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Lyrical storytelling with singer Natalya Romaniw

Natalya Romaniw opens up a selection of classical music from her point of view as a singer - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Natalya Romaniw is an award-winning soprano who has taken to the stage with the English National Opera, Garsington Opera, Scottish Opera, Welsh National Opera, and more.

Today, from the comfort of her living room, Natalya finds nostalgia in a Welsh male choir that reminds her of home, muses on the power of Mozart’s Requiem to represent a sob, and discovers the gritty but beautiful sound of the viola da gamba played by Vittorio Ghielmi.

She also reveals why Judy Garland’s voice was so unique and discovers an unusual Overture by Tchaikovsky that unveils a tale through its orchestration. Plus, a Ukrainian dance that will get you spinning around your own living room.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

28 days left to listen

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Carlisle Floyd

    Overture to Susannah

    Orchestra: Orchestre de l’Opéra de Lyon. Conductor: Kent Nagano.
    • ERATO.
  • Mily Alexeyevich Balakirev

    Dumka in E flat minor

    Performer: Lada Valešová.
    • AVIE.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Requiem - Lacrimosa

    Choir: Radiokören. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Sonata in D major for viola da gamba and concertante harpsichord, BWV 1028

    Ensemble: La Divina Armonia.
    • PASSACAILLE.
  • Joseph Parry

    Myfanwy

    Choir: Morriston Orpheus Choir.
    • MUSIC FOR PLEASURE.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No. 17 in G major - III - Allegretto

    Performer: Anda Géza. Orchestra: Camerata Academica of Salzburg Mozarteum.
    • DG.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Sea Interludes - I - Dawn

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • CHANDOS.
  • Judy Garland

    The boy next door from Meet me in St. Louis

    • PERMIER SOUNDTRACKS.
  • Gregorio Allegri

    Miserere

    Choir: Clare College Chapel Choir. Conductor: Timothy Brown.
    • BRILLIANT CLASSICS.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Bolero

    Orchestra: Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • ERATO.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Gornimi tikho lietela dusha - Op. 27, No. 1

    Performer: Lada Valešová. Singer: Natalya Romaniw.
    • ORCHID CLASSICS.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    3 Preludes founded on Welsh hymn tunes - III - Hyfrydol

    Composer: Rowland Hugh Pritchard. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia. Conductor: Richard Hickox.
    • EMI.
  • Träd

    Gopak

    Performer: Alexander Shalaev.
    • GOLDEN CENTURY RECORDS.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Kingdom - The Sign of Healing - And as they spake & The sun goeth down

    Singer: Susan Bickley. Singer: Claire Rutter. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • HALLE.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Overture to Iolanta

    Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • PHILIPS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Music for the royal fireworks - La Rejouissance

    Orchestra: Junge Philharmonie Köln. Conductor: Volker Hartung.
    • JPK MUSIK.

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