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Cellist Laura van der Heijden finds bittersweet intensity in music

Laura van der Heijden opens up a colourful selection of classical music from a cellist’s point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Since winning BBC Young Musician in 2012, cellist Laura van der Heijen has successfully juggled professional performing with her academic studies. She has just graduated from St John’s College, Cambridge and in today’s edition of Inside Music she talks about a highlight of her Cambridge years - putting on a performance of Bach’s St Matthew Passion.

Laura also finds music by Robert Schumann and Richard Strauss that has in the past assuaged her teenage angst, and a concerto by Telemann that’s been pepped up with the addition of the Hungarian cimbalom.

Raw vocal expression is another necessity for Laura, as she chooses recordings by singers Fritz Wunderlich, Ella Fitzgerald and Allan Clayton.

At two o’clock Laura’s Must Listen piece mixes cello, violin and orchestra and a sense of timelessness.

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

  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Dardanus - scene 2 - Prologue

    Ensemble: MusicAeterna. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis.
    • SONY.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Souvenir d'un lieu cher Op.42 No.3

    Performer: Daniil Borisovich Shafran. Performer: Nina Musinyan.
    • DOREMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Piece d'Orgue in G major BWV 572 a 6

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in F RV293 'The Seasons' - 'Autumn' movements 2-3

    Performer: Anthony Marwood. Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Director: Nicholas McGegan.
    • CLASSIC FM.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Rusalka - Act I - Song to the Moon

    Singer: Lucia Popp. Orchestra: Muncher Rundfunkorchester.
    • EMI.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Divertimento for Violin, Viola, and Cello in E flat K.563 - 1.Allegro

    Ensemble: Grumiaux Trio.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Richard Strauss

    Befreit Op.39 No.4

    Performer: Bengt Forsberg. Singer: Anne Sofie von Otter.
    • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    String Quartet in A major Op.20 No.6 - II. Allegro

    Ensemble: Chiaroscuro Quartet.
    • BIS.
  • Richard Rodgers

    I Didn't Know What Time It Was

    Lyricist: Lorenz Hart. Singer: Cécile McLorin Salvant.
    • MACK AVENUE RECORDS.
  • Robert Schumann

    Violin Concerto in D minor - movements 2-3

    Performer: Henryk Szeryng. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Antal Doráti.
    • MERCURY.
  • Robert Schumann

    Dichterliebe Op.48 - 12. Am leuchtenden Sommermorgen

    Performer: Hubert Giesen. Singer: Fritz Wunderlich.
    • DG.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Concerto in A minor for recorder, viola da gamba & orchestra - movements 1-3

    Performer: Dorothee Oberlinger. Performer: Mayumi Hirasaki. Performer: Marcel Comendant. Director: Vittorio Ghielmi. Orchestra: Il Suonar Parlante.
    • PASSACAILLE.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Seven Sonnets of Michelangelo: Sonnetto XXX

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Allan Clayton.
    • ONYX.
  • Fabian André

    Dream a little dream of me

    Composer: Wilbur Schwandt. Lyricist: Gus Kahn. Singer: Ella Fitzgerald. Singer: Louis Armstrong.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    St John Passion BWV 245 Part I - Chorale: Herr, unser Herrscher

    Performer: Kati Debretzeni. Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Ensemble: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • SOLIO DEO GLORIA.
  • Dimitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No.10 - movement 2

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Alpesh Chauhan.

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