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Poulenc, Alice Coltrane, Tallis

In Tune's specially curated playlist: an eclectic mix of music, featuring transcendental jazz from Alice Coltrane and a lush Romantic piano trio from Amy Beach.

Tonight's specially curated playlist begins at a Parisian soirée, where the 'darlings' of fashionable society preen and parade in the opening to Poulenc's ballet 'Les Biches'. The mood darkens with a turbulent movement from Amy Beach's Piano Trio in A minor, reminiscent of Rachmaninov, followed by Alice Coltrane's spiritual journey through experimental jazz and Indian traditions, both musical and mystical. Dvořák's melancholic 'dumka' (thought) brings a Slavonic flavour, as does Haydn's 'Bird' Quartet, which has a boisterous final movement derived from a Slavonic folk dance. A moment of calm comes from Tallis's exquisite Renaissance polyphony, and the mixtape ends with Alison Balsom and Guy Barker's languorous, luxurious arrangement of Satie.

30 minutes

Music Played

  • Francis Poulenc

    Rondeau (Les biches)

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Thierry Fischer.
    • Signum.
  • Amy Beach

    Piano Trio in A minor, Op.150

    Ensemble: Ambache Chamber Ensemble.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Alice Coltrane

    Journey in Satchidananda

    Performer: Alice Coltrane. Performer: Rashied Ali. Performer: Tulsi. Performer: Alice Coltrane. Singer: Cecil McBee.
    • Journey in Satchidananda.
    • impulse!.
    • 001.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic Dance in E minor, Op. 72 No. 2

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker Recordings.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Salvator mundi à 5 (first setting)

    Choir: Alamire. Director: David Skinner.
    • Tallis & Byrd: Cantiones Sacrae 1575: Alamire, David Skinner.
    • Obsidian.
    • 1.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in C major, Op 33 No 3, 'Bird' (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Lindsay String Quartet.
    • ASV.
  • Erik Satie

    Gnossienne No. 3

    Performer: Alison Balsom. Music Arranger: Alison Balsom. Music Arranger: Guy Barker. Orchestra: Guy Barker Orchestra. Conductor: Guy Barker.
    • Paris.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 010.


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