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Building a Library: HANDEL: Messiah

Duration:
3 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 11 April 2009

Building a Library:
HANDEL: Messiah

Reviewer - Berta Joncus

First choice:
Carolyn Sampson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Mark Padmore, Christopher Purves, The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Coro COR16062 (2 CDs plus bonus CD, Mid Price)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data
bal.handel:
bal.handel.messiah

09.05am

HANDEL: Organ Concerto in F Op. 4 No. 5 HMV 293
(c/w Concerto in G minor op. 4 no. 3 HMV 291; Concerto in B Flat major op. 4 no. 2 HMV 290; Concerto in G minor op. 4 no. 1 HMV 289; Concerto in B-flat major op. 4 no. 6 HMV 294; Concerto in F major op. 4 no. 4 HMV 292)
Ottavio Dantone (organ and conductor), Accademia Bizantina
Decca 4781465 (CD)

RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 2 in E minor Op. 27 (second movement)
(c/w Vocalise, Op. 34 No. 14)
Singapore Symphony Orchestra, Lan Shui (conductor)
BIS BISSACD1712 (Hybrid SACD, Mid Price)

BAX: Symphonic Variations (No. 6 – Triumph)
Ashley Wass (piano), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, James Judd (conductor)
Naxos 8.570774 (CD, Budget)

09.30 am
Building a Library Recommendation

HANDEL: Messiah

Reviewer – Berta Joncus

First Choice Recommendation:
Carolyn Sampson, Catherine Wyn-Rogers, Mark Padmore, Christopher Purves, The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
Coro COR16062 (2 CDs plus bonus CD, Mid Price)

Next week Colin Lawson compares recordings of Handel’s Water Music.

10.15 New Releases

SCHUTZ: Lukas Passion SWV480 (opening)
Johann Linderoth, Jakob Bloch Jespersen, Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier (conductor)
Dacapo 8.226019 (CD)
TELEMANN: Jesus Liegt in Letzten Zugen TVWV 1: 983 (Aria)
(c/w Der am Olberg zagende Jesus TVWV 1:364; Was gibst du denn, o meine Seele TVWV 1:1510; Ich will den Kreuzweg gerne gehen TVWV 1:884; Ach Herr! Lehr uns Bedenken wohl TVWV 1:2)
Klaus Mertens (bass-baritone), Accademia Daniel, Shalev Ad-El (conductor)
CPO 7772992 (CD)

PENDERECKI: Utrenja (Part 1: Troparion)
Iwona Hossa (soprano), Agnieszka Rehlis (mezzo-soprano), Piotr Kusiewicz (tenor), Piotr Nowacki (bass), Gennady Bezzubenkov (basso profondo),
Warsaw Boys’ Choir, Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Antoni Wit (conductor)
Naxos 8.572031 (CD, Budget)

10.35 New Lute Releases

Lute maker Michael Lowe talks to Andrew McGregor about some recent releases of music for the instrument. With excerpts from the following discs:

Il Divino – Music from the World of Francesco da Milano
Hopkinson Smith (lute)
Naive E8921 (CD)

Forlorn Hope Fancy – Renaissance dances and fantasies for lute
Rosemary Hodgson (lute)
ABC Classics 4763175 (CD. Mid Price)

Seven Yeares John Dowland 1604 (Lachrimae)
Capella de Ministrers, Carles Magraner (viola da gamba, soprano)
Licanus CDM0721 (CD)

John Dowland The Queen’s Galliard – Lute Music 4
Nigel North (lute)
Naxos 8.570284 (CD, Budget)

Matthew Wadsworth – The Knight of the Lute
Music from ‘The Varietie of Lute Lessons 1610’
Matthew Wadsworth (lute)
Channel Classics CCSSA25408 (Hybrid SACD)

John Dowland In darkness let me dwell – The Seven Shades of Melancholy
Dorothee Mields (soprano), Hille Perl (viola da gamba), Lee Santana (lute), Sirius Viols
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88697225022 (CD)

Melchior Neusidler – Lute Music
Paul O’Dette (lute)
Harmonia Mundi HMU907388 (CD)

William Lawes The Harp Consorts
Maxine Eilander (harp), Les Voix Humaines
Atma Classique ACD22372 (CD)

11.20 BBC Music Magazine Awards

Extracts from some of the winners of this year’s awards

SHOSTAKOVICH: Cello Concerto No. 2 Op. 126; BRITTEN: Third Suite for Cello Op. 87
Pieter Wispelwey (cello), Sinfonietta Cracovia, Jurjen Hempel (conductor)
Channel Classics CCSSA25308 (Hybrid SACD)

FRANCK: String Quartet in D Major; FAURE: String Quartet in E minor
Dante Quartet
Hyperion CDA67664 (CD)

MOZART: Symphony No. 38 in D major (‘Prague’), K.504; Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K.543; Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550; Symphony No. 41 in C major (‘Jupiter’), K.551
Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)
Linn Records CKD308 (2 Hybrid SACDs, Mid Price)

11.40 am Disc of the Week

LUKASZEWSKI: Via Crucis
Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Allan Clayton (tenor), Andrew Foster-Williams (baritone), Roger Allam (narrator), Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton (conductor)
Hyperion CDA67724 (CD)

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