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Conductor Natalie Murray Beale reveals her musical inspirations

Natalie Murray Beale opens up a colourful selection of classical music - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Natalie Murray Beale takes us on a tour of music that makes her think. She describes the intensity of conducting music for a film soundtrack about robots, how playing Bach on modern instruments with vibrato and a very resonant sound can really work, and talks about what she has learned from conductor Esa Pekka Salonen - both in the way he directs an orchestra and how he writes music.

Natalie also chooses a piece by Mendelssohn that illustrates one of the many ways composers over the centuries have used their musical ingenuity to depict storms.

At 2pm Natalie brings us her Must Listen piece, a neo-classical masterpiece that starts in one way and then bursts out in different directions.

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

  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No.5 - 1st movement Allegro

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Herbert Blomstedt.
    • BERLIN CLASSICS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Ich ruf zu dir Herr Jesu Christ - Chorale Prelude BWV 639

    Performer: Víkingur Ólafsson.
    • DG.
  • Esa‐Pekka Salonen

    Language - 2nd movement of Foreign Bodies

    Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Don Giovanni - 'Don Giovanni, a cenar teco' & 'Da qual tremore insolito' Act 2

    Ensemble: MusicAeterna. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis. Singer: Dimitris Tiliakos. Singer: Vito Priante. Singer: Mika Kares.
    • SONY.
  • Christian Henson

    A Close Shave! - soundtrack to Robot Overlords

    Orchestra: English Session Orchestra and Chorus. Conductor: Natalie Murray Beale.
    • MOVIESCORE MEDIA.
  • Clara Schumann

    Konzertsatz in F minor

    Performer: Lucy Parham. Orchestra: BBC Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Barry Wordsworth.
    • SANCTUARY.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Chansons Madecasses: Nahandove

    Singer: Jessye Norman. Ensemble: Ensemble intercontemporain. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphony of Psalms movement 2 'Expectans expectavi Dominum'

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Piano Concerto in F minor BWV 1056

    Performer: Ramin Bahrami. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • DECCA.
  • Arthur Hamilton

    Cry me a river

    Singer: Ella Fitzgerald.
    • Ella at Zardi's (Live, 1956).
    • VERVE.
    • 4.
  • Béla Bartók

    Divertimento for Strings movement 2

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • DECCA.
  • Elizabeth Maconchy

    The Departure - opening scene

    Ensemble: Independent Opera. Singer: Louise Poole. Conductor: Dominic Wheeler.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Symphony No.3 'Scottish' - Andante con moto - Allegro un poco agitato

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • TELDEC.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Sol nel mezzo risona del core (Il pastor fido) - Act II sc 6

    Singer: Allan Clayton. Ensemble: The Mozartists. Director: Ian Page.
    • SIGNUM.

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