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Building a Library: Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite

3 hours, 12 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 02 March 2013

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Stravinsky: The Firebird Suite; Song recitals and collections; Barber: Cello Concerto, Sonata, Adagio for Strings.

  • Timings are approximate


    Marais and Forqueray: La Gamme (et autres morceaux de simphonie)
    FORQUERAY: Suite No. 1 in D minor
    MARAIS: La Gamme; Sonnerie de Sainte Genevieve du Mont de Paris
    Trio Sonnerie: Monica Huggett (baroque violin), Emilia Benjamin (viola da gamba), James Johnstone (harpsichord)
    LINN CKD434 (CD)

    Bach - Keyboard Concertos
    C.P.E. BACH: Harpsichord Concerto in D major Wq 43 No.2
    J.C. BACH: Piano Concerto in D Op. 7 No. 3; Piano Concerto in Eb Op. 7 No. 5
    J.S. BACH: Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in E BWV1053
    Anastasia Injushina (piano), Hamburger Camerata, Ralf Gothoni (conductor)
    ONDINE ODE12242 (CD)

    Bach - The English Suites
    J.S. BACH: Suite no.1 in A BWV806; Suite no.2 in A minor BWV807; Suite no.3 in G minor BWV808; Suite no.4 in F BWV809; Suite no.5 in E minor BWV810; Suite no.6 in D minor BWV811
    Richard Egarr (harpsichord by Joel Katzman 1991 after Ruckers Antwerp 1638)
    HARMONIA MUNDI HMU907591-92 (2CD mid-price)

    Handel - Bad Guys
    HANDEL: arias from the operas Tamerlano, Ariodante, Teseo, Amadigi di Gaula, Giulio Cesare in Egitto and Ottone
    Xavier Sabata (counter tenor), Il Pomo d'Oro, Riccardo Minasi (conductor)
    APARTE AP048 (CD)

    9.30am Building a Library

    William Mival explores recordings of Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite and makes a recommendation:

    Top Recommendation (forthcoming release):

    STRAVINSKY: The Firebird Suite*
    Recorded at Carnegie Hall on the 28th January 1946
    c/w Le Sacre du Printemps (recorded in 1940)*; Le Sacre du Printemps (recorded in 1960)^; L'Oiseau de Feu (recorded in 1967)^
    Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra of New York*, Columbia Symphony Orchestra^, Igor Stravinsky (conductor)
    SONY 88765442692 (2CD mid-price)
    Due for release on 18th March 2013

    Also currently available on:

    Stravinsky conducts Stravinsky – the 1940 and 1946 Recordings
    STRAVINSKY: The Firebird Suite
    Recorded at Carnegie Hall on the 28th January 1946
    c/w The Rite of Spring; The Petrushka Suite (both recorded in 1940)
    Philharmonic-Symphony of New York, Igor Stravinsky (conductor)
    NAXOS 8112070 (CD budget)


    Lutoslawski - The Symphonies
    LUTOSLAWSKI: Fanfare for Los Angeles Philharmonic; Symphony no. 1; Symphony no.2; Symphony no.3; Symphony no.4
    Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)
    SONY 88765440832 (2CD mid-price)

    PENDERECKI: String Quartet No 1; String Quartet No 2; String Quartet No 3 ‘Leaves of an unwritten diary’
    LUTOSLAWSKI: String Quartet
    Royal String Quartet
    HYPERION CDA67943 (CD)

    DUTILLEUX: Correspondances for Soprano and Orchestra; Tout un monde lointain for Cello and Orchestra; The Shadows of Time (1997) for Orchestra
    Barbara Hannigan (soprano), Anssi Karttunen (cello), Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France, Esa-Pekka Salonen (conductor)

    Britten - Works for voice and string orchestra
    BRITTEN: Les Illuminations Op. 18; Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge Op.10; Serenade Op. 31; Now Sleeps the Crimson Petal
    Barbara Hannigan (soprano), James Gilchrist (tenor), Jasper de Waal (horn), Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson (artistic director)

    Hilary Finch joins Andrew to discuss recent recordings of song

    Open Your Eyes - Lieder for the Turn of a Century
    STRAUSS: Acht Gedichte aus 'Letzte Blatter' Op. 10
    BERG: Sieben fruhe Lieder
    SCHOENBERG: Brettl-Lieder
    Katherine Broderick (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

    Mahler and Zemlinsky - Songs
    MAHLER: Lieder und Gesange
    ZEMLINSKY: Noch Spur ich ihren Atem auf den Wangen; Hortest du den nicht hinein; Die beiden; Harmonie des Abends
    MAHLER-WERFEL: Die stille Stadt; Bei dir ist es traut; In meines Vaters Garten; Erntelied; Ich wandle unter Blumen; Waldseligkeit; Hymne an die Nacht
    Ruth Ziesak (soprano), Gerold Huber (piano)
    CAPRICCIO C5119 (CD)

    Das Himmlische Leben
    LISZT: Der Fischerknabe; Der Hirt; Der Alpenjager; O quand je dors; Die Lorelei
    MAHLER: Urlicht; Rheinlegendchen; Um schlimme Kinder artig zu machen; Verlorne Muh'; Ich ging mit Lust; Ablosung im Sommer; Wo die schonen Trompeten blasen; Nicht wiedersehen; Das himmlische Leben
    Anne Schwanewilms (soprano), Charles Spencer (piano)
    ONYX ONYX4103 (CD)

    Italian Love Songs
    BELLINI: Tre Ariette; La Farfaletta; Ma rendi
    PUCCINI: Terra e Mare; E l’uccellino; Storiella d’amore; Sole e amore
    TOSTI: Sogno; Non t’amo piu; Ideale; Luna d’estate
    DONIZETTI: Sull’onda cheta e bruna; Amiamo
    SAVIONI: Fugga Fugg’amor
    Anna Leese (soprano), Stephen De Pledge (piano)

    Folk Stories - Songs By Beethoven, Britten, Mahler
    TRAD.: Spoken folk text: A Sprig of Thyme
    BRAHMS: Marienwurmchen; Da unten im Tale
    BEETHOVEN: Sad and luckless; The return to Ulster; Thou Emblem of Faith; Come draw we round
    MAHLER: Wer hat dies Liedlein erdacht; Lob des hohen Verstandes
    BRITTEN: The Plough Boy; O Waly Waly; The bonny Earl o' Moray; Il est quelqu'un sur terre; Quand j'etais chez mon pere
    RESPIGHI: No non e morto il figlio tuo; La mamma e come il pane caldo; Io sono il madre
    BARTOK: Regi keserves; Aszszonyok aszszonyok; Istenem istenem; Ha kimegyek arr' a magos tetore
    SIBELIUS: Den forsta kyssen; Sav sav susa; Flickan kom ifran sin alsklings mote
    VOGEL: Ketelbinkie
    Cora Burggraaf (mezzo-soprano), Simon Lepper (piano), Liza Ferschtman (violin), Floris Mijnders (cello)

    11.45am Disc of the Week

    BARBER: Cello Concerto Op. 22; Cello Sonata in C minor Op. 6; Adagio for Strings Op. 11
    Christian Poltera (cello), Kathryn Stott (piano), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
    BIS BIS1827 (Hybrid SACD)



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