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Hear how instruments sing, with cellist Matthew Barley

Cellist Matthew Barley opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

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.

1 hour, 58 minutes

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