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.
Pianist and soprano Chelsea Guo’s debut album hit no.7 on the US Billboard Charts, and received a 5 star review in BBC Music Magazine. Here, Chelsea curates a playlist of the music that has kept her inspired on the journey to her first major recording.
To mark the release of her new recording of Telemann’s extraordinary Fantasias for solo violin, Iryna Gintova has curated a playlist for us exploring some other Baroque masterpieces.
For her debut album, soprano Elizabeth Llewellyn chose to shine a light on the songs of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. For this playlist Elizabeth introduces us to the composer, through a selection of recordings she feels worth exploring.
This month, Ian Anderson (one half of Duo van Vliet) released an acoustic re-imagining of Radiohead’s Kid A with another of his ensembles, Wooden Elephant. The album is incredibly inventive, and we love it. Combining genres is no easy task though, so we asked Ian to make us a playlist exploring some of the music that has inspired his own work with Wooden Elephant.
Elena Urioste & Tom Poster (BBC Music Magazine cover stars, January 2021) have just won the Royal Philharmonic Society’s ‘Inspiration’ Award for their tireless efforts to keep spirits up over the lockdown. But we wondered what the married musicians listen to when no-one is looking.
GAIA Music Festival founder Gwendolyn Masin picks her favourite moments from the festival’s first decade.
Check out the whole catalogue HERE
This highly eclectic playlist from Dmytro Popov contains choices which he explains will often give him strength and motivation before a performance, or sometimes simply help him to think more deeply during difficult times. It certainly shows Dmytro as an artist with wide-ranging musical tastes.
‘To elevate, to lift one’s mind, thoughts, perspective and awareness, or even one’s complete body upwards. Within the theme of elevation and air this playlist has been created.’
– Lil Lacy
This playlist, made for us by composer Richard Pantcheff, contains examples of the great choral music across the ages, all of which has inspired him as performer, conductor, and composer.
Listen to the new London Choral Sinfonia album of Pantcheff’s own choral music HERE.
We’re celebrating National Album Day with a splendid playlist of the albums our artists have been escaping to.
You’ll find everything from Bach to Radiohead, via Nina Simone…..
“What do these performances all have in common…?
For me there is an immediacy, a rawness to each performance that’s so honest, and that goes straight to the soul.
They are performances that inspire.”
Michael Poll’s own Bach album has been streamed over a million times, so we asked him which recordings of the great master he listens to himself…
The Navarra String Quartet’s new album explores the classic theme of Love & Death. We asked them to compile a playlist for us, taking the idea a little further…..
We asked Stuart Jackson to create a summer playlist for us, of music he actually listens to himself. Here he selects his favourite tracks for simply ‘gazing into a sunset’. Fill up the paddling pool and enjoy.
We asked Natalya Romaniw to curate a list of the song recordings she holds dearest. The resulting playlist is absolutely gorgeous, but will reduce even the cheeriest of song lovers to snivelling wrecks. Guaranteed.
The history of violin recording certainly does contain some gigantic names. We asked Jack Liebeck to send us his picks of the best, along with the recordings he has found most inspiring.
“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 so many other cultures, which I love to explore, remembering the wide breadth of human experience and expression across countries and continents.”
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…
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
Joseph Shiner has put together a lovely playlist for us, of tracks that inspired his lifelong love of Brahms, and led to the recording of his new album.
Paris….. an inspiration to generations of artists, composers, writers and all manner of creatives. Quatuor Capriccio have made us a playlist that reflects their city’s place at the heart of music.
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.
Huw Wiggin’s album, Reflections, went to no. 2 in the UK album charts.
The album follows a very personal journey through the music Huw grew up playing, and alongside the release he curated a playlist of inspirations away from the saxophone.
“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