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Inside Music with Rachel Portman

Composer Rachel Portman 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 composer Rachel Portman revels in Ravel's use of pizzicato, enjoys the intimacy of lieder by Clara Schumann and shows how a simple rising scale can be the catalyst for mesmeric and powerful music by Philip Glass. Rachel also introduces music from her opera The Little Prince - written specifically with a younger audience in mind - "I wanted to write an opera that I could take my own children to".

At 2 o'clock Rachel plays her Must Listen piece - in fact a pair of pieces - from a collection of music she finds herself returning to again and again and in which Rachel finds a deep humanity.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

1 hour, 58 minutes

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    Children's Corner - Dr. Gradus ad Parnassum

    Performer: Arturo Michelangeli.
    • DG.
  • Maurice Ravel

    String Quartet in F major - Movement 2 'Assez vif tres rhythme'

    Ensemble: Quatuor Ébène.
    • ERATO.
  • Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen

    Shine You No More

    Ensemble: Danish String Quartet.
    • Last Leaf.
    • ECM.
    • 8.
  • Rachel Portman

    The Little Prince - Look at the Stars

    Ensemble: Vocal Ensemble. Ensemble: Children's Chorus. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: David Charles Abell.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No.20 K.466 - 1st Movement

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida. Conductor: Jeffrey Tate. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Arvo Pärt


    Performer: Gidon Kremer. Performer: Keith Jarrett.
    • ECM.
  • Träd


    Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma. Performer: Roberto Comesana. Ensemble: Silk Road Ensemble. Singer: Davide Salvado.
    • Sing Me Home.
    • SONY.
    • 10.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and Fugue No.1 in C

    Performer: Keith Jarrett.
    • ECM.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita No.2 - Allemande in C minor

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
  • Richard Wagner

    Tannhauser Overture

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • EMI.
  • Clara Schumann

    Die Lorelei

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Christopher Maltman.
  • Philip Glass

    Satyagraha - Act 3, part 3

    Singer: Douglas Perry. Orchestra: New York City Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Christopher Keene.
  • Judith Weir

    Piano Concerto - 1st Movement

    Performer: William Howard. Ensemble: Schubert Ensemble.
    • NMC.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Loquebantur variis linguis

    Ensemble: The Gesualdo Six. Conductor: Owain Park.


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