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Building a Library: Gesualdo on Disc

3 hours, 12 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 19 May 2012

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Gesualdo; Mark Elder on working with the Halle and recording Wagner's Ring Cycle; Disc of the Week: Grieg: String Quartet.

  • Timings are approximate

    Timings are approximate


    Vivaldi – Concerti da camera Vol.5
    VIVALDI: Sonate da camera a tre Op. 1
    L'Estravagante, Stefano Montanari and Stefano Rossi (violins), Francesco Galligioni (cello), Maurizio Salerno (clavicembalo and organ) with Franco Pavan (theorbo and baroque guitar) and Pietro Pasquini (organ)
    NAIVE OP30535 (CD)

    Schmelzer - Baroque World Theatre
    SCHMELZER: Serenata con altre arie, Polnische Sackpfeiffen, Sonata amabilis a 4 - Balletto di Pastori e Ninfe, Sonata a due in D, Balletto primo di Spoglia di Papagi Sonata, Variationen uber 'La bella pastora' - Balletto di Zeffiri, Sonata a due Violini scordati, Sonata (Battaglia) a 7
    Freiburger BarockConsort
    HARMONIA MUNDI HMC902087 (CD) HMC902087

    CASTELLO: Sonatas from ‘Sonate concertate in stil moderno’ Libro primo and Libro secondo
    FONTANA: Sonatas from ‘Sonate a 1.2.3.
    John Holloway (violin), Jane Gower (dulcian), Lars Ulrik Mortensen (harpsichord)
    ECM NEW SERIES 4764641 (CD)

    9.30am Building a Library

    Tess Knighton surveys recordings of works by Gesualdo and makes recommendations:

    Madrigals choice:

    Madrigali libro quinto 1611
    GESUALDO: Gioite voi col canto; S'io non miro non moro; Itene, o miei sospiri; Dolcissima mia vita; O dolorosa gioia; Qual fora, donna, un dolce Ohime; Felicissimo sonno; Se vi duol il mio duolo; Occhi del mio cor vita; Languisce al fin chi da la vita parte; Merce grido piangendo; O voi, troppo felici; Correte, amanti, a prova; Asciugate i begli occhi; Tu m'uccidi, oh crudele; Deh, coprite il bel seno; Poiche l'avida sete; O tenebroso giorno; Se tu fuggi, io non resto; T'amo mia vita, la mia cara vita
    La Venexiana
    GLOSSA GCD920935 (CD)

    Tenebrae responsories choice:

    GESUALDO: Feria V Responsoria 1-9; Feria VI Responsoria 1-9; Sabbato Sancto Responsoria 1-9; Benedictus; Miserere
    The Hilliard Ensemble
    ECM ECM8438672 (2CD)


    Sir Mark Elder joins to discuss his recent recordings of Vaughan Williams and Wagner with The Halle

    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony no. 2 ‘A London Symphony’; Concerto in A minor for Oboe and Strings
    Stephane Rancourt (oboe), The Halle, Mark Elder (conductor)
    HALLE CDHLL7529 (CD)

    WAGNER: Gotterdammerung
    Katarina Dalayman (Brunnhilde), Lars Cleveman (Siegfried), Attila Jun (Hagen), Andrew Shore (Alberich), Peter Coleman-Wright (Gunther), Nancy Gustafson (Gutrune), Susan Bickley (Waltraute), Ceri Williams (First Norn), Yvonne Howard (Second Norn), Miranda Keys (Third Norn), Katherine Broderick (Woglinde), Madeleine Shaw (Wellgunde), Leah-Marian Jones (Flosshilde), Halle Choir, BBC Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Chorus, The Royal Opera Chorus and Extra Chorus,The Halle, Mark Elder (conductor)
    HALLE CDHLD7525 (5CD, budget)

    WAGNER: Die Walkure
    Stig Andersen (Siegmund), Yvonne Howard (Sieglinde), Clive Bayley (Hunding), gils Silins (Wotan), Susan Bullock (Brunnhilde), Susan Bickley (Fricka), Miranda Keys (Gerhilde), Elaine McKrill (Ortlinde), Sarah Castle (Waltraute), Linda Finnie (Schwertleite), Katherine Broderick (Helmwige), Alison Kettlewell (Siegrune), Ceri Williams (Grimgerde), Leah Marian Jones (Rossweisee), The Halle, Mark Elder (conductor)
    HALLE CDHLD7531 (4CD, budget)

    11.15am New Releases

    BARTOK: Concerto for Orchestra BB123; Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta BB114
    Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop (conductor)
    NAXOS 8572486 (CD, budget)

    GORECKI: Little Requiem for a Certain Polka Op 66; Concerto-Cantata Op 65; Harpsichord Concerto Op 40 (version for piano and orchestra); Three Dances Op 34
    Anna Gorecka (piano), Carol Wincenc (flute), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Antoni Wit (conductor)
    NAXOS 8572872 (CD, budget)

    LUTOSLAWSKI: Musique funebre
    BARTOK: Romanian Folk Dances; Divertimento; Seven Songs
    Hungarian Radio Children's Choir, Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies (conductor)
    ECM NEW SERIES 4764672 (CD)

    ADAMS: Harmonielehre; Short Ride in a Fast Machine
    San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas
    AVIE SFS0053 (Hybrid SACD)

    11.45 am Disc of the Week

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



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