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The unique insights of guitarist Sean Shibe

Guitarist Sean Shibe opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Guitarist Sean Shibe describes how Respighi creates the vastness of underground catacombs in sound, explores the appeal of Stokowski's dramatic treatment of JS Bach, and discovers how violinist Andrew Manze conjures up the joy of human existence in a piece by Vivaldi.

At 2 o'clock Sean reveals his Must Listen piece - a seductive, but seldom played 20th century work, with, according to Sean, 'glacial textures like levitating sheets of glass'.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

1 hour, 58 minutes

Music Played

  • Oskar Lindberg

    L'Enfance du Christ (L'adieu de bergers)

    Composer: Hector Berlioz. Performer: David Rumsey. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davies. Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • LSO.
  • Santiago de Murcia

    Tarantela I and II from Codex no.4 Mexico 1730

    Performer: Rolf Lislevand. Performer: Béatrice Pornon. Performer: Guido Morini. Performer: Pedro Estevan. Performer: Michèle Claude. Performer: Katharina Dustman. Ensemble: Ensemble Kapsberger.
    • ASTREE.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Pines of Rome - Pines near a Catacomb

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Fritz Reiner.
    • RCA.
  • Steve Reich

    Electric Counterpoint (Fast)

    Performer: Sean Shibe.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto 'La Tempesta di Mare'

    Performer: Andrew Manze. Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Director: Andrew Manze.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata in A major D959 - 2nd movement Andantino

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    La Fanciulla del West - Ch'ella mi creda libero (Johnson's aria)

    Singer: Giuseppe Giacomini. Orchestra: Sinfonia Perusina. Conductor: Guida Maria Guida.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in B minor K.27

    Performer: Arturo Michelangeli.
    • MEMBRAN.
  • Toru Takemitsu

    To the edge of dream

    Performer: Julian Bream. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Trad.

    Perutxoren Kantua

    Lyricist: Gaspar Gomez. Ensemble: Euskal Barrokensemble. Director: Enrike Solinís.
    • Euskel Antiqva.
    • ALIA VOX.
    • 2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Toccata & Fugue in D minor BWV 565

    Music Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Leopold Stokowski.
    • DECCA.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Zefiro Torna e di soavi accenti SV 251

    Music Arranger: Christina Pluhar. Singer: Núria Rial. Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • ERATO.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    From Galloway

    Performer: Sean Shibe. Music Arranger: George Duffy.
  • Federico Mompou

    Cancion from Cancion Y Danza no.6 in E flat minor

    Performer: Arturo Michelangeli.
  • James Muller


    Ensemble: James Muller Trio.
    • Neurotica.
    • 1.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    All Night Vigil (Vespers) - 5th movement - 'Lord now lettest thy servant depart'

    Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsummer Night's Dream - No.1 Scherzo

    Performer: Gareth Davies. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • LSO LIVE.


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