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Musical springboards with pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock

Pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Pianist and composer Gwilym Simcock demonstrates that music has no boundaries as he explores sounds ranging from suspended choral harmonies by Eric Whitacre and celestial spirals on the harp, to a rarely heard piano quartet by William Walton and three intriguing minutes from Argentinian composer Astor Piazzolla.

Plus two very different sides of JS Bach and an irresistible Russian waltz.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Photo: Gregor Hohenberg

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    String Quartet - II - Assez vif

    Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet.
  • Aram Khachaturian

    Masquerade Suite - I - Waltz

    Orchestra: RCA Victor Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Kondrashin.
    • BMG.
  • Gwilym Simcock

    Suite for percussion quintet - III

    Performer: Gwilym Simcock. Ensemble: LSO Percussion Ensemble.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Violin Sonata No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017 - IV - Allegro

    Performer: Jaime Laredo. Performer: Glenn Gould.
    • SONY.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    O sacrum convivium!

    Choir: Chorus of the National Academy of Santa Cecilia. Director: Myung-Whun Chung.
    • DG.
  • Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin

    Ten Bagatelles - No. 7

    Performer: Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin.
    • OLYMPIA.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Serenade to Music

    Singer: Norma Burrowes. Singer: Sheila Armstrong. Singer: Susan Longfield. Singer: Marie Hayward. Singer: Alfreda Hodgson. Singer: Gloria Jennings. Singer: Shirley Minty. Singer: Meriel Dickinson. Singer: Ian Partridge. Singer: Bernard Dickerson. Singer: John Noble. Singer: Christopher Keyte. Singer: Wynford Evans. Singer: Richard Angas. Singer: John Carol Case. Singer: Kenneth Bowen. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Adrian Boult.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Cello Sonata - III - Ballabile

    Performer: Anne Gastinel. Performer: Claire Désert.
    • NAIVE.
  • Henri Dutilleux

    Symphony No. 1 - IV - Finale, con variazioni

    Orchestra: Orchestre de Paris. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • ERATO.
  • Lauren Scott

    Celestial Spirals

    Performer: Lauren Scott.
    • AVIE.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Piano Concerto, Op. 16 - II - Adagio

    Performer: Ronan O’Hora. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: James Judd.
    • ALTO.
  • Astor Piazzolla

    Tres minutos con la realidad

    Ensemble: Die 12 Cellisten der Berliner Philharmoniker.
    • SONY.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    St John Passion, BWV 245 - "Herr, unser Herrscher"

    Choir: Bavarian Radio Symphony Choir. Orchestra: Concerto Köln. Conductor: Peter Dijkstra.
  • Federico Mompou

    Prelude VII (Palmier d'etoiles)

    Performer: Arcadi Volodos.
    • SONY.
  • Eric Whitacre


    Choir: Eric Whitacre Singers. Director: Eric Whitacre.
    • DECCA.
  • William Walton

    Piano Quartet in D minor - IV

    Ensemble: Frith Quartet.
    • NIMBUS.
  • Maurice Duruflé

    Requiem - I - Introit

    Choir: Choir of King’s College, Cambridge. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Stephen Cleobury.


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