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Building a Library: Mahler: Symphony No 6

3 hours, 12 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 16 February 2013

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Mahler: Symphony No 6; Late 19th and early 20th-century opera releases; Disc of the Week: Beethoven: Violin Sonatas.

  • Timings are approximate


    ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85
    SMETANA: Selections from Ma Vlast: Vysehrad; Vltava; Sarka
    Zuill Bailey (cello), Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Krzysztof Urbanski (conductor)
    TELARC TEL3403002 (CD)

    ELGAR: Concerto for Cello and orchestra in E minor Op. 85
    CARTER: Cello Concerto
    BRUCH: Kol Nidrei Op. 47
    Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (conductor)
    DECCA 4782735

    9.30am Building a Library

    Julian Johnson explores recordings of the Mahler’s 6th Symphony and makes recommendations:

    Top recommendation:

    MAHLER: Symphony no.6
    Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)
    Recorded live in Lucerne on 10th August 2006
    EUROARTS 2055648 (DVD)

    Audio only recommendation:

    MAHLER: Symphony no.6
    Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)


    Miserere - A sequence of music for Lent, St Joseph, and the Annunciation
    ANON.: Attende Domine; Audi benigne conditor; Evigila super nos; Mass IX 'Cum iubilo'; Credo IV; Salva nos Domine
    MALCOLM: Miserere mei Deus; Scapulis suis; Veritas mea; Nunc dimittis tertii toni
    BYRD: Emendemus in melius
    PALESTRINA: Missa Emendemus in melius
    CROCE: In spiritu humilitatis
    BEVAN: Magnificat quarti toni
    MAWBY: Iustus ut palma
    PARSONS: Ave Maria
    GUERRERO: Ave Virgo sanctissima
    TALLIS: Te lucis ante terminum
    William Gaunt (bass), Peter Stevens (organ), Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
    HYPERION CDA67938 (CD)

    GESUALDO: Sacrae Cantiones, Liber Secundus, a6 e a7, 1603
    Reconstructed by James Wood
    Vocalconsort Berlin, James Wood (conductor)

    An Emerald in a Work of Gold - Music from the Dow Partbooks
    MUNDY: Sive vigilem
    STROGERS: A doleful deadly pang; In Nomine a 5 (No. 2); Non me vincat; Deus meus
    (?) MALLORY: Miserere a 5
    GILES: Vestigia mea dirige
    WHITE: In Nomine V a 5; Justus es Domine
    BYRD: O Lord how vain; La virginella
    TYE: In nomine
    TALLIS: O salutaris hostia for 5 voices
    PARSONS: Retribue servo tuo; Ave Maria
    ANON.: Come Holy Ghost; Dum transisset Sabbatum
    RUFFO: Capriccio la Gamba in basso e soprano
    MAILLARD: Ascendo ad Patrem meum
    VERDELOT: Madonna somm'acorto
    WILDER: Je file quand Dieu me donne de quoy; Pour vous aymer j’ay mis toute ma cure
    The Marian Consort, Rose Consort of Viols, Rory McCleery (conductor)
    DELPHIAN DCD34115 (CD)

    The Tallis Scholars – Renaissance Radio – Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Tallis Scholars
    ALLEGRI: Miserere (omitting verses 7-18)
    DESPREZ: Ave Maria … virgo serena Josquin
    DE RORE: Descendi in hortum meum Cipriano
    CLEMENS NON PAPA: Ego flos campi
    MOUTON: Salva nos Domine
    DE LASSUS: Ave regina caelorum; Salve regina
    PRAETORIUS: Joseph lieber Joseph mein
    DESPREZ: Agnus Dei III from Missa L’homme arme sexti toni
    BRUMEL: Agnus Dei II from Missa Et ecce terrae motus
    PALESTRINA: Agnus Dei II from Missa Brevis; Sicut lilium inter spinas
    GESUALDO: Precibus et meritis; Maria mater gratiae
    GUERRERO: Ave virgo sanctissima
    VICTORIA: Ave Maria; O vos omnes from Tenebrae Responsories; Kyrie from Requiem; Graduale from Requiem; Versa est in luctum
    TALLIS: Incipit, Aleph and Beth from Lamentations I; Mihi autem nimis; O sacrum convivium; O nata lux; Miserere nostril
    TAVERNER: Leroy Kyrie; Benedictus from Missa Gloria tibi
    CORNYSH: Ave Maria
    WHITE: Christe qui lux es III
    SHEPPARD: In manus tuas I; In manus tuas II; In manus tuas III
    BYRD: Agnus Dei from Mass for four voices; Sing joyfully; O God, the proud are risen; O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth; Nunc dimittis from the Great Service
    TALLIS: If ye love me; Hear the voice and prayer; A new commandment; Why fum’th in fight; Even like the hunted hind; God grant we grace; Come Holy Ghost
    TOMKINS: When David heard
    The Tallis Scholars, Peter Philips (conductor)

    PHILIPS: Cantiones sacrae octonis vocibus 1613
    The Choir of Royal Holloway, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, Rupert Gough (conductor)
    HYPERION CDA67945 (CD)

    Nicholas Baragwanath talks to Andrew about recent recordings of opera

    WAGNER: Tannhauser
    Albert Dohmen (Landgraf Hermann von Thuringen), Robert Dean Smith (Tannhauser), Christian Gerhaher (Wolfram von Eschenbach), Peter Sonn (Walther von der Vogelweide), Michael McCown (Heinrich des Schreiber), Martin Snell (Reinmar von Zweter), Nina Stemme (Elisabeth), Marina Prudenskaya (Venus), Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Marek Janowski (conductor)
    PENTATONE PTC5186405 (3 Hybrid SACD + book)

    WAGNER: Die Walkure
    Jonas Kaufmann (Siegmund), Mikhail Petrenko (Hunding), Rene Pape (Wotan), Anja Kampe (Sieglinde), Nina Stemme (Brunnhilde), Ekaterina Sergeeva (Siegrune), Zhanna Dombrovskaya (Gerhilde), Irina Vasilieva (Ortlinde), Natalia Evstafieva (Waltraute), Lyudmila Kanunnikova (Schwertleite), Tatiana Kravtsova (Helmwige), Ekaterina Sergeeva (Siegrune), Anna Kiknadze (Grimgerde), Elena Vitman (Rossweisse), Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)
    MARIINSKY MAR0527 (4 Hybrid SACD + book, mid-price)

    STRAUSS: Elektra
    Michaela Schuster (Klytamnestra), Evelyn Herlitzius (Elektra), Camilla Nylund (Chrysothemis), Hubert Delamboye (Aegisth), Gerd Grochowski (Orestes), Netherlands Philharmonic Orchestra, Toonkunst Choir Amsterdam, Marc Albrecht (conductor)
    CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72565 (2 Hybrid SACD + book)

    BIZET: Carmen
    Anne Sofie von Otter (Carmen), Marcus Haddock (Don Jose), Laurent Naouri (Escamillo), Lisa Milne (Micaela), Mary Hegarty (Frasquita), Hans Voschezang (Morales), Jonathan Best (Zuniga), Christine Rice (Mercedes), Quentin Hayes (Le Dancaire), Anthony Wise (Lilas Pastia), Colin Judson (Le Remendado), London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Glyndebourne Chorus, Philippe Jordan (conductor)
    GLYNDEBOURNE GFOCD01602 (3CD mid-price)

    11.40am Disc of the Week

    Ludwig van Beethoven – The Sonatas for Violin and Piano
    BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata no.1 in D Op. 12; Violin Sonata no.2 in A Op.12; Violin Sonata no.3 in Eb Op.12; Violin Sonata no.5 in F Op.24 ‘Spring’; Violin Sonata no.4 in A minor Op.23; Violin Sonata no.8 in G Op.30 no.3; Violin Sonata no.9 in A Op.47 ‘Kreuzer’; Violin Sonata no.6 in A Op.30 no.1; Violin Sonata no.7 in C minor Op.30 no.2; Violin Sonata no.10 in G Op.96
    Leonidas Kavakos (violin), Enrico Pace (piano)
    DECCA 4783523 (3CD mid-price)



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