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Find fresh meaning in music with singer Allan Clayton

Singer Allan Clayton opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Singer Allan Clayton delves into the evocative sound world of Benjamin Britten, reminisces about the spine tingling feeling of singing in close harmony, and shares what he believes is a perfect performance by Fritz Wunderlich in Mozart’s Magic Flute.

He also includes energetic music by an adventurous French composer Charles Tessier, in which Tessier uses nonsense ‘Turkish’, probably as a result of a trip he took to Istanbul in the late 1500s.

At 2pm Allan reveals his Must Listen piece, taking us into the violent world of the 17th-century execution of a Scottish witch.

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

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita No.3 in E Major - I Preludio

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova.
    • HYPERION.
  • Guillaume de Machaut

    Messe de Nostre Dame - Gloria

    Choir: Oxford Camerata. Conductor: Jeremy Summerly.
    • NAXOS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No.3 - Scherzo

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Robert Schumann

    Mondnacht (Liederkreis Op.39)

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Bryn Terfel.
    • DG.
  • Thomas Adès

    Arcadiana (O Albion)

    Ensemble: Danish String Quartet.
    • ECM.
  • Aaron Copland

    Appalachian Spring: II Allegro - VI Meno mosso

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Aaron Copland.
    • RCA.
  • Take 6

    Spread Love

    Ensemble: Take 6.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fantasia in C minor for 4 viols Z.738

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • VIRGIN CLASSICS.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Nocturne - VI 'She sleeps on soft last breaths'

    Performer: Thomas Barber. Singer: Allan Clayton. Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • LSO LIVE.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu No.4 d.935

    Performer: Paul Lewis.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Charles Tessier

    Chansons Turcquesques: 'Hel vel Aqueer & Tal lissi man'

    Ensemble: Le Poème Harmonique. Director: Vincent Dumestre.
    • ALPHA.
  • Charles Tessier

    Bransle de village

    Ensemble: Le Poème Harmonique. Director: Vincent Dumestre.
    • ALPHA.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Peter Grimes - Four Sea Interludes (II 'Sunday Morning')

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Die Zauberflote - 'Dies Bildnis ist bezaubern Schon'

    Singer: Fritz Wunderlich. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Karl Bohm.
    • DG.
  • Gustav Holst

    Egdon Heath

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: David Lloyd-Jones.
    • NAXOS.
  • Percy Grainger

    Willow willow

    Performer: Christopher Glynn. Singer: Claire Booth.
    • AVIE.

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