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Night music

Let your ears do the thinking with an immersive soundtrack for late-night listening, from classical to contemporary and everything in between.

Sara Mohr-Pietsch guides us through an immersive, late-night soundtrack, from classical to contemporary and everything in between. Tonight's programme features an iconic piece of 20th century American music by Charles Ives, choral music by Alissa Firsova, Kit Downes at the organ, and serenading us into the night, the so-called 'father of Ethio-jazz', Mulatu Astatke.

Night Tracks is Radio 3’s new late-night show, fronted by BBC Radio 3 presenter Sara Mohr-Pietsch, with regular episodes hosted by the award-winning composer and performer Hannah Peel. With classical music at its heart, the show takes listeners on an immersive sonic journey, with innovative sound design tailored for late-night listening.

1 hour, 30 minutes

Last on

Tue 1 Oct 2019 23:00

Music Played

  • François Couperin

    Les baricades misterieuses

    Music Arranger: Thomas Adès. Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • Couperin.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 5.
  • György Ligeti

    Musica ricercata, No.7 'Cantabile, molto legato'

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard.
    • Pierre-Laurent Aimard.
    • Sony.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite no. 6 in D major, Bwv.1012

    Performer: David Watkin.
    • David Watkin plays Bach.
    • Resonus Classics.
    • 6.
  • Crewdson & Cevanne

    To mighty heaval

    Ensemble: Crewdson & Cevanne.
  • Robert Schumann

    6 studies in kanonischer form, Op.56 No.1 'Nicht zu schnell'

    Performer: Piotr Anderszewski.
    • Schumann.
    • Erato.
    • 7.
  • John Luther Adams

    In the white silence: Letter B

    Ensemble: Oberlin Contemporary Music Ensemble. Conductor: Tim Weiss.
  • Percy Grainger

    Shallow Brown

    Singer: John Shirley‐Quirk. Choir: Ambrosian Singers. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Benjamin Britten.
  • Charles Mingus

    Goodbye pork pie hat

    Ensemble: Charles Mingus Band.
  • Alissa Firsova

    Stabat Mater, Op.30

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • The Sixteen.
    • Coro.
    • 2.
  • Abdulla Manjnun


    Performer: Abdulla Manjnun. Performer: Wu Man.
  • Johannes Brahms

    'Vivace ma non troppo' from Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op.78

    Performer: Viktoria Mullova. Performer: Piotr Anderszewski.
    • viktoria mullova.
    • Philips.
    • 1.
  • Trad.

    One night as I lay on my bed

    Performer: June Tabor.
  • Timo Andres

    Thrive on Routine: IV coda

    Ensemble: American Contemporary Music Ensemble.
  • Charles Ives

    'The unanswered question' from 2 Contemplations, K.V.23

    Orchestra: San Francisco Symphony. Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
    • Charles Ives.
    • RCA.
    • 17.
  • Johann Gottlieb Goldberg

    'Adagio' from trio sonata No.4 in C major

    Ensemble: London Baroque.
  • Kit Downes


    Performer: Kit Downes.
  • David Fennessy

    The first thing, the last thing and everything in between

    Performer: Mary Dullea.
  • Mulatu Astatke

    Tezeta (Nostalgia)

    Performer: Mulatu Astatke.


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