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Musical teamwork with countertenor Iestyn Davies

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

Countertenor Iestyn Davies selects music with teamwork at its heart. From recordings featuring Iestyn as a young boy treble, to the interplay between a string quartet and a jazz trio, how musicians really listen to and interact with each other is the focus of this programme.

Iestyn also finds that learning technically difficult music means it stays with you forever and recalls the difficulties of someone tuning an archlute (all four feet of it) in the middle of a busy train carriage.

And for his Must Listen piece, Iestyn chooses a composer who he feels is hugely under-appreciated in the UK. Find out who at 2pm.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Christoph Willibald Gluck

    Orfeo ed Euridice - Overture

    Performer: René Jacobs. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra.
  • Henry Purcell

    Come, Ye Sons of Art - Strike the viol

    Performer: Pamela Thorby. Performer: Tabea Debus. Performer: Bojan Čičić. Performer: Stephen Pedder. Performer: Julia Kuhn. Performer: Mark Levy. Performer: William Carter. Performer: Richard Egarr. Singer: Iestyn Davies.
  • Jean Sibelius

    String Quartet in D minor Op.56 - Voces Intimae 3 Adagio di molto

    Ensemble: Fitzwilliam String Quartet.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No.6 in F Op.68 'Pastorale' Allegro

    Orchestra: Kammerorchester Basel. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • SONY.
  • William Walton

    'Cantico del Sole'

    Performer: Christopher Whitton. Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Director: Christopher Robinson.
    • NAXOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Violin Partita for Lute

    Performer: Thomas Dunford.
    • ALPHA.
  • Ray Bryant

    Cubano Chant

    Ensemble: Ray Bryant Trio.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Les Boreades - Act 4 - Entree de Polymnie

    Ensemble: Les Musiciens du Louvre. Director: Marc Minkowski.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Thomas Adès

    3 Studies after Couperin - No.2 Les Tours des Passe-Passe

    Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Thomas Adès.
    • EMI.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Mass in G - Sanctus

    Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Director: George Guest.
    • DECCA.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Four Sea Interludes - Storm

    Orchestra: Orchestre Métropolitain. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • ATMA.
  • Reynaldo Hahn

    Venezia - La barcheta

    Performer: Graham Johnson. Singer: Anthony Rolfe Johnson.
    • HELIOS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto Gross in D major Op.6 No.5

    Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
  • Edward Elgar

    Five Piano Improvisations - No.4

    Performer: Edward Elgar.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Christoph Bach

    Lamento 'Ach dass ich Wassers gnug hatte'

    Singer: Andreas Scholl. Ensemble: Basel Consort. Ensemble: Concerto di Viole.


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