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Building a Library: Shostakovich: Symphony No 8

3 hours, 12 minutes
First broadcast:
Saturday 09 November 2013

With Andrew McGregor. Building a Library: Shostakovich: Symphony No 8; William Christie; Disc of the Week: Academy of Ancient Music: Birth of the Symphony - Handel to Haydn.

  • 9.05am

    Beethoven - The Late Piano Sonatas

    BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 28 in A Op. 101; Piano Sonata No. 29 in Bb Op. 106 'Grosse Sonate due das Hammerklavier'; Piano Sonata No. 30 in E Op.109; Piano Sonata No. 31 in Ab Op. 110; Piano Sonata No. 32 in C minor Op. 111

    Igor Levit (piano)

    SONY 88883703872 (2CD mid-price)



    Mikhael Pletnev in Person

    BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 2 in A Op. 2 No. 2

    BACH arr. BUSONI : Partita for solo violin no 2 in D minor BWV1004

    CHOPIN: A maiden's love Op. 74

    TCHAIKOVSKY: Nocturne in C# minor; The Seasons

    SCHUBERT: Impromptus D899 no.2 in Eb and no.3 in Gb

    Mikhail Pletnev (piano)

    ONYX ONYX4110 (CD)



    DEBUSSY: L'isle Joyeuse, Images Book I, Etudes Book II; Estampes

    Nelson Goerner (piano)

    ZIGZAG ZZT326 (CD)


    Wilde plays Liszt

    LISZT: Mephisto Waltz No. 1; Liebestraume Nos. 1-3; Tre Sonetti di Petrarca; Funerailles

    David Wilde (piano)

    DELPHIAN DCD34118 (CD)


  • 9.30am Building a Library

    Stephen Johnson surveys recordings of Shostakovich’s 8th Symphony and makes a recommendation:



    SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 8 in C minor Op. 65

    Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

    NAXOS 8572392 (CD budget)

  • 10.15am

    Andrew talks to the acclaimed conductor and founder of Les Arts Florissants William Christie about his recording career to date and the launch of his own recording label


    CHARPENTIER: David et Jonathas

    Pascal Charbonneau (David), Ana Quintans (Jonathas), Neal Davies (Saul), Frederic Caton (Achis), Kresimir Spicer (Joabel), Dominique Visse (La Pythonisse), Pierre Bessiere (L’Ombre de Samuel), Orchestra, Chorus of Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor) (conductor), Andreas Homoki (direction)




    HANDEL: Belshazzar

    Allan Clayton (Belshazzar), Rosemary Joshua (Nitocris), Caitlin Hulcup (Cyrus), Iestyn Davies (Daniel), Jonathan Lemalu (Gobrias), Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor)

    LES ARTS FLORISSANTS AF001 (3CD mid-price)


  • 10.50am New Releases

    Ivan Hewett joins Andrew to discuss recent recordings of orchestral music



    DVORAK: Symphony No. 8 in G Op. 88*

    BRAHMS: Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op. 68^

    Czech Philharmonic Orchestra*, Swiss Festival Orchestra^, George Szell (conductor)

    AUDITE AUDITE95625 (CD mid-price)




    Haydn - Complete Symphonies Volume 20

    HAYDN: Symphony No. 43 in Eb 'Mercury'; Symphony No. 25 in C; Symphony No. 36 in Eb

    Heidelberg Symphony Orchestra, Thomas Fey (conductor)




    Ludwig van Beethoven – The Symphonies and Reflections

    BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)


    Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons (conductor)

    BR KLASSIK 900119 (6CD budget)



    TCHAIKOVSKY: Symphony No. 6 in B minor Op. 74 'Pathetique'^; Romances Op. 6 for violin and piano*; Romances Op. 73 for violin and piano*

    Lisa Batiashvili (violin)*, Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra^, Yannick Nezet-Seguin (conductor^ or piano*)




    SPOHR: Symphony No 4 in F 'Die Weihe der Tone', Op 86; Symphony No 5 in C minor, Op 102; Overture to Karl Birnbaum’s play ‘Der Matrose’ WoO7

    NDR Philharmonic Hannover, Howard Griffiths (conductor)

    CPO 7777452 (Hybrid SACD)


  • 11.50am Disc of the Week

    Birth of the Symphony

    HANDEL: Saul from Sinfonia

    RICHTER: Grande Symphonie No. 7 in C

    STAMITZ: Sinfonia a 4 in D

    MOZART: Symphony No. 1 in Eb

    HAYDN: Symphony No. 49 in F minor 'La Passione'

    Richard Egarr (harpsichord and director), Academy of Ancient Music





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