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Discs of the Week: Two versions of Mahler's Symphony No 9

Duration:
3 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 28 November 2009

With Andrew McGregor. Including Louis Spohr: Anniversary round-up; New releases of operatic arias - Fleming, Terfel; Discs of the Week: Two versions of Mahler's Symphony No 9.

  • 09.05am

    Rachmaninoff Plays Rachmaninoff
    RACHMANINOFF: Prelude in C sharp minor Op 3 No 2; Etude Tableau in C major Op 33 No 2; Etude Tableau in E flat major Op 33 No 7; Daisies Op 38 No 3; Moment Musical in E flat minor Op 16 No 2; KREISLER (arr. Rachmaninoff): Liebesleid; Liebesfreud; RIMSKY-KORSAKOV (arr. Rachmaninoff): Flight of the Bumblebee; MENDELSSOHN (arr. Rachmaninoff): A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Scherzo); TCHAIKOVSKY (arr. Rachmaninoff): Lullaby; BACH (arr. Rachmaninoff): Violin Partita No 3 BWV 1006 (Gavotte en Rondeau and Gigue)
    Sergei Rachmaninoff (piano) [Zenph Re-Performance, recorded 2009]
    RCA 88697489712 (CD)

    Joshua Bell - At Home with Friends
    GRIEG: Sonata No 3 in C minor for Violin and Piano [with Sergei Rachmaninov (piano)]; GERSHWIN (arr. Goldstein): I Loves You Porgy; DOWLAND (arr. Redford and Bell): Come Again; PIAZOLLA: Oblivion; MORRICONE and GROBAN (arr. Lubbock): Cinema Paradiso; GOMEZ: Para Ti; RODGERS and HART (arr. Musiker): My Funny Valentine; etc
    For more details see: http://www.joshuabell.com/
    Joshua Bell (violin), featuring Chris Botti (trumpet), Sting (vocals), Carel Kraayenhof (bandoneon), Josh Groban (vocals), Tiempo Libre, Kristin Chenoweth (vocals), Edgar Meyer (bass), Sam Bush (mandolin), Mike Marshall (guitar), Sergei Rachmaninoff (piano) [Zenph Re-performance], Frankie Moreno (piano and vocals), Nathan Gunn (baritone), Dave Grusin (piano), Chris Thile (mandolin), Anoushka Shankar (sitar), and Marvin Hamlisch (piano)
    Sony 88697554362 (CD)

    RACHMANINOV: Etudes-Tableaux Op 39; Corelli Variations Op 42
    Alexander Romanovsky (piano)
    Decca 4763334 (CD)

    BRAHMS: Variations on a Theme by Joseph Haydn Op 56b (version for two pianos); RACHMANINOV: Symphonic Dances Op 45 (version for two pianos); SCHUBERT: Rondo in A major D 951 “Grand Rondeau” (for piano four hands); Ravel: La Valse (version for two pianos)
    Martha Argerich and Nelson Freire (pianos)
    Deutsche Grammophon 4778570 (CD)

  • 09.35am Building a Library

    09.35am Building a Library

    Anthony Burton talks to Andrew about recent recordings of music by Louis Spohr, in the 150 anniversary year of the composer’s death. With extracts from the following discs:

    SPOHR: Violin Concerto No 6 in G minor Op 28; Violin Concerto No 8 in A minor Op 47 ‘in modo di scena cantante’; Violin Concerto No 11 in G major Op 70
    Simone Lamsma (violin) / Sinfonia Finlandia / Patrick Gallois (conductor)
    Naxos 8.570528 (CD, Budget)

    SPOHR: Violin Concerto No 1 in D major Op 6; Violin Concerto No 8 in A minor Op 47 ‘in modo di scena cantante’
    Hilary Hahn (violin) / Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Eiji Oue (conductor)
    Deutsche Grammophon B0007188-02 (CD)

    KROMMER: Concerto for Two Clarinets; SPOHR: Clarinet Concerto No 4; Clarinet Concerto No 2
    Sabine Meyer (clarinet) / Julian Bliss (clarinet) / Academy of St Martin in the Fields / Kenneth Sillito (director)
    EMI 379 7862 (CD)

    SPOHR: Clarinet Concerto No 3 in F minor; Clarinet Concerto No 4 in E minor
    Michael Collins (clarinet) / Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Robin O’Neill (conductor)
    Hyperion CDA67561 (CD)

    SPOHR: Grand Concert Overture in F major; Symphony No 1 in E flat major Op 20; Symphony No 2 in D minor Op 49
    Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana / Howard Shelley (conductor)
    Hyperion CDA67616 (CD)

    SPOHR: Symphony No 2 in D minor Op 49; Symphony No 8 in G major Op 137; Concert Overture in D major Op 126
    NDR Radiophilharmonie / Howard Griffiths (conductor)
    CPO 777 178-2 (Hybrid SACD)

    SPOHR: The Last Judgement
    Chorwerk Ruhr / Capella Coloniensis / Bruno Weil (conductor)
    Capriccio 60135 (CD)

    SPOHR: String Quartet No 9 in F minor Op 29 No 3; String Quartet No 17 in G major Op 58 No 3
    Moscow Philharmonic Concertino String Quartet
    Marco Polo 8.225315 (CD, Mid Price)

    SPOHR: String Sextet in C major Op 140; Nonet in F major Op 31
    Camerata Freden
    Tacet TACET172 (CD)

    SPOHR: Nonet in F major Op 31; Octet in E major Op 32
    Gaudier Ensemble
    Hyperion CDA 66699 (CD)

    SPOHR: Double Quartet No 1 in D minor Op 65; Double Quartet No 2 in E flat major Op 77
    Forde Ensemble
    Naxos 8.570963 (CD, Budget)


    Next week Rob Cowan compares recordings of Shostakovich’s Symphony No 15.

  • 10.25am Recent Releases

    The Sibelius Edition Vol 9 – Chamber Music II
    Includes: Chamber Works for Cello; String Duos and Trios; Music for Kantele; Music for Brass Ensemble
    For more details see: http://www.bis.se/index.php?op=album&aID=BIS-CD-1924-26
    Jaakko Kuusisto (violin) / Laura Vikman (violin) / Nobuko Imai (viola) / Anna Kreetta Gribajcevic (viola) / Torleif Thedeen (cello) / Taneli Turunen (cello) / Joel Laakso (cello) / Folke Grasbeck (piano) / Suvi Lehtonen-Grasbeck (kantele) / Lasse Poysti (narrator) / brasspartout
    BIS BISCD1924-26 (5CD, 5 CDs for the price of 3)

    Carl Nielsen - Music for Wind and Piano
    NIELSEN: Quintet for Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn and Bassoon Op 43; Serenata in vano for Clarinet, Bassoon, Horn, Cello and Double Bass; Fantasy for Clarinet and Piano; Fantasy Pieces for Oboe and Piano Op 2; Canto serioso for Horn and Piano; Fantasy Pieces for Flute and Piano and Solo Flute (The Fog Is Lifting and The Children Are Playing: Allegretto); Three Piano Pieces Op 59; Allegretto for Two Recorders; Three extracts from the Quintet as they appear in Nielsen’s autograph manuscript
    New London Chamber Ensemble / Michael Dussek (piano) / Pierre Doumenge (cello) / Leon Bosch (double bass) / Helen Hooker (recorder) / Sophie Middleditch (recorder)
    Meridian CDE84580 (CD)

    HOLMBOE: Kairos (String Sinfonias I-IV) Op 73; Sinfonia IV Op 73d (1962)
    Camerata Wales / Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor)
    BIS BISCD1596 (CD)

    RUDERS: Four Dances in One Movement; Nightshade; Abysm
    Birmingham Contemporary Music Group / Oliver Knussen (conductor)
    Dacapo 8.226028 (CD)

  • 11.00am New Releases

    Andrew talks to Warwick Thompson about new releases of opera music. With extracts from the following discs:

    Renee Fleming – Verismo
    PUCCINI: Suor Angelica (Senza Mamma); La Rondine (Ore dolci e divine; Bevo al tuo fresco sorriso); La Boheme (Si mi chiamo Mimi; Addio…Donde lieta); Manon Lescaut (Sola perduta, abandonata); Turandot (Tu che di gel cinta); MASCAGNI: Iris (Un di ero piccina); Lodoletta (Ah, il suo nome… Flammen perdonami); CATALANI: La Wally (Ne mai dunque avro pace…Ohime!); LEONCAVALLO: La Boheme (Musette svaria sulla vocca viva; Mimi Pinson la biondinetta); Zaza (Angioletto, il tuo nome?); ZANDONAI: Conchita (Ier della Fabbrica); CILEA: Gloria (O mia cun fiorita); GIORDANO: Fedora (Tutto tramonta); Siberia (Nel so amore)
    Renee Fleming (soprano) / Chorus and Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi/ Marco Armiliato (conductor)
    Decca 4781533 (CD)

    Bryn Terfel – Bad Boys
    BOITO: Mefistofele (Sono lo Spirito che nega); PUCCINI: Tosca (Tre sbirri, una carrozza); DONIZETTI: L'elisir d'amore (Udite, udite, o rustici); VERDI: Otello (Vanne … Credo in un Dio crudel); WEBER: Der Freischutz (Schweig, schweig, damit dich niemand warnt); GERSHWIN: Porgy and Bess (It ain't necessarily so); WEILL: Die Dreigroschenoper (Die Moritat von Mackie Messer); SONDHEIM: Sweeney Todd (Epiphany); SULLIVAN: Ruddigore (When the night wind howls); SCHONBERG: Les Miserables (Stars); PONCHIELLI: La Gioconda (O monumento); ROSSINI: Il barbiere di Siviglia (La calunnia e un venticello); BEETHOVEN: Fidelio (Ha! Welch ein Augenblick!); GOUNOD: Faust (Le veau d'or est toujours debout); MOZART: Don Giovanni (Don Giovanni, a cenar teco m'invitasti)
    Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone) / Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Balcarras Crafoord (baritone) / Swedish Radio Choir / Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Paul Daniel (conductor)
    Deutsche Grammophon 4778091 (CD)

    Franz Lehar: Love was a Dream
    LEHAR: Schon ist die Welt (Just believe it’s true); The Merry Widow (Vilia; Love unspoken); Paganini (Girls were made to love and kiss; Beautiful Italy); Frederica (Oh maiden, my maiden); The Land of Smiles (You are my heart’s delight; Patiently smiling; Beneath the window); Giuditta (Love was a dream; Friends, this is the life for me!); Frasquita (Farewell, my love, farewell)
    Alfie Boe (tenor) / The Orchestra of Scottish Opera / Michael Rosewell (conductor)
    Linn Records CKD346 (Hybrid SACD)

    COLORaturaS
    GOUNOD: Romo et Juliette (Ah, je veux vivre); VERDI: Rigoletto (Gualtier Malde...Caro nome); Un Ballo in Maschera (Volta la terrea; Saper vorreste); STRAUSS: Ariadne auf Naxos (Grossmachtige Prinzessin); ROSSINI: Il Barbiere di Siviglia (Una voce poco fa); STRAVINSKY: The Rakes Progress (No word from Tom… Quietly night... I go to him): PUCCINI: Gianni Schicchi (O mio babbino caro); DONIZETTI: Linda di Chamounix (O luce di quest amina); THOMAS: Hamlet (A vos jeux, mes amis); BERNSTEIN: Candide (Glitter and be gay)
    Diana Damrau (soprano) / Munich Radio Orchestra / Dan Ettinger (conductor)
    Virgin 5193132 (CD)

  • 11.40am Disc of the Week (Part 1)

    11.40am Disc of the Week (Part 1)

    MAHLER: Symphony No 9 in D major
    Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra / Alan Gilbert (conductor)
    BIS BISSACD1710 (Hybrid SACD)

  • 12.00pm Disc of the Week (Part 2)

    12.00pm Disc of the Week (Part 2)

    MAHLER: Symphony No 9 in D major
    Bamberger Symphoniker / Jonathan Nott
    Tudor TUDOR7162 (2 Hybrid SACD, 2 SACDs for the price of 1)

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