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Building a Library: Bach: Cantata No 21

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Bach: Cantata No 21 (Ich hatte viel Bekummernis); Sarah Walker on recent orchestral releases; Disc of the Week: Lully: Phaeton.

3 hours, 12 minutes


MORALES: O Magnum Mysterium; Christmas Motets

Weser-Renaissance Bremen, Manfred Cordes (conductor)

CPO 7778202 (CD)



BERLIOZ: L'Enfance du Christ Op. 25

Yann Beuron (Narrator), Veronique Gens (Virgin Mary), Stephan Loges (Joseph), Alastair Miles (Father of the family), Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Swedish Radio Symphony Chorus, Robin Ticciati (conductor)

LINN (2 Hybrid SACD mid-price)



Bernat Vivancos - Blanc (Choral Works)

VIVANCOS: Obriu-me els llavis Senyor; Messe aux sons des cloches; El cant dels ocells; Bubbles; A Child is Born; Nigra sum; Salve d'ecos; Le cri des bergers; Nigra es pulchra sum

Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava (conductor)





MARTIN: Adam lay ybounden; Veni veni Emanual

HOWELLS: Long Long Ago

POTT: Balulalow; Qui creavit celum

DOVE: The three Kings; This endere nyghth I saw a syghth

LEIGHTON: A Hymn of the Nativity; Letabundus

BRITTEN: A Boy was Born Op. 3

Gabrieli Consort, Trebles of Copenhagen Royal Chapel Choir, Paul McCreesh (conductor)




Surrounded by Angels

For full details see

Ensemble Galilei

DORIAN SONO LUMINUS DSL92173 (CD + Bluray audio, mid-price)


9.30am Building a Library

Nicholas Anderson surveys recordings of Bach’s Cantata no.21 Ich hatte viel Bekummernis and makes a recommendation:


BACH: Cantata BWV21 Ich hatte viel Bekummernis

c/w Magnificat in D major BWV243

Greta de Reyghere (soprano), Rene Jacobs (alto), Christoph Pregardien (tenor), Peter Lika (bass), Nederland Kamerkoor, La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken (conductor)




BACH: Christmas Oratorio BWV248

Katherine Watson (soprano), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), James Gilchrist (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass), Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Trinity College Choir Cambridge, Stephen Layton (conductor)

HYPERION CDA68031/2 (2CD mid-price)



HERTEL: Die Geburt Jesu Christi

Berit Solset and Alexandra Rawohl (sopranos), Marcus Ullmann (tenor), Wolf-Mathais Friedrich (bass), Koelner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens (conductor)

CPO 7778092 (CD)



RIAS Kammerchor – Noel! Christmas! Weihnachten!

MENDELSSOHN: Frohlocket  ihr Volker auf Erden

GRONOSTAY: Die Nacht ist vorgedrungen

ECCARD: Ich lag in tiefer Todesnacht; Nun liebe Seel, nun ist es Zeit; Ubers Gebirg Maria geht

BRUCH: In der Christnacht Op. 60 No. 1

BRAHMS: O Heiland reiss die Himmel auf Op. 74 No. 2

PART: Magnificat

BRUCKNER: Ave Maria; Virga Jesse floruit

POULENC: Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel; Salve Regina

GRIEG: Ave Maris Stella

SWEELINCK: Hodie Christus natus est

PRAETORIUS, M: In dulci jubilo; Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

MANDYCZEWSKI: Stille Nacht, heilige Nacht

RIAS Kammerchor, Hans-Christoph Rademann (conductor)




Britten - Saint Nicolas

BRITTEN: St Nicolas Op. 42; Hymn to St Cecilia Op. 27; Rejoice in the Lamb Op. 30

Andrew Kennedy (tenor), The Choir of King’s College Cambridge, Britten Sinfonia, Sawston Village College Choir, CUMS Chorus, Stephen Cleobury (conductor)



10.40am New Releases

Sarah Walker joins Andrew to discuss recent recordings of symphonic music



Tasmin Little - The Lark Ascending

MOERAN: Concerto for Violin and Orchestra

DELIUS: Legende

HOLST: A Song of the Night Op. 19 No. 1 H.74

ELGAR: Chanson de Nuit Op. 15 No. 1; Salut d'amour Op. 12; Chanson de Matin Op. 15 No. 2

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Lark Ascending

Tasmin Little (violin), BBC Philharmonic, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)




MUSSORGSKY orch. BREINER: Pictures at an Exhibition; Songs and Dances of Death; The Nursery

New Zealand Symphony Orchestra, Peter Breiner (conductor)

NAXOS 8573016 (CD budget)



TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G Op. 44; Theme and Variations Op. 19 no.6; Piano pieces Op. 40 (extracts); Valse sentimentale Op. 51 No. 6; Andante Cantabile from String Quartet Op. 11

Boris Berezovsky (piano), Henri Demarquette (cello), Sinfonia Varsovia, Alexander Vedernikov (conductor)




SHOSTAKOVICH orch. BARSHAI: Chamber Symphony in C minor Op. 110a; Chamber Symphony in Ab Op. 118a

WEINBERG: Concertino Op. 42

Amsterdam Sinfonietta, Candida Thompson (artistic director)




ENESCU: Concert Overture on Popular Romanian themes Op. 32; Symphony No. 3 Op. 21

Tampere Philharmonic Orchestra, Tampere Philharmonic Choir, Hannu Lintu (conductor)



11.45am Disc of the Week

LULLY: Phaeton

Emiliano Gonzalez Toro (Phaeton), Ingrid Perruche (Clymene), Isabelle Druet (Theone, Astree), Gaelle Arquez (Libye), Andrew Foster-Williams (Epaphus), Frederic Caton (Merops, Automne, Jupiter), Benoit Arnould (Protee, Saturne), Cyril Auvity (Triton, le Soleil), Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset (conductor)

APARTE AP061 (2CD mid-price)


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