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31 March 2007

Saturday 31 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: Harriet Smith chooses from the available recordings of Schubert's Piano Sonata in A minor, D784.

Tess Knighton compares two very different DVD box sets of the Monteverdi operas Orfeo, The Return of Ulysses and The Coronation of Poppea - Jean-Pierre Ponnelle's Zurich productions conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt and the cycle filmed in Amsterdam directed by Pierre Audi.

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

Duration:

3 hours 15 minutes

Building a Library:

Schubert: Piano Sonata No.14 in A minor, D784
Reviewer - Harriet Smith

First Choice:
Alfred Brendel (piano)
(recorded 1987; c/w Piano Sonata No.17 in D, D850)
PHILIPS 4220632 (CD) or 4261282 (6-CD box set entitled 'Alfred Brendel - Schubert: Piano Works 1822-1828')

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data
bal.schubert:
bal.schubert.piano.sonato.no.14.d784


Discs played and reviewed in this programme

[Available at full price unless indicated]

NB Timings are approximate

09:00

SCHUBERT Piano Sonata in A, D959
(c/w 4 Dances - Sechs Deutsches D820; Vier Landler D814; Deutscher D841 in F; Walzer, D844 in G):
Christian Zacharias (piano)
DABRINGHAUS UND GRIMM MDG94014406 (SACD/CD Hybrid)

ELGAR Sea Pictures (Where Corals Lie played)
(recorded live 1984 - first release)
(from 5-CD box set entitled 'London Philharmonic Orchestra plays Elgar' - featuring conductors Sir Edward Elgar, Sir Landon Ronald, Sir Adrian Boult, Sir Georg Solti, Sir Charles Mackerras and Vernon Handley):
Dame Janet Baker (contralto), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vernon Handley (conductor)
LPO LPO0016-0020 (5-CD, budget)

MAHLER Symphony No.1 in D (2nd movement played)
(c/w Blumine):
Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman (conductor)
RCA RED SEAL 82876871562 (SACD/CD Hybrid)

JENKINS Five Part Consorts (Fantasy 15 in D played):
Phantasm
AVIE AV2120 (CD)


09:30
Building A Library Recommendations

SCHUBERT Piano Sonata No.14 in A minor, D784

Reviewer: Harriet Smith

Alfred Brendel SchubertFirst Choice:
Alfred Brendel (piano)
(recorded 1987; c/w Piano Sonata No.17 in D, D850)
PHILIPS 4220632 (CD)

Also available in CD box set entitled 'Alfred Brendel - Schubert: Piano Works 1822-1828'
PHILIPS 4261282 (6-CD)


Next week, Robert Philip chooses from the available recordings of Brahm's Violin Concerto.


10:15
Listener Suggestions

DEBUSSY Children's Corner (movements 1 & 2 played)
(c/w BACH Partita No.2 in C minor, BWV826; MOZART Piano Sonata in B flat, K570; CHOPIN Nocturnes Op.27 Nos.1 & 2; Mazurka in C, Op.24 No.2):
Mieczyslaw Horszowski (piano)
BBC Legends BBCL42032 (2-CD, mid-price)

ALNAES Piano Concerto in D, Op.27 (2nd movement played)
(c/w SINDING Piano Concerto in D, Op.6):
Piers Lane (piano), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)
HYPERION CDA67555 (CD)

ALLEGRI Christus resurgens ex mortuis
(from CD entitled 'Music from the Sistine Chapel' - works by ALLEGRI, ANERIO, MARENZIO and PALESTRINA):
The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (director)
CORO COR16047 (CD)

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10:45
Monteverdi Operas on DVD

Reviewer: Tess Knighton

MONTEVERDI L'Orfeo; Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria; L'incoronazione di Poppea:
Soloists, The Monteverdi Ensemble, Zurich Opera, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor), Jean-Pierre Ponnelle (stage director)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 0734278 (5-DVD box set) - also available separately

Full details from Deutsche Grammophon

MONTEVERDI L'Orfeo*; Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria+; L'incoronazione di Poppea^; Il combattimento di Tancredi e Clorinda% (not reviewed):
Soloists, Tragicomedia and Concerto Palatino*, Stephen Stubbs (conductor)*, Baroque Ensemble+, Glen Wilson (conductor)+, Les Talens Lyriques^, Christophe Rousset (conductor)^, ASKO Ensemble%, David Porcelijn (conductor)%, Pierre Audi (stage director)
OPUS ARTE OA0972BD (7-DVD box set) - also available separately

Full details from Opus Arte


11:45
Disc Of The Week

Simon Trpceski ChopinCHOPIN Piano Sonata No.2 in B flat minor, Op.35 'Funeral March'
(c/w Scherzos - No.1 in B minor. Op.20; No.2 in B flat minor, Op.31; No.3 in C sharp minor, Op.39; No.4 in E, Op.54):
Simon Trpceski (piano)
EMI CLASSICS 3755862 (CD)

Read Andrew McGregor's review of this disc


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In next week's programme:

Building a Library: Robert Philip on Brahms' Violin Concerto.

Laurie Stras reviews new releases of Renaissance choral music including recordings of Allegri's Miserere, other music from the Sistine Chapel choirbooks and Lamentations by Palestrina.

Disc of the Week
Bach: Cantata BWV4 'Christ lag in Todesbanden'
Gillian Keith (soprano), Daniel Taylor (alto), James Gilchrist (tenor), Stephen Varcoe (bass), The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)




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