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Music from top to bottom with bass player Cecelia Bruggemeyer

Cecelia Bruggemeyer opens up a colourful selection of classical music from a bass player’s point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Cecelia Bruggemeyer is a double bass player and teacher who specialises in historically informed performance. In this edition of Inside Music her enthusiasm for a huge range of repertoire is clear. Cecelia’s choices include a piece by Shostakovich that becomes a ‘mini guide to orchestration’, a sumptuous orchestral song by Hector Berlioz and the driving rhythms and ethereal sounds of a piece for prepared piano by John Cage.

She also delves into the mysteries of the baroque continuo group (the 17th-century forerunner of a jazz rhythm section), the creative and colourful way that Telemann writes for a cornucopia of instruments, and what it’s like to play a Beethoven bass line.

Cecelia’s Must Listen piece at 2 o’clock is a work that pre-dates Richard Strauss, Franz Liszt and John Cage by hundreds of years, but that sowed the seeds for many of their musical ideas.

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

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No.8 in F major Op.83 - 1st movement - Allegro vivace e con brio

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

    Theodora - As rosy steps the thorn

    Singer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Harry Bicket.
    • AVIE.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Soldier's Tale - Opening march & Airs by a stream

    Narrator: Jeremy Irons. Ensemble: Columbia Chamber Ensemble. Conductor: Igor Stravinsky.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann


    Ensemble: Collegium Musicum 90. Director: Simon Standage.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.5 in D minor Op.47 - 2nd movement - Allegro

    Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Yuri Temirkanov.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Ma mere l'oye - Laideronnette, Imperatrice des Pagodes

    Performer: Laurence Fromentin. Performer: Dominique Plancade.
    • EMI.
  • Heinrich Biber

    Battalia a 10

    Ensemble: La Capella Reial de Catalunya. Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Conductor: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • John Cage


    Performer: Stephen Drury.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Au cimetiere (Clair de lune) - L'ile inconnue 'Dites, la jeune belle!'

    Singer: Brigitte Balleys. Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Peter Grimes - Act 1 - Old Joe has gone fishing

    Singer: Peter Pears. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Choir: Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Giga (4th movement) from Partita No.2 in D minor BWV 1004

    Performer: Rachel Podger.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade in B flat K361 'Gran partita' - 3rd movement - Adagio

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Director: Frans Brüggen.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Mass in B minor BWV 232: Gloria - Quoniam and Cum sancto Spiritu

    Performer: Michael Thompson. Performer: Timothy Mason. Performer: Valerie Botwright. Performer: Alastair Ross. Singer: Stephen Varcoe. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Edward Elgar

    'Nimrod' - variation 9 from Enigma variations Op.36

    Orchestra: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Serse - Act 1 - Soggetto al mio volere & Gia la tromba (chorus)

    Singer: Brindley Sherratt. Ensemble: Early Opera Company. Director: Christian Curnyn.
    • CHANDOS.


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