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Get inside Jacob Collier’s musical mind

Multi-instrumentalist Jacob Collier guides us through a colourful array of music - expect the unexpected.

Jacob Collier is a musical phenomenon. A multi-instrumentalist, singer, arranger, composer and producer, Jacob has been wowing the world with his breathtaking understanding of music and his amazing abilities on many different instruments.

In this edition of Inside Music, Jacob, who is still only 24 years old, introduces a wide array of music including pieces he performed as a solo treble with the English National Opera as well as a track from his brand new album, DJESSE (Vol 1.)

The breadth of Jacob’s musical imagination leads him to some of the classical greats including Bach, Debussy and Schumann, as well as folk song from Bulgaria and jazz pianist Brad Mehldau’s take on a Lennon and McCartney classic.

And at 2 o’clock Jacob delves into the archives of the British Library to reveal his Must Listen piece performed by his grandfather, the violinist Derek Collier.

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

  • Robert Schumann

    Traumerei - Kinderszenen, Op.15

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • DG.
  • Peter Warlock

    Capriol Suite

    Orchestra: English Sinfonia. Conductor: Neville Dilkes.
    • EMI.
  • Jacob Collier


    Performer: Jacob Collier. Singer: Jacob Collier. Orchestra: Metropole Orkest. Conductor: Jules Buckley.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G Major BWV 1048

    Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • DECCA.
  • Jonathan Dove

    Seek Him That Maketh the Seven Stars

    Choir: Tenebrae.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Trad.

    Kaval Sviri

    Music Arranger: Peter Liomdev. Choir: Ensemble Trakia.
    • FOUR AD.
  • Béla Bartók

    Romanian Folk Dances arr. for String Orchestra

    Music Arranger: Arthur Willner. Orchestra: Stuttgarter Kammerorchester. Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies.
    • ECM.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Violin Concerto - 1st movement

    Performer: Derek Collier.
  • John Adams

    Short Ride in a Fast Machine

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata No.1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 - Adagio

    Performer: Chris Thile.
  • Claude Debussy


    Ensemble: Punch Brothers.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Magic Flute - Bald Prangt, den Morgen zu verkunden

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 Variations 12-14

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
    • CBS.
  • John Lennon

    Martha My Dear

    Composer: Paul McCartney. Performer: Brad Mehldau.
  • Tim Garland

    Sanctuary for a Living Memory - The Power of Now

    Ensemble: Acoustic Triangle.
    • AUDIO-B.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Turn of the Screw - Act 1 scene 4 The Tower (How Beautiful it is)

    Singer: Kate Royal. Orchestra: English National Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • EMI.
  • Nico Muhly

    Etude 1

    Performer: Nadia Sirota.


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