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Building a Library: Purcell: Dido and Aeneas

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Purcell: Dido and Aeneas. Recent cello releases, plus Disc of the Week: Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortileges (excerpts).

Building a Library:
PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas

Reviewer - Jeremy Summerly

First choice:
Catherine Bott (Dido), Emma Kirkby (Belinda), John Mark Ainsley (Aeneas), David Thomas (Sorceress), Elizabeth Priday (First Witch), Sara Stowe (Second Witch), Julianne Baird (Second Woman), Daniel Lochmann (First Sailor), Michael Chance (Spirit), Chorus and Orchestra of the Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Decca 4757195 (CD, Mid Price)

CD Review BAL Catalogue Data
bal.purcell:
bal.purcell.dido.and.aeneas

09.05am

BACH: Brandenburg Concertos 1-6 BWV 1046-1051
Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr (harpsichord and director)
Harmonia Mundi HMU807461.62 (2 Hybrid SACDs)

BACH: Flute Concerto in B minor; Triple Concerto in D major BWV 1050ª; Overture in B minor BWV 1067
Marcello Gatti (flute), Ensemble Aurora, Enrico Gatti (director)
Glossa GCD921204 (CD)

MUDGE: Six Concertos in Seven Parts [London 1749]
Capriccio Baroque Orchestra, Dominik Kiefer (director)
Tudor 7173 (CD)

09.30 am
Building a Library Recommendation

PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas

Reviewer – Jeremy Summerly

First Choice Recommendation:
Catherine Bott (Dido), Emma Kirkby (Belinda), John Mark Ainsley (Aeneas), David Thomas (Sorceress), Elizabeth Priday (First Witch), Sara Stowe (Second Witch), Julianne Baird (Second Woman), Daniel Lochmann (First Sailor), Michael Chance (Spirit), Chorus and Orchestra of the Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
Decca 4757195 (CD, Mid Price)

Next week Jeremy Thurlow compares recordings of Faure’s String Quartet.

10.20 New Releases

SCHNITTKE reconstructed by Raskatov: Symphony No. 9; RASKATOV: Nunc dimittis
Elena Vassilieva (mezzo-soprano), The Hilliard Ensemble, Dresdner Philharmonie, Dennis Russell Davies (conductor)
ECM 2025 (CD)

NORGARD: Symphonies 3 and 7
Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Danish National Vocal Ensemble, Danish National Choir, Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)
Dacapo 6.220547 (Hybrid SACD)

SIBELIUS: Symphonies 1 and 3
Halle Orchestra, Mark Elder (conductor)
Halle CDHLL7514 (CD)

11.10 am New Releases

Nicholas Gethin talks about some recent cello releases. With excerpts from the following discs:

Miklos Perenyi – Andras Schiff Concerts at the Liszt Academy of Music Budapest
Concert No. 1 on 6th January 2008
J. S. BACH: Sonata for Viola da Gamba in G major, BWV1027; MENDELSSOHN: Sonata for Cello and Piano in B flat major Op. 69; JANACEK: Phoadka / A Tale; BEETHOVEN: Sonata for Cello and Piano in A major, Op. 69;
Concert No. 2 on 3rd February 2008
J. S. BACH: Sonata for Viola da Gamba in D major, BWV1028; CHOPIN: Sonata for Cello and Piano in G minor, Op. 65; DEBUSSY: Cello Sonata; BEETHOVEN: Sonata for Cello and Piano in C major Op. 102 No. 1;
Concert No. 3 on 18th May 2008
J. S. BACH: Sonata for Viola da Gamba in G minor, BWV1029; BRAHMS: Sonata for Cello and Piano in E minor, Op. 38; BARTOK: Rhapsody No. 1; BEETHOVEN: Sonata for Cello and Piano in D major, Op. 102 No. 2
Miklos Perenyi (cello), Andras Schiff (piano)
Warner 2564693870 (2 DVDs, Budget)

R. STRAUSS: Sonata for Cello and Piano in F major Op. 6; Romance in F major AV75; DVORAK: Sonatina in G major Op. 100; Romantic Piece Op. 75 No. 4; Rondo for Cello and Piano in G minor Op. 94; R. STRAUSS: Morgen Op. 27 No. 4
Mischa Maisky (cello), Pavel Gililov (piano)
Deutsche Grammophon 4777465 (CD)

BRITTEN: Three Suites for Cello (Opp. 72, 80 and 87)
Denise Djokic (cello)
Atma Classique ACD22524 (CD)

SCHUMANN: Fantasiestucke Op. 73; Adagio and Allegro Op. 70; Violin Sonata No. 3 in A minor; Abendlied Op. 85 No. 12; Drei Romanzen Op. 94; Funf Stucke im Volkston Op. 102
Steven Isserlis (cello), Denes Varjon (piano)
Hyperion CDA67661 (CD)

11.45 am Disc of the Week

RAVEL: L’Enfant et les sortileges
(c/w Mother Goose Suite)
Magdalena Kozena (L’enfant), Annick Massis (Le Feu, La Princess, La Rossignol), Nathalie Stutzmann (Maman, La tasse chinoise, La Libellule), Sophie Koch (La Bergère, La Chatte, L’Ecurieul, Un Patre), José van Dam (La Fauteuil, Un Arbre), Francois Le Roux (L’Horloge Comtoise, Le Chat), Jean-Paul Fouchecourt (La Théière, Le Petit Viellard, La Rainette), Mojca Erdmann (Une Pastorelle, La Chauvre-souris, La Chouette), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
EMI 2641972 (CD)

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