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Improvisation and virtuosity explored by cellist Abel Selaocoe

Musical explorer Abel Selaocoe opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Abel Selaocoe is a unique musician. His training is classical, while his South African roots constantly inspire him to push at the boundaries of what he and his cello can do together.

Abel’s musical selection is as far ranging as you might expect. He explores pulsating rhythms and fragments of melody in a Sibelius symphony and describes how Maurice Ravel can conjure up the image of a boat on the sea through magical orchestral effects. And he can’t resist the collaboration of mandolin and double bass, not to mention the peculiar but riveting sound of someone singing into a tuba.

At 2pm, Abel’s Must Listen piece combines string quartet and Klezmer clarinet to great dramatic effect.

Inside Music: 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

  • Edgar Meyer


    Composer: Chris Thile. Performer: Chris Thile. Performer: Edgar Meyer.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Triple Concerto in C Op.56 - 2nd movement Largo

    Ensemble: Beaux Arts Trio. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Trad.


    Ensemble: Zap Mama.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No.2 - 1st movement Allegretto

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • LSO LIVE.
  • Tigran Hamasyan

    Fide Tua

    Performer: Tigran Hamasyan.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Sonata in A major for Violin and Cello Op.5 No.9

    Performer: Andrew Manze. Performer: David Watkin.
  • Franz Schubert

    Widerschein D.949

    Performer: Sir Antonio Pappano. Singer: Ian Bostridge.
    • EMI.
  • Osvaldo Golijov

    The Dreams and Prayers of Isaac The Blind - 2nd part

    Performer: David Krakauer. Ensemble: Kronos Quartet.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Une barque sur l'ocean

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Øystein Baadsvik

    Fnugg Blue

    Performer: Øystein Baadsvik. Ensemble: Swedish Wind Ensemble. Conductor: Christian Lindberg.
    • BIS.
  • Trad.

    Little One Mine (Ghana)

    Ensemble: Turtle Island String Quartet.
  • György Ligeti

    Musica Ricercata - IV, VI, IX

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • SONY.
  • Bedrich Smetana

    Ma Vlast - Vltava

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Jiří Bělohlávek.
    • DECCA.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Mazurka in D Op.33 No.2

    Performer: Lucy Parham.


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