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A musical melting pot explored by composer Jocelyn Pook

Composer Jocelyn Pook opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Composer Jocelyn Pook takes a musical journey that includes Bulgarian choral singing, an Egyptian call to prayer, French film music and a song by the pioneering American vocalist and composer Meredith Monk.

Jocelyn is also hypnotised by the 12th-century composer and mystic Hildegard of Bingen, thrilled by the beauty and brutality of Prokofiev and calmed by the piano music of Gavin Bryars.

At 2pm Jocelyn introduces her Must Listen piece: a vibrant and joyful take on a traditional French-Canadian folk song, brought to life by the experimental musicians’ collective, The Bang on a Can All-Stars.

A series in which each week a musician reveals a selection of music - from the inside.

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

20 days left to listen

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • David Fanshawe

    African Sanctus - Kyrie: Call to Prayer

    Choir: Allmänna Sången. Conductor: Robert Sund.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Requiem - Introitus

    Singer: Sibylla Rubens. Ensemble: Collegium Vocale Gent. Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale. Orchestra: Champs-Elysees Orchestra. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
  • Henry Eccles

    Viola Sonata in G minor - Largo

    Performer: Nobuko Imai. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Romeo and Juliet - Dance of the Knights

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • EMI.
  • Trad.

    Pilentze Pee (Pilente sings)

    Choir: Bulgarian State Television Female Choir.
    • FOUR AD.
  • Gavin Bryars

    My first homage

    Performer: Gavin Bryars. Performer: Dave Smith.
  • Benoît Charest

    Belleville Rendezvous

    Performer: Matthieu Chedid.
    • LABELS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    String Quartet No.15 in A minor Op.132 - Molto Adagio, Andante

    Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet.
    • DG 4743412.
  • Julia Wolfe


    Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Spiegel Im Spiegel

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: Martin Roscoe.
    • EMI.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.5 in D minor Op.47 - first movement

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • DG.
  • Hildegard von Bingen

    O virga mediatrix

    Performer: Laurie Monahan. Singer: Barbara Thornton. Ensemble: Sequentia.
    • DHM.
  • Meredith Monk

    Mieke's Melody No.5

    Performer: John Hollenbeck. Singer: Meredith Monk. Singer: Theo Bleckmann. Singer: Ellen Fisher. Singer: Ching Gonzalez. Singer: Silvie Jensen. Singer: Sasha Bogdanowitsch. Singer: Katie Geissinger. Singer: Allison Sniffin.
    • ECM.
  • Aaron Copland

    Clarinet Concerto - final movement

    Performer: Charles Neidich. Orchestra: I Musici de Montréal. Conductor: Yuli Turovsky.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Henry Purcell

    King Arthur - Cold Song

    Singer: Klaus Nomi.
    • RCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Keyboard Concerto in D major BWV972 (after Vivaldi's RV 230) - Allegro

    Performer: Jörgen van Rijen. Music Arranger: Jörgen van Rijen. Ensemble: Camerata RCO.
    • BIS.


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