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Musical rediscovery with horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill

Alec Frank-Gemmill opens up a colourful selection of classical music from a horn player’s point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill was a BBC New Generation Artist from 2014-2016, he has performed as a guest soloist with numerous international orchestras, and was the Scottish Chamber Orchestra’s principal horn player for a decade.

Today, Alec takes us on a musical journey, from a dramatic musical experience at the Teatro Colón in Buenos Aires, to the recent rediscovery of a piece of French chamber music.

He also finds Prokofiev’s Dance of the Mandolins to be beautiful yet disturbing, and reveals how different types of guitar from Portugal and Spain perfectly complement each other in the music of Pedro Caldeira Cabral.

Finding fun in music is essential for Alec, as you can hear in his choices which also include The Real Group virtuosically singing ‘Chilli Con Carne’, and a 17th Century dance which he thinks is unrivalled in dance music today.

At two o’clock Alec’s Must Listen piece is an orchestral fantasy based on The Little Mermaid…

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

16 days left to listen

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Michelangelo Falvetti

    Il Diluvio Universale - part I - Le nubi funeste

    Performer: Leonardo García Alarcón. Singer: Magali Arnault. Ensemble: Capella Mediterranea.
  • Richard Strauss

    Intermezzo Op.72 - Symphonic Interlude No.1 - Travel Fever and Waltz Scene

    Orchestra: Melbourne Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV 565

    Performer: Andrew Manze. Music Arranger: Andrew Manze.
  • Anders Edenroth

    Chili Con Carne

    Choir: The Real Group.
    • CAPRICE.
  • Robert Schumann

    Symphony No.1 - movement 1

    Orchestra: Scottish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Robin Ticciati.
    • LINN.
  • Pedro Caldeira Cabral

    Castro Daire

    Performer: Pedro Caldeira Cabral. Performer: Francisco Perez.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Romeo and Juliet - Dance with the mandolins

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • EMI.
  • Alexander von Zemlinsky

    Die Seejungfrau (The Mermaid) - 1. Sehr massig bewegt

    Orchestra: Lëtzebuerger philharmoneschen Orchester. Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine.
    • ALPHA.
  • Cole Porter

    Night and Day

    Singer: Ella Fitzgerald. Orchestra: Buddy Bregman Orchestra.
  • Jean Cras

    Largo for cello and piano

    Performer: Aleksandr Khramouchin. Performer: Alain Jacquon.
    • TIMPANI.
  • Alban Berg

    Altenberg Lieder - No.1 Seele, wie bist du schoener

    Singer: Margaret Price. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Samuel Scheidt

    La Bergamasca

    Performer: Michel Becquet. Ensemble: Les Sacqueboutiers de Toulouse.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sonata No.14 in C minor K.457 - I. molto allegro

    Performer: Maxim Emelyanychev.
    • APARTE.
  • Franz Liszt


    Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Rafael Frühbeck de Burgos.
    • BIS.
  • Trad.

    Down in Yon Forest

    Music Arranger: Sarah Dacey. Ensemble: Juice Vocal Ensemble.
    • RESONUS.


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