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Viola da gamba player Liam Byrne explores musical lilt, groove and elegance

Liam Byrne opens up a selection of classical music from a viola da gamba player’s point of view - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Liam Byrne plays the viola da gamba as both a soloist and with a variety of musical ensembles and artists including the Dunedin Consort, Fretwork, and Crash Ensemble.

In this programme Liam discovers the many contrasting worlds that can be created on a keyboard: from how the organ can be seen as the very first synthesiser to the glory of an actual synthesiser played by Wendy Carlos, and a microtonal piece played on a midi piano.

He also reveals why playing romantic music with brisk efficiency is so effective, and discovers strange and wonderful instruments - from Harry Partch’s diamond marimba and cloud chamber bowls, to Machaut played on a consort of daxophones.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • John Blow

    Morlake Ground

    Performer: Timothy Roberts.
  • Michael Nyman

    Wheelbarrow Walk

    Ensemble: Michael Nyman Band.
    • ARGO.
  • Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger

    Toccata arpeggiata and Canario

    Performer: Jonas Nordberg.
    • BIS.
  • Chris P. Thompson


    Performer: Chris P. Thompson.

    Composer and Performer: Chris P. Thompson

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Nutcracker - Pas de deux: the prince and the sugar-plum fairy

    Orchestra: Bol'shoi Simfonicheskiy Orkestr. Conductor: Alexander Vedernikov.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Jesus Christus, unser Heiland, der von uns den Gotteszorn wandt (BWV 688)

    Performer: James McVinnie.
    • PATREON.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata in E major, K531

    Performer: Wendy Carlos.
  • Alexander Agricola


    Performer: Karl-Ernst Schröder. Performer: Crawford Young.
    • GLOSSA.
  • Harry Partch

    Ulysses at the Edge of the World (A Minor Adventure in Rhythm)

    Performer: Daniel Aaron Rosenbloom. Performer: Ulrich Krieger.
    • BRIDGE.
  • Valgeir Sigurðsson

    A Strong Grasp (from The County)

    Performer: Ólafur Björn Ólafsson. Performer: Daniel Pioro. Performer: Liam Byrne. Performer: Óskar Guðjónsson. Performer: Francesco Fabris. Performer: Valgeir Sigurðsson.
  • Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov

    Scheherezade - I - The Sea and Sinbad's Ship

    Performer: Steven Staryk. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Beecham.
    • WARNER.
  • Shivkumar Sharma

    Raga Charukeshi

  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Toccata in D minor, Op. 11

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • DG.
  • Solage

    Fumeux Fume par Fumée

    Ensemble: Huelgas Ensemble. Director: Paul Van Nevel.
  • Guillaume de Machaut

    Ma fin est mon commencement

    Ensemble: Daxophone Consort.
    • Private Recording.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No. 5 - movement 3

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Colin Davis.
    • DECCA.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Lamento della Ninfa

    Ensemble: Concerto Italiano. Director: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • NAIVE.
  • Joanna Newsom

    You will not take my heart alive

  • Steve Reich

    Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint

    Performer: Mika Stoltzman. Music Arranger: Mika Stoltzman.


  • Sat 3 Oct 2020 13:00

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