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Andrew McGregor features some of the hottest new releases, and in Building a Library Andrew Green recommends recordings of Elgar's The Dream of Gerontius. Also in the programme, Piers Burton-Page reviews recent chamber music discs, and Andrew talks to soprno Catherine Bott.

Vote for your choice in this week's Listening Booth here

Building a Library:

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
Reviewer - Andrew Green

First Choice:
Richard Lewis (tenor), Janet Baker (mezzo-soprano), Kim Borg (bass), Halle Choir, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Ambrosian Singers, Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli (conductor) (recorded 1964)
EMI CLASSICS 5735792 (2-CD, budget)

Historic Choice:
Heddle Nash (tenor), Gladys Ripley (alto), Dennis Noble (baritone), Norman Walker (bass), Huddersfield Choral Society, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent (conductor) (recorded 1945; c/w Elgar Cello Concerto*)
Paul Tortelier (cello)*
THE ELGAR SOCIETY/TESTAMENT SBT2025 (2-CD, mid-price)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data
bal.elgar:
bal.elgar.the.dream.of.gerontius


Playlist

[All recordings are available at full price unless indicated otherwise.]

Hot Off The Press:

MOZART Serenade in B flat major for 13 wind instruments K.361 "Gran Partita" ("Mvt 3- Adagio" played) (c/w Serenade in C minor, K.388):
London Winds, Michael Collins (director)
ONYX 4012 (CD)

CD entitled "Bella voce" Arias from various operas by MOZART c/w HAYDN Scena di Berenice (Recit: Temerari...Aria: Come scoglio from "Cosi fan tutte" played):
Anja Harteros (soprano), Vienna Symphony Orchestra, Pinchas Steinberg (conductor)
RCA RED SEAL 82876 771432 (CD)

MOZART Arias from various operas
(E amore un ladroncello (from "Cosi fan tutte" played):
Magdalena Kozena (soprano), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Simon Rattle (conductor)
ARCHIV 477 5799 (CD)

MOZART Arias from various operas
(Soave sia il vento from "Cosi fan Tutte" played):
Bryn Terfel (bass-baritone), Miah Persson (soprano), Christine Rice (mezzo-soprano), Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles
Mackerras (conductor)
DG 477 5886 (CD)

MOZART Quartet for flute and strings in D, K.285 (Mvt 3 - Rondeau (Allegretto) played)
(c/w Adagio for cor anglais and strings in C, K.580a; Quintet for piano and wind in E flat, K.452; Quintet for clarinet and strings in A, k.581):
Ensemble 360
ASV GOLD GLD 4022 (CD)


Building A Library Recommendation:

ELGAR The Dream of Gerontius

Reviewer: Andrew Green

First Choice:
Richard Lewis (tenor), Janet Baker (mezzo soprano), Kim Borg (bass), Halle Choir, Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus, Ambrosian Singers, Halle Orchestra, Sir John Barbirolli (conductor)
EMI CZS 5 73579 2 (2 CDs budget)

Historic Choice:
Heddle Nash (tenor), Gladys Ripley (alto), Dennis Noble (baritone), Norman Walker (bass), Huddersfield Choral Society, Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent
c/w Elgar Cello Concerto (Paul Tortelier, cello)
THE ELGAR SOCIETY/TESTAMENT SBT2025 (2CDs mid-price)

Next week's Building a Library - Richard Wigmore with a survey of Duparc songs


Consumer Spot:

AARON COPLAND Prairie Journal (c/w Rodeo; Letter from Home; The Red Pony - film music suite):
Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, JoAnn Faletta (conductor)
NAXOS 559240 (Budget)

CD entitled RAILROAD RHYTHMS "Classical music about trains" various composers (COPLAND "John Henry - A Railroad Ballad" played):
SWR Radio Orchestra Kaiserslautern, Jiri Starek (conductor)
HANSSLER CLASSIC CD 93.187 (CD)

IVES Symphony no.4 ("Mvt 2 - Comedy: Allegretto" played) (c/w Symphony no.1; Central Park in the Dark):
Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
HYPERION SACDA 67540 (Hybrid CD/SACD)

CASCARINO Meditation (c/w Pygmalion; Blades of Grass*; Portrait of Galatea; Prospice; and Elegy; The Acadian Land)
Geoffrey Deemer (cor anglais)* Philhadelphia Philharmonia, JoAnn Falletta (conductor)
NAXOS 8.559266 (Budget)

ROREM Flute concerto* (False Waltz played) (c/w Pilgrims; Violin Concerto**):
Jeffrey Khaner (flute)*, Philippe Quint (violin)**, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Jose Serebrier (conductor)
NAXOS 8.559278 (Budget)


New Releases - Chamber:

Reviewer: Piers Burton-Page

BOCCHERINI Quintet in G minor G.318 (3rd mvt extract played) Quintet in F G.347 (3rd mvt extract played) Quintet in D minor G.287 (Finale, extract played):
Ensemble Explorations
HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901894

MENDELSSOHN: Piano Trio no.1 in D minor Op.49 (2nd mvt. extract played) Piano Trio no.2 in C minor Op.66 (Scherzo, extract played) Piano Trio no.1 in D minor Op.49 (1st mvt extract played):
Julia Fischer (violin), Jonathan Gilad (piano), Daniel Muller-Schott (cello)
PENTATONE PTC 5186085

MOSCHELES: Duo opus 63
HINDEMITH: Horn Sonata in F (1939) (finale, extract played):
Barry Tuckwell (horn), Daniel Blumenthal (piano)
ABC Classics 476 5254

SHOSTAKOVICH: String quartet no.1 (st mvt extract played) String quartet no.3 (4th mvt extract played) String quartet no.11(4th & 5th mvts extracts played) String quartet no.12 ( 2nd mvt extract played)
Rasumowsky Quartet
OEHMS Classics OC 562


An interview with Catherine Bott:

D. SWANN Joyful Noise (extract played) (from collection "London Pride")
Catherine Bott (soprano), David Owen Norris (piano)
HYPERION CDA67457 (CD)

DOVE Finish! Finish, these languours (Five Am'rous Sighs) (from collection "London Pride")
Catherine Bott (soprano), David Owen Norris (piano)
HYPERION CDA67457 (CD)

BERIO A-Ronne (extract played) (c/w Cries of London)
Swingle II, Luciano Berio (conductor)
DECCA 4256202 (CD not currently available)
(CD)

LANDINI Giunta vaga bilta (from collection "Delectatio angeli")
Catherine Bott (soprano), Pavlo Beznosiuk & Mark Levy (fiddles) HYPERION CDA67549 (CD)

FAURE Pie Jesu (Requiem) (c/w choral works by Saint-Saens, Faure, Debussy & Ravel)
Catherine Bott (soprano), Orchestre Revolutionnaire et Romantique, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
PHILIPS 4381492 (CD)


'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 email list of the discs in the Listening Booth please visit:
www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/newsletters/index.shtml

MONTEVERDI Vespers (1610) (extract played)
Gabrieli Consort and Players, Paul McCreesh (director)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4776147 (2-CD)

ENGLISH LANDSCAPES FINZI The Fall of the Leaf
(c/w works by BAX, VAUGHAN WILLIAMS, DELIUS, ELGAR and IRELAND):
Lyn Fletcher (violin), Halle Orchestra, Mark Elder (conductor), Halle Choir, James Burton (director)
HALLE CDHLL7512 (CD, mid-price)

MORLEY Hard by a crystal fountain; JOHNSON Come blessed Byrd
(from CD entitled 'The Triumphs of Oriana' - 25 madrigals by various composers published in 1601 by Thomas Morley):
The King's Singers
SIGNUM CLASSICS SIGCD082 (CD)


Radio 3's Disc Of The Week:

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata in E flat, Op.31/3 (c/w MOZART Piano sonata in C, K.330 and SCHUBERT Piano sonata in B flat major, D.960)
Clara Haskil (piano)
(recorded at the 1957 Salzburg Festival)
ORFEO C706061B (CD)




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