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Building a Library: Puccini: Turandot

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

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Puccini: Turandot; Concertos and solo piano music: Rachmaninov; Shostakovich; Disc of the Week: Elgar: Cello Concerto.

  • 9.05am

    NIELSEN: Violin Concerto, Op. 33;
    TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 35;
    Vilde Frang (violin), Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Eivind Gullberg Jensen (conductor)
    EMI 6025702 (CD)

    HONEGGER: Pacific 231; Rugby;
    MARTIN, F: Violin Concerto;
    STRAVINSKY: Violin Concerto in D; Circus Polka;
    Baiba Skride (violin), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Thierry Fischer (conductor)
    ORFEO C 849 121 A (CD)

    HONEGGER: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra;
    MARTIN, F: Concerto for Cello and Orchestra;
    SCHOECK: Concerto for Cello and String Orchestra, Op. 61;
    Christian Poltera (cello), Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Tuomas Hannikainen (conductor)
    BIS CD-1737 (CD)

  • 9.30am Building a Library

    Roger Parker surveys recordings of Puccini’s Turandot and makes a recommendation:

    PUCCINI: Turandot
    Joan Sutherland (Turandot), Luciano Pavarotti (Calaf), Montserrat Caballe (Liu), Nicolai Ghiaurov (Timur), John Alldis Choir, Wandsworth Schools Boys’ Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Zubin Mehta (conductor)
    DECCA 4142742 (2CD)

  • 10.15am New Releases

    Polychoral Splendour
    GABRIELI: Canzon Primi Toni a 8; Canzona quarti toni a 15; Canzon VIII a 8; Sonata XVIII a 14; Canzon in echo duodecimi toni a 10; Canzon septimi toni a 8;
    SCHUTZ: Warum toben die Heiden; Saul, Saul, was verfolgst du mich; Komm, heiliger Geist, Herre Gott; Ich danke dem Herrn von ganzem Herzen; Vater unser, der du bist im Himmel; Zion spricht: der Herr hat mich verlassen; Alleluja! Lobet den Herrn;
    Cappella Murensis Les Cornets Noirs, Johannes Strobl (musical director)
    AUDITE 92.652 (SACD)

    Hirundo Maris
    TRAD: El mestre; Buenas noches; Ya salio de la mar; Om kvelden; El mariner; Le Chant des etoiles; Morena me llaman; Bendik og Arolilja; Ormen Lange; Tarantela; The Water Is Wide; El noi de la mare; Josep i Maria; Penselstrok; Halling; Yo m'enamori d'un aire; Trollmors vuggesang;
    Arianna Savall (voice, Gothic harp, Italian triple harp), Petter Udland Johansen (voice, hardanger fiddle, mandolin), Sveinung Lilleheier (guitar, dobro, voice), Miquel Angel Cordero (double-bass, voice) David Mayoral (percussion, voice)
    ECM 278 4395 (CD)

    Haec Dies – Byrd and the Tudor Revival
    BAX: Lord, thou hast told us;
    BRITTEN: A Hymn to the Virgin;
    BYRD: Mass for five voices; Fantasia in C arr. J.E. Borland;
    FINZI: Up to those bright and gladsome hills;
    HARRIS, W: Eternal Ruler;
    HOLST: Man born to toil;
    HOWELLS: Haec dies; Master Tallis's Testament;
    PEARSALL: Tu es Petrus;
    TALLIS: Funeral Music arr. Martin and Geoffrey Shaw;
    VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Whitsunday Hymn;
    WHITLOCK: O Living Bread! Who once didst die;
    Annie Lydford & Nick Lee (organ), Choir of Gonville Caius College, Cambridge, Geoffrey Webber (director)
    DELPHIAN DCD34104 (CD)

    The Word Unspoken
    BYRD: Cantiones Sacrae; Quomodo cantabimus;
    MONTE: Motets Book V;
    Gallicantus, Gabriel Crouch (director)

  • 10:50am

    Iain Burnside explores some recent releases of piano concertos and solo piano music by Rachmaninov and Shostakovich.

    SHOSTAKOVICH: Hamlet - Concert Suite from incidental music, Op. 32a (original version); Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35; Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102;
    Valentina Igoshina (piano), Thomas Hammes (trumpet), Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Lavard Skou-Larsen (conductor)
    CPO 7777502 (CD)

    SHOSTAKOVICH: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C minor for piano, trumpet & strings, Op. 35; Piano Concerto No. 2 in F major, Op. 102; Concertino for two pianos, Op. 94;
    Jurgen Ellensohn (trumpet), George Vatchnadze (piano), Alexander Toradze (piano), Frankfurt RSO, Paavo Jarvi (conductor)

    RACHMANINOV: Moments Musicaux, Op. 16; Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33; Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42;
    Xiayin Wang (piano)
    CHANDOS CHAN10724 (CD)

    RACHMANINOV: Morceaux de Fantaisie, Op. 3; Etudes-Tableaux, Op. 33; Variations on a theme of Corelli, Op. 42;
    Nareh Argamanyan (piano)

    RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40;
    SCRIABIN: Prometheus: The Poem of Fire, Op. 60;
    Alain Lefevre (piano); Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Kent Nagano (conductor)
    ANALEKTA AN29288 (CD)

    RACHMANINOV: Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor, Op. 1 (revised version); Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor, Op. 40 (final version); Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, Op. 43;
    Noriko Ogawa (piano), Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Owain Arwel Hughes (conductor)
    BIS BISCD975 (CD)

  • 11.45am Disc of the Week

    11.45am Disc of the Week

    ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor, Op. 85; Introduction & Allegro for strings, Op. 47; Elegy for strings, Op. 58; Military Marches ‘Pomp and Circumstance Marches’, Op. 39;
    Paul Watkins (cello), BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)
    CHANDOS CHAN10709 (CD)



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