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Liquid sounds (and a marvellous party) with countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Countertenor Anthony Roth Costanzo takes us on a wild musical ride. There’s passion and adventure from J.S Bach and one of his sons C.P.E Bach; harmonic twists and turns from Handel and Philip Glass; Puccini sung by Della Reese and absorbing soundworlds from Kaija Saariaho and Gregory Spears.

At 2pm Anthony lines up his highly unusual Must Listen piece. It’s a chance to step into the rehearsal room and eavesdrop on one of the twentieth century's greatest operatic stars as she conducts a masterclass in New York in the early 1970s. It’s also a chance to hear part of the aria “Cortigiani Vil Razza" from Verdi’s opera Rigoletto, sung by a soprano.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

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1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Orfeo et Euridice - 'Chi mai dell'erebo'

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Choir: RIAS Kammerchor. Conductor: René Jacobs.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Pavane in F sharp minor

    Performer: William Bennett. Orchestra: Academy of St Martin in the Fields. Conductor: Neville Marriner.
    • EMI.
  • Nino Rota

    La Passarella d'addio from 8 1/2

    Orchestra: Studio Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Savina.
    • Creazioni Artistiche Musicali.
  • George Frideric Handel

    La Lucrezia 'Alla Salma'

    Performer: Stephen Stubbs. Singer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Harry Bicket.
    • AVIE.
  • Philip Glass

    Liquid Days

    Lyricist: David Byrne. Singer: Anthony Roth Costanzo. Ensemble: Les Violons du Roy. Conductor: Jonathan Cohen.
  • Béla Bartók

    Music for strings, percussion and celesta - movement II

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • SONY.
  • Vincent Youmans

    Time on my hands

    Lyricist: Harold Adamson. Lyricist: Mack Gordon. Singer: Rose Murphy.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto no.3 in C minor Op.37 - movement III

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Kurt Sanderling.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Rigoletto - 'Cortigiani Vil Razza'

    Performer: Sung Kil Kim. Performer: Eugene Kohn. Singer: Maria Callas.
    • EMI.
  • Bobby Worth

    Don't You Know? ('Quando M'en vo')

    Singer: Della Reese. Conductor: Glenn Osser.
    • EPIC.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    BWV 903 Chromatic Fantasy - Prelude

    Performer: Marcin Świątkiewicz.
    • CPO.
  • Kaija Saariaho


    Performer: Claire Chase. Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble.
    • NEW FOCUS.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony in D Wq 183 No.1

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Gregory Spears

    Requiem - 'Swans Prelude'

    Singer: Ruth Cunningham. Singer: Ryland Angel. Singer: Kurt-Owen Richards. Singer: Jacqueline Horner-Kwiatek. Singer: John Olund.
  • Noël Coward

    Marvellous Party

    Singer: Patricia Routledge.
    • SONY.
  • Anatoly Konstantinovich Lyadov

    3 Morceaux Op.11 - Prelude in B minor (arr for cello)

    Performer: Laura van der Heijden. Performer: Peter Limonov.


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