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Juicy dissonances and the magical interactions between multiple string instruments. Liam Byrne selects his favourite music for strings, finding connections in unusual places.

Viola da gamba player Liam Byrne selects his favourite music for strings, drawing out threads of connectivity in unusual places. This final episode looks at interactions between multiple string instruments and the magical friction that occurs when two voices rub up against each other. Featuring traditional Swedish music for nyckelharpa, a jangly assemblage of bowed and sympathetic strings and wooden keys; a multi-tracked cello that sounds like a synthesised organ; and repetitive yearning semitone figures for a 10-stringed fiddle.

Produced by Rebecca Gaskell
A Reduced Listening production for BBC Radio 3

59 minutes

Last on

Sun 26 Apr 2020 13:00

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Music Played

  • Claudio Monteverdi


    Ensemble: Concerto Italiano. Conductor: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • L'Orfeo.
    • Naïve.
  • Edmund Finnis

    Brother IV

    Performer: Robert Ames. Performer: Galya Bisengalieva.
    • Brother.
    • NOMAD Music Productions.
  • Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh

    It's All About the Rhythm of Her Toes

    • Where the One-Eyed Man Is King.
    • CD Baby.
  • Matthew Locke

    Curtain Tune

    Performer: Il Giardino Armonico.
    • The Tempest.
    • Teldec Classics.
  • Jean de Sainte-Colombe

    Concert XLIV: Tombeau Les Regrets

    Performer: Wieland Kuijken. Performer: Jordi Savall.
    • Concerts À Deux Violes Esgales.
    • Alia Vox Heritage.
  • Anders Eklundh

    Silverbasharpa (Wesslénharpa-r4): Vill fröken köpa löken för en krona

    • The Nyckelharpa Present and Past.
    • Caprice Records.
  • John Luther Adams

    Sky With Endless Stars

    Performer: Oliver Coates.
    • John Luther Adams' Canticles Of The Sky.
    • RVNG INTL..
  • George Benjamin

    Viola, Viola

    Performer: Antoine Tamestit. Performer: Tabea Zimmermann.
    • Shadowlines · Viola, Viola · Three Studies · Piano Sonata.
    • Nimbus Records.
  • Cleek Schrey, Leo Shannon & Tatiana Hargreaves

    Come Back Alive

    • Fiddle Cult of America.
  • Donnacha Dennehy

    Part 1

    Performer: Nadia Sirota. Performer: Liam Byrne.
    • Tessellatum.
    • Bedroom Community.


  • Sun 26 Apr 2020 13:00