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From Dowland to Disney with soprano Elin Manahan Thomas

Soprano Elin Manahan Thomas opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

From her study in Sussex, soprano Elin Manahan Thomas sets up a playlist that’s full of the joy of making music. She reveals the many characters she’s played in Purcell’s Fairy Queen, from a nurse and a princess to a tree, and finds a connection between Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson singing in the movie Moana with running a choir at her children’s school.

Elin also chooses music by Mendelssohn that transports us to a far-off landscape, a cantata by Karl Jenkins commemorating the Aberfan tragedy of 1966 and an intense choral masterpiece by James Macmillan.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

14 days left to listen

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Christmas Oratorio - Nun seid ihr wohl gerochen

    Choir: Monteverdi Choir. Orchestra: Monteverdi Orchestra. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • ARCHIV.
  • Träd


    Ensemble: Danish String Quartet.
    • ECM.
  • John Rutter

    Hymn to the Creator of Light

    Choir: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Conductor: Timothy Brown.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Die Zauberflote - Overture

    Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra. Conductor: Wolfgang Sawallisch.
    • EMI.
  • Karl Jenkins

    Cantata Memoria - Did I hear a bird?

    Performer: Joo Yeon Sir. Performer: Catrin Finch. Singer: Elin Manahan Thomas. Singer: Bryn Terfel. Choir: Côr Heol y March. Choir: Côr y Cwm. Choir: Cywair. Choir: Côr Caerdydd. Choir: Côr CF1. Orchestra: Sinfonia Cymru.
    • DG.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Creation - Representation of Chaos

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: René Jacobs.
  • Hector Berlioz

    Les Troyens, Act 1 - Ha! Ha! Apres dix ans

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Choir: London Symphony Chorus. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • LSO LIVE.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Nocturne in F sharp minor, Op. 48 No. 2

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • DG.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Fingal's Cave Overture

    Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Christoph von Dohnányi.
    • DECCA.
  • John Dowland


    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny.
    • BIS.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Nulla in mundo pax sincera, RV 630

    Singer: Elin Manahan Thomas. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Dies Natalis - Intrada

    Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Jacqueline Shave.
  • Henry Purcell

    Fairy Queen - Second Musick (Overture)

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    O bone Jesu

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • CORO.
  • Lin‐Manuel Miranda

    You're Welcome (from the soundtrack to Moana)

    Singer: Dwayne Johnson.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Farewell Symphony - 4th movement

    Orchestra: Orpheus Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG.


  • Sat 27 Jun 2020 13:00

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