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Piano heroes, polyphony and dancefloor gods with pianist Ivan Ilic

Pianist Ivan Ilic opens up a colourful selection of classical music - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Pianist Ivan Ilić considers how singing rather than playing led him to understand polyphony with music by Palestrina. He explores the life of a pianist and how to develop an authentic voice with performances by Louis Lortie, Mikhail Pletnev, Ivo Pogorelich and Maurizio Pollini.

Ivan reveals how an obsession with Morton Feldman opened up a whole new musical world and examines the way Feldman creates a unique sound palette full of shifting timbres and visual imagery.

He also reflects on the nostalgia triggered by the traditional music of his native Serbia and remembers how a well-chosen folk tune could unite a restaurant in full voice.

Ivan’s Must Listen piece at 2 o’clock is a relatively unknown piece of minimalism for harp which hypnotises with its subtly moving pattern.

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

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Etude Op.25 No.5 in E minor

    Performer: Louis Lortie.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Georges Bizet

    Symphony in C major - I. Allegro vivo

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • CBS.
  • Giovanni Pierluigi da Palestrina

    Salve Regina

    Ensemble: The King’s Singers.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Sonata no.23 in F minor Op.57 'Appassionata' - movement 3

    Performer: Mikhail Pletnev.
  • Alexander Borodin

    String Quartet no.1 in A major 'on a theme of Beethoven' II. Andante con moto

    Ensemble: Kvarteto města Prahy.
  • Jerome Kern

    The Song is You

    Ensemble: Charlie Parker Quartet.
    • VERVE.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Piano Concerto no.1 in E minor Op.11

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini. Orchestra: Philharmonia. Conductor: Paul Kletzki.
    • WARNER.
  • Hans Otte

    Wassermannmusik (Aquarian Music) V

    Performer: Cecilia Chailly.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Romeo and Juliet Op.64 - no.10 Young Juliet

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Morton Feldman

    For Samuel Beckett (1987)

    Ensemble: Ensemble Modern. Conductor: Arturo Tamayo.
    • (HAT) ART.
  • Traditional Serbian


    Orchestra: Vladimir Babich Folk Orchestra.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    English Suite no.2 in A minor BWV 807 - Prelude

    Performer: Ivo Pogorelich.
    • DG.
  • Antoine Reicha

    Wind Quintet in E flat major Op.88 no.2 - I. Lento - allegro moderato

    Ensemble: Berlin Philharmonic Wind Quintet.
    • BIS.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Les Noces (1923 version) - Part 1 scene 2 - At the Bridegroom's

    Performer: Zoltán Kocsis. Performer: Imre Rohmann. Performer: Chen Pi-hsien. Performer: Adrienne Hauser. Singer: Alla Ablaberdyeva. Singer: Ludmilla Ivanova. Singer: Alexey Martinov. Singer: Anatoly Safiouline. Choir: Slovak Philharmonic Choir. Ensemble: Amadinda Percussion Group. Orchestra: Avaria Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Péter Eötvös.
  • Tito Puente

    Ran Kan Tan

    Performer: Willie Colón. Performer: Tito Puente.
  • Henri Dutilleux

    Chansons de bord, Tome 2 'Quatre chansons a virer' - Le grand coureur

    Choir: Maîtrise de Radio France. Conductor: Sofi Jeannin.


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