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Building a Library: Britten: The Turn of the Screw

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Britten: The Turn of the Screw; Early recordings by Christopher Hogwood; Disc of the Week: Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde.

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3 hours, 12 minutes

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Sat 16 Nov 2013 09:00


Che puro ciel

GLUCK: Che puro ciel (from Orfeo ed Euridice); Pensa a serbarmi o cara (from Ezio)

MOZART: Perche tacer degg’io (from Asciano in Alba); Cara lontano ancora (from Asciano in Alba); Vadasi gia dagli occhi il velo e tolto (from Mitridate)

TRAETTA: Ah se lo vedi piangere (from Antigona); Dormi Oreste! (from Ifigenia in Tauride)

HASSE: Dei di Roma ah perdonate (from Il Trionfo di Clelia)

J. C. BACH: No che non ha la sorte (from Antaserse); Vo solcando (from Antaserse)

Bejun Mehta (counter-tenor), Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Rene Jacobs (conductor)




PERGOLESI: Stabat Mater; Laudate pueri Dominum; Confitebor tibi Domine

Julia Lezhneva (soprano), Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera, I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis (conductor)

ERATO 3191472 (CD)



MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 20 in D minor K466; Piano Concerto No. 27 in Bb K595

Ronald Brautigam (fortepiano), Die Kolner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens (conductor)

BIS BIS2014 (Hybrid SACD)

9.30am Building a Library


Simon Heighes surveys recordings of Britten’s Turn of the Screw and makes a recommendation:



Top recommendation:


BRITTEN: The Turn of the Screw

Ian Bostridge (Prologue/Peter Quint), Joan Rodgers (Governess), Jane Henschel (Mrs Grose), Vivian Tierney (Miss Jessel), Julian Leang (Miles), Caroline Wise (Flora), Mahler Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Harding (conductor)

ERATO / WARNER CLASSICS 4563792 (2CD mid-price) or 7350072 (13CD budget box of Britten Operas)



Recommendation on DVD:


BRITTEN: The Turn of the Screw

Toby Spence (Prologue/Peter Quint), Miah Persson (Governess), Susan Bickley (Mrs Grose), Giselle Allen (Miss Jessel), Thomas Parfitt (Miles), Joanna Songi (Flora), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Jakub Hrusa (conductor), Jonathan Kent (director)

FRA FRA007 (DVD) or FRA507 (Bluray)


Witold Malcuzynski – The Polish Master Pianist

Works by various composers, including CHOPIN, LISZT, TCHAIKOVSKY, RACHMANINOV and BRAHMS

Witold Malcuzynski (piano)

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WARNER CLASSICS 0192442 (8CD budget)

10.45am New Releases

Sir Nicholas Kenyon joins Andrew to discuss recently re-issued recordings from The Academy of Ancient Music and Il Giardino Armonico, taking us back over forty years of historically informed performance


ARNE: Overtures 1-8

Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

DECCA 4759117 (CD)



ARNE: Sonatas 1-8

Christopher Hogwood (harpsichord)

DECCA 4805583 (CD mid-price)


Fitzwilliam Virginal Book

Christopher Hogwood (virginal, organ, harpsichord and spinet)

DECCA 4805597 (2CD budget)



Musique pour la Chambre du Roy

COUPERIN: La Francoise (Les Nations); Airs serieux; Suite de Simphonie en Trio

MONTECLAIR: Le Triomfe de la Constance; Pan et Syrinx

FORQUERAY: Suite No. 1

LECLAIR: Violin Sonata in D major Op. 9 No. 6

MARAIS: Suite in F; Le Tableau de L'Operation de la Taille; La Sonnerie de Sainte Genevieve du Mont de Paris

Judith Nelson (soprano), Christophe Coin (bass viol), Monica Huggett (violin), Christopher Hogwood (harpsichord and director), The Academy of Ancient Music

DECCA 4805584 (2CD budget)



Vivaldi - Double and Triple Concertos

VIVALDI: Concerto in D major RV 564; Concerto in F major RV 551; Concerto in G minor RV 531; Concerto in A major RV 552; Concerto in C major RV 561; Concerto in F major RV 544 ‘Il Proteo o sia Il Mondo al rovescio’

Christophe Coin (cello), Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (conductor)

WARNER DAS ALTE WERK 2564642309 (mid-price)



Viaggio musicale - Italian Music of the Seventeenth Century


Giovanni Antonini (recorders), Enrico Onofri (violin), Luca Pianca (archlute), Il Giardino Armonico

WARNER DAS ALTE WERK 2564642198 (mid-price)



ZELENKA: Fanfare in D

BIBER: Battalia; Passacaglia in C minor; Tune for the Woodlark (anon.); Sonata violino solo representativa; Ricercare (Enrico Onofri); Partia VII in C minor

LOCKE: Canon 4 in 2; Music for “The Tempest”

Innsbruck Trumpet Consort, Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (director)

WARNER DAS ALTE WERK 2564642241 (mid-price)



Musica Barocca

BACH: Suite No.3 in D major BWV 1068

ALBINONI: Adagio from Oboe Concerto in D minor op.9

VIVALDI: Concerto for flautino RV 443

ALBINONI: Adagio for solo violin and strings

MARCELLO: Oboe Concerto in D minor

TELEMANN: Grave from Concerto for two flutes strings and continuo

PACHELBEL: Canon and Gigue in D; Greensleeves

PURCELL: Chaconne in G minor

HANDEL: The Arrival of the Queen of Sheba

ALBINONI: Adagio for two violins and continuo

Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (director)

WARNER DAS ALTE WERK 2564642238 (mid-price)


11.40am Disc of the Week

MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde

Sarah Connolly (mezzo-soprano) Toby Spence (tenor) London Philharmonic Orchestra Yannick Nezet-Seguin (conductor)

LPO LPO0073 (CD mid-price)

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