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Building a Library: Brahms: Six Pieces for Piano, Op 118

3 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 25 April 2009

Building a Library:
BRAHMS: Klavierstucke Op. 118

Reviewer - David Owen-Norris

First choice:
(c/w Klavierstucke Opp. 116 and 119)
Stefan Vladar (piano)
Harmonia Mundi HMC901844 (CD)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data


R. STRAUSS: Stiller Gang Op. 31 No. 4*; Der Arbeitsmann Op. 39 No. 3*; Im Spatboot Op. 56 No. 3±
Christopher Maltman (baritone)*, Alastair Miles (bass)±, Roger Vignoles (piano)*, James Boyd (viola)
Hyperion CDA67667 (CD)

R. STRAUS: Rote Rosen AV 76; Malven AV304; Morgen Op. 27 No. 4
Camilla Tilling (soprano), Paul Rivinius (piano), Ulf Wallin (violin – in Morgen)
BIS SACD 1709 (Hybrid SACD)

R. STRAUSS: Three Ophelia Songs Op. 67
Inger Dam-Jensen (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
Altara ALT1033 (CD)

09.30 am
Building a Library Recommendation

BRAHMS: Klavierstucke Op. 118

Reviewer – David Owen-Norris

First Choice Recommendation:
(c/w Klavierstucke Opp. 116 and 119)
Stefan Vladar (piano)
Harmonia Mundi HMC901844 (CD)

Next week Rob Cowan compares recordings of Dvorak’s Symphony No. 9

10.25 am New Releases

MOZART: Violin Concerto No. 1 in B flat K207
(c/w Violin Concerto No.3 K.216 in G major; Sinfonia concertante for violin, viola & orchestra K.364 in E flat major)
Renaud Capucon (violin), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Louis Langree (conductor)
Virgin Classics 5099950211227 (CD)

10.35 am Interview with Semyon Bychkov (conductor)

Andrew talks to Russian-American conductor Semyon Bychkov. With extracts from the following discs:

RACHMANINOV: Symphonic Dances Op. 45; The Bells Op. 35
WDR Rundfunkchor Koln, Lege Artis Chamber Choir, Tatiana Pavlovskaya, (soprano), Evgeny Akimov (tenor), Vladimir Vaneev (baritone), WDR Sinfonieorchester Köln, Semyon Bychkov (conductor)
Profil PH07028 (Hybrid SACD)

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10; DETLEF GLANERT: Theatrum bestiarum
WDR Sinfonieorchester, Semyon Bychkov (conductor)
Avie AV2137 (Hybrid SACD)

WAGNER: Lohengrin
Kwangchul Youn (King Henry), Johan Botha (Lohengrin), Adrianne Pieczonka (Elsa von Brabant), Falk Struckmann (Friedrich von Telramund), Petra Lang (Ortrud), Eike Wilm Schulte (King's Herald), WDR Rundfunkchor Köln, NDR Chor, Prager Kammerchor
WDR Sinfonieorchester Koln, Semyon Bychkov (conductor)
Profil PH09004 (3 Hybrid SACDs)

11.10 am New Releases

Andrew explores a selection of new BBC Legends releases. With extracts from the following discs:

BERG: Lyric Suite (recorded 12th December 1966)
(c/w VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 6, Fantasia on a theme by Thomas Tallis; HADLEY: One Morning in Spring; BAX: Mediterranean)
London Philharmonic Orchestra, New Philharmonic Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)
BBC Legends BBCL42562 (CD, Mid Price)

ELGAR: Enigma Variations (recorded 3rd July 1967)
(c/w Reznicek: Donna Diana Overture, Tchaikovsky: Symphony No. 3)
Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Constantin Silvestri (conductor)
BBC Legends BBCL 4258-2 (CD, Mid Price)

DVORAK: Violin Concerto Op. 53 (recorded 9th September 1965)
(c/w BEETHOVEN: Violin Concerto)
Josef Suk (violin), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Malcolm Sargent (conductor)
BBC Legends BBCL42572 (CD, Mid Price)

BRAHMS: Die schöne Magelone Op. 33 (recorded 20th June 1965)
(c/w SCHUBERT: Auf der Donau; Der Wanderer; An die Freunde; Prometheus; Aus Helopolis II; Der Wanderer an den Mond; Fischerweise)
Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
BBC Legends BBCL 4255-2 (CD, Mid Price)

SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata in A DF. 959 (recorded 1st November 1970)
(c/w MENDELSSOHN: Andante and Rondo Capriccioso; SCHUMANN: Carnaval Op.9; TCHAIKOVSKY arr. Rachmaninov: Cradle Song
SCHUMANN arr. Tausig: Der Contrabandiste)
Shura Cherkasssky (piano)
BBC Legends BBCL42542 (CD, Mid Price)

11.45 am Disc of the Week

MAHLER: Symphony No. 4 (3rd and 4th movements)
Miah Persson (soprano), Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)
Channel Classics CCSSA26109 (Hybrid SACD)



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