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Building a Library: Handel: Theodora

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Handel: Theodora; Mahan Esfahani on releases of orchestral music by Mozart and Haydn; Disc of the Week: Vivaldi: Catone in Utica.

Release date:

3 hours, 12 minutes

Last on

Sat 28 Sep 2013 09:00


Xavier de Maistre - Mozart

MOZART: Concerto for Flute and Harp in C K299

MOZART transc. MAISTRE: Concerto for Piano No. 19 in F K459; Keyboard Sonata No. 16 in C K545 'Facile'

Xavier de Maistre (harp), Mozarteumorchester Salzburg, Ivor Bolton (conductor), Magali Mosnier (flute)

SONY 88765439922 (CD)



Timo Andres - Home Stretch

ANDRES: Home Stretch; Paraphrase on Themes of Brian Eno

MOZART / ANDRES: Coronation Concerto Recomposition

Timo Andres (piano), Metropolis Ensemble, Andrew Cyr (conductor)

NONESUCH 7559795981 (CD)



Stravinsky & Stokowski

STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring; Pastorale

BACH trans. STOKOWSKI: Toccata and Fugue in D minor BWV565; Fugue in G minor BWV578 'Little'; Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor BWV582

Philadelphia Orchestra, Yannick Nezet-Seguin (conductor)


9.30am Building a Library

Richard Wigmore explores recordings of Handel’s Theodora and makes recommendations:


Top recommendation (only available as a download):


HANDEL: Theodora HWV 68

Susan Gritton (Theodora), Susan Bickley (Irene), Robin Blaze (Didymus), Paul Agnew (Septimius), Neal Davies (Valens), Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh (conductor)

ARCHIV 4690612 (download)



Recommendation available on CD:


HANDEL: Theodora HWV 68

Sophie Daneman (Theodora), Richard Croft (Septimius), Juliette Galstian (Irene), Daniel Taylor (Didymus), Nathan Berg (Valens), Laurent Slaars (Messenger)

Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor)

WARNER  0927431812 (3CD) or 2564695641 (6CD budget)



Three Centuries of Organ Music at Notre Dame de Paris

SEJEAN: Noel Suisse


DAQUIN: Noel Grand jeu et Duo

BALBASTRE: Marche des Marseillois et l’air ca ira


GUILMANT: Finale - Sonata No. 1

VIERNE: Pieces de fantaisie - Claire de lune; Feux follets; Carillon de Westminster

LEGUAY: Prelude IX; Prelude VI; Prelude VII

COCHEREAU: Bolero improvise sur un theme de Charles Racquet*

LATRY: Improvisation

Olivier Latry (organ), Emmanuel Curt and Florent Jodelet (percussion)*

NAIVE V5338 (CD)



The Genius of Cavaille-Coll

Documentary and music played on various Cavaille-Coll organs and featuring:

Michel Bouvard, Gerard Brooks, Ronald Ebrecht, Jean-Pierre Griveau, Olivier Latry, Eric Lebrun, Kurt Lueders, Thomas Monnet, David Noel-Hudson, Pierre Pincemaille, Daniel Roth, Carolyn Shuster Fournier (organ)

For full details see:




Widor - The Complete Organ Symphonies Volume 3

WIDOR: Organ Symphony No. 3 in E minor Op. 13 No. 3; Organ Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 13 No. 4

Joseph Nolan (Cavaille-Coll organ of La Madeleine Paris)




Charles-Marie Widor Volume 2

WIDOR: Les Pecheurs de Saint-Jean: Cello Concerto Op. 41; Symphony No. 2 in A Op. 54

Torleif Thedeen (cello), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martin Yates (conductor)



10.55 New Releases

Mahan Esfahani joins Andrew to discuss recent recordings of music by Mozart


MOZART: La Betulia liberate K118

Christian Zenker (Ozia), Margot Oitzinger (Giuditta), Marelize Gerber (Amital), Markus Volpert (Achior), Elisabeth Breuer (Cabri, Carmi), L'Orfeo Barockorchester, Michi Gaigg (conductor)




Mozart: Piano Sonatas Volume 1

MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 1 in C K279; Piano Sonata No. 2 in F K280; Piano Sonata No. 9 in D major K311; Piano Sonata No. 17 in B flat major K570; Piano Sonata No. 8 in A minor K310

Christian Blackshaw (piano)




MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 13 in C K415; Piano Concerto No. 18 in Bb K456; Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K466; Piano Concerto No. 22 in Eb K482

Finghin Collins (directing from the piano), RTE National Symphony Orchestra

RTE LYRIC CD143 (2CD mid-price)



Mozart - Symphonies Volume 1

MOZART: Symphony No. 1 in Eb K16; Symphony No. 4 in D K19; Symphony in F KV19a; Symphony No. 5 in Bb K22; Symphony in F KV 42a

Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Adam Fischer (conductor)

DACAPO 6220536 (Hybrid SACD)



Mozart - Symphonies Volume 10

MOZART: Symphony No. 35 in D K385 'Haffner'; Symphony No. 38 in D K504 'Prague'

Danish National Chamber Orchestra, Adam Fischer (conductor)

DACAPO 6220545 (Hybrid SACD)


10.40 Disc of the Week

VIVALDI: Catone in Utica

Topi Lehtipuu (Catone), Roberta Mameli (Cesare), Ann Hallenberg (Emilia), Sonia Prina (Marzia), Romina Basso (Fulvio), Emoke Barath (Arbace), Il Complesso Barocco, Alan Curtis (conductor)

NAIVE OP30545 (3CD mid-price)


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