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Building a Library: Bruckner's Symphony no. 8

Duration:
3 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 01 October 2011

With Andrew McGregor. Including 9.30 Building a Library: Bruckner: Symphony No 8. 10.15 Reissues. 10.45 Recent chamber music releases. 11.45 Disc of the Week: Handel: Agrippina.

  • 9.05 am

    Barbaric Beauty - Telemann and 18th Century Dance Manuscriptn
    TELEMANN: 18th c. dances
    Holland Baroque Society, Milos Valent (violin)
    CHANNEL CLASSICS CCSSA31911 (Hybrid SACD)


    An Italian Rant - Italian Masters in Britain
    VIVALDI: Concerto in G minor RV 156
    GEMINIANI: Sonata in D Major ‘Bush aboon Traquair’, Sonata for Violin in A Major Op. 4 No. 10
    CERVETTO: Sonata in G minor Op. 1, No. 3
    CORELLI: Sonata for Violin and Continuo Op. 5 No. 12 ‘La follia’
    PARADISI: Sonata No. 7 in Bb Major from Sonate di gravicembalo
    ALBINONI: Concerto for Oboe and Strings in D minor Op. 9 No. 2
    TRADITIONAL/ PLAYFORD/ OZMO: An Italian Rant
    L’Avventura London, Zak Ozmo (director)
    OPELLA NOVA ONCD015 (CD)


    Porpora Cantatas
    PORPORA: Or che una nube ingrate, Oh se fosse il mio core, Destatevi o pastori,
    Oh Dio che non e vero, Veggo la selva e il monte, Dal povero mio cor
    Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (conductor)
    HYPERION CDA67894 (CD)


    J. C. BACH: Missa da Requiem, Miserere
    Lenneke Ruiten (soprano), Ruth Sandhoff (alto), Colin Balzer (tenor), Thomas Bauer (bass), Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Hans-Christoph Rademann (conductor)
    HARMONIA MUNDI HMC902098 (CD)

  • 9.30 am Building a Library

    Richard Osborne surveys available recordings of Bruckner’s Symphony no. 8 and makes recommendations:

    First choice:

    BRUCKNER: Symphony no. 8
    Berliner Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor)
    TESTAMENT SBT21436 (2 CD)

    Single disc choice:

    Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik (conductor)
    BR KLASSIK 900703 (CD)

    Historic choice:

    Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwangler (conductor)
    (Live recording 1944)
    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4740302 (download)

  • 10.15 am

    The Art of Oda Slobodskaya – the Decca & Rimington van Wyck Recordings 1938-1961
    BALAKIREV: Hebrew Melody (Yevreyskaya Melodiya)
    BORODIN: From my tears sprang flowers, Morskaya tsaryevna (The Princess Of the Sea)
    CUI: The Fountain Statue at Tsarskoye Selo Op. 57 No. 17
    GRECHANINOV: Lullaby Op. 108, The Dreary Steppe, Like an angel, My country
    BLANTER: In the Forest by the Front Line, Katyusha
    KABALEVSKY: Nursery Rhymes
    PROKOFIEV: Dunyushka Op. 104
    RACHMANINOV: Lilacs Op. 21 No. 5, How fair this spot Op. 21 No. 7, To my children Op.26 No. 7, Small island Op. 14 No. 2, The Soldier’s Wife Op. 8 No. 4
    RIMSKY KORSOKOV: Three Folksongs arr. Ippolitov-Ivanov
    SHOSTOKOVICH: Six Spanish Songs Op. 100
    STRAVINSKY: Stories for Children
    TANEYEV: Nocturne, Dreams, My Heart is Beating, In the Silence of the Night
    TCHAIKOVSKY: Was I not a blade of grass? Op. 47 No. 7, ZabIt tak skoro (So soon forgotten), If only I had known Op.47 No.1, Na nivi zhyoltiye (On the golden cornfields) Op. 57 No.2, Tatiana's Letter Scene (from Eugene Onegin), Child’s Song
    TCHEREPNIN: I would have kissed you
    Oda Slobodskaya (soprano), Ivor Newton (piano)
    DECCA ELOQUENCE ELQ4803524 (2 CD budget)


    Fischer-Diskau sings Brahms and Schumann
    BRAHMS: Vier ernste Gesange Op. 121, Sommerabend Op. 85 No. 1, Mondenschein Op. 85 No. 2, Es liebt sich so lieblich Op. 71 No. 1, Meerfahrt Op. 96 No. 4, Es schauen die Blumen Op. 96 No. 3, Der Tod das ist die kühle Nacht Op. 96 No. 1, Mit vierzig Jahren Op. 94 No. 1, Steig auf geliebter Schatten Op. 94 No. 2, Mein Herz ist schwer Op. 94 No. 3, Kein Haus keine Heimat Op. 94 No. 5, Herbstgefuhl, Alte Liebe Op. 72 No. 1, Abenddämmerung Op. 49 No. 5, Heimweh Op. 63 No. 8, Auf dem Kirchhofe Op. 105 No. 4, Verzagen Op. 72 No. 4, Regenlied (No. 3 from Acht Lieder und Gesange Op. 59), Nachklang (No. 4 from Acht Lieder und Gesange Op. 59), Fruhlingslied Op. 85 No. 5, Auf dem See (No. 2 from Acht Lieder und Gesange Op. 59), Feldeinsamkeit Op. 86 No. 2, An eine Aolsharfe Op. 19 No. 5, Der Frühling Op. 6 No. 2, Wie die Wolke nach der Sonne (No. 5 from Sechs Gesange Op. 6), Treue Liebe Op. 7, No. 1, Heimkehr Op. 7 No. 6, Juchhe! (No. 4 from Sechs Gesänge, Op. 6), Nachwirkung Op. 6 No. 3, Mondnacht, Ein Sonett Op. 14 No. 4 (Herder), Standchen Op. 14 No. 7, Vor dem Fenster Op. 14/1, Scheiden und Meiden Op. 19, No 2, Gang zur Liebsten Op. 14 No. 6, Von verwundeten Knaben Op. 14 No. 2, Murrays Ermordung Op. 14 No. 3, Sehnsucht 'Mein Schatz ist nicht da' Op. 14 No. 8, Volkslied, Duette Op. 28
    SCHUMANN: Dichterliebe Op. 48
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Kerstin Meyer (contralto), Jörg Demus (piano)
    DECCA ELOQUENCE ELQ4803527 (2 CD budget)


    Birgit Nilsson sings Wagner
    WAGNER: Schlafst du, Gast? Ich bin's! (from Die Walkure), Dies alles – hab’ ich nun geträumt? (from Parsifal)*, Gerechter Gott! (from Rienzi), Senta's Ballad (from Der fliegende Hollander) #, Weh mir so nah (from Die Feen), Wesendonck-Lieder~, Tristan und Isolde: excerpts^
    Birgit Nilsson (soprano), Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Leif Segerstam (conductor)*, The John Alldis Choir, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)#, London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)~, Grace Hoffman (mezzo-soprano), Wiener Philharmonic Orchestra, Hans Knappertsbusch (conductor)^
    DECCA ELOQUENCE ELQ4803550 (2 CD budget)


    SCHUMANN: Gedichte der Konigin Maria Stuart op.135
    WOLF: In der Fruhe, Der Gartner, Das verlassene Magdlein, Ich hab' in Penna, Anakreons Grab, Verschwiegene Liebe
    DEBUSSY: Trois Chansons de Bilitis
    POULENC: Chanson d'Orkenise, Hotel, Le carafon, La reine de Coeur, Les gars qui vont a la fete, 'C', Fetes galantes
    Regine Crespin (soprano), John Wustman (piano)
    DECCA ELOQUENCE ELQ4802098 (CD budget)


    Elisabeth Soderstrom – The Russian Songbook
    TCHAIKOVSKY: The Cuckoo Op. 54 No. 8, Evening op. 27 No. 4, The Nightingale Op. 60 No. 4, Last Night Op. 60 No. 1, None but the lonely heart Op. 6 No. 6, Lullaby Op. 16 No. 1, Otchevo? (Why?) Op. 6 No. 5, Strashnaya minuta (The Fearful Moment) Op. 28 No. 6, Den' li tsarit? (Does the day reign?) Op. 47 No. 6, Spring Op 54 No. 9, Simple Words Op. 60 No. 5, Mezza notte, Serenade Op. 65 No. 1, Deception Op. 65 No. 2, Qu'importe que l'hiver Op. 65 No. 4, Les Larmes Op. 65 No. 5, Zakatilos solntse (The sun has set) Op. 73 No. 4, Kak nad goratcheiou zoloi Op. 25 No. 2, Moy geni moy angel moy drug (My genius my angel my friend), Pesn' Zemfiri (Zemfira's song), Do not believe my friend Op. 6 No. 1, Zabït tak skoro (So soon forgotten), Oh! Chante encore op.16 No.4, Spirit my heart away, Why did I dream of you? Op. 28 No. 3, To bilo ranneyu vesnoy (It happened in the early spring) Op. 38 No. 2, Sred' shumnogo bala (Amid the din of the ball) Op. 38 No. 3, If only I had known Op.47 No.1, Was I not a blade of grass? Op. 47 No. 7, My little garden Op. 54 No. 4, Do not ask Op. 57 No. 3, This our first reunion Op. 63 No. 4, O ditya pod okoshkom tvoim (Serenade) Op. 63 No. 6, Rondel Op. 65 No. 6, We sat with you Op. 73 No. 1, Behind the window Op 60 No. 10
    MUSSORGSKY: The Nursery
    PROKOFIEV: The Ugly Duckling Op. 18
    GRECHANINOV: The Lane – Five Children’s Songs Op. 89
    Elisabeth Soderstrom (soprano), Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)
    DECCA ELOQUENCE ELQ4802067 (2 CD budget)

  • 11.15 am New Releases

    Harriet Smith joins Andrew to review:

    Haydn String Quartets Op 20 ‘Sun’
    HAYDN: String Quartet in E flat major Op 20 No 1, String Quartet in C major Op 20 No 2, String Quartet in G minor Op 20 No 3, String Quartet in D major Op 20 No 4, String Quartet in F minor Op 20 No 5, String Quartet in A major Op 20 No 6
    The London Haydn Quartet: Catherine Manson (violin), Michael Gurevich (violin), James Boyd (viola), Richard Lester (cello)
    HYPERION CDA67877 (2 CD)


    The Prussian Quartets
    MOZART: String Quartet in D major K575, String Quartet in Bb major K589, String Quartet in F major K590
    Emerson String Quartet: Philip Setzer and Eugene Drucker (violins), Lawrence Dutton (viola), David Finckel (cello)
    SONY 88697935982 (CD)


    String Quartet Masterworks of the First Viennese School
    HAYDN: String Quartet Op.76 No.3
    MOZART: String Quartet in C K 465
    BEETHOVEN: String Quartet in B flat Op.18 No.6
    Zemlinsky Quartet: Frantisek Soucek (violin), Petr Strizek (violin), Petr Holman (viola), Vladimir Fortin (cello)
    PRAGA DSD250287 (Hybrid SACD)


    Dissonances
    MOZART: String Quartet No.15 in D Minor KV421, Divertimento in F Major KV 138, String Quartet No.19 in C Major KV465 'Dissonance'
    Quatuor Ebene: Pierre Colombet and Gabriel Le Magadure (violins), Mathieu Herzog (viola), Raphael Merlin (cello)
    VIRGIN CLASSICS 0709222 (CD)


    LEKEU: Violin Sonata in G major
    RAVEL: Violin Sonata No 1 in A major, Violin Sonata No 2 in G major, Tzigane - Rapsodie de concert, Berceuse sur le nom de Gabriel Faure
    Alina Ibragimova (violin), Cedric Tiberghien (piano)
    HYPERION CDA67820 (CD)

  • 11.45 am Disc of the Week

    11.45 am Disc of the Week

    HANDEL: Agrippina
    Alexandrina Pendatchanska (Agrippina), Jennifer Rivera (Nerone), Sunhae Im (Poppea), Bejun Mehta (Ottone), Marcos Fink (Claudio), Neal Davies (Pallante), Dominique Visse (Mago Narciso), Daniel Schmutzhard (Lesbo), Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Rene Jacobs (conductor)
    HARMONIA MUNDI HMC952088-90 (3 CD + bonus DVD containing documentary material)

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