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Violinist Francesca Dego finds Italian flavour wherever she listens

Violinist Francesca Dego opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Violinist Francesca Dego admires the cool dexterity of her teacher Salvatore Accardo, can’t resist the combination of Brahms and the cello, and tries to work out how harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani gets around the fact he can’t play dynamics.

Francesca also treats us to her world premiere recording of a piece by a composer she loves, fellow Italian Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco.

At 2 o’clock Francesca’s Must Listen piece is a glorious operatic duet, where every phrase is given a special, emotion-wrenching musical treatment.

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

  • Maurice Ravel

    String Quartet in F - last movement

    Ensemble: Quartetto Italiano.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Serenade for tenor, horn, strings - Prologue and Pastoral

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

    'Aus Italien' Op.16 - finale

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Riccardo Muti.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Nicolò Paganini

    Variations on 'God save the King'

    Performer: Salvatore Accardo. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • DG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Piano Concerto no.2 in B flat major Op.83 - movement 3

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • DG.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    S'andasse amore a caccia

    Ensemble: Concerto Italiano. Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • NAIVE.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Io mi son Giovinetta

    Ensemble: Concerto Italiano. Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • NAIVE.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Manon Lescaut - Act 2 duet 'Oh, saro la piu bella'

    Singer: Mirella Freni. Singer: Plácido Domingo. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Giuseppe Sinopoli.
    • DG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Harpsichord Concerto in D minor BWV1052 - 3rd movement

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani. Ensemble: Concerto Köln.
    • DG.
  • Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco

    Ballade for violin and piano

    Performer: Francesca Dego. Performer: Francesca Leonardi.
    • DG.
  • Jerry Bock

    Fiddler on the roof - If I were a rich man

    Lyricist: Sheldon Harnick. Music Arranger: John Williams. Singer: Topol.
    • EMI.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • DECCA.
  • Richard Strauss

    Traum durch die Dammerung - 3 Lieder Op.29 no.1

    Singer: Steve Davislim. Orchestra: Orchestra Victoria. Conductor: Simone Young.
    • MELBA RECORDINGS.
  • Eric Spear

    Coronation Street Theme

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra.
    • Mercury Music.

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