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Martinu: Piano Trio No 1

With Andrew McGregor. Including Martinu: Piano Trio No 1; Bizet: Carmen (excerpts); recordings of Sviatoslav Richter in Prokofiev and Gershwin; Gretry: Andromaque (excerpts).

Summer CD Review with Andrew McGregor, celebrating artists appearing in this week's BBC Proms and revisiting favourite recordings of the last twelve months, including:


SMETANA: Piano Trio in G minor Op.15; MARTINU: Piano Trio No.1: Cinq pieces breves; PETR EBEN: Piano Trio
The Florestan Trio
Hyperion CDA67730 (CD)

BIZET: Carmen
Andrea Bocelli (Don Jose) / Marina Domashenko (Carmen) / Eva Mei (Micaela) / Bryn Terfel (Escamillo) / Magali Leger (Frasquita) / Delphine Haidan (Mercedes) / Alain Gabriel (Le Remendado) / Olivier Lallouette (La Dancaire) / Jean-Luc Ballestra (Morales) / Thierry Felix (Zuniga) / Choeur et Maitrise de Radio France / Orchestre Philharmonique de Radio France / Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)
Decca 475 7646 (2 CDs)


Richter plays Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov
Including: TCHAIKOVSKY: ‘May’, ‘June’, ‘November’ and ‘January’ from the Cycle ‘The Seasons’; RACHMANINOV: 3 Etudes-Tableaux Op.33; RACHMANINOV: 5 Etudes-Tableaux Op.39
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
Melodiya MEL CD 10 01664 (2 CDs, mid price)
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Richter plays Prokofiev
PROKOFIEV: Sonata No. 2 in D minor; Legend; Visions Fugitives, No. 6 & 18; Landscape; Valse from the opera ‘War and Peace”; Piano Sonata No.9 in C major
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
Melodiya MEL CD 10 01677 (CD, mid price)

SAINT-SAENS: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No.5 in F major; GERSHWIN: Concerto in F for Piano and Orchestra
Sviatoslav Richter (piano) / Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR / Christopher Eschenbach (conductor)
Hanssler Classic CD 93.707 (CD, mid price)

BRITTEN: String Quartet No.3; SCHUBERT: String Quartet in D Minor, D 810
Amadeus Quartet
Hanssler Classic CD 93.706 (CD, mid price)


GRETRY: Andromaque
Karine Deshayes (Andromaque) / Maria Riccarda Wesseling (Hermione) / Sebastien Gueze (Pyrrhus) / Tassis Christoyannis (Oreste) / Choeur et Orchestre du Concert Spirituel / Les Chantres du Centre de Musique Baroque de Versailles / Herve Niquet (director)
Glossa GCD 921620 (2 CDs)


Andrew McGregor talks to Rob Cowan, and plays extracts from the following CDs:

Mahler: The Complete Works, 150th Anniversay Edition
Including: MAHLER: Symphonies 1 - 10
EMI 50999 6 08985 2 4 (16 CDs, super-budget price)
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Gustav Mahler: Complete Edition
Including: MAHLER: Symphonies 1 - 10
Deutsche Grammophon 000289 477 8825 6 (18 CDs, super-budget price)
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MAHLER: Symphony No.2 in C minor ‘Resurrection’ (two recordings of the same performance, one of which has ‘Ambient Mastering’)
Ilona Stein (soprano) / Hilde Rossl-Majdan (mezzo-soprano) / Akademie Kammerchor / Wiener Symphoniker / Otto Klemperer (conductor)
Testament SBT2 1456 (2 CDs, mid price)


STRAVINSKY: Les Noces; Oedipus Rex
Mariinsky Soloists, Orchestra and Chorus / Valery Gergiev (conductor)
Les Noces: Mlada Khudoley (soprano) / Olga Savova (mezzo-soprano) / Alexander Timchenko (tenor) / Andrei Serov (bass) / Svetlana Smolina (piano) / Yulia Zaichkina (piano) / Alexander Mogilevsky (piano) / Maxim Mogilevsky (piano)
Oedipus Rex: Sergei Semishkur (Oedipus) / Ekaterina Semenchuk (Jocasta) / Evgeny Nikitin (Creon and Messenger) / Mikhail Petrenko (Tiresias) / Alexander Timchenko (Shepherd) / Gerard Depardieu (Narrator)
Mariinsky MAR0510 (Hybrid SACD)

3 hours, 15 minutes


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