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Musical love stories and shimmering strings with pianist Lucy Parham

Lucy Parham opens up a colourful selection of classical music from a pianist’s point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Lucy Parham guides us through a wide range of music from ballet scores to Brahms. She includes a song by Strauss that makes you catch your breath, and an underplayed work by César Franck, which Lucy recorded at just 17 years old.

She also explores pianists she admires: Bill Evans for his improvisation, Clara Schumann for her composition, and Pierre-Laurent Aimard for his brilliant technical skill. Plus, Lucy presents her passion for combining music and words with Mendelssohn and Joni Mitchell.

At 2 o’clock Lucy’s Must Listen piece is by a composer who tragically died in World War One. It’s a song that captures the pointlessness of war through interesting harmonies but also has a beauty and elegance.

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

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Swan Lake - Polonaise Act I No.8 (Danse des coupes - Tempo di polacca)

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • DECCA.
  • Richard Strauss

    Wiegenlied Op.41 No.1

    Singer: Diana Damrau. Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Clara Schumann

    Nocturne Op.6

    Performer: Lucy Parham.
    • Piano Classics.
    • PULSE.
    • 9.
  • Robert Schumann

    Symphony No.3 'Rhenish' - first movement

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • DG.
  • Bill Evans

    How my heart sings

    Ensemble: Bill Evans Trio.
  • György Ligeti

    Etudes Book 1 No.10 - Der Zauberlehring

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • SONY.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Oboe concerto No.9 in D minor RV454

    Performer: Anthony Robson. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
    • LINN.
  • Claude Debussy

    La Mer - movement 1

    Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Stéphane Denève.
    • CHANDOS.
  • William Denis Browne

    To Gratiana dancing and singing

    Singer: Ian Bostridge. Performer: Julius Drake.
    • The English Songbook.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Midsummer Night's Dream Incidental Music - No.5 Intermezzo

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Seiji Ozawa. Narrator: Judi Dench.
    • DG.
  • Joni Mitchell

    A Case of You

    Singer: Joni Mitchell.
    • Both Sides Now.
    • REPRISE.
    • 6.
  • César Franck

    Symphonic Variations

    Performer: Lucy Parham. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Jean Casadesus.
    • RPO.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Vespers (All Night Vigil) Op.37 No.6 Bogoroditse Devo

    Choir: St. Petersburg Chamber Choir. Conductor: Nikolai Korniev.
  • Antônio Carlos Jobim


    Performer: Dave Chamberlain. Performer: Matt Skelton. Performer: David Newton. Singer: Stacey Kent.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Double concerto - finale

    Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Conductor: Bernard Haitink. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra.
    • EMI.
  • Edmund Finnis

    Shades Lengthen - movement IV

    Performer: Benjamin Beilman. Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Andrew Gourlay.
    • NMC.


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