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Music illuminated from within by pianist Boris Giltburg

Pianist Boris Giltburg opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Pianist Boris Giltburg puts together a list of music with a distinctly Russian flavour: from lush melodies by Rimsky-Korsakov, witty and sparkling operetta from Shostakovich, and piano and choral works by a composer who Boris reveres above all others, Sergei Rachmaninov.

Boris also takes us on a fascinating musical journey through the opening of a Bach cantata and is captivated by a song featuring ‘the voice of Georgia’, Hamlet Gonashvili, describing it as “full of harmonies and melodies that are entirely addictive”.

At 2pm Boris winds the clock back to 1954 Moscow for his Must Listen choice: a dramatic live recording by Emil Gilels of music by a Russian composer who Boris feels is often overlooked.

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

  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Overture to 'The Tsar's Bride'

    Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude Op.3 No.2 and Prelude Op.32 No.13

    Performer: Boris Giltburg.
    • NAXOS.
  • Johannes Brahms

    German Requiem 3rd movement - Herr, lehre doch mich

    Singer: Rod Gilfry. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Quintet 'Trout' D.667, 1st movement

    Performer: Samuel Rhodes. Performer: Georg Hörtnagel. Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata BWV 39 'Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot' - Part 1

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Nikolai Karlovich Medtner

    Sonata in G minor Op.22

    Performer: Emil Grigoryevich Gilels.
    • MELODIYA.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Cheryomushki - Excursion around Moscow

    Orchestra: Hague Residentie Orchestra. Conductor: Gennady Nikolayevich Rozhdestvensky.
    • CHAN: 9591(2).
    • CHANDOS.
    • 15.
  • Anzor Erkomaishvili

    Tu Ase Turpa Ikavi

    Composer: Natela Onashvili. Singer: Hamlet Gonashvili.
  • Maurice Ravel

    La valse

    Orchestra: Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • EMI.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vespers - 'Blessed art Thou, o Lord'

    Choir: RSFSR Academic Russian Choir. Conductor: Alexander Sveshnikov.
    • CHANT DU MONDE.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Arrival of the Queen of Sheba from Solomon - arr. for recorders

    Performer: Lucy Horsch. Performer: Charlotte Barbour-Condini. Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music.
    • DECCA.

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