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Magnetic melodies with conductor Andrew Gourlay

Conductor Andrew Gourlay opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Conductor Andrew Gourlay introduces music that ignited his imagination as a trombonist in his county youth orchestra, speculates that perhaps the rhythmic drive of Stravinsky is what keeps his music sounding so modern, and fires up some Latin grooves with Eddie Palmieri and Tito Puente.

At 2pm Andrew introduces his “sublime” Must Listen piece: a rarely heard work which Andrew hears as a total outpouring of emotion by an Englishman often thought of as quite reserved.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3.

19 days left to listen

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Claude Debussy

    La mer - Jeux de vagues

    Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Four Sea Interludes - 'Moonlight' from Peter Grimes

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • DECCA LONDON.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude Op.23 No.9

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Georg Muffat

    Concerto grosso No.1 'Bona Nova'

    Orchestra: Holland Baroque Society. Conductor: Matthew Halls.
    • CHANNEL.
  • Oliver Knussen

    The Way to Castle Yonder

    Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: Oliver Knussen.
    • DG.
  • Tito Puente

    La ultima copa

    Composer: Eddie Palmieri. Performer: Eddie Palmieri. Performer: Tito Puente. Singer: Herman Oliviera.
    • RMM RECORDS.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphony in three movements - first movement

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Edward Elgar

    Sospiri

    Orchestra: New Philharmonia. Conductor: John Barbirolli.
    • EMI.
  • Steve Reich

    Octet - Eight lines; Ziffer 16; Ziffer 31

    Ensemble: Ensemble Modern. Conductor: Brad Lubman.
    • RCA.
  • Heitor Villa‐Lobos

    Choros No.10 'Rasga o Coracao'

    Orchestra: Sao Paolo Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Sao Paulo Symphony Chorus. Conductor: John Neschling.
    • BIS.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Songs without words Op.85 No.4

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • DG.
  • Richard Rodney Bennett

    Partita - first movement

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Andrew Gourlay.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Symphony 5 - 3rd movement Romanza

    Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • HALLE.
  • Alessandro Marcello

    Concerto in D minor BWV974 - Andante spiccato

    Performer: Mariam Batsashvili. Music Arranger: Johann Sebastian Bach.
    • COBRA.

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