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Building a Library: Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle

Duration:
3 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 17 April 2010

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle; Recent discs of Bernstein, Barber, Stravinsky and Lindberg; Disc of the Week: Chopin: Nocturnes.

  • 09.05am

    CHOPIN: Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor Op 58; Impromptu No 4 in C sharp minor Op 66 'Fantaisie-Impromptu'; Prelude in C sharp minor Op 45; Scherzo No 4 in E major Op 54; Nocturne No 4 in F major Op 15 No 1; Fantasia in F minor Op 49; Waltz No 7 in C sharp minor Op 64 No 2
    Nikolai Lugansky (piano)
    Onyx ONYX4049 (CD)

    Chopin – Late Masterpieces
    CHOPIN: Barcarolle in F sharp major Op 60; Mazurka No 40 in F minor Op 63 No 2; Mazurka No 45 in A minor Op 67 No 4; Mazurka No 41 in C sharp minor Op 63 No 3; Mazurka No 49 in F minor Op 68 No 4; Polonaise No 7 in A flat major Op 61 'Polonaise-fantaisie'; Nocturne No 17 in B major Op 62 No 1; Nocturne No 18 in E major Op 62 No 2; Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor Op 58; Berceuse in D flat major Op 57
    Stephen Hough (piano)
    Hyperion CDA67764 (CD)

    Argerich Plays Chopin
    CHOPIN: Ballade No 1 in G minor Op 23; Etude Op 10 No 4 in C sharp minor; Mazurka No 26 in C sharp minor Op 41 No 1; Mazurka No 27 in E minor Op 41 No 2; Mazurka No 15 in C major Op 24 No 2; Mazurka No 40 in F minor Op 63 No 2; Mazurka No 23 in D major Op 33 No 2; Nocturne No 4 in F major Op 15 No 1; Nocturne No 16 in E flat major Op 55 No 2; Piano Sonata No 3 in B minor Op 58; Mazurkas Op 59 Nos 1-3
    Martha Argerich (piano) – Mono Radio Recordings from 1959 and 1967
    Deutsche Grammophon 4777557 (CD)

  • 09.30am Building a Library

    09.30am Building a Library

    BARTOK: Duke Bluebeard’s Castle

    Reviewer – Rob Cowan

    First Choice Recommendation:

    John Tomlinson (Baritone) / Anne Sofie von Otter (Mezzo Soprano) / Sandor Eles (Speaker) / Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra / Bernard Haitink (Conductor)
    EMI 5561622 (download)

    CD Recommendation:

    c/w BERG: Wozzeck (Three Fragments)*
    Mihaly Szekely (baritone) / Olga Szonyi (soprano) / London Symphony Orchestra / Antal Dorati (conductor) / Helga Pilarczyk (soprano)*
    Brilliant Classics 9092 (CD, budget)

    Next week Misha Donat compares recordings of Schubert’s Sonata for Piano Duet 'Grand Duo' D812.

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  • 10.20am Recent Release

    MENDELSSOHN: Piano Trio No 1 in D minor Op 49; Piano Trio No 2 in C minor Op 66
    Yo-Yo Ma (cello) / Itzhak Perlman (cello) / Emanuel Ax (piano)
    Sony 88697521922 (CD)

  • 10.30am New Releases

    Ivan Hewett talks to Andrew about recent releases of twentieth-century orchestral music. With extracts from the following:

    STRAVINSKY: Pulcinella; Symphony in Three Movements; Four Etudes
    Roxana Constantinescu (mezzo-soprano) / Nicholas Phan (tenor) / Kyle Ketelsen (bass-baritone) / Chicago Symphony Orchestra / Pierre Boulez (conductor)
    CSO Resound CSOR901918 (CD) [also available as Hybrid SACD]

    KLAMI: Northern Lights Op 38; Cheremissian Fantasy Op 19*; Kalevala Suite Op 23
    Samuli Peltonen (cello)* / Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra / John Storgards (conductor)
    Ondine ODE11432 (CD)

    VON EINEM: Konzert fur Klavier und Orchester Op 20; Dantons Tod – Orchestersuite Op 6a; Wandlungen Op 21; Nachtstuck Op 29; Medusa – Suite aus dem Ballett Op 24
    Konstantin Lifschitz (piano) / RSO Vienna / Cornelius Meister (conductor)
    Orfeo C764091A (CD)

    LINDBERG: Grafitti; Seht die Sonne
    Helsinki Chamber Choir / Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra / Sakari Oramo (conductor)
    Ondine ODE11572 (CD)

    BERNSTEIN: Serenade after Plato’s ‘Symposium’; BLOCH: Baal Shem – Three pictures of Chassidic Life; BARBER: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op 14
    Vadim Gluzman / Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra / John Neschling (conductor)
    BIS BISSACD1662 (Hybrid SACD)

  • 11.25am Recent Releases

    SCHUBERT: Symphony No 8 in B minor ‘Unfinished’ D759; Symphony No 9 in C major ‘Great’ D944
    Swedish Chamber Orchestra / Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)
    BIS BISSACD1656 (Hybrid SACD)

    SCHUBERT: 4 Impromptus Op 90 D899; 4 Impromptus Op 142 D935
    Alexei Lubimov (pianofortes – Muller [1810] and Schantz [1828])
    Zig-Zag Territoires ZZT100102 (CD)

    SCHUBERT: Die Winterreise
    Werner Gura (tenor) / Christoph Berner (pianoforte – Ronisch [1872])
    Harmonia Mundi HMC902066 (CD)

  • 11.50am Disc of the Week

    11.50am Disc of the Week

    CHOPIN: Nocturnes Nos 1-20
    Nelson Freire (piano)
    Decca 4782182 (2CD, mid price)

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