A Classical Christmas Playlist chosen by Jennifer Pike
We thank Jennifer Pike for our third festive playlist of the festive season.
Renowned for her “dazzling interpretative flair and exemplary technique” (Classic FM) the unique artistry of Jennifer Pike has taken the musical world by storm since she won the BBC Young Musician competition aged 12, while studying at Chetham’s School of Music. Her broad repertoire has included performances of Mozart with Rheinische Philharmonie, Zurich Chamber Orchestra and Singapore Symphony, Tchaikovsky with the Tchaikovsky SO of Moscow, and The Lark Ascending at New York’s Carnegie Hall.
You can listen to each piece separately via the links below. The Mieczylaw Weinberg Cello Concerto and Bruckner Symphony no.8 can be listened to as a YouTube playlist.
Mieczysław Weinberg Cello Concerto (Premiere performan ce)
I love this rarely-performed masterpiece. The atmosphere Weinberg creates in the opening theme is spine-tingling, and Rostropovich’s tone in this premiere performance and the colours he finds takes you to another world.
Jeremy Pike – Summer in Winter (Live performance, Blackburn Cathedral Choir)
This carol was written by my father in 1988. It is based on a wonderful poem by Richard Crashaw and was one of the first pieces of music I heard!
Bruckner Symphony no.8 – Live performance at 1970 BBC Proms Horenstein/LSO
I am a huge Bruckner enthusiast and listening to the symphonies in these times has been cathartic!