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Inside Music with Greg Beardsell

Conductor Greg Beardsell 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 conductor Greg Beardsell talks about how Carl Orff's masterpiece Carmina Burana might be seen as a warhorse by some, but is a great piece to sharpen singing skills. He also challenges preconceptions about what brass band music sounds like, and is refreshed by a live 1957 recording of Beethoven's 3rd piano concerto in which Glenn Gould and Herbert von Karajan are pulling in very different directions.

At 2 o'clock Greg plays his Must Listen piece, a choral work by a 20th century British composer that Greg suspects might have been "a bit of a hellraiser, a bit of a jazzer" thanks to his daring use of harmony.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

1 hour, 58 minutes

Music Played

  • Carl Orff

    Carmina Burana - Tempus est iocondum

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Bournemouth Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Marin Alsop.
    • NAXOS.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No.1 - Allegro Molto

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    'Songs of Travel' - The Vagabond

    Performer: Iain Burnside. Singer: Roland Wood.
    • ALBION.
  • Bramwell Tovey

    Coventry Variations

    Performer: Fodens Brass Band. Performer: Joseph Alessi. Performer: Mark Fewer. Conductor: Bramwell Tovey.
    • EGON.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony No.2 - 'Andante malincolico'

    Choir: Radiokören. Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • CBS.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Rosary Sonata No.9 - The Carrying of the Cross

    Performer: Andrew Manze. Performer: Richard Egarr.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Sept Repons de Tenebrae - Nos. 1&2

    Choir: The Sixteen. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Claude Debussy

    Petite Suite - Ballet

    Performer: John Ogdon. Performer: Brenda Lucas.
    • EMI.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No.3 in C minor Op.37 - 1st movement

    Performer: Glenn Gould. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • SONY.
  • William Mathias

    May Magnificat

    Performer: Robbie Jacobs. Choir: National Youth Choirs of Great Britain. Conductor: Greg Beardsell.
    • NYCGB.
  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    I never went away

    Performer: Richard Rodney Bennett. Singer: Richard Rodney Bennett.
    • DELOS.
  • Bobby McFerrin


    Singer: Bobby McFerrin.
    • ELEKTRA.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Serenade for tenor, horn and strings - Hymn

    Performer: Martin Owen. Singer: Toby Spence. Ensemble: Scottish Ensemble. Conductor: Clio Gould.
    • LINN.


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