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Music from the crazy to the sublime explored by conductor David Charles Abell

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

Conductor David Charles Abell dives into the revolutionary musical language of Leonard Bernstein, learns how to express emotion in Tchaikovsky with a little-known Soviet musician, and remembers how as a teenager he conducted Dvorak’s 9th symphony - in his bedroom.

He also describes what it’s like playing the viola in the centre of Schubert’s string quintet and analyses the musical charm of a song from The Beatles’ Abbey Road album.

At 2 o’clock David’s Must Listen piece celebrates the life of someone who tragically drowned on holiday in Thailand, aged only 19.

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

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Mass in G minor - Sanctus

    Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Mass - Sanctus

    Conductor: Leonard Bernstein. Choir: Berkshire Boys' Choir.
    • CBS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No.9 in E minor 'From the New World' - 3rd movement - Scherzo

    Orchestra: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
  • Cole Porter

    So in love (Kiss Me, Kate)

    Singer: Simon Keenlyside. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: David Charles Abell.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No.24 in C minor, K.491 - Larghetto

    Performer: Melvyn Tan. Ensemble: London Classical Players. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • ERATO.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    'Cool' (West Side Story)

    Ensemble: Members of the Cast. Ensemble: Mickey Calin and the Jets. Director: Jerome Robbins.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Evgeny Onegin: End of the Letter Scene Act 1 scene 2

    Singer: Galina Pavlovna Vishnevskaya. Orchestra: Bolshoi Orchestra. Conductor: Boris Emmanuilovich Khaykin.
    • MELODIA.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Zoroastre: Overture

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Director: William Christie.
    • ERATO.
  • Jonathan Dove

    'I Am the Son/Birth' - There Was a Child

    Singer: Joan Rodgers. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Choir: CBSO Chorus. Choir: CBSO Youth Chorus. Choir: CBSO Junior Chorus. Conductor: Simon Halsey.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Percy Grainger

    A Lincolnshire Posy: III. Rufford Park Poachers

    Ensemble: Eastman Wind Ensemble. Conductor: Frederick Fennell.
    • MERCURY.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Christmas Oratorio: 'Jauchzet, frohlocket' opening chorus of Part 1

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: Monteverdi Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Franz Schubert

    Cello Quintet - first movement

    Ensemble: Arcanto Quartett.
  • John Lennon


    Ensemble: The Beatles.
    • Abbey Road.
    • APPLE.
    • 8.
  • Andrew Norman

    Play Level 1 - excerpt

    Orchestra: Boston Modern Orchestra Project. Conductor: Gil Rose.
    • BMOP sound.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.2

    Singer: Lee Venora. Singer: Jennie Tourel. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Mother Goose Suite (Beauty and the Beast)

    Performer: Margaret Cookhorn. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.


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