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3 December 2005

Saturday 3 December 2005 9:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Andrew McGregor plays some of this month's newest releases and recently reissued recordings.

In Building a Library, Alyn Shipton recommends a version of Bach's Christmas Oratorio from the currently available recordings.

Stephen Johnson reviews new recordings of orchestral music, including Bartok's Concerto for Orchestra from Christoph Eschenbach and Seiji Ozawa, and Mahler's Sixth Symphony from Ivan Fischer.

Plus, there's an interview with Sir Edward Downes who talks about his long career in the opera house and his love for both British and Russian music.

Duration:

4 hours

Building a Library:

J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio
Reviewer - Alyn Shipton

First Choice:
Lynda Russell (soprano), Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo), Mark Padmore (tenor), Michael George (bass), The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra, Harry Christophers (conductor)
(Recorded 1993)
CORO COR16017 (2-CD, mid-price)

Budget-Price choice:
Lisa Larsson (soprano), Elisabeth von Magnus (mezzo), Christoph Pregardien (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass), The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman (conductor)
(Recorded 1996)
ERATO 0630146352 (2-CD, budget)

DVD Choice: Soprano & Alto soloists from the Tolzer Knabenchoir, Peter Schreier (tenor), Robert Holl (bass), Tolzer Knabenchor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00440 073 4104 (DVD)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data
bal.j.s.bach:
bal.j.s.bach.christmas.oratorio


Playlist

Hot Off The Press:

MENDELSSOHN Violin Concerto in E Minor, Op.64; BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.61: Nikolaj Znaider (violin), The Israel Philharmonic Orchestra,
Zubin Mehta (conductor)
RCA 82876 692172 (CD)

Barry GUY Folio - for two solo violinists, improvising double-bassist and string orchestra: Maya Homburger (baroque violin), Muriel Cantoreggi (violin), Barry Guy (double-bass), Munich Chamber Orchestra,
Christoph Poppen (conductor)
ECM 476 3053 (CD)

Lepo SUMERA Seenekantaat (Mushroom Cantata) for mixed chorus, flute, piano and percussion; Kui Tume Veel Kauaks Ka Sinu Maa (Though Your Homeland May Be in Dark For Long); Saare Piiga Laul Merest (Island Maiden's Song from the Sea): Janika Lentsius (flute), Kadri-Ann Sumera (piano), Madis Metsamart (percussion), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber choir, Tonu Kaljuste (conductor)
BIS CD 1560 (CD)

SHOSTAKOVICH Chamber Symphony Op.110a (String Quartet No.8 arr. Rudolf Barshai); SVIRIDOV Chamber Symphony Op.14; VAINBERG Chamber Symphony No.1 for String Orchestra, Op.145:
Moscow Soloists, Yuri Bashmet (director)
ONYX 4007 (CD)


BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION:


BACH Christmas Oratorio

Reviewer: Alyn Shipton

First Choice:
Lynda Russell (soprano),
Catherine Wyn-Rogers (mezzo), Mark Padmore (tenor), Michael George (bass), The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra, Harry Christophers (conductor) (recorded 1993)
CORO COR16017 (2-CD, mid-price)

Budget-Price choice:
Lisa Larsson (soprano), Elisabeth von Magnus (mezzo), Christoph Pregardien (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass), The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman (conductor)
(recorded 1996)
ERATO 0630146352 (2-CD, budget)

DVD Choice:
Soprano & Alto soloists from the Tolzer Knabenchoir, Peter Schreier (tenor), Robert Holl (bass), Tolzer Knabenchor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 00440 073 4104 (DVD)

[Next week is CD Review Critics' Choice 2005; there will be no Building A Library]

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NEXT WEEK IS CD REVIEW CRITICS' CHOICE 2005*

There's still time to vote in the first round . . . by telephone (08700 100 300), e mail : cdreview@bbc.co.uk , or write to: CD Review , Room 4012, Broadcasting House, Portland Place , LONDON W1A 1AA .

The first round of nominations for Disc Of The Year 2005 closes on Monday 5 th December. Later that day we shall post on the CD Review Listening Booth details of the discs you have nominated. Please visit this list and vote in the second round for your favourite disc released in 2005 . Either use the voting buttons at www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/cdreview/vote/
or telephone (08700 100 300), or write to: CD Review , Room 4012, Broadcasting House, Portland Place , LONDON W1A 1AA .

Voting in the second round closes on Friday 9th December at 12 midday .
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Consumer Spot - Hyperion's SCHUBERT The Complete Songs (40-CDs and a book of texts)

Hilary Finch and Andrew McGregor in conversation

SCHUBERT The Complete Songs (including piano-accompanied part songs and ensembles + 3 'bonus discs' of songs by Schubert's Friends and Contemporaries): Sixty Soloists, Graham Johnson (piano)
(includes English translations by Richard Wigmore)
HYPERION CDS44201/40 (40-CD, budget)


The following songs were played -

SCHUBERT Sing-ubungen (Singing Exercises) D619: Patrizia Rozario, Lorna Anderson (sopranos), Graham Johnson (piano)

SCHUBERT Wanderers Nachtlied I (Wayfarer's Night Song) D224: Dame Janet Baker (mezzo), Graham Johnson (piano)

SCHUBERT Das Lied im Grunen (Song in the Country) D917: Elizabeth Connell (soprano), Graham Johnson (piano)

SCHUBERT Memnon (Memnon) D541: Thomas Hampson (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)

SCHUBERT Nachthelle (Night brightness) D892:
John Mark Ainsley (tenor), The London Schubert Chorale, Graham Johnson (piano)

SCHUBERT Die schone Mullerin D795 (Mein!, sung - preceded by Dietrich Fischer Dieskau reading
Ein ungereimtes Lied (An Unrhymed Song), a text Schubert did not set): Ian Bostridge (tenor),
Graham Johnson (piano)

SCHUBERT Schwanengesang D957, Part 2 -Der Atlas (Atlas): Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Graham Johnson (piano)

SCHUBERT Winterreise D911 Part 2 - Die Krahe (The Crow): Matthias Goerne (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)

SCHUBERT Wandrers Nachtlied II D768 (Wayfarer's Night Song II): Christopher Maltman (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano)


New Releases - Orchestral

Reviewer: Stephen Johnson

MARTINU Memorial to Lidice : KLEIN Partita for Strings; BARTOK Concerto For Orchestra: The Philadelphia Orchestra,
Christoph Eschenbach (conductor)
ONDINE ODE 1072-5 (CD/SACD hybrid)

BARTOK Music for Strings, Percussion and Celesta; Concerto for Orchestra: Saito Kinen Orchestra, Seijo Ozawa (conductor)
PHILIPS 475 6201 (CD/SACD hybrid)

BRAHMS Symphony No.2 in D Major, Op.73; Hungarian Dances (orchestrated BRAHMS/DVORAK): London Philharmonic Orchestra, Marin Alsop (conductor)
NAXOS 8.557429 (CD, budget)

MAHLER Symphony No.6 in A Minor: Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)
CHANNEL CLASSICS CCS SA 22905 (CD/SACD hybrid)

STRAVINSKY Petrushka (1947 version); RACHMANINOV Symphonic Dances, Op.45: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra,
Mariss Jansons (conductor)
RCO LIVE 05004 (CD/SACD hybrid)


An Interview with conductor
Sir Edward Downes

VERDI Stiffelio (excerpt from Sinfonia, played; c/w Jerusalem -Overture & Ballet Music; Luisa Miller, Overture; Rigoletto, Prelude; Il Trovatore, Ballet Music: BBC Philharmonic, Sir Edward Downes (conductor) (from CD entitled 'Verdi: Preludes, Overtures & Ballet Music Volume 2')
CHANDOS CHAN 9594 (CD)

BELLINI Norma (live 1952 recording) (Deh! Non volerli vittime ("oh, do not let them be victims", from the end of the opera, played): Maria Callas (Norma), Giacomo Vaghi (Oroveso), Mirto Picchi (Pollione), Orchestra & Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Vittorio Gui (conductor)
EMI 5626682 (3-CD, budget)

PROKOFIEV Eugene Onegin (Melodrama in Sixteen Scenes) (Text by Alexander Pushkin in Sir Charles Johnston's translation) (excerpt from 'Onegin's letter to Tatyana', played): Samuel West (Onegin), Timothy West (narrator), Niamh Cusack (Tatyana), Dominic Mafham (Lensky), Sinfonia 21,
Sir Edward Downes (conductor)
CHANDOS CHAN 9318/9 (2-CD)

*MAXWELL DAVIES Symphony No.3 (excerpt from 4 th movement, played):
BBC Philharmonic Orchestra,
Sir Edward Downes (conductor)
BBC RECORDS CD 560 (CD)

* This CD is currently unavailable

ELGAR Symphony No.2 in E Flat Major, Op.63 (excerpt from Rondo, 3 rd movement played): BBC Philharmonic,
Sir Edward Downes (conductor)
NAXOS 8.550635 (CD, budget)

VERDI Luisa Miler ('Oh! fede negar potessi . . .Quando le sere al placido', excerpt played): Luciano Pavarotti (tenor), Vienna Opera Orchestra, Sir Edward Downes (conductor) (From CD entitled 'Opera's Great Love Songs'
LONDON 4582012 (CD, mid-price)


'THE LISTENING BOOTH' :

The Listening Booth is a regular slot around midday on Saturday's CD Review . It's your chance to vote for and listen to excerpts from brand-new CDs.

If you would like to subscribe to a weekly e mail list of the discs in the Listening Booth please visit:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/newsletters/index.shtml


CD entitled 'Ad vesperas sancti Ludovici Regis Franciae' – Plainchant from the Antiphonary of Les Invalides, Paris (1682):
Ensemble Organum, Marcel Peres (director)
AMBROISIE AMB9982

SZYMANOWSKI; Tarantella; Sonata in D Minor for Violin and Piano, Op.9:
Krzysztof Bakowski (violin), Anna Gorecka (piano)
ACCORD ACD 0772

HANDEL Messiah:
Christine Schafer (soprano), Anna Larsson (alto), Michael Schade (tenor), Gerald Finley (bass), Arnold Schoenberg Choir, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)
DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 82876 640702 (2-CD)


RADIO 3'S DISC OF THE WEEK:

BRAHMS The Cello Sonatas (Cello Sonata No.1 in E Minor, Op.38, played); DVORAK Waldesruhe, Op.68, No.5; Rondo in G Minor, Op.94; SUK Ballade in D Minor, Op.3, No.1; Serenade in A Major, Op.3, No.2: Steven Isserlis (cello), Stephen Hough (piano)
HYPERION CDA 67529 (CD)
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NEXT WEEK IS CD REVIEW CRITICS' CHOICE 2005*

There's still time to vote in the first round . . . by telephone (08700 100 300), e mail : cdreview@bbc.co.uk , or write to: CD Review , Room 4012, Broadcasting House, Portland Place , LONDON W1A 1AA .

The first round of nominations for Disc Of The Year 2005 closes on Monday 5 th December. Later that day we shall post on the CD Review Listening Booth details of the discs you have nominated. Please visit this list and vote in the second round for your favourite disc released in 2005 . Either use the voting buttons at www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/cdreview/vote/
or telephone (08700 100 300), or write to: CD Review , Room 4012, Broadcasting House, Portland Place , LONDON W1A 1AA .

Voting in the second round closes on Friday 9 th December at 12 midday .
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The 2004/2005 edition of the annual "Building a Library" factsheet is now available. To obtain a copy, please send an A4 sized, self-addressed envelope (45 pence postage for first class, 35 pence for second class) to:

Building a Library Factsheet
Room 4012, BBC Radio 3
Broadcasting House
Portland Place
LONDON W1A 1AA

Alternatively, the factsheet can be downloaded from the "Building a Library" homepage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/cdreview/buildingalibrary/

which is accessible from the CD Review website, along with editions dating back to 1995.







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