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Tuesday - James Jolly

With James Jolly. Bach: Sinfonia (Cantata, BWV174). Beethoven: Piano Sonata in D, WoO 47 No 3. Brahms: Tragic Overture. Shostakovich: Piano Concerto No 2. Plus Dvorak, Pergolesi.

With James Jolly. This week performances by Jiri Belohlavek, chief conductor of the BBC SO, and the next in our Beethoven piano sonata cycle.

Sinfonia from Cantata BWV 174
The English Baroque Soloists
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)
SDG 121

Beethoven Piano Sonata Cycle

Sonata in D, WoO 47 no3
Jeno Jando
Naxos 8.550255

Artist of the Week

Tragic Overture, op.81
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek
Supraphon 11 1272-2

Piano Concerto no.2
Dmitri Shostakovich Jr
I Musici de Montreal
Maxim Shostakovich (conductor)
Chandos CHAN 8443

Romance in F minor, op.11
Vaclav Hudecek (violin)
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra
Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)
Supraphon SU 3187-2 031

Salve Regina in C minor
Julia Kleiter (soprano)
Orchestra Mozart
Claudio Abbado (conductor)
Archiv 477 8464

It's a paradox that despite Romanian conductor Sergiu Celibidache's almost lifelong refusal to make studio recordings (he once compared listening to records with 'going to bed with a picture of Brigitte Bardot'), he's extremely well-represented on CD - in rehearsal, in radio broadcasts and in live concert performance. Known to his players as 'Celi', his approach to conducting was highly idiosyncratic. He's been called 'the mystic maestro', a Buddhist-influenced perfectionist who rehearsed his performances in the minutest detail, taking account of every factor from the timbres produced by his players to the acoustic characteristics of the space they were playing in - then responding spontaneously to the demands of the moment when it came to the concert. Today we hear him conducting the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra in a classic performance of Sibelius's 5th Symphony, composed in 1915.

Symphony no.5 in E flat, op.82
Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Sergiu Celibidache (conductor)
DG 469 072-2.

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