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23 September 2006

Saturday 23 September 2006 9:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Andrew McGregor features some of the hottest new releases, and in Building a Library Sarah Walker dissects Chopin's multi-faceted Etudes. Also in the programme, Andrew listens to recordings of English music from the resurrected Lyrita label, and Stephen Pettitt reviews some recent DVDs of Mozart operas.
Vote for your choice in this week's Listening Booth here


4 hours

Building a Library:
CHOPIN Etudes Op.10 & Op.25
Reviewer - Sarah Walker

First Choice:
Maurizio Pollini (piano)
(recorded 1972)
(recorded 1972)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data


[All recordings are available at full price unless indicated otherwise.] 

Hot Off The Press:

The GERSWINS' Porgy & Bess (world premiere recording of the original 1935 production version) (extract from Act 3 played):
Alvy Powell (Porgy), Marquita Lister (Bess), Lester Lynch (Crown), Monique McDonald (Serena), Nicole Cabell (Clara), Linda Thompson Williams (Maria), Leonard Rowe (Jake), Robert Mack (Sporting Life), Members of the Tennessee State University Band, Members of the Blair Children's Chorus, Nashville Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, John Mauceri (director and conductor)
DECCA 4757877 (2-CD)

CD entitled 'Gloryland' - Folk songs, Spirituals, Gospel hymns of Hope & Glory ('Just Over in the Gloryland' and 'I'm on my Journey Home' played):
Anonymous 4, Darol Anger (violin/mandolin), Mike Marshall (guitar/mandolin/mandocello)

SHOSTAKOVICH Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, Op.77 (Scherzo played)
(c/w Violin Sonata, Op.134*; (on DVD) 'A People's Music' - Film by Tim Meara)
Ruth Palmer (violin), Alexei Grynyuk (piano)*, Philharmonia Orchestra, Benjamin Wallfisch (conductor)
QUARTZ QTZ2045 (CD + bonus DVD)

Building A Library Recommendation:

CHOPIN Etudes Op.10 & Op.25

Reviewer: Sarah Walker

First Choice:
Maurizio Pollini (piano)
(recorded 1972)

In next week's Building a Library Andrew Manze reviews the available recordings of Ravel's Violin Sonata

The 2005/6 Building a Library factsheet is available to download from this website, or you can send an A4 sized SAE (65p stamp for 1st-class or 55p stamp for 2nd-class) to CD Review, Room 2045, Broadcasting House, London W1A 1AA. 

Consumer Spot - Lyrita Records:

TIPPETT The Midsummer Marriage (extracts from Act 1 played):
Alberto Remedios (Mark), Joan Carlyle (Jenifer), Raimund Herincx (King Fisher), Elizabeth Harwood (Bella), Stuart Burrows (Jack), Helen Watts (Sosostris), Stafford Dean (He-Ancient), Elizabeth Bainbridge (She-Ancient), Chorus and Orchestra of the Royal Opera House Covent Garden, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)
LYRITA SRCD2217 (2-CD, mid-price)

ALWYN Miss Julie (extracts from Act 1 played):
Jill Gomez (Miss Julie), Benjamin Luxon (Jean), Della Jones (Kristin), John Mitchinson (Ulrik), Philharmonia Orchestra, Vilem Tausky (conductor)
LYRITA SRCD2218 (2-CD, mid-price)

RUBBRA Symphony No. 6, Op.80 (2nd movement played); Symphony No.8, Op.132 (2nd movement played)
(c/w Soliloquy for Cello and Orchestra, Op.57*):
Philharmonia Orchestra, Norman Del Mar (conductor), Rohan de Saram (cello)*, London Symphony Orchestra*, Vernon Handley (conductor)*
LYRITA SRCD234 (CD, mid-price)

G. WILLIAMS Fairest of Stars+
(c/w Ballads for Orchestra*; Symphony No.2*)
Janet Price (soprano)+, London Symphony Orchestra+, Sir Charles Groves (conductor)+, BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra*, Vernon Handley (conductor)*
LYRITA SRCD327 (CD, mid-price)
D. JONES Symphony No.9* (3rd movement played)
(c/w Symphony No.6+; The Country Beyond the Stars^):
BBC Welsh Symphony Orchestra*, Bryden Thomson (conductor)*, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra+^, Sir Charles Groves+^, Welsh National Opera Chorus^
LYRITA SRCD326 (CD, mid-price)

STANFORD Piano Concerto No.2 in C minor, Op.126 (1st movement played)*
(c/w Irish Rhapsody No.4, Op.141+; Funeral March 'The Martyrdom' from Becket, Op.48+):
Malcolm Binns (piano)*, London Symphony Orchestra*, Nicholas Braithwaite (conductor)*, London Philharmonic Orchestra+, Sir Adrian Boultt (conductor)+
LYRITA SRCD219 (CD, mid-price)

G. BUSH Overture, Yorick*
(c/w Music for Orchestra+, Symphonies No.1^; Symphony No.2**):
New Philharmonia Orchestra*, Vernon Handley (conductor)*+, London Philharmonic Orchestra+, London Symphony Orchestra^, Nicholas Braithwaite (conductor)^, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra**, Barry Wordsworth (conductor)**)

New Releases - Mozart Operas on DVD:

Reviewer: Stephen Pettitt

MOZART Don Giovanni:
Carlos Alvarez (Don Giovanni), Alfred Reiter (Commendatore), Maria Bayo (Donna Anna), Jose Bros (Don Ottavio), Sonia Ganassi (Donna Elvira), Lorenzo Regazzo (Leporello), Jose Antonio Lopez (Masetto), Maria Jose Moreno (Zerlina), Chorus and Orchestra of the Teatro Real, Victor Pablo Perez (conductor)

MOZART Don Giovanni:
Andrei Beschasny (Don Giovanni), Dalibor Jedlicka (Commendatore), Nadezhda Petrenko (Donna Anna), Vladimir Dolezal (Don Ottavio), Jirina Markova (Donna Elvira), Ludek Vele (Leporello), Zdenek Harvanek (Masetto), Alice Randova (Zerlina), Prague National Theatre Chorus and Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

MOZART La Finta Giardiniera:
Rudolf Schasching (Don Anchise), Eva Mei (Sandrina), Christoph Strehl (Count Belfiore), Isabel Rey (Arminda), Liliana Nikiteanu (Ramiro), Julia Kleiter (Serpetta), Gabriel Bermudez (Nardo), "La Scintilla" Orchestra of Zurich Opera, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

MOZART Le Nozze di Figaro:
Peter Mattei (Count Almaviva), Christiane Oelze (Countess Almaviva), Heidi Grant Murphy (Susanna), Lorenzo Regazzo (Figaro), Christine Shafer (Cherubino), Helene Schneiderman (Marcellina), Roland Bracht (Bartolo), Burkhard Ulrich (Don Basilio), Eberhard Francesco Lorenz (Don Curzio), Cassandre Bethon (Barbarina), Frederic Caton (Antonio), Orchestra and Chorus of the Opera National de Paris, Sylvain Cambreling (conductor)


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.

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PURCELL The Fairy Queen (Symphony; Prelude and Song - Come all ye songsters; Scene of the Drunken Poet played):
Armonico Consort, Christopher Monks (director)

(from CD entitled 'Warp Works & Twentieth Century Masters' - works by APHEX TWIN, SQUAREPUSHER, NANCARROW, CAGE, REICH, STOCKHAUSEN, VARESE and LIGETI):
London Sinfonietta

VIVALDI Salve Regina, RV617;
(c/w O qui coeli terraeque serenitas, RV631; Laudate pueri Dominum, RV601; Vos aurae per montes, RV634):
Suzie Le Blanc (soprano), Teatro Lirico, Stephen Stubbs (conductor)

Radio 3's Disc Of The Week:

BEETHOVEN Symphony No.9 'Choral':
Twyla Robinson (soprano), Karen Cargill (mezzo-soprano), John Mac Master (tenor), Gerald Finley (bass), London Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor)
LSO LIVE LSO0092 (CD, budget)
LSO LIVE LSO0592 (SACD, mid-price) 

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