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Free Thinking Festival - horn player Katy Woolley with music that works on our emotions

Katy Woolley opens up a selection of classical music that has an emotional impact on her - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Horn player Katy Woolley has recently been appointed as the new Principal Horn of Amsterdam's Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Today she takes time out from performing in orchestras all over the world to come to Radio 3's Free Thinking Festival at Sage Gateshead where she both chooses and gives her unique insights into a wide range of music. She’s especially interested in what different composers do to make us experience emotion as we listen, and discovers that simplicity is often the key to a truly moving performance.

Katy's choices include orchestral thrills by Shostakovich and Brahms, suspended delight in a concerto by Ravel, an angry outburst by Vivaldi and Scandinavian voices imitating sounds of nature. And you can be sure that French horns will feature at some point during the two hours.

Around 2pm Katy plays her Must Listen piece - one whose energy and intensity never fails to move her.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

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1 hour, 58 minutes

Music Played

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Cantata Pianti, sospiri e dimandar mercede RV 676 - Cor ingrato dispietato

    Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Ensemble: Ensemble Artaserse.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No.3 - poco allegretto (3rd movement)

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Duo Concertant - Eglogue I & Dithyrambe

    Performer: Leonidas Kavakos. Performer: Peter Nagy.
    • ECM.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.10 in E minor - Allegro

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • EMI.
  • Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen

    Four Madrigals from the Natural World - No.1 Flagermus' ulralyd

    Ensemble: Ars Nova Copenhagen. Director: Paul Hillier.
    • DACAPO.
  • Richard Wagner

    Siegfried Idyll

    Performer: Walter Weller. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra Members. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • DECCA.
  • Robert Schumann

    Romance Op.94 No.3 - Nicht Schnell

    Performer: Alexei Ogrintchouk. Performer: Leonid Ogrintchouk.
    • BIS.
  • Béla Bartók

    String Quartet No.2 Op.17 - Allegro molto capriccioso

    Ensemble: Takács Quartet.
    • HUNGARATON.
  • Víctor Jara

    Te recuerdo Amanda (I Remember You Amanda)

    Singer: Víctor Jara.
    • ESSENTIAL.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto in G major - movement 2 - Adagio assai

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Benjamin Britten

    War Requiem - Libera me, Domine

    Performer: Simon Preston. Singer: Galina Pavlovna Vishnevskaya. Singer: Peter Pears. Choir: Bach Choir. Choir: Ambrosian Singers. Choir: Highgate School Choir. Ensemble: Melos Ensemble. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • DECCA.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sextet in E flat Op.81b for 2 horns and string quartet - movement 1

    Performer: Richard King. Performer: Jesse McCormick. Performer: Mari Sato. Performer: Amy Lee. Performer: Lynne Ramsey. Performer: Paul Kushious.
    • ALBANY TROY.
  • Brian May

    Who wants to live forever

    Music Arranger: Michael Kamen. Ensemble: Queen. Orchestra: National Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • A View to Kill.
    • EMI.
  • Diego Ortiz

    Passamezzo Moderno

    Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Franz Liszt

    Transcendental Studies, S139 - No.2 in A minor 'Fusees'

    Performer: Boris Giltburg.
    • NAXOS.

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