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Pianist Mariam Batsashvili discovers music from the cosmic to the intimate

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

Mariam Batsashvili is a young pianist who’ll be walking on to the Royal Albert Hall stage next month to play Clara Schumann’s Piano Concerto at the BBC Proms. Today her Inside Music choices range from love and sorrow expressed by Fritz Kreisler, to the most accessible side of Richard Wagner. Plus she uncovers the charming nature of the harpsichord as conjured up by Handel, and how love and friendship is a powerful ingredient in Verdi’s opera Don Carlos.

Mariam also explains how she imagines Vivaldi’s Winter from his Four Seasons as a very old person who has rediscovered a childlike innocence, and finds the elderly Rossini paying gentle tribute to operetta composer Offenbach.

At 2 o’clock Mariam’s Must Listen work is a piece she recorded as part of Radio 3’s New Generation Artists scheme. This music, says Mariam, reveals its composer to be profoundly thoughtful, reflective, and above all, kind.

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

  • Gioachino Rossini

    Petit caprice dans le style d'Offenbach

    Performer: Stefan Irmer.
    • MDG.
  • Alessandro Marcello

    Oboe Concerto

    Ensemble: Tafelmusik. Director: Jeanne Lamon.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Slavonic dance Op.72 No.2

    Performer: Barnabás Kelemen. Performer: Zoltán Kocsis. Music Arranger: Fritz Kreisler.
    • BMC.
  • Fritz Kreisler


    Performer: Barnabás Kelemen. Performer: Zoltán Kocsis.
    • BMC.
  • Richard Wagner

    Parsifal Act 2 - 'Flower girls' scene

    Singer: Barbara Hendricks. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Harmonious Blacksmith for Harpsichord from Suite no.5 in E major - movement IV

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Johann Strauss II

    An der schonen blauen Donau walzer Op.314

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Carlos Kleiber.
    • CBS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Four Seasons - Winter - movement 2

    Performer: Manoug Parikian. Orchestra: Philharmonia String Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini.
  • Franz Liszt

    Harmonies poetiques et religieuses (10), S.173 No.3

    Performer: Mariam Batsashvili.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Don Carlos - duet of Don Carlos and Rodrigo from Act 2

    Singer: Plácido Domingo. Singer: Leo Nucci. Orchestra: Teatro alla Scala orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Bassoon Sonata - movement 3

    Performer: Bram van Sambeek. Performer: Ellen Corver.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Abschiedsymphony (Farewell Symphony) No.45 - movement 4

    Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Director: Iona Brown.
  • Renato Carosone

    Tu Vuo Fa L'Americano

    Singer: Renato Carosone.
    • EMI.
  • Vincenzo Bellini

    Sonnambula Act 2 scene 2 - 'Ah non credea mirarti'

    Singer: Maria Callas. Singer: Cesare Valletti. Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Strauss II

    Unter Donner und Blitz Polka

    Conductor: Carlos Kleiber.
    • SONY.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Serse - Ombra mai fu

    Singer: Anthony Roth Costanzo.
    • DECCA.


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