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Trombonist Jorgen van Rijen takes us into a multi-faceted musical world

Jorgen van Rijen opens up a colourful selection of classical music from a trombonist’s point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Jörgen van Rijen takes time out from playing principal trombone in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra to present a wide range of pieces, including music by Anton Bruckner that reminds him of a mountain landscape. He also points out some of the dangers of playing ancient instruments with a piece written for St Mark’s basilica in Venice, and highlights the story-telling vocal skills of Bryn Terfel.

Jörgen finds Henry Purcell merging with jazz and klezmer in a ‘non-cheesy’ crossover track by Christina Pluhar and reflects on how conductor Nikolaus Harnoncourt made sense of some graceful Czech-rooted music by Antonin Dvorak.

At 2 o’clock Jörgen’s Must Listen piece is music that has the power to move him to tears. It’s an intriguing excerpt from a rarely performed large scale work about a famous female saint.

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

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Le Nozze di Figaro - Act 1 - Cinque...Dieci...Venti

    Singer: Cecilia Bartoli. Singer: Bryn Terfel. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung.
    • DECCA.
  • Giovanni Gabrieli

    Canzon a 7 No.5 (1615)

    Ensemble: Concerto Palatino.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No.9 - Scherzo

    Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No.2 in D minor BWV 1008 - Sarabande

    Performer: Anner Bylsma.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto in G - Presto

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman. Orchestra: Cleveland Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DG.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Cantus in memoriam Benjamin Britten

    Orchestra: Tapiola Sinfonietta. Conductor: Jean‐Jacques Kantorow.
    • BIS.
  • Henry Purcell

    Strike the viol (from Come ye sons of art - Birthday Ode for Queen Mary)

    Singer: Raquel Andueza. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
    • ERATO.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    Symphonic Dances from West Side Story - Fugue

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
  • György Ligeti

    Musica Ricercata No.7

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
  • Arthur Honegger

    Jeanne d'Arc de Bucher Scenes 6, 7, and 8

    Orchestra: Orchestre national de France. Choir: Choir of Radio France. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa.
    • DG.
  • Leopold Mozart

    Serenade in D major for trumpet, trombone, and orchestra

    Performer: Michel Becquet. Orchestra: RIAS Berlin Sinfonietta. Conductor: Ernö Sebestyen.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Suite Italienne - Scherzino, Menuetto e Finale

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Performer: Bruno Canino.
    • EMI.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.5 - Adagietto

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • RCO LIVE.
  • Antonio Bertali

    Sonate a 3 in D

    Performer: Jörgen van Rijen. Ensemble: Combattimento. Director: Jan Willem de Vriend.
  • Silvestre Revueltas


    Ensemble: Ebony Band Amsterdam.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Symphony No.8 - movement 3 - Allegretto Grazioso

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • TELDEC.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Daphnis and Chloe - Part 3 - Danse generale

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.


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