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Flamboyant soloists and wonderful wind instruments with cor anglais player Alison Teale

Cor anglais player Alison Teale opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside – revealing an orchestral musician's insights into both familiar and unfamiliar works.

The BBC Symphony Orchestra’s cor anglais player Alison Teale takes us inside a vibrant range of classical music choices. She reveals how a mutant wind instrument inspired a composer from Northern Europe, draws parallels between chamber music and contact sports, unveils a performer who astonished her with his red socks and tells the heartwarming story of Jiří Bělohlávek’s final concert with the BBC Symphony Orchestra.

At 2pm Alison introduces us to her Must Listen piece: an operatic finale which puts her through the emotional wringer every time she hears it.

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

  • Josef Suk

    Intermezzo from A Summer's Tale Op.29

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Charles Mackerras.
    • DECCA.
  • Johan Daniel Berlin

    Sinfonia a 5 for Cornetto and Strings in D major

    Performer: Alexandra Opsahl. Performer: Gottfried von der Goltz. Orchestra: Norsk Barokkorkester.
    • SIMAX.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Barcarolle from 6 duets Op.11 No.1

    Performer: Marco Sollini. Performer: Salvatore Barbatano.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Das Lied Von Der Erde - IV. 'Von der Schonheit'

    Singer: Kathleen Ferrier. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Bruno Walter.
    • DECCA.
  • Max Bruch

    Violin Concerto - Finale

    Performer: Nigel Kennedy. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Jeffrey Tate.
    • EMI.
  • Jean Françaix

    L'heure de Berger

    Ensemble: Kammervereinigung Berlin.
    • MDG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No.3 in C major BWV 1009 - Sarabande

    Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
    • CBS.
  • Leos Janáček

    Katya Kabanova - Act 3 Scene 2

    Singer: Cheryl Barker. Singer: Jane Henschel. Singer: Robert Brubaker. Singer: Peter Hoare. Singer: Peter Wedd. Singer: Kathleen Wilkinson. Singer: Gwynne Howell. Orchestra: Welsh National Opera Orchestra. Conductor: Carlo Rizzi.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Olivier Messiaen


    Performer: Alison Teale. Performer: Elizabeth Burley.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Three Cornered Hat - The Miller's Dance: Farruca

    Performer: Carol Rosenberger. Singer: Della Jones. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gerard Schwarz.
    • DELOS.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Mass in D major Op.86 (orchestral version) - Gloria

    Choir: Russian State Symphonic Cappella. Orchestra: Russian State Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Kuzmich Polyansky.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Ned Franc

    Make you smile

    Composer: Jon Moody. Ensemble: Franc Moody.
  • Claude Debussy

    Preludes book 2 no.5 - 'Bruyeres'

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • DG.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Lemminkainen Suite: IV. Lemminkainen's Return

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Oboe Sonata - I. Elegie. Paisiblement

    Performer: François Leleux. Performer: Emmanuel Strosser.
  • Henry Purcell

    Oedipus, Z. 583: No.2 - Music for a While (arr Britten)

    Performer: Joseph Middleton. Music Arranger: Benjamin Britten. Singer: Iestyn Davies.


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