Main content
Sorry, this episode is not currently available

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

Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Six Pieces Op.51 for piano

  • Igor Stravinsky


  • Morten Lauridsen

    O Magnum Mysterium for chorus

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 7 in A major

  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Castor et Pollux - tragedie en musique vers. original

  • Leos Janáček


  • John Cage

    Sonatas and interludes for prepared piano

  • Samuel Barber

    Adagio for string orchestra, arr. from 2nd mvt of String Quartet

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Sonata no. 7 in B flat major Op.83 for piano

  • Joseph Haydn

    The Creation

  • Arvo Pärt

    De profundis clamavi (Psalm 130) for vocal ensemble, organ and percussion

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite no. 6 in D major BWV.1012 for cello solo

  • Maurice Ravel

    Ma mere l'oye - suite vers. for orchestra


  • Sat 5 May 2018 13:00
  • Sat 8 Dec 2018 13:00

How to become – and succeed as – a conductor

How to become – and succeed as – a conductor

Gabriella Teychenné allows us to get inside a conductor's head...

How to compose music for video games

How to compose music for video games

Eimear Noone, composer of The Legend of Zelda allows us into her world