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Building a Library: Wolf: Spanish Songbook

3 hours, 12 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 02 June 2012

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Wolf: Spanish Songbook; Hilary Finch on recent releases of Bruckner Symphonies; Disc of the Week: Bruckner: Symphony No 9.

  • Timings are approximate


    C.F.E. Horneman – Orchestral Works
    HORNEMAN: Gurre Suite; Suite from ‘The Contest with the Muses’; Ouverture Heroique. Concert Overture; Suite from Kalanus
    Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Johannes Gustavsson (conductor)
    DA CAPO 6220564 (Hybrid SACD)

    Langgaard - String Quartets Vol. 1
    LANGGAARD: String Quartet no. 2; String Quartet no. 3; String Quartet no. 8; Variations on “Mig hjertelig nu længes”
    Nightingale String Quartet
    DA CAPO 6220575 (Hybrid SACD)

    FISCHER: Morava (Moravia) - String Quartet No.1; Jedu chlapci, jedu; Brodil Janko kone; Wild Mountain Thyme - String Quartet No.2; Mad Piper - String Quartet No.3
    BITTOVA: Hopahop talita - String Quartet
    Iva Bittov (voice), Škampa Quartet
    SUPRAPHON SU40922 (CD)

    9.30am Building a Library

    Hilary Finch surveys recordings of Wolf’s Spanish Songbook and makes recommendations:

    Top recommendation (only available as a download):

    WOLF: Spanish Songbook (complete)
    Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)
    DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4577262 (Download)

    Recommendation available on CD:

    WOLF: 24 songs from ‘Spanish Songbook’
    Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano)
    EMI 5621882 (7CD)

    Further recommendation on CD:

    WOLF: 10 songs from ‘Spanish Songbook’
    Irmgard Seefried (Soprano), Markus Werba (baritone)
    ORFEO C614031B (CD)


    Jubilee - A Celebration of Royal Music
    HANDEL: Zadok the Priest
    PURCELL: Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary; I was glad
    BLISS: Antiphonal Fanfare for three brass choirs; Welcome the Queen
    WALTON arr. MURRILL: Crown Imperial; Coronation Te Deum; Orb and Sceptre
    BAX: Fanfare for the Wedding of Princess Elizabeth
    WALTON: Coronation Te Deum; Orb and Sceptre
    ELGAR arr. MARTIN: Imperial March Op. 32
    anon. arr. BRITTEN: God Save the Queen
    Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks, George Guest, Sir George Solti and Benjamin Britten (conductors), Philips Jones Brass Ensemble, Carlo Curley and Simon Preston (organ)
    DECCA ELOQUENCE 4806025 (CD, mid-price)

    This is the day - Music on royal occasions
    RUTTER: This is the day
    MOZART: Laudate Dominum
    SCHUBERT: Psalm 23
    BRAHMS: How lovely is thy dwelling place
    ELGAR: The spirit of the Lord
    McKIE: We wait for thy loving kindness
    MEALOR: Ubi caritas
    DURUFLE: Ubi caritas
    HARRIS: Holy is the true light
    TAVENER: Song for Athene
    BENNETT: These Three
    WALTON: Set me as a seal; Touch her soft lips and part
    WALFORD DAVIES: God be in my head
    Anon. arr. RUTTER: I would be true
    BRITTEN: Choral Dances from Gloriana
    HANDEL: Let the bright seraphim; Let their celestial concerts all unite
    Elin Manahan Thomas (soprano), The Cambridge Singers, Aurora Orchestra, Andrew Lucas (organ), John Rutter (conductor)

    Royal Rhymes and Rounds
    HENRY VIII: Pastime with good companie, It is to me a right great joy
    CORNYSH: Ah, Robin, gentle Robin, Blow thy horn, hunter;
    ANON: Hey, trolly lolly lo!
    E. GIBBONS: Long live, fair Oriana
    O. GIBBONS: The Silver Swan (Round), The Silver Swan
    HILTON: Fair Oriana, beauty’s Queen
    MUNDY: Lightly she whipped o’er the dales
    DOWLAND: Flow, O my tears
    BENNET: Weep O mine eyes
    WEELKES: As Vesta was from Latmos hill descending
    PARRATT: The Triumph of Victoria
    PARRY: Who can dwell with greatness?
    ELGAR: To her beneath whose steadfast star
    BRITTEN: Choral Dances from Gloriana
    DRAYTON: A Rough Guide to the Royal Succession
    The King's Singers

    BYRD: The Great Service; Motets from ‘Gradualia’ of 1607
    Musica Contexta, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, Steven Devine (organ), Simon Ravens (director)

    Glorious Majesty - Music for English Kings and Queens
    HANDEL: Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4; Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne - Eternal source of light divine; Music for the Royal Fireworks
    BYRD: O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth
    PURCELL: Come ye sons of art; Music for the Funeral of Queen Mary
    ELGAR: Coronation Ode Op. 44; Imperial March Op. 32; O hearken Thou Op. 64; Coronation March Op. 65; Nursery Suite - The Sad Doll
    PARRY: I was glad
    WALTON: Crown Imperial; Coronation Te Deum; Orb and Sceptre
    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: O Taste and See; All people that on earth do dwell
    BRITTEN: Jubilate Deo in C major; Gloriana - Symphonic Suite
    ANON. arr. ELGAR: The British National Anthem
    Various artists including Dame Felicity Lott (soprano), Choir of King’s College Cambridge, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Academy of Ancient Music, Early Music Consort of London, Sir Adrian Boult, Stephen Cleobury, Richard Hickox, David Munrow and Sir Roger Norrington (conductors)
    EMI 3272852 (3CD, budget)

    10.50am New Releases

    Erik Levi joins Andrew to discuss some recent recordings of Bruckner Symphonies

    BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 4 'Romantic'
    Philharmonia Orchestra, Christoph von Dohnanyi (conductor)

    BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 in E (Haas edition)
    c/w SCHOENBERG: A Survivor from Warsaw
    Friedhelm Eberle (narrator), Israeli Opera Chorus, Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, Kurt Masur (conductor)

    BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9 in D minor
    Radio Symphonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Roger Norrington (conductor)

    11.50am Disc of the Week

    BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9 (Four-movement version with performing version of the finale by Samale / Phillips / Cohrs / Mazzuca)
    Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle (conductor)
    EMI 9529692 (CD)



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