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Open your ears in a new way with conductor Simone Young

Conductor Simone Young opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Conductor Simone Young describes how listening to JS Bach is like listening to jazz, uncovers beauty in the music of Schoenberg, and showcases the many skills of pianist and conductor Daniel Barenboim.

Simone also plays music by Benjamin Britten, and reveals all sorts of things you never knew about the harp.

At 2 o’clock Simone’s Must Listen piece is a dramatic scene in which emotions and politics are blended to musical perfection.

A series in which each episode a musician explores a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Much ado about nothing Suite - Overture

    Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • ONDINE.
  • Claude Debussy

    Images book 2 - Hommage a Rameau

    Performer: Jean‐Yves Thibaudet.
    • DECCA.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No.9 - Scherzo

    Orchestra: Hamburg Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Simone Young.
    • OEHMS.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    The Pirates of Penzance - 'I am the very model of a modern major General'

    Librettist: William Gilbert. Singer: John Reed. Ensemble: The D'Oyly Carte Opera Company. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Isidore Godfrey.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto no.6 BWV 1051 - 3rd movement - Allegro

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • ELATUS.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Chamber Symphony No.2 - 1st movement

    Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • SONY.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Simon Boccanegra - Council Chamber scene from end of Act 1

    Singer: Mirella Freni. Singer: Piero Cappuccilli. Ensemble: La Scala Milan Chorus & Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Pierre Boulez

    Notations (pour orchestre) No.2 'Tres vif'

    Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • ERATO.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in G minor Op.15 no.3

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • DG.
  • Richard Wagner

    Parsifal - Act 3 - Karfreitagmusik

    Singer: Ludwig Weber. Singer: Ramón Vinay. Orchestra: Orchester der Bayreuther Festspiele. Conductor: Clemens Krauss.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Folksong arrangements volume 3 (British Isles) - 'The Foggy, Foggy Dew'

    Performer: Simone Young. Singer: Steve Davislim.
  • Dudley Moore

    'Little Miss Britten'

    Performer: Dudley Moore. Singer: Dudley Moore.
    • The Complete Beyond the Fringe.
    • EMI.
    • 9.
  • Edgar Meyer

    Appalachian Journey - Indecision

    Performer: Mark O’Connor. Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma. Performer: Edgar Meyer.
    • SONY.
  • Richard Strauss

    Die Frau ohne Schatten - Act 3 - Kaiserin's Aria

    Singer: Júlia Várady. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • DECCA.
  • Pearl Chertok

    Harpicide at Midnight

    Performer: Emanuela Battigelli.
    • Leyenda.
    • 18.
  • George Gershwin

    The Man I Love - for piano left hand

    Performer: Nicholas McCarthy. Music Arranger: Earl Wild.
    • Solo.
    • 13.


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