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Building a Library: Prokofiev: Symphony No 6

3 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 16 April 2011

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

  • 9.05am

    Easter and Ascension Oratorios
    J.S. BACH: Easter Oratorio, Ascension Oratorio
    Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), James Gilchrist (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass), Rachel Brown (flute), Retrospect Ensemble, Matthew Halls (conductor)

    J.S. BACH: St.Matthew Passion BWV244
    Amaryllis Dieltiens (soprano), Siri Karoline Thornhill (soprano), Tim Mead (altus), Matthew White (altus), Gerd Turk (Evangelist), Peter Harvey (Jesus), Julian Podger (tenor), Charles Daniels (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass), Sebastian Noack (bass), The Netherlands Bach Society, Kampen Boys Choir, Jos van Veldhoven (conductor)
    CHANNEL CLASSICS CCSSA32511 (2 Hybrid SACD + Illustrated text book)

    SCHUTZ: Matthaus-passion
    Julian Podger (Evangelist), Jakob Bloch Jespersen (Jesus), Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier (conductor)
    DACAPO 8226094 (CD)

  • 9.30am Building a Library

    Jonathan Swain surveys available recordings of Prokofiev’s Symphony no. 6 and makes a top recommendation:

    Prokofiev: The Complete Symphonies
    PROKOFIEV: Symphony No.1 (Classical) Op.25, Symphony No.4 (revised version) Op.112, Symphony No.2 Op.40, Symphony No.3 Op.44, Symphony No.4 (original version) Op.47, Symphony No.5 Op.100, Symphony No.6 Op.111, Symphony No.7 Op.131
    London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)
    PHILIPS 4757655 (4CD)

  • 10.15am New Releases

    FRANCK: Sonata for Violin and Piano in A major
    GRIEG: Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 2 in G major, op. 13
    JANÁCEK: Sonata for Violin and Piano
    Vadim Repin (violin), Nikolai Lugansky (piano)

    In The Mists
    JANACEK: In the mists
    SCHUBERT: Sonata in A minor D784
    LISZT: Tre Sonetti di Petrarca from Annees de Pelerinage
    RACHMANINOV: Prelude in D Major Op.23 no.4, Prelude in G Major Op.32 no.5, Moments Musicaux Op.16 no.3 and no.4
    Ivana Gavric (piano)

    PROKOFIEV: Romeo and Juliet (complete ballet score)
    London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)
    LSO LIVE LSO0682 (2 Hybrid SACDs) Budget

  • 10:50am

    Jeremy Summerly looks at some recent recordings of choral music from Iceland, Scandinavia and the Baltic States.

    Passion and Resurrection & other choral music
    ERIKS ESENVALDS: Passion and Resurrection
    Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Polyphony, Britten Sinfonia, Stephen Layton (conductor)
    HYPERION CDA67796 (CD)

    Nordic Sounds
    SVEN-DAVID SANDSTROM: Lobet den Herrn (2003), Ave Maria (1994), Hear my prayer O Lord (1986), Es ist genug (1986), A new song of love (2009), Laudamus Te (1993), Agnus Dei (1981), Singet dem Herrn (2003)
    Swedish Radio Choir, Peter Dijkstra (conductor)

    White Night: Impressions of Norwegian Folk Music
    TRADITIONAL: Gjendines Badnlat; Jeg lagde mig sa sildig; Jesus din sote forening a smake; Nadigste Jesus / Jesus styr du mine tankar; Med Jesus vil eg fara; Bruremarsj fra Valsoyfjord
    GJERMUND LARSEN: Polonese, Gropen, Solbonn, Solistvals
    EIVIND GROVEN: Margjit Hjukse Op.48, Eivind Buene: Allsang
    The Norwegian Soloists' Choir, Grete Pedersen (conductor), Berit Opheim Versto (folk singer), Gjermund Larsen (fiddle and hardanger fiddle)
    BIS 1871 (Hybrid SACD)

    The Natural World of Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen
    GUDMUNDSEN-HOLMGREEN: Examples (1970), Again (2006), Six simple Danish Songs, Three Stages (2003), Four Madrigals from the Natural World (2001)
    Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier (conductor)
    DACAPO 6220583 (Hybrid SACD)

  • 11.45am Disc of the Week

    11.45am Disc of the Week

    SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 1 in F minor Op. 10, Symphony No. 3 in E flat major - ‘The First of May’ Op. 20
    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Choir, Vasily Petrenko (conductor)
    NAXOS 8572396 (CD)



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