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A richly romantic mix with horn player Katy Woolley

Katy Woolley opens up a selection of classical music from a horn player's point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Katy Woolley was appointed principal horn of the Philharmonia Orchestra when she was just 22, and has recently taken up the top horn job in Amsterdam’s Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Today she chooses music that has emotional weight behind it, whether it’s angst-ridden or upbeat, and discovers how composers can unleash that power to move us.

There’s angular dance music by Prokofiev, the public expression of private grief by Brahms and music by Shostakovich that never seems to give up the fight. Plus one of the orchestral repertoire’s most notorious French horn solos given a soulful treatment by Chet Baker, and how some early baroque music has more in common with The Carpenters than you’d think.

At 2 o’clock Katy reveals her Must Listen piece - a work full of shape and colour by a conductor-composer.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

4 days left to listen

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Romeo and Juliet - Death of Tybalt

    Orchestra: Concertgebouw Kamerorkest. Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Denn wir haben hie keine bleibende Statt

    Singer: Thomas Quasthoff. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Choir: Rundfunkchor Berlin. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI.
  • Claude Debussy

    String Quartet - 2nd Movement - Assez vif et bien rhythmé

    Performer: Quatuor Ébène.
  • Chet Baker

    Moon Love

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Violin Concerto No. 1 - 3rd Movement

    Performer: Frank Peter Zimmermann. Orchestra: NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Conductor: Alan Gilbert.
    • BIS.
  • William Byrd

    Credo from Mass for Five Voices

    Choir: Oxford Camerata. Conductor: Jeremy Summerly.
    • NAXOS.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No. 3 in E flat 'Eroica' - Finale

    Orchestra: London Classical Players. Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
    • EMI.
  • Esa‐Pekka Salonen


    Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Trad.

    Ninna nanna alla Napoletana

    Singer: Philippe Jaroussky. Ensemble: L’Arpeggiata. Director: Christina Pluhar.
  • Carpenters

    I Won't Last A Day Without You

    • Polydor Limited.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No. 9 - 2nd Movement

    Orchestra: Philharmonia. Conductor: Lorin Maazel.
    • SIGNUM.
  • Franz Schubert

    Ständchen, D290 - Andante

    Performer: Roland Keller. Singer: Doris Soffel. Choir: Mannerchor des Suddeutsche Rundfunks. Conductor: Marinus Voorberg.
    • ACANTA.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Mother Goose - Le jardin féerique

    Orchestra: Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Gianluigi Gelmetti.
    • EMI.
  • Traditional Georgian

    Gaprindi Shavo Mertskhalo

    Performer: Hamlet Gonashvili. Choir: Rustavi Choir.
    • JARO.


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