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Building a Library - Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn, strings

3 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 28 May 2011

With Andrew McGregor. Includes Building a Library - Britten: Serenade for tenor, horn, strings; Iain Burnside on Recent Chopin releases; Disc of the Week: Beethoven string quartets.

  • 9.05am

    CHOPIN: Sonata no. 2 in Bb minor op. 35 ‘Funeral March’ (Recorded 1946), Preludes op. 28 (Recorded 1946), 3 Nouvelles Etudes op. posth. (Recorded 1958), Berceuse op. 57 (Recorded 1958), Barcarolle op. 60 (Recorded 1957)
    Arthur Rubinstein (piano)
    NAXOS HISTORICAL 8111369 (CD Budget)

    The Violin Concertos
    JULIUS RONTGEN: Violin Concerto in A minor, Ballad for Violin & Orchestra, Violin Concerto in F# minor
    Liza Ferschtman (violin), Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz, David Porcelijn (conductor)
    CPO 7774372 (CD)

    Complete Works for Violin and Orchestra
    MAX REGER: Romance op. 50 no.1 in G major, Romance op. 50 no.2 in D major, Violin Concerto op. 101 in A major (orch. Adolf Busch), Aria op. 103a no.3 in A major
    Kolja Lessing (violin), Gottingen Symphony Orchestra, Christoph-Mathias Mueller (conductor)
    TELOS TLS097 (CD)

    Cello concertos
    MARTINU: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra no.1 H.196
    HINDEMITH: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
    HONEGGER: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra
    Johannes Moser (cello), Deutsche Radio Philharmonie, Christoph Poppen (conductor)
    HANSSLER 93276 (CD)

  • 9.30am Building a Library

    Hilary Finch surveys available recordings of Britten’s Serenade op.31 for tenor, horn and strings and makes a recommendation:

    BRITTEN: Serenade op.31 for tenor, horn and strings
    c/w Sinfonietta op.1, Nocturne op.60
    Christoph Pregardien (tenor), Ib Lanzky-Otto (horn), Tapiola Sinfonietta, Osmo Vanska (conductor)
    BIS BISCD540 (CD)

  • 10.20am New Releases

    The Sibelius Edition Volume 12: Symphonies
    SIBELIUS: Symphony No.1 in E minor op.39, Symphony No.2 in D major op.43, Symphony No.3 in C major op.52, Symphony No.4 in A minor op.63, Symphony No.5 in Eb major op.82 (original 1915 version), Symphony No.5 in Eb major op.82 (final 1919 version), Symphony No.6 in D minor op.104, Symphony No.7 in C major op.105,
    Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vanska (conductor)
    SIBELIUS: Fragments and Preliminary Versions from Symphonies no. 1, 2, 3, 4 & 7
    Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Jaakko Kuusisto (conductor)
    BIS BISCD1933-35 (5CD mid price)

    Orchestral Works
    ARMAS JARNEFELT: Symphonic Fantasy, Suite in Eb major, Serenade, Berceuse for violin and orchestra
    Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Jaakko Kuusisto (conductor and solo violin)
    BIS BISCD1753 (CD)

    SIBELIUS: Symphony No. 2 in D major op. 43, Karelia Suite op. 11
    New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Pietari Inkinen (conductor)
    NAXOS 8572704 (CD budget)

    SIBELIUS: String Quartet in D minor ‘Voces intimae’ op 56
    SMETANA: String Quartet no.1 in E minor ‘From my life’, String Quartet no.2 in D minor
    Dante Quartet: Krysia Osostowicz (violin), Giles Francis (violin), Judith Busbridge (viola), Bernard Gregor-Smith (cello)
    HYPERION CDA67845 (CD)

  • 10.55am

    Iain Burnside shares his thoughts on recent Chopin releases

    Daniel Barenboim plays Chopin - The Warsaw Recital
    CHOPIN: Fantasia in F minor op. 49, Nocturne No. 8 in D flat op. 27 no. 2, Sonata in B flat minor op. 35, Barcarolle in F# major op. 60, Waltz in F major op. 34 no. 3, Waltz in A minor op. 34 no. 2, Waltz in C# minor op. 64 no. 2, Berceuse in Db major op. 57, Polonaise in Ab major op. 53, Waltz in Db major op. 64 no. 1
    Daniel Barenboim (piano)

    The Chopin Concertos
    CHOPIN: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no.1 in E minor op.11, Concerto for Piano and Orchestra no.2 in F minor op.21
    Daniel Barenboim (piano), Staatskapelle Berlin, Andris Nelsons (conductor)

    CHOPIN: Piano Concerto no. 1 in E minor (arranged for piano and string quintet), Piano Concerto no. 2 in F minor (arranged for piano and string quintet)
    Gianluca Luisi (piano – 1901 Steinway), Ensemble Concertant Frankfurt: Peter Agoston and Klaus Schwamm (violins), Wolfgang Tluck (viola), Ulrich Horn (cello), Timm Johannes Trappe (double bass)
    MDG MDG9031632 (Hybrid SACD)

    Yundi - Live in Beijing
    CHOPIN: Andante spianato and Grande Polonaise in E flat op.22, Sonata no.2 in Bb minor op.35, Mazurka op. 33 no.1 in G# minor, Mazurka op. 33 no.2 in D, Mazurka op. 33 no.3 in C, Mazurka op. 33 no.4 in B minor, Nocturne no. 1 in B flat minor op. 9, Nocturne no. 2 in E flat op.9, Nocturne no.2 in F sharp op. 15, Polonaise in Ab op.53
    TRAD.: Cai Yun Zhui Yue (Colourful Clouds Chasing the Rainbow)
    CHOPIN: Etude op.10 no.12 in C minor ‘Revolutionary’
    (DVD: Complete concert, including: CHOPIN: Nocturne no. 2 in D flat op. 27, Nocturne no. 1 in C minor op. 48)
    Yundi (piano)
    EMI Classics 6316392 (CD + DVD)

    Piano Recital 1972
    CHOPIN: Polonaise - Fantasy for Piano A flat major op. 61, Sonata for Piano no.3 in B minor op.58, Nocturne in C# minor op. post., Nocturne in F# major op. 15 no.2, Nocturne in B major op. 9 no.3, Nocturne in C minor op. 48 no.1, Nocturne in Db major op. 27 no.2, Ballade for Piano no. 4 in F minor op. 52
    Alexis Weissenberg (piano)

    CHOPIN: Barcarolle in F# major op. 60, Polonaise no. 2 in Bb major op. 71, Impromptu in Gb major op. 51, Valse no. 3 in Ab major op. 64, Grande valse nouvelle in Ab major op. 42, Ballade in Ab major op. 47, Sonate no. 3 in B minor op. 58
    Evgeni Bozhanov (piano)

  • 11.50am Disc of the Week

    11.50am Disc of the Week

    BEETHOVEN: String Quartet no.5 in A major Op.18, String Quartet no.3 in D major Op.18, String Quartet no.16 in F major Op.135
    Artemis Quartet: Natalia Prischepenko & Gregor Sigl (violins), Friedemann Weigle (viola), Eckart Runge (cello)
    VIRGIN CLASSICS 0708342 (CD)



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