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Timeless music explored by lute player Elizabeth Kenny

Elizabeth Kenny opens up a selection of classical music from a lute player's point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

As one of the world’s leading lute and theorbo players, Elizabeth Kenny brings old musical manuscripts to sparkling life both as a soloist and in ensembles like Phantasm and her own Theatre of the Ayre.

Liz’s choice of music today includes a symphony by Mahler that’s at the opposite end of the musical scale from the sound of a solo lute, a ragtime number that has some Verdi buried at its heart, and a wild seascape in music painted by Ethel Smyth.

She also plays a set of variations that reveal pianist Friedrich Gulda’s very personal take on a song by The Doors.

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

A Tandem production for BBC Radio 3

18 days left to listen

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    Sonata for Violin and Piano in G - 2nd movement

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova. Performer: Cédric Tiberghien.
  • William Lawes


    Performer: Daniel Hyde. Ensemble: Phantasm.
    • LINN.
  • Wilbur de Paris

    Wrought Iron Rag

    Ensemble: Wilbur de Paris.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Opening of Symphony No. 3

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Marc‐Antoine Charpentier

    Medee - End of Act III

    Singer: Lorraine Hunt Lieberson. Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Conductor: William Christie.
    • ERATO.
  • The Doors

    Variations on Light my Fire

    Performer: Friedrich Gulda. Music Arranger: Friedrich Gulda.
  • Anonymous

    Les Manches Verte (Greensleeves)

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Music Arranger: Elizabeth Kenny. Ensemble: Theatre of the Ayre.
    • LINN.
  • Robert Johnson

    Love in Vain

    Performer: Robert Johnson.
    • SONY.
  • Dame Ethel Mary Smyth

    Overture to The Wreckers

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Preludes in G major and E minor

    Performer: Daniel Grimwood.
    • SFZ MUSIC.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Since it as the day of preparation: Part 2 Interlude and Conclusion

    Performer: Stephen Stirling. Performer: Yann Ghiro. Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Performer: Gabriella Dall'Olio. Ensemble: Hebrides Ensemble. Ensemble: Synergy Vocals. Conductor: William Conway.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata No. 3 in E minor, BWV 1016 - 1st movement, Adagio

    Performer: Isabelle Faust. Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Overture from The Magic Flute

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Zürich. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • TELDEC.
  • Joni Mitchell


    Performer: Joni Mitchell. Performer: Bobbye Hall. Singer: Jaco Pastorius.
    • ASYLUM.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano - 3rd movement

    Performer: Nicholas Daniel. Performer: Rachel Gough. Performer: Julius Drake.
    • CALA.


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