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Building a Library: Wagner: Tannhauser

3 hours, 12 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 18 May 2013

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Wagner: Tannhauser; Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Shostakovich symphonies; Disc of the week: Britten: Piano Concerto; Violin Concerto.

  • Timings are approximate


    WAGNER: Das Rheingold
    Tomasz Konieczny (Wotan), Antonio Yang (Donner), Kor-Jan Dusseljee (Froh), Christian Elsner (Loge), Iris Vermillion (Fricka), Ricarda Merberth (Freia), Maria Radner (Erda), Gunther Groissbock (Fasolt), Timo Riihonen (Fafner), Jochen Schmeckenbecher (Alberich), Andreas Conrad (Mime), Julia Borchert (Woglinde), Katharina Kammerloher (Wellgunde), Kismara Pessatti (Flosshilde), Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Marek Janowski (conductor)
    PENTATONE PTC5186406 (2 Hybrid SACD)

    BRITTEN: Violin Concerto Op. 15
    SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No. 1 Op. 99
    James Ehnes (violin), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits (conductor)
    ONYX ONYX4113 (CD)

    BRITTEN: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Op. 13; Original Third Movement from Concerto for Piano and Orchestra Op. 13; Concerto for Violin and Orchestra Op. 15
    Tasmin Little (violin), Howard Shelley (piano), BBC Philharmonic, Edward Gardner (conductor)
    CHANDOS CHAN10764 (CD)

    9.30am Building a Library

    John Deathridge explores recordings of Wagner’s Tannhauser and makes recommendations:

    Top recommendation of Paris version on CD:

    WAGNER: Tannhauser
    Rene Kollo (Tannhauser), Helga Dernesch (Elisabeth), Christa Ludwig (Venus), Victor Braun (Wolfram), Hans Sotin (Hermann), Werner Hollweg (Walther), Manfred Jungwirth (Biterolf), Kurt Equiluz (Heinrich), Norman Bailey (Reinmar), Vienna Philharmonic, Vienna State Opera Chorus, Sir Georg Solti (conductor)
    DECCA 4708102 (3CD mid-price)

    Top recommendation of Paris version on DVD:

    WAGNER: Tannhauser
    Rene Kollo (Tannhauser), Nadine Secunde (Elisabeth), Waltraud Meier (Venus), Bernd Weikl (Wolfram), Jan-Hendrik Rootering (Hermann), Claes H. Ahnsjo (Walther), Hans Gunter Nocker (Biterolf), James Anderson (Heinrich), Gerhard Auer (Reinmar), Bavarian State Orchestra, Chorus and Ballet of the Bavarian State Opera, Zubin Mehta (conductor), David Alden (director)
    ARTHAUS MUSIK 100014 (2DVD mid-price)

    Top recommendation of Dresden version on CD:

    WAGNER: Tannhauser
    Klaus Konig (Tannhauser), Lucia Popp (Elisabeth), Waltraud Meier (Venus), Bernd Weikl (Wolfram), Kurt Moll (Hermann),Siegfried Jerusalem (Walther), Walton Groenroos (Biterolf), Donald Litaker (Heinrich), Rainer Scholze (Reinmar), Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Bavarian Radio Choir, Bernard Haitink (conductor)
    EMI 6408002 (3CD budget)

    Top recommendation of Dresden version on DVD:

    WAGNER: Tannhauser
    Spas Wenkoff (Tannhauser), Gwyneth Jones (Elisabeth / Venus), Bernd Weikl (Wolfram), Hans Sotin (Hermann), Robert Schunk (Walther), Franz Mazura (Biterolf), John Pickering (Heinrich), Heinz Feldhoff (Reinmar), Bayreuth Festival Orchestra, Bayreuth Festival Choir, Sir Colin Davis (conductor), Goutz Friedrich (director)


    Jean Richafort – Requiem; Tributes to Josquin Desprez
    APPENZELLER: Musae Jovis a 4
    GOMBERT: Musae Jovis a 6
    DESPREZ: Salve Regina; Nimphes nappes
    JACQUET OF MANTUA: Dum vastos Adriae fluctus
    VINDERS: O mors inevitabilis
    RICHAFORT: Requiem in Memoriam Josquin Desprez
    The King's Singers

    Palestrina - Missa Ad coenam Agni
    PALESTRINA: Missa Ad coenam Agni; Surrexit pastor bonus a 8; Regina coeli I; Haec dies; Alleluia Tulerunt Dominum; Terra tremuit; Angelus Domini II; Deus Deus meus; Lauda anima mea; Benedicite gentes; Ad coenam Agni providi
    The Brabant Ensemble, Stephen Rice (conductor)
    HYPERION CDA67978 (CD)

    Gesualdo – Maione, Tribulationem
    GESUALDO: Modetti, Madrigali e Capricci
    Concerto Soave, Jean-Marc Aymes (harpsichord), Mara Galassi (harp)
    ZIGZAG ZZT319 (2CD mid-price)

    Monteverdi: Selva Morale e Spirituale Volume 3
    MONTEVERDI: Laudate Dominum (Secondo); Iste confessor; Magnificat (Secondo); Credidi propter quod locutus sum; Pianto della Madonna 'Iam moriar, mi fili' (sopra il Lamento dell'Arianna), SV 288; Beatus vir (from Selva Morale e Spirituali); E questa vita un lampo; Confitebor tibi Domine (Secondo); Memento Domine David; Laudate pueri (Secondo); Salve Regina (Terzo); Magnificat Primo
    The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)
    CORO COR16109 (CD)

    Louis Le Prince: Missa Macula non est in te
    CHARPENTIER: Gaudete fideles; Gratiarum actiones pro restitua delphini salute H328; Ouverture pour le sacre d’un eveque h536; O pretiosum H245; Domine Salvum Fac Regem; Magnificat h75
    LE PRINCE: Missa Macula non est in te
    LULLY: O dulcissime Domine
    Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet (conductor)
    GLOSSA GCD921627 (CD)

    10.55am New Releases

    Martin Cotton joins Andrew live in the studio to discuss recent releases of Russian symphonies

    STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Apollon musagete
    Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
    EMI 7236112 (CD mid-price)

    RACHMANINOV: Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 44; Symphonic Dances Op. 45
    Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin (conductor)
    NAXOS 8573051 (CD budget)

    PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor Op. 111; ‘Lieutenant Kije’ Symphonic Suite Op. 60; ‘The Love for Three Oranges’ Symphonic Suite Op. 33a
    Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
    BIS BIS1994 (Hybrid SACD)

    SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 7 in C major Op. 60 'Leningrad'
    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (conductor)
    NAXOS 8573057 (CD budget)

    SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10 in E minor Op. 93
    Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor)
    RCO LIVE RCO13001 (Hybrid SACD)

    11.55am Disc of the Week

    Britten: Violin Concerto & Piano Concerto
    BRITTEN: Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 15; Piano Concerto Op. 13
    Tasmin Little (violin), Howard Shelley (piano), BBC Philharmonic, Edward Gardner (conductor)
    CHANDOS CHAN10764 (CD)


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