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Inside Music with Tamsin Waley-Cohen

Violinist Tamsin Waley-Cohen opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

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.

1 hour, 58 minutes

Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    Finale Quartet Op.20 No.2

    Ensemble: Lindsay String Quartet.
    • ASV.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Die Fledermaus - Overture

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic.
    • CBS.
  • George Crumb

    Black Angels - God Music

    Ensemble: Kronos Quartet.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations - 20, 21, 22

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Béla Bartók

    Concerto for Orchestra - Game or Presentation of Couples - 2nd Movement

    Conductor: Zoltán Kocsis. Orchestra: Nemzeti Filharmonikus Zenekar.
    • Hungaroton.
  • Russia.Traditional

    Ochi Charnyje

    Performer: Roby Lakatos. Ensemble: Roby Lakatos Ensemble.
    • DG.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Quartet for the end of time - 5th Movement - Louange a l'eternite de Jesus

    Performer: Torleif Thedéen. Performer: Lucas Debargue.
    • SONY.
  • Antoine Boësset

    Ballet des fous et des estropies de la cervelle - I Entree des demy-fous

    Performer: Vincent Dumestre. Ensemble: La Poème Harmonique.
    • Alpha.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Ruckertlieder - Um Mitternacht

    Conductor: Karl Böhm. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Ruckertlieder - Ich atmet' einen linden Duft

    Conductor: Karl Böhm. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Ruckertlieder - Blicke mir nicht in die Lieder

    Conductor: Karl Böhm. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Ruckertlieder - Ich bin der Welt abhanden gekommen

    Conductor: Karl Böhm. Singer: Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • DG.
  • Billie Holiday & Teddy Wilson Orchestra

    He ain't got rhythm (originally from the film On the Avenue) (feat. Benny Goodman)

    • Columbia.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet Op.74 - The Harp - Slow movement

    Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • DECCA.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Keyboard Concerto in G Wq 44

    Performer: Michael Rische. Orchestra: Leipziger Kammerorchester.
    • Hanssler Classics.
  • Carlo Gesualdo

    Moro, Lasso, al mio duolo

    Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini. Ensemble: Concerto Italiano.
    • NAIVE.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No.1 - 3rd movement - Poco allegretto

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
    • DECCA.
  • François Couperin

    Les Baricades misterieuses (arranged Ades)

    Conductor: Nicholas Collon. Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra.
    • Warner Classics.

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