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Building a Library: Bach: St Matthew Passion

3 hours, 12 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 07 April 2012

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Bach: St Matthew Passion; Recent piano releases; Disc of the Week: Verdi's Macbeth on DVD from the Royal Opera House.

  • Timings are approximate


    ZELENKA: Immisit Dominus pestilentiam ZWV 58; Attendite et videte, ZWV 59; Deus dux fortissime, ZWV 60
    Hana Blazikova (soprano), David Erler (alto), Tobias Hunger (tenor), Tomas Kral (bass), Collegium Marianum, Jana Semeradova (artistic director)
    SUPRAPHON SU40682 (CD)

    DVORAK: Slavonic Dance in G minor; Symphony No.7 in D minor; In Nature’s Realm; Scherzo capriccioso
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jose Serebrier (conductor)
    WARNER CLASSICS 2564666562 (CD)

    DVORAK: Zigeunerlieder; Gipsy Songs Op.55; Moravian Duets Op.32; Biblical Songs Op.99
    Genia Kühmeier (soprano), Bernarda Fink (mezzo-soprano), Christoph Berner (piano)

    9.30am Building a Library

    Jeremy Summerly surveys recordings of Bach’s St Matthew Passion and makes a recommendation:

    BACH: Matthew Passion
    Nicholas Mulroy (Evangelist), Matthew Brook (Jesus), Susan Hamilton and Cecilia Osmond (sopranos), Clare Wilkinson and Annie Gill (altos), Malcolm Bennett (tenor), Brian Bannatyne-Scott (bass), Dunedin Consort and Players, John Butt (director)
    LINN CKD313 (3 Hybrid SACDs)

    10.20am New Releases

    Stephen Plaistow joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of piano repertoire:

    12 Etudes Op. 8; 6 Preludes Op. 13; 5 Preludes Op. 16; Piano Sonata No. 10 Op. 70; Vers la flamme Op. 72
    Olli Mustonen (piano)
    ONDINE ODE11842 (CD)

    DEBUSSY: Pour le piano; Estampes
    SZYMANOWSKI: Prelude and Fugue in C sharp minor; Sonata in C minor, op. 8
    Rafal Blechacz (piano)

    MEDTNER: Mood Pictures Op.1; 3 Improvisations Op. 2; Four Pieces Op. 4; 3 Arabesques Op. 7; 3 Dithyrambs Op. 10; Three Novellen Op.17; Four Lyric Fragments Op. 23; Etude in C minor; Three Pieces Op.31; Three Hymns in Praise of Toil Op. 49; Theme and Variations in C# minor Op. 55; Two Elegies Op. 59
    Hamish Milne (piano)
    HYPERION CDA67851/2 (2CD)

    CHOPIN: Nocturnes Op. 9 No. 2, Op. 15 No. 1, Op. 15 No. 2, Op. 15 No. 3, Op. 48 No. 1, Op. 55 No. 1; Ballades Op. 23, Op. 38, Op. 47, Op. 52; Berceuse Op. 57; Barcarolle Op. 60
    Louis Lortie (piano)
    CHANDOS CHAN10714 (CD)


    Passion Cantatas
    PASQUINI: Hor ch’il Ciel fra densi horrori; Padre Signore e Dio
    Sharon Rostorf-Zamir (soprano), Furio Zanasi (baritone), Capella Tiberina, Giovanni Caruso (conductor)
    BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94225 (CD, budget)

    Wo gehet Jesus hin - Passion Cantatas
    GRAUPNER: Wir wissen, dass Trubsal Geduld bringet; Wo gehet Jesus hin?; Freund, warum bist Du kommen?; Mein Gott! Mein Gott! Warum hast Du mich verlassen?
    Anton-Webern-Chor Freiburg, Ensemble Concerto Grosso, Hans Michael Beuerle (conductor)
    CARUS CARUS83457 (CD)

    ISAAC: Missa paschalis a 6; Choralis Constantibus - Proprium in Resurrectione Domini
    Ensemble Officium, Wilfried Rombach (conductor)

    BACH: Easter Oratorio BWV249; Organ Concerto after BWV35 & 156
    Ilse Eerens (soprano), Michael Chance (alto), Markus Schäfer (tenor), David Wilson-Johnson (bass), Pieter-Jan Belder (organ), Cappella Amsterdam, Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Bruggen (conductor)
    GLOSSA GCD921115 (CD)

    11.45 am Disc of the Week

    VERDI: Macbeth
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Macbeth), Peter Lagger (Banco), Grace Bumbry (Lady Macbeth), Bozena Ruk-Focic (Dama), Ermanno Lorenzi (Macduff), Francisco Lazaro (Malcolm), Alois Pernerstorfer (Medico), Chor der Wiener Staatsoper, Kammerchor der Salzburger Festspiele, Wiener Philharmoniker, Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)
    (Recorded in mono at the Salzburg Festival 1964)
    ORFEO C843112i (2CD, mid-price)

    VERDI: Macbeth
    Simon Keenlyside (Macbeth), Raymond Aceto (Banquo), Liudmyla Monastryrska (Lady Macbeth), Nigel Cliffe (Servant), Steven Ebel (Malcolm), Elisabeth Meister (Lady), Dmitri Pittas (Macduff), Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Antonio Pappano (conductor), Phyllida Lloyd (stage director)
    Recorded live at The Royal Opera House, 13 June, 2011
    OPUS ARTE OA1063D (DVD) or OABD7095D (Bluray)


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