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Orchestral storms and vocal tricks with singer and composer Sarah Dacey

Sarah Dacey opens up a selection of classical music from a vocalist’s point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Singer and composer Sarah Dacey is not only a member of the innovative vocal trio Juice Ensemble, but is also a composer and violinist with fond memories of playing in string quartets and youth orchestras as a teenager.

Her choice of music today ranges from a haunting traditional tune from Northumberland discovered when she was writing music for a play at the National Theatre, to the stunning vistas created by Richard Strauss in his cinematic Alpine Symphony.

Sarah also plays a stunning piece of vocalized Quincy Jones by the French precursors to the Swingle Singers, Les Doubles Six, and reveals that she understands more about the pianistic talents of her great grandmother since listening to Martha Argerich playing a certain scherzo by Chopin.

At two o’clock Sarah’s Must Listen piece is an orchestral explosion of sound featuring a groundbreaking instrument.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Hanns Eisler

    An den kleinen Radioapparat

    Performer: Eric Schneider. Singer: Matthias Goerne.
    • DECCA.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Double Violin Concerto - movement 1

    Performer: Isaac Stern. Performer: Itzhak Perlman. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Zubin Mehta.
    • CBS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Scherzo (No.2) in B flat minor Op.31

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • DG.
  • Traditional Northumbrian

    Gan to the Kye

    Ensemble: The Unthanks.
    • EMI.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    String Quartet No.8 - movements 1-3

    Ensemble: Hagen Quartett.
    • DG.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Lamentations of Jeremiah II

    Ensemble: Cardinall's Musick. Conductor: Andrew Carwood.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    Turangalila Symphony - movement 1

    Performer: Pierre‐Laurent Aimard. Performer: Dominique Kim. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Kent Nagano.
    • TELDEC.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    Arie a voca sola, Op.8: Che si puo fare

    Singer: Mariana Flores. Ensemble: Cappella Mediterranea. Conductor: Leonardo García Alarcón.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Peter Grimes - Sea Interludes - Moonlight

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: André Previn.
    • EMI.
  • Quincy Jones

    Rat Race

    Ensemble: Les Double Six.
    • RCA.
  • Kerry Andrew


    Ensemble: Juice Vocal Ensemble.
  • Richard Strauss

    An Alpine Symphony - Final Scenes

    Performer: David Bell. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Ernest Bloch

    Suite for Solo Cello No.1 - Prelude

    Performer: Natalie Clein.


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