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Invention and exploration on Early Music Day with violinist Rachel Podger

Violinist Rachel Podger opens up a selection of music from her point of view as Ambassador for European Early Music Day.

Today many radio stations across Europe are celebrating a European Day of Early Music. So to mark that here on Radio 3, we’ve asked the Ambassador for the day, Rachel Podger, to host Inside Music. Rachel will be spending a couple of hours getting inside a wide selection of pieces that make her life as a performer of (and listener to) early music so rewarding.

Rachel remembers the effect of singing the Sanctus from JS Bach’s Mass in B minor as a teenager and how it fostered a lifelong fascination for the composer. She also tries to work out why Handel’s tunes are so memorable, and finds a keyboard fantasy by Mozart that seems to break all the classical rules.

Plus a jazz pianist who brought a new slant to baroque-rooted music by Shostakovich and the thrill of improvising on a melody that’s nearly 500 years old.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

15 days left to listen

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Gigue from E minor Partita, BWV 1006

    Performer: Susanne Heinrich.
    • DAGAMBA.
  • Thomas Tallis

    If ye love me

    Choir: Tallis Scholars.
    • GIMELL.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Fantasy in C minor, K 475

    Performer: Andreas Staier.
  • Trad.

    Greensleeves to a Ground

    Director: Jordi Savall. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • George Frideric Handel

    'As steals the morn' from L'Allegro, il penseroso, ed il moderato

    Performer: Katharina Spreckelsen. Singer: Lucy Crowe. Singer: Mark Padmore. Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Andrew Manze.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata for violin & keyboard, BWV 1019a - 3rd mvt - Allegro

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in F sharp minor

    Performer: Keith Jarrett.
    • ECM.
  • John Taverner

    Gloria from Western Wynde Mass

    • AVIE.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Armide - Act 5 sc 1. Passacaille & 2. Les Plaisirs ont choisi pour asile

    Ensemble: Les Talens Lyriques. Conductor: Christophe Rousset.
    • APARTE.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Era l'anima mia gia presso a l'ultim' hore

    Choir: I Fagiolini.
    • CORO.
  • Henry Purcell

    Suite no.2 in G minor for harpsichord Z661

    Performer: Richard Egarr.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sinfonia from Partita in C minor BWV 826

    Ensemble: The Swingle Singers.
  • Anon.

    Scotch Cap

    Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King. Performer: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Harp Consort.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sanctus from B minor mass

    Ensemble: The Taverner Choir, Consort & Players. Conductor: Andrew Parrott.
    • ERATO.


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