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Building a Library: Rachmaninov's The Isle of the Dead

3 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 16 January 2010

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Rachmaninov's The Isle of the Dead; Disc of the Week: Bach's Magnificat, BWV243.

  • 09.05am

    DVORAK: Symphony No 7; Symphony No 8
    Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)
    Signum SIGCD183 (CD, Mid Price)

    MARTINU: Overture; Piano Concerto No 2; Les Fresques de Piero della Francesca; Piano Concerto No. 4 “Incantation”
    Robert Kolinsky (piano) / Basel Symphony Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)
    Ondine ODE11582 (CD)

    MARTINU: Symphony No. 5 H. 310; Symphony No. 6 (Fantaisies symphoniques) H. 343
    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra / Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)
    Supraphon SU40072 (CD)

  • 09.30am Building a Library

    09.30am Building a Library

    RACHMANINOV: The Isle of the Dead

    Reviewer – Geoffrey Norris

    First Choice Recommendation:

    (c/w Symphonies Nos 1-3; Symphonic Dances Op 45; The Bells Op 35)
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra / Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)
    Decca 4557982 (3CD)

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  • 10.20am Forthcoming Release

    Songs my Great-Grandfather Taught Me (arranged by Josef Suk)
    DVORAK: Gypsy Songs Op 55; Love Songs Op 83; Biblical Songs Op 99; In Folk Tone Op 73 Nos 1-3; Four Songs Op 82 No 1 (Leave Me Alone) ; Lullaby b194; Moravian Duets Op 32 No 11 (Captured)
    Josef Suk (violin and viola) / Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
    Toccata Classics TOCC0100 (CD)
    CD released 08/02/10
    Download available now from: http://www.toccataclassics.com

  • 10.25am Carole Cerasi Interview

    Andrew talks to harpsichordist Carole Cerasi. With extracts from the following:

    Haydn and the Art of Variation
    HAYDN: Sonata in C major Hob XVI/48; Sonata in G major Hob XVI/40; Sonata in D major Hob XVI/19; Sonata in D major Hob XVI/42; Andante and Variations in f minor Hob XVII/6
    Carole Cerasi (fortepiano and clavichord)
    Metronome METCD1085 (CD)

  • 10.50am New Releases

    HAYDN: The Complete Symphonies
    Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra / Dennis Russell Davies (conductor)
    Sony 88697443312 (37CD, Budget)

    HAYDN: The Complete Symphonies
    Philharmonia Hungarica / Antal Dorati (conductor)
    Decca 4781221 (33CD, Budget) [Limited edition]
    Decca 4485312 (33CD)

    Haydn – The Paris Symphonies
    HAYDN: Symphonies Nos 82-87
    Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)
    Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 82876606022 (3CD, Mid)

    HAYDN: Symphonies Nos 6-8 'Le Matin', 'Le Midi', 'Le Soir'
    Freiburger Barockorchester / Petra Mullejans (conductor)
    Harmonia Mundi HMX2961767 (CD, Mid Price)

    HAYDN: The Complete Symphonies
    Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra / Adam Fischer (conductor)
    Brilliant Classics 99925 (33CD, Budget)

    also available as MP3s:

    HAYDN: The Complete Symphonies; Violin Concerto in C major; Violin Concerto in G major; Overtures 'La Vera Costanza' and 'La fedelta premiata'; March for the Royal Society
    Austro-Hungarian Haydn Orchestra / Adam Fisher (conductor)
    Nimbus NI1722 (8 disc MP3 Box Set)

  • 11.45am Disc of the Week

    11.45am Disc of the Week

    BACH: Magnificat BWV243; Missa BWV235; Fuga sopra il Magnificat BWV733; Prelude and Fugue BWV541
    Maria Keohane (soprano) / Anna Zander (soprano) / Carlos Mena (alto) / Hans-Jorg Mammel (tenor) / Stephan MacLeod (bass) / Ricercar Consort / Philippe Pierlot (director)
    Mirare MIR102 (CD + bonus DVD)



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