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Inside Music with Colin Currie

Percussionist Colin Currie opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

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

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • H. K. Gruber

    3 MOB Pieces Op.20 - No.1 Patrol

    Performer: Håkan Hardenberger. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchesra. Conductor: H. K. Gruber.
    • BIS.
  • Robert Schumann

    Konzertstuck Op.86 for four horns and orchestra - Lebhaft

    Performer: Nigel Black. Performer: Laurence Davies. Performer: Laurence Rogers. Performer: Peter Blake. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Sonata No.40 in G major Hob XVI: 40

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Petrushka - Russian Dance

    Performer: Paul Jacobs. Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic.
    • SONY.
  • Steve Reich

    Nagoya Marimbas

    Performer: Colin Currie. Performer: Sam Walton.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Requiem K.626 - Sanctus and Benedictus

    Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe. Singer: Sibylla Rubens. Singer: Annette Markert. Singer: Ian Bostridge. Singer: Hanno Müller‐Brachmann. Choir: Chapelle Royale. Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Orchestra: Champs-Elysees Orchestra.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Claude Debussy

    La Mer - From Dawn till Noon on the Sea

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet in B flat Op.130 - Alla danza tedesca

    Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano.
    • Philips.
  • Béla Bartók

    Piano Concero No.2 - 2nd Movement

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis. Conductor: György Lehel. Orchestra: Budapesti Filharmóniai Társaság Zenekara.
    • Capriccio.
  • Anonymous

    Folia: Rodrigo Martinez

    Performer: Jordi Savall. Performer: Rolf Lislevand. Performer: Michael Behringer. Performer: Arianna Savall. Performer: Pedro Estevan. Performer: Adela González-Campa.
    • Alia Vox.
  • Bill Evans

    B Minor Waltz (For Ellaine)

    Ensemble: Bill Evans Trio.
    • Warner.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No.3 in C Op.52 - 2nd Movement

    Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Okko Kamu.
    • BIS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Allegro in A minor for piano four hands D.947 - Lebenssturme

    Performer: Maria João Pires. Performer: Ricardo Castro.
    • DG.
  • Nederlands Blazers Ensemble

    Horses of Instruction

    • NBE.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Ballet Suite No.3 - The Limpid Stream (Dance)

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • CHANDOS.

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