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Building a Library: Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea

With Andrew McGregor. Building a Library: Monteverdi: L'incoronazione di Poppea; Early string music in recent recordings; Disc of the Week: Beethoven: Cello Sonatas Nos 1-5.

3 hours, 12 minutes


Delius in Norway

GRIEG arr. DELIUS: Norwegian Bridal Procession Op. 19 No. 2

DELIUS: Paa Vidderne (On the mountains); Two Songs from the Norwegian; Sleigh Ride; Folkraadet (The People’s Parliament); On Hearing the First Cuckoo in Spring; Eventyr (once upon a time)

Ann Helen Moen (soprano), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)




Grieg: From Holberg’s Time, Lyric Pieces, Works for Piano

GRIEG: Lyric pieces etc

Hakon Austbo (piano)

BERLIN CLASSICS 0300559BC (2CD budget)



Piano Music by William Alwyn

ALWYN: Fantasy-Waltzes; Funeral Rites for the Death of an Artist; Bicycle Ride; Piece for Piano; Sonata alla toccata; The Weather Vane


Mark Bebbington (piano)

SOMM SOMM0133 (CD mid-price)



Early and Late: Music from Denmark, Greenland and the Faroe Islands

TRAD: Various Danish, Greenlandic and Faroese pieces

GLERUP: objets/decalages



Gaman: Rune Tonsgaard Sorensen (violin), Bolette Roed (recorder), Andreas Borregard (accordion)

DACAPO 6220640 (Hybrid SACD)



HAGEN, Lars Petter: Norwegian Archives; The Artist’s Despair Before the Grandeur of Ancient Ruins; Tveitt-Fragments; Funeral March over Edvard Grieg; To Zeitblom – Concerto for Hardanger Fiddle and Orchestra

Gjermund Larsen (fiddle), Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Rolf Gupta (conductor)



9.30am Building a Library

Top recommendation:


MONTEVERDI: L'incoronazione di Poppea

Emanuela Galli (Poppea), Roberta Mameli (Nerone), Jose Maria Lo Monaco (Ottone), Xenia Meijer (Ottavia), Ian Honeyman (Arnalta), Raffaele Costantini (Seneca), La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina (conductor)

GLOSSA GCD920916 (3CD mid-price)



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MONTEVERDI: L'incoronazione di Poppea

Philippe Jaroussky (Nerone), Danielle de Niese (Poppea), Anna Bonitatibus (Ottavia), Max Emanuel Cencic (Ottone), Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor)

VIRGIN 0709519 (2 DVD)

10.30am New Releases

Geoffrey Smith and Mahan Esfahani discuss recent releases of repertoire from Dowland to Telemann



Jacobean Lute Music

DOWLAND: A Fancy; The Battle Galliard; Mr John Langton's Pavan

ROBINSON, T: Merry Melancholy; A Galliard; Walking in a Country Towne; A Gigue; Spanish Pavan; A Gigue; A Toy; Row Well you Mariners

JOHNSON: Pavin; Fantasia

BATCHELAR: Mounsiers Almaine; Prelude; La jeune fillette; Courante; Pavin

HELY: Fantasia; Saraband

GAULTIER: Courante; Cloches; Courante

Jakob Lindberg (lute)

BIS BIS2055 (Hybrid SACD)



Antonio Bertali - Sonatas

BERTALI: Sonata XII a 4; Sonata a due violini e gamba II; Chaconne; Sonata a due violini e gamba III; Sonata II a 4; Sonata a due violini; Sonata a due violini fagotto IV; Sonata I; Sonata in d a 4

William Dongois (cornett, cornettino, mute cornett and director), Le Concert Brise




BIBER: Fidicinium sacro-profanum, Sonatas I-XII (complete)

Gunar Letzbor (violin, direction), Ars Antiqua Austria




Telemann: Double Concerti for Wind and Strings

TELEMANN: Concerto TWV 52:e2; Concerto TWV 52:G1 in G; Concerto TWV 53:D5 in D; Concerto TWV 52:e3 in E minor; Concerto TWV 52:G2 in G; Concerto TWV 52:e1 in E minor

Rebel, Jorg-Michael Schwarz




The Sacred Spirit of Russia

Russian choral music

Glen Miller (basso profundo), Conspirare, Craig Hella Johnson (conductor)




Russian Treasures

GRECHANINOV: Now the Powers of Heaven Op. 58 No. 6 "Nine sili nebesniya"

RACHMANINOV: Nunc Dimittis; Vespers Op. 37: Priiditepoklonimsia; Heruvimskaya pesn; We Hymn Thee (Tebe Poyem); Bogorodice Devo; Vespers Op. 37: Blazhen muzh; Otche nash; Vespers Op. 37: Vzbrannoy Voyevode

GOLOVANOV: Heruvimskaya pesn; Slava Ottsu (Yedinorodni); Otche nash 'Our Father' Op. 9 No. 3

CHESNOKOV: Svete tihiy; We Hymn Thee (Tebe Poyem); Heruvimskaya pesn


TCHAIKOVSKY: The Crown of Roses

KEDROV: Otche nash (Our Father)

Tenebrae, Nigel Short (conductor)

SIGNUM SIGCD900 (CD mid-price)



GORECKI: From Church Songs

The Cracow Singers, Wlodzimierz Siedlik (conductor)

DUX DUX0805 (CD)

11.45am Disc of the Week


Beethoven: Cello Sonatas

BEETHOVEN: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete) and variations; Horn Sonata in F major Op. 17

Steven Isserlis (cello), Robert Levin (fortepiano)

HYPERION CDA67981/2 (2CD mid-price)


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