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Building a Library: Recordings from Thomas Beecham

3 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 12 March 2011

CD Review with Andrew McGregor with all that's new in the world of classical music recordings.

  • 9.05am

    American Icons
    GERSHWIN arr. RICKARD: Porgy & Bess
    BARBER arr. RICKARD: Adagio for Strings
    GERSHWIN arr. RICKARD: Rhapsody in Blue
    BERNSTEIN: Prelude, Fugue and Riffs
    COPLAND: Fanfare for the Common Man
    Liu Ji (piano), Kimon Parry (clarinet), Royal Academy of Music Symphonic Brass, James Watson (conductor)
    Royal Academy of Music RAM042 (CD)

    GERSHWIN: Rhapsody in Blue – Jazz band version, Catfish Row – Symphonic Suite, Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra, Rialto Ripples
    Stefano Bollani (piano), Gewandhausorchester, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)
    DECCA 478 2739 (CD)

    Jazz Nocturne - American Concertos of the Jazz Age
    JOHNSON: Yamekraw – A Negro Rhapsody
    RESER: Suite for Banjo and Orchestra
    GERSHWIN: A Rhapsody in Blue – original jazz band version
    D. SUESSE: Jazz Nocturne, Concerto in Three Rhythms
    Gary Hammond, Tatiana Roitman, Michael Gurt, Peter Mintun (pianos), Don Vappie (banjo), Hot Springs Music Festival Symphony Orchestra, Richard Rosenberg (conductor)
    NAXOS 8559647 (CD)

    PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 2
    RAVEL: Piano Concerto
    Anna Vinnitskaya (piano), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Gilbert Varga (conductor)
    NAÏVE V5238 (CD)

  • 9.30am Thomas Beecham Collection

    Rob Cowan builds a Thomas Beecham Collection. Fifty years after his death, Rob Cowan looks at some recent issues of recordings from 'Britain's first international conductor.'

  • 10.35am

    BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique, Cleopatre
    Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano), Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin (conductor)
    BIS Records BISSACD1800 (SACD)

    Romantic Trumpet Sonatas
    GRIEG: Holberg Suite, Op. 40
    SCHUMANN: Sonata No.1 in A minor, Op. 105 (Transcribed by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood & Daniel-Ben Pienaar)
    MENDELSSOHN-BARTHOLDY: Sonata No.2 in D Major, Op. 58 (Transcribed by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood & Daniel-Ben Pienaar)
    PILSS: Sonata for Trumpet and Piano
    Jonathan Freeman-Attwood (trumpet), Daniel-Ben Pienaar (piano)
    LINN CKD370 (SACD)
    Transcribed by Jonathan Freeman-Attwood & Daniel-Ben Pienaar

  • 10.45am New Releases

    Anthony Noble looks at some recent recordings of Baroque keyboard music played on a range of historic instruments.

    SCARLATTI: Sonatas K.121, K. 204, K.193, K.175, K.124, K.513, K.431, K.178, K.64, K.213, K.141, K.273, K.419, K.284, K.113, K.87, K.409, K.157, K.423, K.138, K.214, K.490, K.491, K.492
    Mathieu Dupouy (harpsichord)

    Piano e Forte: Music at the Medici Court on Cristofori’s early pianoforte (c. 1730)
    PISTOIA: Sonata No.1, Andante from Sonata terza
    SCARLATTI: Ariettas
    BITTI: Sonata No.6
    BARSANTI: Sonata No. 4
    VERACINI: Sonata quarta
    MARCELLO: Serenata as Irene, Adagio from Sonata ottava, Riposo di Clori
    Maria Cristina Kiehr (soprano), Edoardo Torbianelli (pianoforte), Chiara Banchini (violin), Marc Hantai (traverse), Rebeka Ruso (viola da gamba), Daniele Caminiti (archlute)
    GLOSSA GCD922504 (CD)

    FRESCOBALDI: The Twelve Toccatas
    Christopher Stembridge (harpsichord)

    FRESCOBALDI: Works for Harpsichord Vol. 3 Harpsichord & Virginals.
    Toccata Seconda, Capriccio fatto sopra La Cucchu, Toccata Quarta, Balletto Primo - Corrente del Balletto Passacagli, Aria detta Balletto, Balletto Seconda - Corrente del Balletto, Toccata Undecima, Canzona Prima Toccata Decima, Canzona Quinta, Capriccio di Durezze, Capriccio sopra l’aria di Ruggiero, Recercar Terzo, Capriccio Fra Jacopino sopra l’Aria du Ruggiero, Balletto Terzo - Corrente del Balletto – Passacagli, Capriccio sopra La Bassa Fiamenga, Correntes 1-4, Aria detta la Frescobalda
    Richard Lester (harpsichord and virginals)
    NIMBUS Records NI5870 (CD)

    Vol. 7 Johann Jacob Froberger, Complete Capriccios
    FROBERGER: Complete Capriccios
    Bob van Asperen (Arp-Schnitger-Organ of the Ludgerikirche, Norden)
    AEOLUS AE10701 (CD)

    Bach Fantasy
    BACH: Fantasia in A minor BWV922, Fantasia & Fugue in A minor BWV904, Prelude & Fugue in F major BWV901, Capriccio sopra la lontananza des fratello dilettissimo BWV992, Prelude, Fugue & Allegro in E flat major BWV998, Adagio in G major from Violin Sonata in C major BWV968, Prelude & Fughetta in G major BWV902,
    Prelude & Fugue in A minor BWV894, Aria variata in A minor BWV989
    Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)
    APARTE AP010 (CD)

  • 11.40am Disc of the Week

    BERLIOZ Symphonie Fantastique, Cleopatre
    Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano), Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin (conductor)
    BIS Records BISSACD1800 (SACD)



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