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Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato with a playlist of New Year cheer

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato opens up a colourful selection of music from the inside - revealing familiar and unfamiliar works in a new light.

Mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato rings in the New Year with a spread of music guaranteed to lift your spirits as we embark on the journey that is 2021... If Joyce’s music is anything to go by, it will be a good year! Powerful Latin grooves from Astor Piazzola and Camaron de la Isla, joyful Beethoven from Martha Argerich, Duke Ellington in the hands of the Swingle Singers and a foot-tapping dance from early music maestro Jordi Savall.

Joyce also chooses choral music by Morten Lauridsen that was her gateway into music, heads east for a track by sitar player Ravi Shankar and soothes us with music written for babies.

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

A Tandem Production for BBC Radio 3

Photo credit: Simon Pauly

10 days left to listen

1 hour, 56 minutes

Music Played

  • Morten Lauridsen

    O Magnum Mysterium

    Choir: Robert Shaw Chorale.
    • TELARC.
  • Anon.

    Altre Follie: Folias Criollas

    Ensemble: Tembembe Ensamble Continuo. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI. Director: Jordi Savall.
    • ALIA VOX.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Cosi fan tutte, K. 588 - Act II - 'Fra gli amplessi in pochi istanti'

    Singer: Renée Fleming. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Conductor: Georg Solti.
    • DECCA.
  • Astor Piazzolla

    Adios Nonino

    Performer: Astor Piazzolla. Orchestra: Orquesta Filarmónica de Buenos Aires. Conductor: Pedro Ignacio Calderón.
    • LA BATUTA.
  • Duke Ellington

    It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing

    Ensemble: The Swingle Singers.
  • Rachel Portman

    Leaves and trees

    Performer: Rachel Portman. Performer: Caroline Dale.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No. 3 in D minor Part 2 (extract)

    Orchestra: New York Philharmonic. Conductor: Leonard Bernstein.
    • DG.
  • Camarón de la Isla

    Como El Agua

    Performer: Camarón de la Isla. Performer: Paco de Lucía. Performer: Tomatito.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Piano Concerto No. 1 Op. 15 - Movt III

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Orchestra: West–Eastern Divan Orchestra. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • PERAL.
  • Träd

    Raga Puriya Kalyan (excerpt)

  • Hector Berlioz

    Les Troyens - Act 4 - Chasse Royale et orage; Nuit d'ivresse et d'extase infinie

    Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Singer: Michael Spyres. Singer: Marie‐Nicole Lemieux. Orchestra: Orchestre philharmonique de Strasbourg. Choir: Choeur Philharmonique de Strasbourg. Choir: Badischer Staatsopernchor. Choir: Choeur de l'Opera du Rhin. Conductor: John Nelson.
    • ERATO.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645

    Performer: Chris Thile. Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma. Performer: Edgar Meyer.
  • Odette N'Dah

    Esso, Esso

    Composer: Emily Eagen. Performer: Angélique Kidjo. Performer: Mambi Wentande. Performer: Louie Hernandez. Performer: Ibrahim Sidibé. Performer: George Whitty. Performer: Sekou Dembélé.
    • DECCA.
  • Tammy Harvey

    My baby likes bacon

    Composer: John Chin. Composer: Emily Eagen. Performer: Sam Meridan. Performer: Any Whydon. Performer: Malcolm Paron. Performer: Lou Sandoval. Performer: George Whitty. Singer: Rhiannon Giddens. Singer: Jason Sypher.


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