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Monday - James Jolly

2 hours
First broadcast:
Monday 09 May 2011

With James Jolly. This week performances by Jiri Belohlavek, chief conductor of the BBC SO, and today a selection of recent releases of Victoria's music.

A Grand, Grand Overture, op.57
BBC Philharmonic
Rumon Gamba (conductor)
Chandos 10293

Partita in E major, BWV 1006
Jascha Heifetz (violin)
RCA 61748

No less an authority than Alfred Brendel has said that Paul Lewis is 'developing into one of the outstanding pianists of his generation'. Lewis's recordings of the complete Beethoven piano sonatas have been described by Gramophone Magazine as 'an unmissable benchmark', and Geoffrey Norris of the Daily Telegraph called his Beethoven piano concertos cycle 'a superb set in which Lewis asserts his own inspiring voice together with his mature insight into Beethoven's creative mind'. Today Paul Lewis performs the 3rd Beethoven concerto with the BBC Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Classical Collection's Artist of the Week, Jiri Belohlavek. Alternating energy and serenity, the concerto was composed in 1800, towards the end of Beethoven's so-called 'early period'. The composer himself gave the first performance, from a score that was, according to his page-turner, Ignaz von Seyfried, largely blank, as he hadn't yet had time to write down the piano part - happily, he found time to do this later.

Piano Concerto no.3 in C minor, op.37
Paul Lewis (piano)
BBC Symphony Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)
Harmonia Mundi HMC 902053.55

Columbia Symphony Orchestra
Igor Stravinsky (conductor)
Sony SM3K 46292

A selection of recent releases of music by Tomas Luis de Victoria as discussed on last Saturday's CD Review.

Presenter: James Jolly
Producer: Chris Barstow.


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