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Exquisite colour and sumptuous sounds with violinist Tasmin Little

Tasmin Little opens up a selection of classical music from a violinist's point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Violinist Tasmin Little has spent her rich and varied performing life not only in the major concert halls of the world but also as a force behind valuable community projects. She brings her wealth of musical experience to Inside Music and plays pieces ranging from the baroque drama of JS Bach’s Mass in B minor to the impressionist inflections of The White Peacock by American composer Charles Griffes.

Tasmin also discovers a choral piece that’s really an organ concerto and finds a harpsichord far from its usual early music surroundings in a concerto by Swiss composer Frank Martin. And Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett inspire her to think about what exactly makes a blue note.

At two o’clock Tasmin’s Must Listen piece showcases expert writing for violin and orchestra in an outpouring of lyrical virtuosity and delicacy.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

20 days left to listen

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Liszt

    Transcendental Etudes No.1 Preludio and No.5 Feux follets

    Performer: Andrey Gugnin.
  • Charles Tomlinson Griffes

    The White Peacock

    Orchestra: Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: JoAnn Falletta.
    • NAXOS.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Mass in B minor - Crucifixus & Et resurrexit

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Singer: Emily Van Evera. Singer: Panajotis N. Iconomou. Singer: Rogers Covey‐Crump. Singer: David Thomas. Ensemble: The Taverner Choir, Consort & Players. Director: Andrew Parrott.
    • ERATO.
  • Erno Dohnanyi

    Ruralia Hungarica - movement 2 - Andante Rubato

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: Martin Roscoe.
    • ASV.
  • David Briggs

    Mass for Notre Dame - Gloria

    Performer: David Briggs. Choir: Trinity College Choir. Conductor: Stephen Layton.
  • Isaac Albéniz

    Piano Sonata No.5 in G flat major - Reverie, andante

    Performer: Esteban Sánchez.
    • ENSAYO.
  • Traditional Spanish


    Performer: Paco Peña.
    • Azahara.
    • NIMBUS.
    • 10.
  • Nicholas Maw

    Violin Concerto - Cadenza from the end of Scherzo and Romanza

    Performer: Joshua Bell. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
  • Frank Martin

    Harpsichord Concerto - movement 1 - Allegro

    Performer: Rudolf Scheidegger. Orchestra: Musikkollegium Winterthur Orchestra. Conductor: Jac van Steen.
    • MDG.
  • Alexander Borodin

    String Quartet No.2 - Scherzo

    Ensemble: Gabrieli String Quartet.
    • DECCA.
  • Harold Arlen

    I got a right to sing the blues

    Performer: Richard Rodney Bennett. Singer: Claire Martin.
    • LINN.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Valse Triste

    Orchestra: Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Neeme Järvi.
    • DG.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sinfonia Concertante for violin, viola and orchestra in E flat - movement 1

    Performer: Arthur Grumiaux. Performer: Arrigo Pelliccia. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Arthur Bliss

    The Royal Palaces Suite - II. The Ballroom in Buckingham Palace

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • CHANDOS.


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