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Vocalist Nora Fischer with a mesmerising playlist

Singer Nora Fischer opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light

Singer Nora Fischer remembers her experience as a child watching her father Ivan Fisher conduct a studio recording of Brahms’ Hungarian Dances. She goes on to convey the ‘creepy intensity’ of the opening of Rachmaninov’s Second Piano Concerto and thrills to the ecstatic build up of Steve Reich’s Tehillim.

Nora also brings the Italian baroque to the 21st century in two very different performances of the same song by Antonio Cesti.

At 2 o’clock Nora’s Must Listen piece features a group of voices doing all sorts of bizarre, beautiful and mesmerising things.

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, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Frank Martin

    Mass for Double Choir - Sanctus

    Choir: RIAS Kammerchor. Conductor: Daniel Reuss.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Overture to 'Don Giovanni'

    Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Winterreise - Der Leiermann

    Performer: Andreas Staier. Singer: Christoph Prégardien.
    • TELDEC.
  • David Lang

    Death Speaks - You will return

    Performer: Bryce Dessner. Performer: Nico Muhly. Performer: Owen Pallett. Singer: Shara Worden. Singer: Owen Pallett.
    • CANTALOUPE.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Hungarian Dances - no.1, no. 2, no.19 and no.7

    Orchestra: Budapest Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Iván Fischer.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Iván Fischer

    A Nay Kleyd

    Performer: Iván Fischer. Singer: Nora Fischer.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Piano Concerto No.2 in C Minor, Op.18: I - Moderato

    Performer: Simon Trpceski. Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vasily Petrenko.
    • AVIE.
  • Caroline Shaw

    Partita for 8 Voices 1. Allemande

    Ensemble: Roomful of Teeth. Director: Brad Wells.
    • NEW AMSTERDAM.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Le Sacre du Printemps - final scene from Part 2

    Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Antonio Cesti

    Intorno all'idol mio

    Performer: György Fischer. Singer: Cecilia Bartoli.
    • Arie Antiche: Se tu m'ami.
    • DECCA.
    • 8.
  • Antonio Cesti

    Intorno all'idol mio

    Performer: Marnex Dorrestein. Music Arranger: Nora Fischer. Music Arranger: Marnex Dorrestein. Singer: Nora Fischer.
    • DG.
  • Kurt Weill

    The Threepenny Opera - Pirate Jenny

    Singer: Lotte Lenya. Orchestra: Sender Freies Berlin. Conductor: Wilhelm Brückner-Rüggeberg.
  • Trad.

    Songs of Rejoicing: Ele Chomdo Libi, Yismechu Hashamayim, Yossel Yossel

    Performer: Giora Feidman. Performer: Jeff Israel. Performer: Richard Sarpola. Performer: Manny Katz. Performer: Rick Cutler. Performer: Peter Weitzner.
    • The Magic of the Klezmer.
    • DELOS.
    • 1.
  • Franz Liszt

    Annees de pelerinage: Italy - Petrarch sonnet 104

    Performer: Jorge Bolet.
    • DG.
  • Steve Reich

    Tehillim Part IV

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Stefan Asbury. Choir: Synergy Vocals.
    • DG.
  • Qara Qarayev

    Waltz from The Seven Beauties Suite

    Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Karabits.
    • CHANDOS.

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