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Inside Music with Claire Booth

Soprano Claire Booth opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

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.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Edvard Grieg

    Lyric Pieces Op.62 No.1 - Sylphide

    Performer: Hakan Austbo.
    • Berlin Classics.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Dardanus - Prelude et Air 'Lieux Funestes'

    Singer: John Mark Ainsley. Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Conductor: Marc Minkowski.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No.8 - Scherzo: allegro moderato

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Violin Concerto in G minor BWV1056

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Ensemble: Arcangelo. Conductor: Jonathan Cohen.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Nursery songs - With the Nurse

    Performer: Sviatoslav Richter. Singer: Nina Dorliak.
  • Alban Berg

    Three Fragments from Wozzeck - Act 3 scene 4

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
    • TELDEC.
  • Oliver Knussen

    Ophelia's Last Dance Op.32

    Performer: Huw Watkins.
    • NMC.
  • Robert Schumann

    Violin Concerto in D minor Op.Posth - Im Kraftigen, Nicht zu schnellen Tempo

    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • TELDEC.
  • Franz Liszt

    Die Forelle

    Music Arranger: Franz Schubert.
    • SONY.
  • Franz Liszt

    Der Erlkonig

    Performer: Evgeny Kissin. Music Arranger: Franz Schubert.
    • SONY.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    St. John Passion Part 1, no.1 chorus "Herr, unser Herrsche"

    Choir: Arnold Schönberg Chor. Ensemble: Concentus Musicus Wien. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • TELDEC.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Tombeau de Couperin

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Henry Purcell

    'Come Shepherds Lead up a Lively measure' - King Arthur, Act II

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • ERATO.


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