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Building a Library: Mahler: Symphony No 8

3 hours, 15 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 26 November 2011

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Mahler: Symphony No 8; New Mozart releases: early symphonies and piano concertos; Disc of the Week: Couperin: Exultent superi.

  • 9.05am

    TCHAIKOVSKY: Francesca da Rimini – Fantasie op. 32; Symphony No. 4
    CBSO, Andris Nelsons (conductor)
    ORFEO C860111A (CD)

    TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 5 in E minor op. 64; Festive Overture, op. 96
    Orchestre National du Capitole de Toulouse / Tugan Sokhiev
    NAIVE V5252 (CD)

    TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No.2 ‘Little Russian’
    MUSSORGSKY: A Night on the Bare Mountain (orig. version), Pictures at an Exhibition (orch. Ravel)
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits (conductor)
    ONYX ONYX4074 (CD)

  • 9.30am Building a Library

    Julian Johnson surveys available recordings of Mahler’s Symphony no. 8 and makes a recommendation:

    MAHLER: Symphony No. 8 in E flat major 'Symphony of the Thousand'
    Cheryl Studer, Sylvia McNair and Andrea Rost (sopranos), Anne Sofie von Otter and Rosemarie Lang (altos), Peter Seiffert (tenor), Bryn Terfel (baritone), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (bass), Berlin Radio Choir, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Tolz Boys’ Choir, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

  • 10.20am

    MAHLER: Symphony No. 10
    Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Mark Wigglesworth (conductor)
    ABC CLASSICS ABC4764336 (CD, mid-price)

    Horizon 4
    MAHLER / MATTHEWS: Nicht zu Schnell
    VAN KEULEN: Funf tragische Lieder
    GLANERT: Fluss ohne Ufer
    JETHS: Scale 'le tombeau de Mahler'
    ROUKENS: Out of control
    SHCHEDRIN: Oboe Concerto
    BERIO: Solo Ed Spanjaard
    HINDSON: Chrissietina’s Magic Fantasy
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra; Lothar Zagrosek, Ed Spanjaard, Markus Stenz, Susanna Malkki (conductors); Detlef Roth (baritone); Alexei Ogrintchouk (oboe); Marijn Mijnders & Monica Naselow (violin); Jorgen van Rijen (trombone)
    RCO LIVE RCO11001 (2CD, mid-price)

    The Mahler Album
    MAHLER: Adagietto from Symphony no. 5 in C#; Adagio from Symphony no. 10 (arr. for string orchestra by H. Stadlmair)
    BEETHOVEN: String Quartet no. 11 in F minor op. 95 “Quartetto Serioso” (arr. for string orchestra Mahler)
    Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson (artistic director)

  • 10.50am New Releases

    Iain Burnside joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of works by Mozart

    MOZART: Piano Concerto No 6 in B flat major K238; Piano Concerto No 8 in C major ‘Lützow’ K246; Piano Concerto No 9 in E flat major ‘Jeunehomme’ K271
    Angela Hewitt (piano), Orchestra da Camera di Mantova
    HYPERION CDA67840 (CD)

    Symphonies Vol. 3
    MOZART: Symphony No. 9 in C Major K73; Symphony No. 10 in G major K74; Symphony No. 11 in D major K84; Symphony No. 44 in D major K81; Symphony No. 45 in D major K95; Symphony No. 47 in D major K97
    Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Adam Fischer (conductor)
    DACAPO 6220538 (SACD)

    Piano Concertos Vol. 7
    MOZART: Piano Concertos Nos. 5 & 27, Rondo K382
    Cyprien Katsaris (piano), Salzburg Chamber Philharmonic, Yoon Kuk Lee (conductor)
    PIANO 21 P21039 (CD)

    MOZART: Clarinet Concerto in A major K622*; Clarinet Quintet in A major K581~
    Haydn Philharmonic Orchestra, Sharon Kam (director)*
    Sharon Kam (clarinet), Isabelle van Keulen & Ulrike-Anima Mathe (violins), Volker Jacobsen (viola), Gustav Rivinius (cello)~

    MOZART: Six German Dances K571; Symphony No. 36 in C major K425 'Linz'; Piano Concerto No. 22 in E flat major K482; Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K477
    Mozarteum Orchester Salzburg, Alexander Lonquich (piano, director)
    ORFEO C842111B (CD)

  • 11.40am Disc of the Week

    11.40am Disc of the Week

    Exultent superi – Motets Choisis
    COUPERIN: Resonent organa a 3 et symphonies - Pro Sancta Cecilia (reconstruction by Edward Higginbottom); Tantum ergo sacramentum a 3; Ornate aras - Elevation a voix seule et Symphonie (reconstruction by Edward Higginbottom); Lauda Sion; O Domine quia refugium. Precatio ad Deum a 3; O misterium ineffabile – Elevation; Ad te levavi oculos meos a voix seule et symphonie (Psalm 122); Domine salvum fac Regem a 2; Exultent superi a 3 et symphonie (reconstruction by Edward Higginbottom);
    Soloists of New College Oxford, Collegium Novum, Edward Higginbottom (conductor)
    NOVUM NCR1384 (CD)



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