the Artist-Made playlist page
Sometimes it’s quite fun to find out what an artist listens to themselves.
So occasionally we ask them…
Have a look below at our fast expanding series of artist-made playlists.
“In my listening, I try to cover lots of ground. Classical music itself is endless, and I am constantly discovering, and sometimes rediscovering its great output, a solid thousand years of extraordinary, recorded creativity. And then there is the music of many other cultures, which I love to explore, remembering the wide breadth of human experience and expression across countries and continents. Lastly, there is the great music of the blues, jazz, rock, pop, electro, and many other genres, which I try to keep up with and which, like anyone, accompany me in life’s many phases of highs and lows. Most importantly, I try to stay up to date on contemporary trends of all music, so as not to get too set in my listening ways too soon…! But putting a stop to a list is hard, because I am constantly curious! Still, this exercise was fun, and I am excited to share some of the music that moves me most, or simply appeals to me for its quality, its creativity, its novelty, its sound, and its abilities for enjoyment and inspiration. In fact, these tracks, and much more music, inspires my interpretative references, even when playing Bach.”
To celebrate the release of Not Now, Bernard and other stories, composer Bernard Hughes has curated a lovely playlist for us, of music that is inspired by memories of childhood or perhaps that has a child-like way of looking at the world. To be enjoyed with or without children…
We asked Michael to curate the Orchid Christmas playlist this year – and we got exactly what we were hoping for: a mixture of traditional carols, Mariah Carey, Bach and Beyoncé. (Click HERE for the new London Choral Sinfonia album.)
To celebrate their new release we asked Tesla Quartet to put together a playlist for us, of music by the composers on the disc and also some other tracks that highlight the mood and characters of the album. Check out Joy & Desolation, from Tesla Quartet with clarinettist Alexander Fiterstein HERE
Conductor Timothy Redmond suggests a playlist of works by the composer which made a particular impression on him.
Check out the new recording of Dove’s orchestral works with the BBC Philharmonic under Redmond, and with guest soloist Lawrence Zazzo, HERE
One of our very favourite playlists of 2018 came from CBeebies legend Chris Jarvis.
It’s the most upbeat playlist you have ever listened to, and that’s a fact.
Check out the other playlists, by Jools Holland, Alan Titchmarsh, Robert Harris, Nico Muhly and Stephen Hough HERE
The Romantic period was a time of unbridled expression, passion, and the cross fertilisation of all art forms. Probably not by coincidence, some of the greatest music in history was created….. Here we celebrate some exceptional Romantic recordings in the Orchid catalogue.
In 2017 Stewart Goodyear released the first album of his Ravel exploration, to great critical acclaim. (Click here for more info) Here he shares some recordings of Ravel which particularly influenced him, and the list includes some of history’s great recorded artists.
“The concept of the album is so important. It creates a blank canvas for the creation of complete artistic design, and allows for themes and stories to be fully explored….” Here are 3 albums which Matilda likes to listen to in full. (Check out Matilda’s own debut album here) #NationalAlbumDay