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1 October 2005

Saturday 1 October 2005 9:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Andrew McGregor plays some of the newest releases, and In Building a Library at 9.30am, Andrew Green recommends a version of Rachmaninov's The Bells. Also includes:

Duration:

4 hours

Building a Library:

Rachmaninov: The Bells, Op.35
Reviewer - Andrew Green

First Choice:
Natalia Troitskaya (soprano), Ryszard Karczykowski (tenor), Tom Krause (baritone), Chorus of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)
(Recorded 1986; c/w The Symphonies; The Isle of the Dead; Symphonic Dances)
DECCA 455 798-2 (3-CD, budget)
OR
c/w Piano Concerto No.2*; Vocalise+; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini**; Symphony No.2+) *Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki (conductor), +Berlin Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel (conductor),
**Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 469 178-2 (2-CD, mid-price) (‘Panorama’ series)

Budget-Price Recommendation:
Sheila Armstrong (soprano), Robert Tear (tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (baritone), London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor)
(Recorded 1975; c/w PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky, Op.78; Ivan the Terrible, Op.116*)
*Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti (conductor)
EMI 5733532 (2-CD, budget) (‘Double Forte’ Series)

Single Disc Budget-Price Recommendation with reservations:
Galina Pisarenko (soprano), Sergei Yakovenko (baritone), Alexei Maslennikov (tenor), Yurlov Russian Choir, USSR Symphony Orchestra, Evgeni Svetlanov (conductor)
(Recorded 1979; c/w ‘Spring’ Cantata for baritone, Chorus & Orchestra; Vocalise)
REGIS RRC 1144 (CD, budget)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data
bal.rachmaninov:
bal.rachmaninov.the.bells.op35


Playlist

Hot Off The Press:

SCHARWENKA Piano Concerto No.1 in B Flat Minor, Op.32; Anton RUBINSTEIN Piano Concerto No.4 in D Minor (from CD entitled 'The Romantic Piano Concerto Volume 38'): Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Michael Stern (conductor)
HYPERION CDA 67508 (CD) or SACDA67508

CD entitled 'VIVALDI Virtuoso Cantatas' - Qual per ignoto calle RV 677; Piangero sinche l'onda (Orlando Furioso); Di verde ulivo (Tito Manlio); Alla caccia dell'alme e de' cori RV 670; Prelude after Vivaldi (theorbo); Care selve, amici prati RV 671; Sonata for Cello and Continuo in B Flat Major, RV 47; Perfidissimo cor! Iniquo fato! RV 674; Pianti, sospiri e dimandar mercede RV 676: Philippe Jaroussky (countertenor), Ensemble Artaserse
VIRGIN 5457212 (CD)

VIVALDI Arie d'Opera dal fondo Foa 28 (Opera Arias from Volume 28 of the Foa Collection) - Zeffiretti che sussurrate RV 749.21; Anima del cor mio (La Candace) RV 704 - and other arias from Tieteberga RV 737; La Silvia RV 734; Tito Manlio RV 738A; La Verita in Cimento RV 739; Medea e Giasone RV 749.B & Aria RV 749.21: Sandrine Piau (soprano), Ann Hallenberg (mezzo), Paul Agnew (tenor), Guillemette Laurens (mezzo), Modo Antiquo, Federico Maria Sardelli (director)
NAÏVE OP30411 (CD)
Ellen Taaffe ZWILICH Concerto for Violin and Orchestra; Rituals for Five Percussionists and Orchestra*: Pamela Frank (violin), Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra, * Nexus /Iris Chamber Orchestra, Michael Stern (conductor)
NAXOS 8.559268 (CD, budget)

BUILDING A LIBRARY RECOMMENDATION:

RACHMANINOV The Bells, Op.35

Reviewer: Andrew Green

First Choice:
Natalia Troitskaya (soprano), Ryszard Karczykowski (tenor), Tom Krause (baritone), Chorus of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor) (recorded 1986; c/w The Symphonies; The Isle of the Dead; Symphonic Dances)
DECCA 455 798-2 (3-CD, budget)

Also available c/w Piano Concerto No.2*; Vocalise+; Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini**; Symphony No.2++: * Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Warsaw Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki (conductor), + Berlin Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel (conductor), ** Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano), London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor), ++ Berlin Philharmonic, Lorin Maazel (conductor)
DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 469 178-2 (2-CD, mid-price) ('Panorama' series)

Budget-Price Recommendation:
Sheila Armstrong (soprano), Robert Tear (tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (baritone), London Symphony Chorus, London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor) (recorded 1975; c/w PROKOFIEV Alexander Nevsky, Op.78; Ivan the Terrible, Op.116*: *Philharmonia Orchestra, Riccardo Muti (conductor)
EMI 5733532 (2-CD, budget) ('Double Forte' Series)


Single Disc Budget-Price Recommendation with reservations:
Galina Pisarenko (soprano), Sergei Yakovenko (baritone), Alexei Maslennikov (tenor), Yurlov Russian Choir, USSR Symphony Orchestra, Evgeni Svetlanov (conductor) (recorded 1979; c/w 'Spring' Cantata for baritone, Chorus & Orchestra; Vocalise)
REGIS RRC 1144 (CD, budget)


[Next week's Building a Library will feature Mendelssohn 's Complete String Quartets.]

Andrew McGregor reports from this Year's Classic FM Gramophone Awards 2005



New Releases - Piano

Reviewer: Harriet Smith

CD entitled ' LISZT Annees de pelerinage - Suisse; The Complete opera paraphrases after Charles Gounod - Les Adieux - Reverie sur un motif de Romeo et Juliette S409; Valse de l'opera Faust S407; Les Sabeennes - Berceuse de l'opera La Reine de Saba S408: Stephen Hough (Piano)
HYPERION CDA 67424 (CD)

RACHMANINOV Preludes, Op.23; Preludes Op.32; Prelude in C Sharp Minor, Op.3, No.2: Boris Berezovsky (piano)
MIRARE MIR 004 (CD)

BRAHMS Sonata for Two Pianos in F Minor, Op.34b; 5 Waltzes, Op.39; Hungarian Dances 5 & 17; SAINT-SAENS Variations on a Theme of Beethoven, Op.35: Guher & Suher Pekinel (pianos)
WARNER CLASSICS 2564 619592 (CD)

BACH The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II: Daniel Barenboim (piano)
WARNER CLASSICS 2564 619402 (3-CD, mid-price)

BEETHOVEN Piano Sonata No.16 in G Major Op.31, No.1; Piano Sonata No.17 in D Minor 'The Tempest', Op.31, No.2; Piano Sonata No.18 in E Flat Major, Op.31, No.3:
Paul Lewis (piano)
HARMONIA MUNDI HMC 901902 (CD)


An Interview with Baritone Gerald Finley

MOZART The Magic Flute: ( Der Vogelfänger bin ich ja, played): Gerald Finley (baritone),
The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
ARCHIV 449 166-2 (2-CD, mid-price)

Mark-Anthony TURNAGE The Silver Tassie (Libretto by Amanda Holden ) (Extract from Act 4 played): Gerald Finley ( Harry Heegan ),
Orchestra of English National Opera, Paul Daniel (conductor)
ENO Alive 001 (2-CD, mid-price)

*Mark-Anthony TURNAGE When I Woke (excerpt played; c/w Scherzoid*; Evening Songs; Yet Another Set to+: Gerald Finley (baritone), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski (conductor), * Jonathan Nott (conductor), + Christian Lindberg (trombone), + Marin Alsop (conductor)
LPO LIVE 0007 (CD, mid-price)

* This disc should be available on October 10th

SCHUBERT L'incanto degli occhi D902, No.1 (played; c/w Romanze des Richard Lowenherz D907; Jagers Liebeslied D909; Schiffers Scheidelied D910; Frühlingslied D919; Il traditor deluso D902 No 2; Il modo di prender moglie D902 No 3; Wolke und Quelle D896B; Frohlisches Scheiden D896; Sie in jedem Liede D896A; Das Weinen D926; Heimliches Lieben D922; Die Sterne D939; Der Wallensteiner Lanzknecht beim Trunk D931; Der Kreuzzug D932; Der Hochzeitsbraten D930; Cantate zur Feier der Genesung der Irene Kiesewetter D936) (from disc entitled 'An 1827 Schubertiade'): Gerald Finley (baritone), Graham Johnson (piano), Juliane Banse (soprano), Michael Schade (tenor), The Holst Singers, Stephen Layton (conductor)
HYPERION CDJ 33036 (CD)

CD entitled 'A Song - For Anything' Songs by Charles IVES: (Remembrance; The Things our Fathers Loved, played; c/w Feldeinsamkeit; Memories: (A) Very Pleasant; (B) Rather Sad; The Housatonic at Stockbridge; Swimmers; The Cage; The Greatest Man; General William Booth Enters into Heaven; Berceuse; West London; Tom Sails Away; When Stars are in the Quiet Skies; Weil' auf mir; Ich grolle nicht; Du alte Mutter; Where the Eagle; Walking; Yellow Leaves; The Side Show; Elegie; The New River; Like a Sick Eagle; Ann Street; Slugging a Vampire; Thoreau; Serenity; Tolerance; Charlie Rutlage; '1, 2, 3'; A Song - For Anything): Gerald Finley (baritone), Julius Drake (piano)
HYPERION CDA 67516 (CD)


RADIO 3'S DISC OF THE WEEK:

BACH The Brandenburg Concertos BWV 1046-1051: Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini (director) - Brandenburg Concerto No.5 BWV 1050 in D Major (played; c/w Sinfonia BWV 174 'Ich liebe den Hoechsten von ganzem Gemuete'; + A Film by Philippe Beziat - 'Rinaldo Alessandrini & Concerto Italiano record the Brandenburg Concertos' )
NAÏVE OP 30412 (2-CD + DVD)

The 2004/2005 edition of the annual "Building a Library" factsheet is now available. To obtain a copy, please send an A4 sized, self-addressed envelope (45 pence postage for first class, 35 pence for second class) to:

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Alternatively, the factsheet can be downloaded from the "Building a Library" homepage:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/cdreview/buildingalibrary/

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