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Building a Library: Sibelius: Symphony No 7

Andrew McGregor introduces CD Review, Radio 3's weekly programme devoted to what's new in the world of recorded music. Building a Library: Sibelius: Symphony No 7

Andrew McGregor introduces CD Review, Radio 3's weekly programme devoted to what's new in the world of recorded music, and plays extracts from the following (timings are approximate):


Marc-Andre HAMELIN: Etudes; Little Nocturne; Con intimissimo sentimento (extracts); Theme and Variations (Cathy’s Varations)
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
Hyperion CDA 67789 (CD)

CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No.1 in E minor; Fantasia on Polish Airs; Krakowiak
Eldar Nebolsin (piano) / Warsaw Philharmonic / Antoni Wit (conductor)
Naxos 8572335 (CD)

CHOPIN: Mazurkas; Polonaise-Fantaisie; Scherzo & Nocturne
Cedric Tiberghien (piano)
Harmonia Mundi HMC 902073 (CD)

Lang Lang – Live in Vienna
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonatas No.3 in C and No.23 in F “Appassionata”; ALBENIZ: Iberia – Book 1; PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonata No.7 in B flat; CHOPIN: Etude Op.25 No.1 in A flat; Polonaise No.6 in A flat; Grand Valse brilliante No.2 in A flat
Lang Lang (piano)
Sony Classical 88697719002 (2 CD + Bonus DVD)
88697724149 (DVD)
88697719029 (Blu-ray)

09.30am Building a Library

SIBELIUS: Symphony No.7 in C, Op.105

Reviewer – Stephen Johnson
First Choice Recommendation:

c/w SIBELIUS: Symphony No.6 in D; Tapiola
Lahti Symphony Orchestra / Osmo Vanska (conductor)
BIS CD 864 (CD)

Also available in the following sets:
SIBELIUS: The Complete Symphonies
BIS CD 1286-88 (4 CD)

The Essential Sibelius
BIS CD 1697-1700 (15 CD)

Next week Piers Burton-Page compares recordings of Brahms’s String Quartet No.1 in C minor, Op.51/1.

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10.20am New Releases

MAHLER: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen; Ruckert-Lieder; Des Knaben Wunderhorn (selection)
Susan Graham (soprano) / Thomas Hampson (baritone) / San Francisco Symphony / Michael Tilson Thomas (conductor)
San Francisco Symphony 821936 0036 2 (Hybrid SACD)

MAHLER: Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn
Christiane Oelze (soprano) / Michael Volle (baritone) / Gurzenich Orchestra Koln / Markus Stenz (conductor)
Oehms Classics OC 657 (Hybrid SACD)

MAHLER: Songs from Des Knaben Wunderhorn; Symphony No.10 – Adagio
Magdalena Kozena (mezzo-soprano) / Christian Gerhaher (baritone) / Cleveland Orchestra / Pierre Boulez (conductor)
DG 477 9060 (CD)

10.45am Recent Releases

Kenneth Hamilton talks with Andrew about recent releases of Beethoven piano music:

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonatas No.15 in D “Pastoral”; No.18 in E flat; No.21 in C “Waldstein”; No.30 in E
Wilhelm Backhaus (piano)
Audite 23 420 (2 CD)

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonatas No.10 in G; No.31 in A flat; BACH: Capriccio BWV 992; HAYDN: Andante con variazioni in F minor; Piano Sonata No.62 in E flat
Friedrich Gulda (piano)
Hanssler Classic CD 93 704 (CD)

BEETHOVEN: The 32 Piano Sonatas; “Eroica” Variations; “Diabelli” Variations; 6 Bagatelles Op.126
Friedrich Gulda (piano)
Orfeo C 808 109 L (9 CD)

11.35am Disc of the Week

WAGNER: Parsifal
Gary Lehman (Parsifal), Violeta Urmana (Kundry), Rene Pape (Gurnemanz), Evgeny Nikitin (Amfortas), Alexei Tanovitski (Titurei), Nikolai Putilin (Klingsor) / Mariinsky Soloists, Chorus and Orchestra / Valery Gergiev (conductor)
Mariinsky MAR0508 (4 Hybrid SACDs)

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