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Pianist Nicholas McCarthy discovers unsung musical heroes and old favourites

Pianist Nicholas McCarthy opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Pianist Nicholas McCarthy chooses glittering chamber music by Mendelssohn, a tricky waltz for piano played with effortless ease by Benjamin Grosvenor, and soprano Diana Damrau hitting high notes by Mozart’s contemporary Salieri.

Nicholas also talks about what makes a successful piece for piano left-hand and shows us just what he means with music by Korngold and Rachmaninov.

At 2 o’clock Nicholas presents his Must Listen piece - a choral work that he sang when he was in music college and that immersed him in 360 degrees of beautiful and uplifting harmonies.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Scherzo from Piano Trio in D Minor Op.49

    Performer: Emanuel Ax. Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
    • SONY.
  • Carl Reinecke

    Flute Sonata 'Undine' Op.167 - 4th movement

    Performer: Emmanuel Pahud. Performer: Yefim Bronfman.
    • EMI.
  • Unsuk Chin

    Violin Concerto - 4th Movement

    Performer: Viviane Hagner. Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Kent Nagano.
    • ANALEKTA.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude Op.23 No.5

    Performer: Nicholas McCarthy. Music Arranger: Nicholas McCarthy.
    • LEFTNOTE.
  • Edward German

    The Waltz Song from Merrie England

    Singer: Helen Clare. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Organ Fantasy and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542

    Performer: Peter Hurford.
    • DECCA.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Piano Quartet in A Minor, 1st movement

    Performer: Ludmila Berlinskaya. Ensemble: Borodin Quartet.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
  • Hubert Parry

    Bless'd Pair of Sirens

    Performer: Jeremy Filsell. Choir: Vasari Singers. Conductor: Jeremy Backhouse.
    • NAXOS.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Waltz No.4 Op.38

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
    • DECCA.
  • Antonio Salieri

    'Numi, respire...Ah, lo sento' (Europa riconosciuta)

    Singer: Diana Damrau. Ensemble: Le Cercle de l'Harmonie. Director: Jérémie Rhorer.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Suite for Two Violins, Cello and Piano Left Hand Op.23 - 'Rondo-Finale'

    Performer: Leon Fleisher. Performer: Jaime Laredo. Performer: Joel Smirnoff. Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Nina Simone

    For All We Know

    Singer: Nina Simone.
    • Nina Simone.
    • CHARLY.
    • 13.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Ballade No.4 in F Minor Op.52

    Performer: Arthur Rubinstein.
    • RCA.
  • Richard Rodgers

    Oklahoma! - Oh, What a Beautiful Mornin'

    Singer: Simon Keenlyside. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: David Charles Abell.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Jule Styne

    It's Magic - from the film Romance on the High Seas

    Lyricist: Sammy Cahn. Singer: Simon Keenlyside. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: David Charles Abell.
    • CHANDOS.

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