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Building a Library: Debussy: Images for Orchestra

3 hours, 12 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 27 October 2012

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Debussy: Images; New Releases; Disc of the Week: Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier.

  • Timings are approximate


    CORELLI: Concerto Grosso in D Major No. 1; Concerto Grosso in F Major No. 2; Concerto Grosso in C minor No. 3; Concerto Grosso in D major No. 4; Concerto Grosso in Bb major No. 5; Concerto Grosso in F major No. 6; Concerto Grosso in D major No. 7; Concerto Grosso in G minor No. 8; Concerto Grosso in F major No. 9; Concerto Grosso in C major No. 10; Concerto Grosso in Bb major No. 11; Concerto Grosso in F major No. 12
    The Avison Ensemble, Pavlo Beznosiuk (director and violin)
    LINN CKD411 (2 Hybrid SACD mid-price)

    Alison Balsom - Sound the Trumpet
    HANDEL: Sento la gioia; Atalanta – Overture; Eternal Source of light divine; Suite in D ‘Water Piece’; Oboe Concerto No.1 in Bb
    PURCELL: King Arthur – Suite; The Fairy Queen - Suite of Musicks and Dances; Sound the trumpet; The Fairy Queen - The Plaint
    Alison Balsom (natural trumpets), Lucy Crowe (soprano), Iestyn Davies (counter tenor), The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (director and harpsichord)
    EMI 4403292 (CD)

    PURCELL: Remember not Lord our offences Z50; Jehova quam multi sunt hostes mei Z135; O sing unto the Lord Z44; Behold now praise the Lord Z3; My beloved spake Z28;
    Hear my prayer O Lord
    Rejoice in the Lord alway
    HUMFREY: O Lord my God; Magnificat and Nunc dimittis
    Iestyn Davies (counter-tenor), James Gilchrist (tenor), David Stout (baritone), Neal Davies (bass), Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, St John’s Sinfonia, Andrew Nethsingha (conductor)

    Patricia Petibon - Nouveau Monde
    DE NEBRA: El bajel que no recela; En amor pastorcillos
    LE BAILLY: Yo soy la locura
    TRAD.: Cachua a voz y bajo Al Nacimiento de Christo Nuestro Senor; Tonada la Lata; Tonada El Congo; Greensleeves; J’ai vu le loup
    PURCELL: When I am laid in earth; Fairest Isle
    RAMEAU: Danse du Grand Calumet de la Paix; Forets paisibles; La nuit couvre les cieux !
    HANDEL: No se emendara jamas
    ANON.: Mon amy s’en est alle
    CHARPENTIER: Sans frayeur dans ce bois: Quel prix de mon amour; Noires filles du Styx; Dieu du Cocyte
    Patricia Petibon (soprano), La Cetra Vocal Ensemble, La Cetra Baroque Orchestra Basel, Andrea Marcon (conductor)

    9.30am Building a Library

    Jonathan Swain surveys recordings of Debussy’s Images for orchestra and makes a recommendation:

    Top Recommendation (current release):

    DEBUSSY: Images pour orchestre
    c/w Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune; Trois Nocturnes - Nuages et Fetes
    London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux (conductor)
    ELOQUENCE ELQ4768472 (CD)

    Top Recommendation (forthcoming release):

    DEBUSSY: Images pour orchestre
    c/w Prelude a l’apres-midi d’un faune; 2 Nocturnes; Le martyre de Saint Sebastien -Fragments symphoniques
    London Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Monteux (conductor)
    ELOQUENCE ELQ4806567 (CD, due for release Dec 2012)


    Andrew reviews three rare French operas written for Paris at the turn of the 19th century

    J.C. BACH: Amadis de Gaule
    Philippe Do (Amadis), Katia Velletaz (Oriane), Hjordis Thebault (Arcabonne), Pierre-Yves Pruvot (Arcalaus), Liliana Faraon (Urgande/Une Coryphee),
    Solamente Naturali Bratislava, Musica Florea Prague, Ensemble vocal Musica Florea, Didier Talpain (director)
    EDICIONES SINULARES ES1007 (2CD + book, limited edition)

    CATEL: Semiramis
    Maria Riccarda Wesseling (Semiramis), Gabrielle Philiponet (Azema), Mathias Vidal (Arzace), Nicolas Courjal (Assur), Andrew Foster-Williams (Oroes), Nicolas Maire (Cedar)
    Choir and Orchestra of Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet (conductor)
    GLOSSA GCD921625 (2CD)

    R. KREUTZER: La Mort d'Abel
    Katia Velletaz (Meala), Yumiko Tanimura (Tirsa), Jennifer Borghi (Eve), Sebastien Droy (Abel), Jean-Sebastien Bou (Cain), Pierre-Yves Pruvot (Adam), Alain Buet (Anamalech), Choeur de chamber de Namur, Les Agremens, Guy Van Waas (conductor)
    EDICIONES SINULARES ES1008 (2CD + book, limited edition)

    11.20am New Releases

    Andrew reviews new recordings of Dvorak symphonies

    DVORAK: Symphony no.3 in Eb Op.10; Symphony no.6 in D Op.60
    Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jose Serebrier
    WARNER CLASSICS 2564657753 (CD)

    DVORAK: Symphony No. 8 in G Op. 88; Zlaty kolovrat (The Golden Spinning Wheel) Op.109; Scherzo capriccioso Op. 66
    Malaysian Philharmonic Orchestra, Claus Peter Flor (conductor)
    BIS BISSACD1976 (Hybrid SACD)

    DVORAK: Symphony No.9 in E minor ‘From the New World’ Op. 95; Cello Concerto Mario Brunello (cello), Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (conductor)
    EMI 9141022 (2CD mid-price)

    11.45am Disc of the Week

    BACH: The Well-Tempered Clavier Books 1 and 2
    Andras Schiff (piano)
    ECM 4764827 (4CD mid-price)



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