Continuing our series of #SundaySoundtrack Isolation Playlists, Royal Ballet Sinfonia Principal Piccolo Sandra Skipper talks us through her selection.
1. Minuano (Six Eight) – Pat Metheney
I love the soundscapes that Pat Metheney creates, they are so expansive. He is my 'go to' chill-out guy. He calms me down and when I play his music in the car it makes me drive better!
2. (They Long To Be) Close to You – The Carpenters
I have loved Karen Carpenter's voice since I was a kid. Their music is somewhat cheesy but her voice is like a velvet glove.
3. You and I Both – Jason Mraz
Mraz is one of my favourite singers. I discovered his song I'mYours late one night whilst flicking channels and found MTV was playing his music video (beautiful lush exotic island footage). I was feeling a bit low but his song and the video lifted me. He is a beautiful soul and never hits a bum note.
4. Far from the Madding Crowd, Prologue – Paul Reade (played by the Royal Ballet Sinfonia)
I love Paul Reade's music and this ballet is virtually a flute concerto so I might be a bit biased! The atmospheric writing is beautiful and the playing is wonderful.
5. Four Last Songs – Strauss
This is an all-time favourite recording. I chose this movement because of Jessye Norman’s phrasing and the way she is so expressive pushing every note through right to the end. There is no let-up in intensity. Thrilling.
6. I Put a Spell On You – Nina Simone
I chose this song purely because it reminds me of my Dad (a lifelong jazz fanatic). When driving me around as a kid from one activity to another he would school me in the delights of jazz music. I particularly love the sax solo which I think is Eddie Lockjaw Davies.
7. Daphnis et Chloé – Ravel
This is only an excerpt but Jacques Zoon is one of my all-time favourite flautists. I love this version of the famous flute solo. Can we do this as a ballet again soon please?
8. Blackbird – Jason Rebello
I was at Guildhall School of Music and Drama at the same time as Jason, and he was a genius even then! A friend introduced me to this version of Blackbird when we were playing an arrangement of it with our Flute quartet. Jason’s playing is, as always, stunning.
9. Piano Sonata No.8 in C minor – Beethoven
Played by Radu Lupu – I love listening to piano music (and playing it) and it is very purifying for the soul somehow. I added this movement from Beethoven's Pathétique Sonata because I was playing it on my walk a few days ago and it raised my spirits beautifully. Lupu has always been a favourite. The sound he makes is light and sparkling but full of emotion.