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Building a Library: Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 4

3 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 06 December 2008

Building a Library:
Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Op. 102 No. 1

Reviewer - Helen Wallace

First choice:
(complete works for cello and piano)
Miklos Perenyi (cello), Andras Schiff (piano)
ECM New Series 472 4012 (2 CDs)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data


JAN SANDSTROM: Biegga Luothe (Jojk till fjallvinden)*
(c/w REHNQVIST: Ljusfälten; I himmelen; MÖLLER: Glaspolskan; GARDEMAR: Slängpolska efter Byss-Kalle; STENHAMMAR: Tre körvisor; WIKANDER: Kung Liljekonvalje; TRADITIONAL arr. Lindberg: Slåttervisa efter Knis Karl; HILLBORG: En midsommarnatts¬dröm; PALM: Under rönn och siren; ALFVÉN: Aftonen; LINDBLAD: Med en barnbön på sin mun; TRAD arr. Willemark: Bröllopsvisa efter Kirsten Bråten Berg)
Erik Astedt (solo)*, Allmänna Sången *, Cecilia Rydinger Alin (conductor)*, Anders Widmark (piano)
BIS-CD1714 (CD)

KODALY: St. Gregory’s Day
(c/w King Ladislaus’ men - or Magyars and Germans
Whitsuntide; Ode to Franz Liszt (words by Mihály Vörösmarty); The Te Deum of Sándor Sík; Jesus and the traders (words by St. John 2, 13); The aged (words by Sándor Weöres); Transylvanian lament; Mátra pictures)
MR Choir, MR Children’s Choir, Adam Fischer (conductor)
Budapest Music Centre BMC CD144 (CD)

IVES: Psalm 54 (Save me O God by thy name)
(c/w Psalms 90, 24, 67, 135, 14, 25, 100, 150 and 42)
SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart*, Marcus Creed (conductor)*, Aleksandra Lustig (soprano), Julius Pfeifer (tenor), Collegium Iuvenum Knabenchor Stuttgart, Kay Johnson (organ), Mitglieder des Radio-Sinfonieorchesters Stuttgart des SWR
Hanssler Classic 93.224 (CD)

LASSUS: Cantiones Sacrae (1594) (Prolongati sunt dies mei)
Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)
Harmonia Mundi HMC901984 (CD)

09.30 am
Building a Library Recommendation

Beethoven: Cello Sonata No. 4 in C Op. 102 No. 1

Reviewer – Helen Wallace

Next week David Fanning examines recordings of Rachmaninov’s Symphony No. 1.

10.15 New Releases

HONEGGER: Une Cantate de Noel (second part)
(c/w Horace victorieux; Cello Concerto; Prelude, Fugue and Postlude)
BBC National Orchestra and Chorus of Wales, James Rutherford (baritone), Alban Gerhardt (cello), Thierry Fischer (conductor)
Hyperion CDA67688 (CD)

10.30 New Releases

Hilary Finch discusses with Andrew recent releases of recordings of Schumann’s Frauenliebe und lebe.

11.15 a.m. Karajan Historic Recordings

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68; BEETHOVEN: Leonore Overture No. 3, Op. 72a; R. STRAUSS: Salome – Dance of the Seven Veils - recorded in the Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, 1943
Concertgebouw Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
Naxos Historical 8.111298 (CD, Budget)

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 Op. 55 ‘Eroica’ (recorded at the Titania-Palast, 1953, the first postwar concert with the Berlin Philharmonic); Symphony No. 9 Op. 125 (recorded at the Grosser Saal of the Hochscule fur Musik Berlin,1957, 75th anniversary gala concert of the Berlin Philharmonic)
Elisabeth Grummer (soprano), Marga Hoffgen (alto), Ernst Haefliger (tenor), Gottlob Frick (bass), Chor der St. Hedwigs-Kathedrale Berlin, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
Audite 23.414 (2 CDs, Mid Price)

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4 Op. 60; STRAUSS: Ein Heldenleben – Sinfonische Dichtung Op. 40 – recorded at the Royal Festival Hall 1985
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
Testament SBT1430 (CD, Mid Price)

SCHOENBERG: Verklarte Nacht Op. 4; BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 Op. 68 – recorded at the Royal Festival Hall 1988
Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Herbert von Karajan (conductor)
Testament SBT1431

11.45am Disc of the Week

BELLINI: La Sonnambula
Cecilia Bartoli (Amina), Juan-Diego Florez (Elvino), Ildebrando D’Arcangelo (Il Conte Rodolfo), Liliana Nikiteanu (Teresa), Gemma Bertagnolli (Lisa), Peter Kalman (Alessio), Javier Camarena (Un Notaro), Orchestra La Scintilla, Alessandro De Marchi (conductor)
Decca 478 1087 (2 CDs, Mid Price)


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