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Building a Library: Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor

With Andrew McGregor. Building a Library: Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor; New releases, including Bax and Britten; Disc of the Week: Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier (Book 2).

3 hours, 12 minutes



GRIEG: Piano Quintet in Bb EG 118 (completed by Michael Finnissy)

FINNISSY: Grieg-Quintettsatz

Roderick Chadwick (piano), Kreutzer Quartet




Rued Langgaard - String Quartets Volume 2

LANGGAARD: Rosengaardsspil (Rose Garden Play) BVN 153; String Quartet in Ab BVN 155; String Quartet No. 4 BVN 215 'Summer Days'

Nightingale String Quartet

DACAPO 6220576 (Hybrid SACD)



York Bowen - Chamber Works

BOWEN: Clarinet Sonata Op.109; Rhapsody Trio Op.80; Piano Trio in D minor (unfinished); Phantasy Quintet in D minor Op. 93; Piano Trio Op. 118

Robert Plane (clarinet and bass clarinet), Gould Piano Trio, Mia Cooper (violin), David Adams (viola)



KODALY: String Quartet No. 1 Op. 2; Intermezzo for string trio; Gavotte; String Quartet No. 2 Op. 10

Dante Quartet



9.30am Building a Library

David Owen Norris surveys recordings of Grieg’s Piano Concerto and makes recommendations:


Top recommendation:



GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16

Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Moscow State Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin (conductor)

c/w DVORAK: Piano Concerto in G minor Op. 33

Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Prague Symphony Orchestra, Vaclav Smetacek (conductor)

Live concert recordings from the 1960s

PRAGA DSD350058 (Hybrid SACD)



Modern recommendation:


GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16

c/w LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1 in Eb S124; Piano Concerto No. 2 in A S125

Stephen Hough (piano), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)



CPE Bach - Solo Keyboard Music Volume 27

BACH, C P E: ‘Fortsetzung' Sonatas, Wq. 51 Nos. 4-6

Miklos Spanyi (clavichord)

BIS BIS2043 (CD)



BACH, C P E: Wurttemberg Sonatas Wq. 49 (H30-34, 36)

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)




CPE Bach - Works for Violin and Pianoforte

BACH, C P E: Sonata in C minor H514 Wq78; Sonata in Bb H513 Wq77; Arioso in A H535 Wq. 79; Sonata in B minor H512 Wq 76

Albrecht Breuninger (violin), Piet Kuijken (fortepiano)




BACH, C P E: Hamburger Sinfonien Wq. 182 (H567-662)

Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Wolfram Christ (conductor)




BACH, C P E: Magnificat Wq. 215*

BACH, J L: Missa brevis^

Arleen Auger* and Uta Spreckelsen^ (sopranos), Helen Watts* and Erika Schmidt-Valentin^ (altos), Kurt Equiluz* and Aldo Baldin^ (tenors), Wolfgang Schone* and Niklaus Tuller^ (basses), Gachinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling (conductor)

HANSSLER HAEN98024 (CD mid-price)



BACH, C P E: Magnificat Wq. 215: Heilig ist Gott Wq. 217; Symphony in D Wq 183/1

Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Wiebke Lehmkuhl (alto), Lothar Odinius (tenor), Markus Eiche (bass), RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Hans-Christoph Rademann (conductor)


Due for release on 10th February 2014


10.50am New Releases

William Mival joins Andrew to talk about recently released recordings of early 20th century orchestral works



Britten To America

BRITTEN: The Ascent of F6 - Incidental music; An American In England; Roman Wall Blues; On the Frontier - Incidental music; Where do we go from here?

Samuel West (narrator), Mary Carewe and Jean Rigby (mezzo sopranos), Andrew Kennedy (tenor), Mervyn Cooke and Lucy Walker (piano), Halle, Ex Cathedra, Sir Mark Elder and Jeffrey Skidmore (conductors)




BAX orch. YATES: Symphony in F

Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martin Yates (conductor)

DUTTON CDLX7308 (CD mid-price)



Moeran - In the Mountain Country

MOERAN: Overture for a Masque; In The Mountain Country;

Rhapsody no.1 in F; Rhapsody no.2 in E; Rhapsody in F#

Benjamin Frith (piano), Ulster Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta (conductor)

NAXOS 8573106 (CD budget)



 Walter Braunfels - Ariels Gesang, Piano Concerto, & Schottische Phantasie

BRAUNFELS: Piano Concerto Op. 21; Ariels Gesang Op. 18 (after Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’); Schottische Phantasie for Viola & Orchestra Op. 47

Victor Sangiorgio (piano), Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), BBC Concert Orchestra, Johannes Wildner (conductor)

DUTTON CDLX7304 (CD mid-price)


11.40am Discs of the Week

BACH, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier Books 1 and 2 BWV846 - 893

Daniel-Ben Pienaar (piano)

AVIE AV2299 (4CD mid-price)



BACH, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier Book 2 BWV 870 - 893

Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)

APARTE AP070 (2CD mid-price)



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