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Rich musical discoveries introduced by Mark Williams

Choral director and organist Mark Williams opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Mark Williams brings his own special insights to a wide range of music: from Saint-Saens’s Organ Symphony actually proving to be a piece of cake for organists, to the hazards of playing a harmonium on stage.

Mark also explores the genius of the 16-year-old Mendelssohn’s Octet for strings and finds there’s more in common than you’d think between playing the keyboard in baroque music and in jazz. Plus, he shows how the greatest Renaissance composers achieved huge emotional impact even when they were working within the confines of complex musical rules.

At 2 o'clock Mark’s Must Listen piece is an unusual piece by Rossini that mixes the sacred and the profane.

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

  • Johannes Brahms

    Feldeinsamkeit Op.86 No.2

    Performer: Roger Vignoles. Singer: Bernarda Fink.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Orlando Gibbons

    In nomine a 5 (In Nomine I)

    Ensemble: Phantasm.
    • AVIE.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Invention and Sinfonia no.5 in E flat BWV 776 & BWV 791

    Performer: Glenn Gould.
    • CBS.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Finale of Symphony No.3 'Organ Symphony'

    Performer: Daniele Rossi. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Stabat Mater - 6th movement Chrystus niech mi...

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Choir: CBSO Chorus. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Conductor: Simon Halsey.
    • EMI.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Yet can I hear that dulcet lay (The Choice of Hercules)

    Singer: Iestyn Davies. Ensemble: Arcangelo. Conductor: Jonathan Cohen.
    • HYPERION.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Allegro moderato ma con fuoco from Octet in E flat

    Ensemble: Academy of St Martin in the Fields Chamber Ensemble.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Improperium expectavit

    Choir: Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge. Conductor: Richard Marlow.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Crucifixus, Et resurrexit, Et vitam from Petite Messe Solennelle

    Performer: Gary Cooper. Performer: Matthew Halls. Performer: Mark Williams. Singer: Carolyn Sampson. Singer: Hilary Summers. Singer: Andrew Tortise. Singer: Andrew Foster-Williams. Choir: The King's Consort. Conductor: Robert King.
    • HYPERION.
  • Maurice Duruflé

    Fugue sur le nom d'Alain

    Performer: John Scott.
    • HYPERION.
  • Thomas Adès

    The Tempest Act 3 Scene 4 'How good they are'

    Singer: Kate Royal. Singer: Toby Spence. Singer: Simon Keenlyside. Singer: Philip Langridge. Singer: Graeme Danby. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Choir: Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Thomas Adès.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu in G flat D899 No.3

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Cole Porter

    It's De-Lovely

    Singer: Sarah Vaughan.
    • VERVE.
  • Philippe de Monte

    Super flumina Babylonis

    Ensemble: Contrapunctus. Conductor: Owen Rees.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Edward Elgar

    Dream of Gerontius - But hark..., And now the threshold, Praise to the Holiest

    Singer: Gwynne Howell. Singer: Felicity Palmer. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Nocturne - Morceau Op.19 No.4

    Performer: Johannes Moser. Orchestra: Orchestre de la Suisse Romande. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
    • PENTATONE.

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