal of Stokowski's treatment of JS Bach, and discovers how violinist Andrew Manze conjures up the joy of human existence.

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.

Inside Music with Sofi Jeannin20180630

Conductor Sofi Jeannin introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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

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".

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

Open your ears in a new way with conductor Simone Young20181110

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

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

Singer Jeanine De Bique\u2019s exotic musical discoveries20181020

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

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

Singer Jeanine De Bique\u2019s striking musical discoveries20181020

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

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

Violinist Francesca Dego finds Italian flavour wherever she listens20181103

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

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

Violinist Jennifer Pike's Rich Pick Of Classical Discoveries20181006

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

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

Violinist 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.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Vocalist Nora Fischer with a mesmerising playlist20180922

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

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

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

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

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

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

01Inside Music With Colin Currie20180407

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

A new series in which 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

02Inside Music With Tamsin Waley-cohen20180414

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

A 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

03Inside Music With Nicholas Collon20180421

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

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

04Inside Music With Claire Booth20180428

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

A new 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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

05Inside Music With Matthew Barley20180505

Cellist Matthew Barley introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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

Today Matthew Barley puts down his cello for a couple of hours and wonders just how Stravinsky brings a Russian character to his ballet Petruchka. He also analyses the mind-boggling technique of a classically trained Cuban jazz pianist, and compares the way a singer has to control their voice as an instrument in much the same way as a cellist does. Matthew's choices encompass Barber's famous Adagio - and a new way to listen to it - and 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".

06Inside Music With Margaret Cookhorn20180512

Bassoonist Margaret Cookhorn introduces a colourful selection of music - from the inside.

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

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 Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.