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Andrew McGregor plays some of this month's newest releases, Jonathan Swain chooses between the currently available recordings of Brahms' Fourth Symphony, and Jeremy Summerly reviews recent releases of Bach cantatas. Also, Andrew talks to Rodney Milnes about two historic sets that start to unlock the archive of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.

Vote for your disc of choice in this week's Listening Booth

Building a Library:

Brahms: Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98
Reviewer - Jonathan Swain

First Choice:
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (conductor)
(Recorded 1962; c/w BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture*)
Rene Leibowitz (conductor)*
CHESKY CD006 (CD)

Alternative Mid-Price Choice:
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Kleiber (conductor)
(Recorded 1980)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4577062 (CD, mid-price)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data
bal.brahms:
bal.brahms.symphony.no.4.op.98


Playlist

Hot Off The Press:

BEETHOVEN Piano Trio in G, Op.1 No.2; Piano Trio in D, Op.70 No.1 'Ghost'; MAXWELL DAVIES A Voyage to Fair Isle :
Grieg Trio
SIMAX PSC1166 (CD)

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.3 in E flat, Op.55 'Eroica'; Leonore Overture No.2:
London Symphony Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor)
LSO LIVE LSO0080 (CD, budget)

BEETHOVEN Violin Concerto in D, Op.61; Romance for Violin and Orchestra in G, Op.40, Romance for Violin and Orchestra in F, Op.50:
Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman (conductor)
ARTE NOVA 82876 76994 2 (CD, budget)

PETER LIEBERSON Rilke Songs*; The Six Realms+; Horn Concerto^:
Lorraine Hunt Lieberson (mezzo-soprano)*, Peter Serkin (piano)*, Michaela Fukacova (cello)+, William Purvis (horn)^, The Odense Symphony Orchestra+, Justin Brown (conductor)+, Donald Palma (conductor)^
BRIDGE 9178 (CD)


BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATIONS:


BRAHMS Symphony No.4 in E minor, Op.98

Reviewer: Jonathan Swain

First Choice:
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Fritz Reiner (conductor)
(recorded 1962; c/w BEETHOVEN Egmont Overture*)
Rene Leibowitz (conductor)*
CHESKY CD006 (CD)

Alternative Mid-Price Choice:
Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Carlos Kleiber (conductor)
(recorded 1980)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4577062 (CD, mid-price)


Consumer Spot - ROH Heritage Series

VERDI Otello:
Ramon Vinay (Otello), Gre Brouwenstijn (Desdemona), Otakar Kraus (Iago), John Lanigan (Cassio), Noreen Berry (Emilia), Raymond Nilsson (Roderigo), Marian Nowakowski (Lodovico), Michael Langdon (Montano), Forbes Robinson (Un araldo), The Covent Garden Opera Chorus, The Covent Garden Orchestra, Rafael Kubelik (conductor)
(recorded 1955)
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE HERITAGE SERIES ROHS001 (2-CD, mid-price)

DONIZETTI Lucia di Lammermoor:
Joan Sutherland (Lucia), Joao Gibin (Edgardo), John Shaw (Enrico), Joseph Rouleau (Raimondo), Kenneth MacDonald (Arturo), Margreta Elkins (Alisa), Robert Bowman (Normanno), The Covent Garden Opera Chorus, The Covent Garden Orchestra, Tullio Serafin (conductor)
(recorded 1959)
ROYAL OPERA HOUSE HERITAGE SERIES ROHS002 (2-CD, mid-price)


New Releases - Bach Cantatas

Reviewer: Jeremy Summerly

BACH Cantatas Vol.19 - BWV 51, 72, 88, 117, 129, 145, 159, 171, 174, 188, 193:
Johannette Zomer, Sandrine Piau, Marlis Petersen, Sibylla Rubens, Caroline Stam (soprano), Bogna Bartosz, Michael Chance (alto), Christoph Pregardien, James Gilchrist, Paul Agnew (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass), The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman (conductor)
CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72219 (3-CD)

BACH Cantatas Vol.26: Long Melford - BWV 34, 59, 68, 74, 172, 173, 174:
Lisa Larsson (soprano), Nathalie Stutzmann (also), Derek Lee Ragin (alto), Christoph Genz (tenor), Panajotis Iconomou (bass), The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
SOLI DEO GLORIA SDG121 (2-CD, mid-price)

BACH Cantatas Vol.20 - BWV 9, 11, 14, 29, 112, 120, 120a, 149, 156, 192, 1127:
Sandrine Piau, Johannette Zomer, Lisa Larsson (soprano), Bogna Bartosz, Nathalie Stutzmann (alto), James Gilchrist, Christoph Pregardien, (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass), The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman (conductor)
CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72220 (3-CD)

BACH St. Matthew Passion:
Jorg Durmuller (Evangelist), Ekkehard Abele (Christus), Cornelia Samuelis (soprano), Bogna Bartosz (alto), Paul Agnew (tenor), Klaus Mertens (bass), The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Boys Choir of Sacraments-Church Breda, Ton Koopman (conductor)
CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72232 (2-CD); also CCDVD72233 (DVD)

BACH Cantatas Vol.1 - BWV 55, 56, 98, 180:
Sophie Karthauser (soprano), Petra Noskaiova (alto), Cristoph Genz (tenor), Dominik Worner (bass), La Petite Bande, Sigiswalk Kuijken (conductor)
ACCENT ACC25301 (SACD/CD hybrid)

BACH Cantatas Vol.2 - BWV 93, 135, 177:
Siri Thornhill (soprano), Petra Noskaiova (alto), Cristoph Genz (tenor), Jan Van der Crabben (bass), La Petite Bande, Sigiswalk Kuijken (conductor)
ACCENT ACC25302 (SACD/CD hybrid)


'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

SHOSTAKOVICH String Quartet No.7:
St Lawrence String Quartet
EMI CLASSICS 3599562 (CD)

MOZART BRAHMS Clarinet Quintet (2nd movement played):
Eric Hoeprich (clarinet / basset clarinet), London Haydn Quartet
GLOSSA GCD920607 (CD)

GIBBONS The Cries of London (Nos. 1&2) (from CD entitled 'The Cries of London'):
Theatre of Voices, Fretwork
HARMONIA MUNDI HMU907214 (CD)

MAHLER Symphony No.4 (4th movement played):
Anu Komsi (soprano), SWR Stuttgart Radio Symphony Orchestra, Roger Norrington (conductor)
HANSSLER CLASSIC CD93.164 (CD)


RADIO 3'S DISC OF THE WEEK:

BARTOK Bluebeard's Castle (sung in English):
Duke Bluebeard/Minstrel - John Tomlinson (bass), Judith - Sally Burgess (mezzo-soprano), Orchestra of Opera North, Richard Farnes (conductor)
CHANDOS CHAN3133 (CD)





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