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Fascinating Rhythm

feat. Brahms, Monteverdi, Beethoven, Byrd & Ravel

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All music is in essence a combination of melody and rhythm, but some musical works are more rhythmically intriguing than others, and it's a selection of these fascinating rhythms we're celebrating with the five works of this Collection.

First, Brahms's churning Symphony No 4, heard here with Sir John Eliot Gardiner and his Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique. Next Monteverdi's swinging madrigal “Ohimè ch'io cado”, and we've chosen the recording from star French countertenor Philippe Jaroussky with Christina Pluhar and L'Arpeggiata which takes its jazz inclinations all the way. Then comes the Alban Berg Quartett playing the sixth of Beethoven's Opus 18 string quartets, with its skittishly syncopated Scherzo. After all that unpredictability we give you the hypnotic chiming of William Byrd's short harpsichord piece, “The Bells”. Then we finish with Yannick Nézet-Séguin and the Rotterdam Philharmonic darkly twirling their way through Ravel's almost-ballet, La Valse.

Curation: Charlotte Gardner

Speaker: Charlotte Gardner

Visual Art: Philipp Nicolai Hertel

  • Fascinating Rhythm

  • An introduction to Brahms — Symphony No. 4 in e minor op. 98

  • Symphony No. 4 in e minor op. 98 Preview Only

    Johannes Brahms

    Orchestre Révolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner2008
  • An introduction to Monteverdi — Ohimè ch'io cado

  • Ohimè ch'io cado Preview Only

    Claudio Monteverdi

    L'Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar, Philippe Jaroussky2006
  • An introduction to Beethoven — String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major op. 18 No. 6

  • String Quartet No. 6 in B flat major op. 18 No. 6 Preview Only

    Ludwig van Beethoven

    Alban Berg Quartett
  • An introduction to Byrd — The Bells

  • The Bells Preview Only

    William Byrd

    Charivari Agréable2006
  • An introduction to Ravel — La Valse

  • La Valse Preview Only

    Maurice Ravel

    Yannick Nézet-Séguin, Rotterdams Philharmonisch Orkest2007