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17 March 2007

Saturday 17 March 2007 9:00-12:15 (Radio 3)

Andrew McGregor introduces Radio 3's weekly programme devoted to all that's new in the world of recorded music. In this week's programme:

Building a Library: David Owen Norris compares the available recordings of Elgar's 1st Symphony.

Bruce Wood joins Andrew to review some recent releases from Lyrita, including music by Gerald Finzi, John Ireland and Gustav Holst.

Jennifer Bate talks about recording Mendelssohn's complete works for organ.

Send your suggestions for new releases you would like to hear in the programme


3 hours 15 minutes

Building a Library:

Elgar: Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55
Reviewer - David Owen Norris

First Choice:
Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
(recorded live 1998; c/w BERLIOZ Overture to Le Roi Lear; Overture to Beatrice at Benedict): HANSSLER PROFIL PH05040 (CD)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data

Discs played and reviewed in this programme

[Available at full price unless indicated]

NB Timings are approximate


BEETHOVEN Piano Concerto No.1 in C, Op.15 (excerpt from 1st movement played)
(c/w Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.37):
(recorded live at Beethovenfest, Bonn, 2006)
Mikhail Pletnev (piano), Russian National Orchestra, Christian Gansch (conductor)

VIVALDI In Furore Iustissimae Irae, RV626 (excerpt played)
(from CD entitled 'Amor Sacro (Sacred Love): Four Solo Motets' - also including Nulla in Mundo Pax Sincera, RV630; In Turbato Mare Irato, RV627; Sum in Medio Tempestatum, RV632):
Simone Kermes (soprano), Venice Baroque Orchestra, Andrea Marcon (conductor)

VIVALDI Concerto, RV532 (excerpt played)
(from CD entitled 'Musica per mandolin e liuto' - also including Concertos RV93, RV425 & RV540; Trios, RV82 & RV85):
Rolf Lislevand (lute, baroque guitar, mandolin) & ensemble
NAIVE OP30429 (CD)

PURCELL Pavan a 4
(from CD entitled 'Purcell Fantazias: musiques pour violes' - a collection of 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 part Fantazias for viol consort):
Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot (director)

Building A Library Recommendations

ELGAR Symphony No.1 in A flat, Op.55

Reviewer: David Owen Norris

Elgar Symphony No.1First Choice:
Staatskapelle Dresden, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
(recorded live 1998; c/w BERLIOZ Overture to Le Roi Lear; Overture to Beatrice at Benedict):

Next week, David Vickers chooses from the the available recordings of Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri.

New Releases and Re-issues from Lyrita

Reviewer: Bruce Wood
(in conversation with Andrew McGregor)

FINZI Prelude for strings, Op.25 (excerpt played)
(c/w A Severn Rhapsody, Op.3; Nocturne (New Year Music), Op.7; Three Soliloquies for small orchestra (from the Suite Love's Labours Lost Op.28); Romance for strings, Op.11; The Fall of the Leaf, Op.20; Introit for small orchestra and solo violin, Op.6*; Eclogue for piano and strings Op.10+; Grand Fantasia & Toccata for piano and orchestra, Op.38+):
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor), Rodney Friend (violin)*, Peter Katin (piano)+, New Philharmonia Orchestra+, Vernon Handley (conductor)+

FINZI Intimations of Immortality; HADLEY The Trees so High, Symphonic Ballad in A minor* (excerpts played):
Ian Partridge (tenor), Guildford Philharmonic Choir & Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor), Thomas Allen (baritone)*, Guildford Philharmonic Choir*, New Philharmonia Orchestra*

MOERAN Sinfonietta*; Symphony in G minor+ (excerpts played)
(c/w Overture for a Masque*)
London Philharmonic Orchestra*, New Philharmonia Orchestra+, Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)

IRELAND These Things Shall Be (excerpt played)
(c/w Legend for piano and orchestra; Overture 'Satyricon'; Piano Concerto; Two symphonic studies (arr. Geoffrey Bush)):
Eric Parkin (piano), John Carol Case (baritone), London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Philharmonic Choir, Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)

GIPPS Horn Concerto, Op.58; BOWEN Concerto for Horn, string orchestra and timpani, Op.150 (excerpts played)
(c/w JACOB Concerto for Horn and Strings; ARNOLD Concerto No.2 for Horn and Strings, Op.58; VINTER Hunter's Moon):
David Pyatt (horn), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Braithwaite (conductor)

BENJAMIN North American Square Dance Suite; Symphony (excerpts played)
(c/w Overture to an Italian Comedy*; Cotillon, A Suite of Dance Tunes+):
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Barry Wordsworth (conductor), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra*, Myer Fredman (conductor)*, London Symphony Orchestra+, Nicholas Braithwaite (conductor)+

COATES March 'The Dam Busters' (excerpt played)
(c/w The Merrymakers Overture*; Summer Days Suite*; From Meadow to Mayfair Suite (extract)*; The Three Elizabeths Suite (extract)*; The Three Bears Phantasy*; GRAINGER Children's March 'Over the Hills and far away'; DELIUS Marche Caprice*; WALTON Hamlet: Funeral March; VAUGHAN WILLIAMS The Wasps: March past of the kitchen utensils*; ROSSINI arr.BRITTEN Soirees Musicales: March; HOLST Suite in E flat, Op.28 No.1: March):
London Philharmonic Orchestra, New Philharmonia Orchestra*, Sir Adrian Boult (conductor)

HOLST Suite de Ballet in E flat, Op.10 (excerpt played)
(c/w Walt Whitman Overture, Op.7; Suite in E flat, Op.28 No.1 (orch. Gordon Jacob); A Hampshire Suite, Op.28 No.2 (orch. Gordon Jacob); A Moorside Suite (orch. Gordon Jacob)):
London Philharmonic Orchestra, Nicholas Braithwaite (conductor)

Interview with organist Jennifer Bate

MENDELSSOHN Prelude and Fugue in C minor, Op.37 No.1 (excerpt played)
(from Complete Organ Works, Volume 1):
Jennifer Bate (organ of Wimborne Minster, Dorset)

MENDELSSOHN Allegro vivace in F (excerpt played)
(from Complete Organ Works, Volume 3):
Jennifer Bate (organ of St John's Church, Upper Norwood, London)

MENDELSSOHN Allegro moderato maestoso in C*; Sonata No.6 in D minor, Op.65+ (excerpts played)
(from Complete Organ Works, Volume 2):
Jennifer Bate (organs of St Matthew's Church, Bayswater, London* & St John's Church, Upper Norwood, London+)

For full details of these and the other discs in the Mendelssohn Complete Organ Works series visit the Somm Recordings website

Listener Suggestions

RAVEL Jeux d'Eau
(from CD entitled 'The Complete Piano Works of Maurice Ravel; Volume 1' - also including Gaspard de la Nuit; Serenade Grotesque; Miroirs; La Valse):
Artur Pizarro (piano)

R. STRAUSS Four Last Songs (Beim Schlafengehen played):
(c/w WAGNER Prelude and Liebestod from 'Tristan und Isolde'; Extracts from 'Gotterdammerung'):
Kirsten Flagstad (soprano), Philharmonia Orchestra, Wilhelm Furtwangler (conductor)
TESTAMENT SBT1410 (CD, mid-price)

SHOSTAKOVICH Symphony No.10 in E minor, Op.93 (excerpt played)
(from Complete Symphonies box set):
Moscow Philharmonic Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin (conductor)
MELODIYA MELCD1001065 (11-CD, budget)

LEONIN Gloria: redemptori meo
(from CD entitled 'Perotin and the Ars Antiqua'):
The Hilliard Ensemble
CORO COR16046 (CD, mid-price)

HAYDN Piano Sonata No.52 in E flat, HobXVI/52 (excerpt played)
(c/w Piano Sonatas Nos.23, 24, 32, 37, 40, 41, 43, 46 & 50):
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)

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Disc Of The Week

The Makropulos Case

JANACEK The Makropulos Case (in English):
Cheryl Barker (Emilia Marty), Neal Davies (Dr Kolenaty), John Graham-Hall (Vitek), Elena Xanthoudakis (Kristina), Robert Brubaker (Albert Gregor), John Wegner (Baron Jaroslav Prus), Thomas Walker (Janek Prus), Graham Clark (Count Hauk-Sendorf), English National Opera Orchestra and Chorus, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Read Andrew McGregor's review of this disc

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In next week's programme:

Building a Library: David Vickers on Buxtehude's Membra Jesu Nostri

Cliff Eisen reviews some provocative recordings of Mozart and looks at some of the issues they raise about 'period performance.' 

Disc of the Week
Michael Berkeley: Concerto for Orchestra 'Seascapes'
BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Richard Hickox (conductor)

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