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Building a Library: Brahms: Die schone Magelone

3 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 13 March 2010

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Brahms: Die schone Magelone; New early vocal music releases; Disc of the Week: Prokofiev string quartets.

  • 09.05am

    PERGOLESI: Confitebor tibi, Domine; Chi non ode e chi non vede; Salve Regina in A minor; Dixit Dominus
    Rachel Harnisch (soprano) / Julia Kleiter (soprano) / Rosa Bove (contralto) / Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera / Orchestra Mozart / Claudio Abbado (conductor)
    Archiv 4778465 (CD)

    ELGAR: Froissart Overture Op 19; Symphony No 1 in A flat major Op 55; Symphony No 2 in E flat major Op 63
    Philharmonia Orchestra / Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)
    Signum SIGCD179 (2CD, mid price)

    ELGAR: The Kingdom Op 51 (Prelude); Violin Concerto in B minor Op 61*; The Dream of Gerontius Op 38 (Prelude and Angel’s Farewell^) [Elgar's revised version, without chorus]
    Thomas Zehetmair (violin)* / Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano)^ / Halle / Sir Mark Elder (conductor)
    Halle CDHLL7521 (CD)

  • 09.30am Building a Library

    09.30am Building a Library

    BRAHMS: Die Schone Magelone

    Reviewer – Hilary Finch

    First Choice Recommendations:

    Baritone and piano:

    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 [Brahms]) / Benjamin Britten (piano [Schubert]) [live at Aldeburgh 20 June 1965]
    BBC Legends BBCL42552 (CD)

    Tenor, narrator and fortepiano:

    Christoph Pregardien (tenor) / Andreas Staier (fortepiano) / Vanessa Redgrave (narrator)
    Teldec 8573809162 (CD)

    Next week Richard Wigmore compares recordings of Bach’s Cantata BWV 56 ‘Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen’.

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  • 10.20am

    BRITTEN: Billy Budd
    Philip Langridge (tenor) / Simon Keenlyside (baritone) / John Tomlinson (bass) / Alan Opie (baritone) / Matthew Best (bass-baritone) / Alan Ewing (bass) / Francis Egerton (tenor) / Quentin Hayes (baritone) / Clive Bayley (bass) / Mark Padmore (tenor) / London Symphony Chorus / Tiffin Boys' Choir / London Symphony Orchestra / Richard Hickox (conductor)
    Chandos CHAN9826 (3CD)

    STRAVINSKY: The Rake's Progress
    Stafford Dean (Trulove) / Cathryn Pope (Anne) / Philip Langridge (Tom Rakewell) / Samuel Ramey (Nick Shadow) / Astrid Varnay (Mother Goose) / Sarah Walker (Baba the Turk) / John Dobson (Sellem) / Matthew Best (Keeper) / London Sinfonietta Chorus / London Sinfonietta / Riccardo Chailly (conductor)
    Decca 4757005 (2CD)

    BRITTEN: Suite Op 83; PATTERSON: Spiders Op 48; Bugs Op 93; BYRNES: Visions in Twilight; YUN: In Balance; TAKEMITSU: Stanza II for harp and tape
    Lavinia Meijer (harp)
    Channel Classics CCSSA29709 (Hybrid SACD)

    GODEFROID: Etude de Concert in E flat minor Op 193; HINDEMITH: Sonata for Harp; RENIE: Piece Symphonique; GINASTERA (arr. Milot): Milonga Op 3; RAVEL (arr. Kondonassis): Pavane pour une infante defunte; BRITTEN: Suite for harp in C major Op 83; LIZOTTE: La Madone; SALZEDO: Scintillation Op 31
    Valerie Milot (harp)
    Analekta AN29974 (CD)

    Microcosm Concerto – Harp Music by G. F. Haendel
    HANDEL: Suite in D minor HWV448; Concerto per la Harpa HWV294; BABELL: Lascia ch'io pianga Sung by Sig.ra Isabella in the Opera Rinaldo; ANON: Theme avec Variations pour Harpe compose par G. F. Handel; JONES: The Microcosmo Concerto composed by G. F. Handel; BOCHSA: Introduction founded on Handel’s original Recitative “O let eternal honours” and Air “From Mighty Kings”; HANDEL (arr. Bochsa): Messiah (For unto us a child is born)
    Mara Galassi (welsh triple harp and Erard harp) / Giovanni Togni (organ, harpsichord and fortepiano)
    Glossa GCD921303 (CD)

  • 10.50am New Releases

    Berta Joncus talks to Andrew about new releases of early vocal music. With extracts from the following:

    PERGOLESI: Missa S. Emidio; Salva Regina in F minor, E dover che le luci – Manca la guida al pie; Laudate pueri Dominum
    Veronica Cangemi (soprano) / Sara Mingardo (contralto) / Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera / Orchestra Mozart / Claudio Abbado (conductor)
    Archiv Produktion 4778463 (CD)

    Opera At Eszterhaza – Arias
    HAYDN: La Circe (Son pietosa, son bonina; Son due ore che giro; Lavatevi presto); Infelice sventurata; Costretta a piangere; Signor, voi sapete; Solo e pensoso; Dice benissimo; Da che penso a maritarmi; Se tu mi sprezzi, ingrata; Tornate pur mia bella; Begli occhi vezzosi; Ah, tu non senti – Qual de opera pasticcio
    Miah Persson (soprano) / Bernard Richter (tenor) / Kirstin Chavez (mezzo-soprano) / Ivan Paley (baritone) / Manfred Hemm (bass) / Christoph Genz (tenor) / Haydn Sinfonietta Wien / Manfred Huss (conductor)
    BIS BISSACD1811 (Hybrid SACD)

    GLUCK: Iphigenie en Aulide (Calchas, d'un trait mortel perce); Alceste (Misero! E Che Faro!...No, Si Atroce Costanza); Orphee ed Euridice (J'ai perdu mon Euridice); Iphigenie en Tauride (Divinite des grandes ames); MOZART: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail (Overture; Hier soll ich dich den sehen; Ich baue ganz auf deinem starke); La Clemenza di Tito (Overture; Del piu sublime soglio; Ah, se fosse intorno al trono; Se’all’ impero); BERLIOZ: Les Troyens (O blonde Ceres); Beatrice et Benedict (Ah! je vais l’aimer); Lelio ou Le retour a la vie Op 14b No 4 (Chant du Bonheur); Le Damnation de Faust (Air de Faust)
    Andrew Kennedy (tenor) / The Southbank Sinfonia / Simon Over (conductor)
    Signum SIGCD189 (CD)

    Ombre de mon amant – French Baroque Arias
    CHARPENTIER: Medee (Ouverture; Princesse c'est sur vous; Act III Scenes 3-7); Concert pour quatre parties de violes H545 (Prelude; Gigue angloise; Gigue francoise); Auprs du feu l'on fait l'amour H446; Celle qui fait mon tourment H450; LAMBERT: Ma bergere est tendre et fidelle; Ombre de mon Amant; Vos mepris chaque jour; Vos mepris chaque jour; RAMEAU: Hippolyte et Aricie (Cruelle mere des amours; Quelle plainte en ces lieux m'appelle?); Les fetes d'Hebe (Air gracieux pour Zephyre et les Graces; Vole, Zephyre!; Tambourins I and II; Air tender; Pour le Genie de Mars; La Victoire)
    Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano) / Les Arts Florissants / William Christie (director)
    Deutsche Grammophon 4778610 (CD)

    RAMEAU: Platee
    Bruce Brewer (tenor) / Isabelle Poulenard (soprano) / Gilles Ragon (tenor) / Nicolas Rivenq (baritone) / Ensemble Sagittarius / Ensemble Vocal du Centre Nayional d’Insertion d’Art Lyrique de Marseille / Grande Ecurie et la Chambre du Roy / Jean-Claude Malgoire (director)
    Calliope CAL9424.5 (2CD, mid price)

  • 11.45am Disc of the Week

    11.45am Disc of the Week

    PROKOFIEV: String Quartet No 1 in B minor Op 50; Sonata for Two Violins in C major Op 56; String Quartet No 2 in F major Op 92 on Kabardinian themes
    Pavel Haas Quartet
    Supraphon SU39572 (CD)



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