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Baroque Spring Building a Library: Bach's Violin Sonatas

3 hours, 12 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 30 March 2013

With Andrew McGregor. Includes Building a Library: Bach violin sonatas; Emil Gilels, Vaclav Neumann and Wolfgang Sawallisch; Disc of the Week: Mussorgsky and Prokofiev piano music.

  • Timings are approximate


    PRAETORIUS: Ostermesse (Renaissance in the North, Vol 1)
    Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Manfred Cordes (conductor)
    CPO 999 953-2 (CD)

    SCHUTZ: Lukaspassion; Die Seiben Worte
    Ulrike Hofbauer & Marie Luise Werneburg (sopranos), Stefan Kunath (alto), Jorg Genslein , Jan Kobow, Tobias Mathger, Claudius Pobbig (tenors), Dirk Dobring, Georg Preissler, Felix Rumpf, Felix Schwandtke (basses), Dresdner Kammerchor, Sirius Viols, Hille Perl (lute), Ludger Remy (organ)
    CARUS 83.253 (CD)

    FUX: Oratorium germanicum de Passione
    Alois Muhlbacher & Jakob Kritzinger (sopranos), Simon Boden (alto), Markus Meisenberger (tenor), Matthias Helm (bass), St. Florianer Sangerknaben, Ars Antiqua Austria, Gunar Letzbor (director)
    PAN CLASSICS PC 10284 (CD)

    PERGOLESI: Septum verba a Christo in cruce moriente prolata
    Sophie Karthauser (soprano), Christophe Dumaux (countertenor), Julien Behr (tenor), Konstantin Wolff (bass), Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Rene Jacobs (conductor)

    9.30am Building a Library

    For the last Baroque Spring edition, Caroline Gill joins Andrew in the studio to discuss Bach's Sonatas for violin and keyboard, and makes a recommendation.

    Top recommendation:

    BACH: The violin sonatas BWV.1014-1019
    Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Enrico Pace (violin)
    SONY CLASSICAL 88697112432 (2CD mid price)

    10.20am New Releases
    Rob Cowan on new releases from the archive of Japanese Radio, King International NHK

    Brahms: Complete Symphonies
    Symphonies Nos.1-4 (complete); Tragic Overture, Op.81
    NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)
    KING RECORDS KKC 2028-30 (3CD)

    BEETHOVEN: Piano concerto no.5 in E flat major, Op.73 “Emperor”*
    BACH: Prelude in B minor, (after BWV.855a, arr. Siloti)*
    BRAHMS: Piano concerto no.2 in B flat major, Op.83**
    Emil Gilels*, Bruno Leonardo Gelber** (piano), NKH Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Wolfgang Sawallisch (conductor)
    KING RECORDS KKC 2022-23 (2CD)

    DVORAK: Slavonic Dances nos.1-8, Op.46 nos 1-8; Slavonic Dances nos.9-16, Op.72 nos.1-8
    SMETANA: Ma Vlast
    NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Vaclav Neumann (conductor)
    KING RECORDS KKC 2037-38 (2CD)

    BEETHOVEN: Symphony no.5 in C minor, Op.67; Symphony no.7 in A major, Op.92; Leonore Overture, Op.72a; Symphony no.6 in F major, Op.68 “Pastoral”
    NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Ferdinand Leitner (conductor)
    KING RECORDS KKC 2039-40 (2CD)

    SIBELIUS: Symphony no.2 in D major, Op.43; The Swan of Tuonela, Op.22’2 (from “Four Legends”); Symphony no.1 in E minor, Op.39; Symphony no.7 in C major, Op.105
    NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Horst Stein (conductor)
    KING RECORDS KKC 2033-2034 (2CD)

    DVORAK: Symphony no.9 in E minor, Op.95 “From the New World”; Symphony no.8 in G major, Op.88; Slavonic Dance no.10 in E minor, Op.72’2
    RESPIGHI: Pini di Roma
    SMETANA: Moldau (Vltava)
    KING RECORDS KKC 2024-2025 (2CD)

    WEBER: Der Freischutz – overture
    WAGNER: Overtures to Rienzi, Der Fliegende Hollander, Tannhauser; , Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg – Prelude to Act 1
    JANACEK: Sinfonietta
    KODALY: Hary Janos Suite
    STRAVINSKY: L’Oiseau de feu
    NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Lovro von Matacic (conductor)
    KING RECORDS KKC 2026-2027 (2CD)

    MAHLER: Symphony no.4 in G major; Symphony no.5 in C# minor
    Akiko Nakajima (soprano), NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor)
    KING RECORDS KKC 2035-2036 (2CD)

    HANDEL: Music for the Royal Fireworks – Overture; Organ concerto in G minor, Op.4 no.1
    MOZART : Serenade no.9 in D major, K.320 “Posthorn”; Serenade no.7 in D major, K.250 “Haffner”
    BEETHOVEN: Leonore overture no.3, Op72b
    NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Gunter Wand (conductor)
    KING RECORDS KKC 2041-2042 (2CD)

    MAHLER: Symphony no.1 in D major “Titan”; Symphony no.2 in C minor “Resurrection”
    Eiko Soga (soprano), Yuko Tsuji (mezzo-soprano), Choir of Kunitachi College of Music, NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, Otmar Suitner (conductor)
    KING RECORDS KKC 2031-2032 (2CD)

    11.10am Bach St John Passions

    BACH: St John Passion, BWV.245
    Ian Bostridge (tenor - Evangelist), Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Ncholas Mulroy (tenor), Roderick Williams (baritone), Neal Davies (bass), Polyphony, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Stephen Layton (conductor)
    HYPERION CDA67901/2 (2CD)

    BACH: John Passion BWV.245; Reconstruction of Bach's Passion Liturgy
    GALLUS: Ecce Quomodo Moritur
    Nicholas Mulroy (tenor - Evangelista), Joanne Lunn (soprano), Clare Wilkinson (alto), Robert Davies (bass), Matthew Brook (bass - Jesus), Dunedin Consort, John Butt (director, harpsichord & organ preludes), University of Glasgow Chapel Choir, James Grossmith (director)

    11.40am Disc of the Week

    MUSORGSKY: Pictures from an Exhibition
    PROKOFIEV: Sarcasms, Op.17; Visions fugitives, Op.22
    Steven Osborne (piano)
    HYPERION CDA67896 (CD)



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