Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Beethoven: Quartet in F minor, Op 95

Building a Library:
BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95

Reviewer - Stephen Johnson

First choice:
Takacs Quartet
Decca 4708492 (3 CDs, Mid Price)
Historical Recommendation
Busch Quartet, Rudolf Serkin (piano)
EMI 5653082 (4 CDs, Budget)
Also available on EMI Great Recordings of the Century series 5096552 (3 CDs, Mid Price)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data


JS BACH: Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042 (1st movement)
(c/w Concerto for two violins in D minor BWV 1043; Violin Concerto in A minor BWV 1041; Concerto for oboe and violin in C minor BWV 1060)
Julia Fischer (violin), Alexander Sitkovetsky (violin), Andrey Rubtsov (oboe), Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Decca 478 0650 (CD)

BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D major OP. 77 (2nd movement)
(c/w Concerto for Violin, Cello and Orchestra in A minor Op. 102)
Vadim Repin (violin), Truls Mork (cello), Gewandhausorchester, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)
Deutsche Grammophon 477 7470 (CD)

VICTOR HERBERT: Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor Op. 30 (3rd movement)
(c/w DVORAK: Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104)
Gautier Capucon (cello), Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi (conductor)
Virgin 5190352 (CD)

09.30 am
Building a Library Recommendation

Beethoven: String Quartet No. 11 in F minor Op. 95

10.20 New Releases

ANONYMOUS: Un Crible from disc Codex Chantilly Vol. 1
(c/w SOLAGE: S’Aincy Estoit; PHILLPOCTUS DE CASERTA: Medee Fu; ANTONELLO DA CASERTA: Je ne puis avoir plaisir; GALIOT: Se vos ne voles; MATTEO DA PERUGIA: De Quanqu’on Peut; FRANCISCUS ANDRIEU: De Narcissus; JACOB DE SENLECHES: Je Me Merveil)
Et’cetera Records KTC1900 (CD)

BYRD: Haec dicit Dominus from disc William Byrd Hodie Simon Petrus
(c/w Descendit de caelis;Tu es pastor ovium; Miserere mei, Deus; Circumdederunt me; Quodcumque ligaveris; Recordare, Domine; Exsurge, quare obdormis, Domine?; Laetania; Nunc scio vere; Constitues eos principes; Tu es Petrus; Levemus corda; Hodie Simon Petrus; Solve, iubente Deo)
The Cardinall’s Musick, Andrew Carwood (director)
Hyperion CDA67653 (CD)

WEELKES: Christ rising again from disc Thomas Weelkes: Sacred Choral Music (reconstructed by Peter James)
(c/w O Jonathan; Rejoice in the Lord; Te Deum & Jubilate (Eighth Service); O how amiable are Thy dwellings; When David heard; Laboravi in gemitu meo; Magnificat & Nunc dimittis (Third Service 'in F fa ut'); O vos omnes; Lord, to Thee I make my moan; Give ear, O Lord; All people, clap your hands; Hosanna to the Son of David)
Tewkesbury Abbey Schola Cantorum, Benjamin Nicholas (conductor)
Delphian DCD34070 (CD)

MENDELSSOHN: Tu es Petrus Op. 111
(c/w Magnificat in D; Jesu meine Freude; Wir glauben all an einen Gott; Gloria)
Andrea L Brown (soprano), Monica Groop (alto), Werner Gura (Tenor), Michael Volle (Bass), Kammerchor Stuttgart, Deutsche Kammerphilharmonie Bremen, Frieder Bernius (conductor)
Carus 83.216 (Hybrid SACD)

WILBY: A Breathless Alleluia*; Panache (from Cyrano) +; Dance: Zeibekikos (from Euphonium Concerto) ±
Philip Wilby (organ)*, Joseph Cook (tuba)+, David Thornton (Euphonium)±, Philip Gault (baritone) +, Black Dyke Band, Nicholas Childs (conductor)
Naxos 8.572166 (CD, Budget)

10.50 New Orchestral Releases

Rob Cowan talks to Andrew McGregor about some recent reissues of orchestral music. With extracts from the following discs:

ENESCU: String Octet in C major Op. 7 (version for orchestra by Lawrence Foster); Violin Sonata No. 3 in D major Op. 25
Orchestre Philharmonique de Monte Carlo, Lawrence Foster (conductor), Valeriy Sokolov (violin), Svetlana Kosenko (piano)
Virgin 5193122 (CD)

DEBUSSY: La Mer; RAVEL: Valses nobles et sentimentales; La Valse; ROUSSEL: Suite No. 2 from Bacchus et Ariane, Op. 43
Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, Hans Vonk (conductor)
Arch Media Archives PTC5186319 (CD, Mid Price)

NIELSEN: Symphony No. 3 ‘Sinfonia espansiva’ Op. 27 (recorded March 1955)*; Symphony No. 5 Op. 50 (recorded August 1950, Edinburgh Festival) +
Ruth Guldbaek (soprano)*, Erik Sjoberg (baritone)*, Danish State Radio Symphony Orchestra, John Frandsen (conductor)*, Erik Tuxen (conductor) +
Guild Historical GHCD 2340 (CD, Mid Price)

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Storm, Op. 76; Symphony No. 5 in E minor, Op. 64 (recorded November 1942, New York); The Tempest, Op. 18 (recorded March 1943, New York)
NBC Symphony Orchestra, Leopold Stokowski (conductor)
Guild Historical GHCD2334 (CD, Mid Price)

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98; Hungarian Dances for Orchestra (orchestrated by Brahms and Dvorak)
Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, Marek Janowski (conductor)
Pentatone PTC5186 309 (Hybrid SACD)

11.45am Disc of the Week

Rossini Instrumental Music
Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)
Channel Classics CCSSA27708 (Hybrid SACD)

Release date:

3 hours, 15 minutes

Last on

Sat 31 Jan 2009 09:00

Record Review

Record Review

CD Review has become Record Review - listen here