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Beautiful bass lines with contrabassoonist Margaret Cookhorn

Margaret Cookhorn opens up a selection of classical music from a contrabassoonist's point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Bassoonist and principal contrabassoonist of the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra Margaret Cookhorn appreciates the constantly shifting harmony in Debussy’s String Quartet, marvels at the space created by the expansive bass line in a Bill Frisell track, is gripped by Rachmaninov’s bold start to his Piano Prelude in C sharp minor, and wants to dance in the studio to some iconic Motown bassoon playing.

She also attempts to decipher why a piece by Grieg sparked a sadness in her for years, and reveals music by Beethoven which is a joy to play as a bassoonist as it actually has some fast notes. Plus, a Scarlatti fugue for harpsichord with an interesting feline connection.

At 2pm Margaret reveals her Must Listen piece - a dramatic work which unfolds slowly and inexorably with the timpani at its heart.

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

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    'Der Hölle Rache' from Die Zauberflöte

    Singer: Patricia Petibon. Ensemble: Concerto Köln. Conductor: Daniel Harding.
    • DG.
  • Claude Debussy

    String Quartet Op. 10 - 1st movement - Animé et très décidé

    Ensemble: Quatuor Ébène.
    • VIRGIN.
  • Bill Frisell

    Twenty Years

    Performer: Bill Frisell. Performer: Elvin Jones. Singer: Dave Holland.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Agnus Dei from Requiem, Op. 48

    Choir: The Cambridge Singers. Orchestra: City of London Sinfonia. Conductor: John Rutter.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Prelude in C sharp minor, Op. 3 No. 2

    Performer: Nikolai Lugansky.
    • ERATO.
  • Gustav Mahler

    'Ich hab' ein glühend Messer' from Leider eines fahrenden Gesellen

    Singer: Thomas Quasthoff. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DC.
  • Gustav Mahler

    'Die zwei blauen Augen Von meinem Schatz' from Leider eines fahrenden Gesellen

    Singer: Thomas Quasthoff. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DC.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in G major for 2 mandolins, RV532

    Performer: Wolfgang Paul. Performer: Duilio Galfetti. Ensemble: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
  • Jörg Widmann

    Zirkustänze - XI Bayerisch-Babylonischer Marsch

    Performer: Luisa Imorde.
    • ARS Produktion.
  • Richard Wagner

    Siegfried's Funeral March from Götterdämmerung

    Orchestra: Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • DG.
  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

    The Tears Of A Clown

    • VIRGIN.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Death of Asa from Peer Gynt Suite, Op. 46 No. 1

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Herbert von Karajan.
    • DG.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Serenade for Winds, Op. 44 - Finale

    Performer: François Leleux.
    • AVI MUSIC.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72b

    Orchestra: Bayerischer Rundfunk. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • BR Klassik.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata for harpsichord in G minor, K30

    Performer: Elaine Comparone.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk - Act 3 - 'cto ti tut stois

    Singer: Sergej Larin. Singer: Maria Ewing. Singer: Heinz Zednik. Orchestra: Orchestre du l'Opera Bastille. Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Aria variata (alla maniera italiana) in A minor, BWV989

    Performer: Víkingur Ólafsson.
    • DG.


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