iPlayer Radio What's New?
Image for Building a Library: Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle

Sorry, this episode is not currently available on BBC iPlayer Radio

Building a Library: Bartok's Bluebeard's Castle

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.

    Search the Building a Library database
  • 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)

    Read recent Disc of the Week reviews


Free downloads

  1. Image for CD Review - Building a Library

    CD Review - Building a Library

    Listen to Building a Library, comparing available recordings of a work from the classical music…

  2. Image for Spirit of Schubert

    Spirit of Schubert

    BBC Radio 3 tells you everything you need to know about Franz Schubert. These free downloads will…

BBC © 2014 The BBC is not responsible for the content of external sites. Read more.

This page is best viewed in an up-to-date web browser with style sheets (CSS) enabled. While you will be able to view the content of this page in your current browser, you will not be able to get the full visual experience. Please consider upgrading your browser software or enabling style sheets (CSS) if you are able to do so.

Added. Check out your playlist Dismiss