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17 February 2007

Saturday 17 February 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 Nice compares the available recordings of Prokofiev's 7th Symphony.

Andrew lifts the lid on 'The Essential Sibelius', BIS Records' major contribution to this year's Sibelius anniversary.

Sir Colin Davis talks about conducting Sibelius and Berlioz, and about recording concerts for the LSO Live label, including the new release of Beethoven's Fidelio.

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

Duration:

3 hours 15 minutes

Building a Library:

Prokofiev: Symphony No.7 in C sharp minor, Op.131
Reviewer - David Nice

First Choice:
Cleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)
(recorded 1993; c/w Symphonies 1, 5 & 6; Autumnal; Overture on Hebrew Themes)
DECCA 4705282 (2-CD, budget)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data
bal.prokofiev:
bal.prokofiev.symphony.no.7.op.131


Discs played and reviewed in this programme

[Available at full price unless indicated]

NB Timings are approximate

09:00

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS A Sea Symphony (2nd movement played)
(c/w Overture to 'The Wasps')
Susan Gritton (soprano), Gerald Finley (baritone), London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Richard Hickox (conductor)
CHANDOS CHSA5047 (SACD/CD Hybrid)

SAWER From Morning to Midnight: Symphonic Suite (Velodrome played)
(c/w Tiroirs*; The Memory of Water*+; the greatest happiness principle)
BBC Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group*, Susanna Malkki (conductor)+
NMC D116 (CD)

BEETHOVEN Fidelio (end of Act 1 played)
Christine Brewer (Leonore), John Mac Master (Florestan), Kristinn Sigmundsson (Rocco), Sally Matthews (Marzelline), Juha Uusitalo (Don Pizarro), Andrew Kennedy (Jaquino), Daniel Borowski (Don Fernando), London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
LSO LIVE LSO0593 (2-SACD/CD Hybrid, budget)


09:30
Building A Library Recommendation

PROKOFIEV Symphony No.7 in C sharp minor, Op.131

Reviewer: David Nice

First Choice:

Prokofiev SymphoniesCleveland Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)
(recorded 1993; c/w Symphonies 1, 5 & 6; Autmnal; Overture on Hebrew Themes)
DECCA 4705282 (2-CD, budget)




In next week's Building a Library, William Mival compares the available recordings of Beethoven's 'Archduke' Piano Trio.

10:15
BIS Records 'The Essential Sibelius'

The Essential SibeliusCD box set entitled 'The Essential Sibelius' - a survey of the music of Jean Sibelius, including the seven symphonies, violin concerto, tone poems and theatre music as well as songs, choral pieces, chamber works and piano music.
BIS CD-1697/1700 (15-CD, budget)


For full details visit BIS Records

Extracts played:

SIBELIUS Vattendroppar
Jaako Kuusisto (violin), Taneli Turunen (cello)

SIBELIUS Nacken
Monica Groop (mezzo-soprano), Lasse Poysti (narrator), Jaako Kuusisto (violin), Joel Laakso (cello), Folke Grasbeck (piano)

SIBELIUS Florestan (2nd movement played)
Folke Grasbeck (piano)

SIBELIUS Piano Quintet in G minor (excerpt from 4th movement played)
Jaako Kuusisto (violin), Laura Vikman (violin), Anna Kreetta Gribajcevic (viola), Joel Laakso (cello), Folke Grasbeck (piano)

SIBELIUS Symphony No.1 (1st movement played)
Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vanska (conductor)

SIBELIUS At the Castle Gate (Pellas et Melisande)
Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

SIBELIUS String Quartet in D minor 'Voces Intimae' (3rd movement played)
Tempera Quartet

SIBELIUS Tanken
Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano), Monica Groop (mezzo-soprano), Bengt Forsberg (piano)

SIBELIUS Symphony No.5 (excerpt from 3rd movement played)
Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vanska (conductor)

SIBELIUS Tapiola
Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Osmo Vanska (conductor)


11:00
Interview with Sir Colin Davis

Sir Colin Davis

SIBELIUS Pohjola's Daughter, Symphonic Fantasy Op.49 (excerpt played)
(c/w TCHAIKOVSKY Ouverture Solonelle "1812", Op.49; Romeo and Juliet, Fantasy Overture; SIBELIUS Valse triste (from Kuoleme, Op.44); Karelia Suite, Op.11)
Boston Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
PENTATONE PTC5186164 (SACD/CD Hybrid)

SIBELIUS Kullervo (excerpt played)
Monica Groop (mezzo-soprano), Peter Mattei (baritone), London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
LSO LIVE LSO0574 (SACD/CD Hybrid, budget)

BERLIOZ March for the Queen's Entrance (from Les Troyens)
(c/w Harold en Italie)
London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
LSO LIVE LSO0040 (CD, budget)

BEETHOVEN Fidelio (end of Act 2 played)
Christine Brewer (Leonore), John Mac Master (Florestan), Kristinn Sigmundsson (Rocco), Sally Matthews (Marzelline), Juha Uusitalo (Don Pizarro), Andrew Kennedy (Jaquino), Daniel Borowski (Don Fernando), London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
LSO LIVE LSO0593 (2-SACD/CD Hybrid, budget)


11:30
Disc of the Week


Huelgas Ensemble - 40 VoicesJOSQUIN Qui habitat; WYLKYNSON Jesus autem; TALLIS Spem in alium
(from CD entitled '40 Voices: The Summit of Polyphony')
Huelgas Ensemble, Paul Van Nevel (director)
HARMONIA MUNDI HMC801954 (CD)

Read Andrew McGregor's review of this disc


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In next weeks' programme:

Building a Library: William Mival on Beethoven's 'Archduke' Piano Trio

Piers Burton-Page reviews recent discs of Romantic orchestral music

Producer Maria Vandamme talks about recording the State Opera of South Australia's highly acclaimed 2004 production of Wagner's Ring Cycle.

Disc of the Week
Bruch: Violin Concerto No.1 in G minor, Op.26
Janine Jansen (violin), Gewandhausorchester, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)




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