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Expression and emotion explored with conductor Rumon Gamba

Conductor Rumon Gamba opens up a colourful selection of classical music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Conductor Rumon Gamba chooses expressive music ranging from the intimate and delicate to the terrifying and wild. He describes how the intense expression found in piano music by Arnold Schoenberg fascinated him as a child, explains how the music of J.S Bach works particularly well on the nyckelharpa and discusses the unique way that Eddi Reader tells stories through song.

At 2pm for his Must Listen piece, Rumon selects music by a composer who was one of the most revered orchestrators of the 20th century, as well as being a pretty handy conductor himself.

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

  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Zoroastre Overture

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • ERATO.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Love Scene from Robin Hood

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

    'Arpeggione' Sonata - movement 1

    Performer: Mstislav Leopoldovich Rostropovich. Performer: Benjamin Britten.
    • DECCA.
  • Ben Folds

    Zak and Sara

    Ensemble: Ben Folds.
    • EPIC.
  • Edward Elgar

    Symphony No.2 - movement 2

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davies.
    • LSO LIVE.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No.1 - Courante

    Performer: Paul Tortelier.
    • EMI.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No.1 - Sarabande

    Performer: Torbjörn Näsbom.
    • From Castle to Cottage.
    • MUSICA REDIVIVA.
    • 11.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Sinfonia da Requiem - Dies Irae

    Orchestra: New Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
    • DECCA LONDON.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    La Clemenza di Tito - 's'altro che lacrime'

    Singer: Barbara Bonney. Ensemble: Academy of Ancient Music. Conductor: Christopher Hogwood.
    • L'OISEAU LYRE.
  • Arnold Schoenberg

    Sechs kleine Klavierstucke

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • PHILIPS.
  • Robert Burns

    Ay Fond Kiss

    Singer: Eddi Reader. Ensemble: Fairground Attraction.
    • RCA.
  • Richard Strauss

    Elektra - Elektra's dance and final scene

    Singer: Inge Borkh. Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Karl Bohm.
    • DG.
  • Johannes Brahms

    String Sextet No.1 - movement 1

    Ensemble: Raphael Ensemble.
    • HYPERION.
  • William Walton

    Portsmouth Point Overture

    Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Rumon Gamba.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Leonard Bernstein

    On the Town - I can cook too

    Performer: Tyne Daly. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • DG.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Armida Abbandonata HWV105 'In tanti affanni miei'

    Singer: Lucy Crowe. Ensemble: The English Concert. Conductor: Harry Bickett.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.

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