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Burnished voices and sparkling brass with bass Brindley Sherratt

Brindley Sherratt presents a colourful selection of classical music from a bass singer’s point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Brindley Sherratt is a celebrated operatic bass who began his musical career as a trumpet player. In this edition of Inside Music Brindley charts his evolution from brass player to singer via Richard Strauss’s Alpine Symphony, Berlioz’s Symphonie fantastique, the dizzying heights of the big band and the Verdi aria which launched his singing career.

He also pays homage to the musicians who have inspired him; George London’s seemingly effortless vocal technique, the lyricism and power of Maurice André’s trumpet playing and Sir Georg Solti’s focus and stamina.

Brindley’s Must Listen piece at 2 o’clock is a much loved work full of drama and emotion that offers solace and reflection.

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

  • Richard Strauss

    Alpine Symphony - Opening (Dawn)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • LSO.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Simone Boccanegra - Il lacerato spirito

    Singer: Cesare Siepi. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Conductor: Alberto Erede.
    • DECCA.
  • John Williams

    Superman Theme Tune

    Performer: Maurice Murphy. Orchestrator: Herbert Spencer. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: John Williams.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Spem in alium

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Symphonie Fantastique - IV Marche au Supplice

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • DECCA.
  • Richard Rodgers

    This nearly was mine from South Pacific

    Librettist: Oscar Hammerstein. Singer: George London.
    • DECCA.
  • Béla Bartók

    String Quartet No.3 Sz 85 - Seconda parte - Allegro

    Ensemble: Alban Berg Quartett.
    • EMI.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Symphony No.6 'Pathetique' - 4th movement - Adagio Lamentoso

    Orchestra: Imperial Music Choir. Conductor: Yevgeny Mravinsky.
    • DG.
  • Simon & Garfunkel

    Keep the customer satisfied

    Ensemble: Simon & Garfunkel.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    St Matthew Passion BWV 244 part 2 - 68 Chorus I & II

    Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Choir: London Oratory Junior Choir. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Steve Reich

    The Desert Music - 1. Fast

    Ensemble: Steve Reich and Musicians. Ensemble: Chorus and Members of the Brooklyn Philharmonic. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • NONESUCH.
  • George Frideric Handel

    O Ruddier than the cherry

    Singer: Brindley Sherratt. Ensemble: Oxford Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Stephen Darlington.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Michael Haydn

    Trumpet concerto in D major - 1st movement - Allegro

    Performer: Maurice André. Orchestra: Münchener Kammerorchester. Conductor: Hans Stadlmair.
    • DG.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Billy Budd Op.50 - Billy's aria - Look!

    Singer: Simon Keenlyside. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No.1 in C major Op.15 - movement 2 - Largo

    Performer: Alfred Brendel. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Jocelyn Pook

    The Wife (title track)

    • The Wife (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack).
    • NODE RECORDS.
    • 1.

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