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Building a Library: Vivaldi Operas

3 hours, 12 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 28 April 2012

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Vivaldi operas. Plus Beethoven, Schumann and Brahms symphonies; Disc of the Week: Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 2).

  • Timings are approximate


    GRIEG: String Quartet No.1 in G minor Op.27 (arr. Tognetti); Two Elegiac Melodies for string orchestra Op.34; Erotikk Op.43 No. 5 from Lyric Pieces - Book III (arr. Tognetti); Fra Holbergs tid ‘Holberg Suite’ Op.40
    Australian Chamber Orchestra, Richard Tognetti (artistic director and lead violin)

    GRIEG: String Quartet in G minor Op. 27
    BRAHMS: Clarinet Quintet in B minor Op. 115
    Hagen Quartet: Lukas Hagen (violin), Rainer Schmidt (violin), Veronika Hagen (viola),
    Clemens Hagen (cello); Jorg Widmann (clarinet)
    MYRIOS MYR007 (Hybrid SACD)

    OLSEN: Six old Village Songs from Lom
    GRIEG: Sonata for Violin and Piano in F Major Op. 8
    THORESEN: ‘Yr’ for solo Violin op. 23 (inc. embedded video of choreographed performance)
    With traditional Hardangar fiddle tunes
    Ragnhild Hemsing (violin and Hardanger fiddle), Tor Espen Aspaas (piano)
    SIMAX PSC1315 (CD)

    HALVORSEN: Rhapsodie norvegiennes no. 1; Rhapsodie norvegiennes no. 2; Norwegian Bridal Procession; Passacaglia Op.20 no. 2 for violin and viola; Dance Scene from ‘Queen Tamara’; Symphonic Intermezzo from ‘The King’; Norwegian Festival Overture Op.16; Norwegian Fairy Tale Pictures Op.37
    Melina Mandozzi (violin), Ilze Klava (viola),
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi
    CHANDOS CHAN10710 (CD)

    9.30am Building a Library

    David Vickers surveys recordings of operas by Vivaldi and makes a recommendation:

    VIVALDI: L'Olimpiade RV725
    Sara Mingardo (Licida - contralto); Roberta Invernizzi (Megacle - soprano); Sonia Prina (Aristea - contralto); Marianna Kulikova (Argene - mezzo-soprano); Laura Giordano (Aminta - soprano); Riccardo Novaro (Clistene - baritone); Sergio Foresti (Alcantro - bass); Concerto Italiano; Rinaldo Alessandrini (conductor)
    NAIVE OP30316 (3CD)


    Delius – 150th Anniversary Edition
    DELIUS: Various recordings made between 1929 and 1999
    Various artists
    For full listings see www.emiclassics.com/releaseabout.php?rid=52018
    EMI 0841752 (18CD, budget)

    Delius Edition
    DELIUS: Various recordings made between 1953 and 1996
    Various artists
    DECCA 4783078 (8CD, budget)

    10.55am New Releases

    Chris de Souza joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of Symphonic works

    BRAHMS: Symphony no.1 Op.68 in C minor; Haydn Variations Op. 56a; Symphony no.2 Op.73 in D; Tragic Overture Op. 81; Academic Festival Overture Op. 80; Symphony no. 3 Op. 90 in F; Symphony no. 4 Op. 98 in E minor
    Helsingborg Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Manze (conductor)
    CPO 7777202 (3 Hybrid SACD)

    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D minor
    Annemarie Kremer (soprano), Wilke te Brummelstroete (alto), Marcel Reijans (tenor), Geert Smits (baritone), Consensus Vocalis, Netherlands Symphony Orchestra, Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)

    BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor Op. 125 'Choral'
    Rebecca von Lipinksi (soprano), Anna Grevelius (mezzo-soprano), Peter Wedd (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), Manchester Camerata, CBSO Chorus, Douglas Boyd (conductor)
    AVIE AV2245 (CD)

    SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor Op.54; Introduction and Allegro Op 134; Konzertstuck in F major Op.86; Introduction and Allegro appassionato Op.92
    Gerhard Oppitz (piano), Bamberger Symphoniker, Marc Andrae (conductor)
    TUDOR TUDOR7181 (Hybrid SACD)

    SCHUMANN: Symphony no. 1 in Bb major Op. 38 ‘Spring’; Symphony no. 2 in C major Op. 61; Symphony no. 3 in Eb major Op. 97 ‘Rhenish’; Symphony no. 4 in D minor Op. 120
    Estonian Symphony Orchestra, Gennady Rozhdestvensky (conductor)
    MELODIYA MELCD1001879 (2CD)

    GAL: Symphony No. 4 (Sinfonia Concertante) Op. 105
    ROBERT SCHUMANN: Symphony No. 2 in C major Op. 61
    Orchestra of the Swan, Kenneth Woods (conductor)
    AVIE AV2231 (CD)

    11.50 am Disc of the Week

    J. S. BACH: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II
    Peter Hill (piano)
    DELPHIAN DCD34101 (2CD)



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