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Building a Library: Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 9

Presented by Andrew McGregor. Featuring Building a Library on Vaughan Williams' 9th Symphony, plus Martin Cotton talks to Andrew about recent releases of chamber music.

Release date:

3 hours, 12 minutes

Last on

Sat 8 Feb 2014 09:00



Il Diario di Chiara

PORTA: Sinfonia for trumpet, strings and continuo in D

VIVALDI: Sinfonia in G major RV149; Concerto pour violon RV 372 "Per Sigra Chiara"

PORPORA: Sinfonia a tre in G

MARTINELLI: Concerto for Viola d’amore and strings in D 'Per la S.ra Chiaretta'; Concerto for Violin in E 'dedicato all S.ra Chiara'

LATILLA: Sinfonia in G

PEROTTI: Grave for Violin and Organ in G minor

BERNASCONI: Sinfonia for strings in D

Europa Galante, Fabio Biondi (conductor)




The Proud Bassoon

ANON: Les Gentils Airs

BOISMORTIER: Bassoon Sonata in G Op. 50 No. 2; Bassoon Sonata in E minor Op. 50 No. 1

FASCH: Sonata in C for Bassoon and Basso Continuo

COUPERIN: Les Gouts reunis

TELEMANN: Sonata in F minor

DUBOURG: Eileen Aroon with variations

Peter Whelan (bassoon), Ensemble Marsyas

LINN CKD435 (Hybrid SACD)



Your Tuneful Voice - Handel Oratorio Arias

HANDEL: Belshazzar: Oh sacred oracles of truth; The Triumph of Time and Truth: Mortals think that Time is sleeping; Esther: Tune your harps to cheerful strains; Alexander Balus: Mighty love now calls to arms; Jephtha: Overture; Ode for the Birthday of Queen Anne HWV74 'Eternal source of light divine'; Solomon: Welcome as the dawn of day; Your tuneful voice (from Semele); The Choice of Hercules: Yet can I hear that dulcet lay; Jephtha: Up the dreadful steep ascending; Samson - Overture; Israel in Egypt: Thou shalt bring them in; Esther: Who calls my parting soul; The Triumph of Time and Truth: On the valleys, dark and cheerless; Esther: How can I stay, when love invites?

Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), The King’s Consort, Robert King (conductor)




Conversazioni II - Duelling Cantatas

GASPARINI: Io che dal terzo ciel (Venere e Adone)

CALDARA: Sonata a tre in E minor Op. 1 No. 5

HANDEL: Rondeau in G; Sonata in G; Amarilli vezzosa HWV 82

SCARLATTI: Sonata K63; Questo silenzio ombroso; Sonata K32

Anna Dennis (soprano), Andrew Radley (countertenor), Sounds Baroque, Julian Perkins (harpsichord, organ and director)

AVIE AV2296 (CD)


9.30am Building a Library


Jonathan Swain surveys recordings of Symphony no. 9 by Vaughan Williams and makes a recommendation:



VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony no. 9

c/w Symphonies Nos. 1-8; Flos Campi; Serenade to Music; Job - A Masque for Dancing; Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus'; Partita for double string orchestra; Fantasia on Greensleeves; Oboe Concerto in A minor; English Folk Song Suite

Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor)

EMI CLASSICS FOR PLEASURE 5757602 (7CD budget and download)




Christina Pluhar - The Complete Alpha Recordings

Various works with guest soloists

For full details see:

L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar (harp, theorbo and director)

ALPHA ALPHA818 (6CD budget)



Bal-kan - Honey and Blood

Hesperion XXI, Jordi Savall (conductor)

Various works

For full details see

ALIA VOX AVSA9902 (3 Hybrid SACD)


10.45am New Releases

Martin Cotton joins Andrew to talk about recently released recordings of chamber music


SMETANA: String Quartet No. 1 in E minor 'From My Life'

JANACEK: String Quartet No. 1 'The Kreutzer Sonata'; String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters'

Jerusalem Quartet




GRIEG: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G Op. 13

CHAUSSON: Poeme Op. 25

FRANCK, C: Violin Sonata in A

Callum Smart (violin), Gordon Back (piano)




Romantic Duos

LISZT: Grand duo concertant sur la romance S. 128; Consolation

BRIDGE: Sonata for violin and piano; Romanze; Heart's Ease

GRIEG: Violin Sonata in C minor Op. 45

Benjamin Schmid (violin), Ariane Hearing (piano)




Schumann, Schubert, Brahms

SCHUMANN: Marchenbilder Op. 113

SCHUBERT: Sonata 'Arpeggione' D821

BRAHMS: Viola Sonata Op. 120 No. 2

Lise Berthaud (viola), Adam Laloum (piano)




Schubert - Arpeggione

SCHUBERT: Sonata in A minor 'Arpeggione' D821

SCHUMANN: Funf Stucke im Volkston Op. 102

DEBUSSY: Cello Sonata


Gautier Capucon (cello), Frank Braley (piano)

ERATO 9341582 (CD)



KORNGOLD: Sextet for Strings Op. 10; Suite Op. 23 for 2 violins, cello and piano (left hand)

Henri Sigfridsson, Thomas Sleditz and Marius Diaz, Aron Quartett

CPO 7776002 (CD mid-price)


11.45am Disc of the Week

KALEVI AHO: Minea (Concertante Music for Orchestra)*; Concerto for Double Bass and Orchestra^; Symphony No. 15~

Eero Munter (double bass), Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vanska*, Jaako Kuusisto^ and Dima Slobodeniouk~ (conductors)

BIS BIS1866 (Hybrid SACD)


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