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Building a Library: Songs by Henry Purcell

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Songs by Henry Purcell; Harriet Smith on recent Faure releases; Disc of the Week: Russian Treasures.

3 hours, 12 minutes



Music of Henry Purcell

BLOW: Ode on the Death of Mr Henry Purcell

PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas; Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1692), Z328; Welcome to all the pleasures (from Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1683), Z339; Come ye sons of art (Ode for Queen Mary's birthday, 1694), Z 323; My beloved spake, Z28; Rejoice in the Lord alway ('The Bell Anthem'), Z49

Various artists with The Deller Consort, Alfred Deller (conductor)




ZEMLINSKY: Symphony No. 1 in D minor; Symphony No. 2 in Bb

BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)




Madetoja: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3 & Okon Fuoko Suite

MADETOJA: Symphony No. 1 in F major Op. 29; Symphony No. 3 in A major Op. 55; Suite No. 1 from 'Okon Fuoko' Op. 58

Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgards (conductor)




Atterberg: Orchestral Works, Vol. 2

ATTERBERG: Symphony No. 2 in F major Op. 6; Symphony No. 8 Op. 48

Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi (conductor)


9.30am Building a Library

Top recital recommendation:


Victorious Love - Songs by Henry Purcell

PURCELL: Songs. For track list see:

Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Laurence Cummings (harpsichord, spinet), Elizabeth Kenny (archlute, theorbo), Anne-Marie Lasla (bass viol), Sarah Sexton (violin I), Andrea Morris (violin II), Jane Rogers (viola)




Large box set recommendations:


Purcell - Complete Secular Solo Songs

PURCELL: Secular solo songs, for details see:

Barbara Bonney (soprano), Susan Gritton (soprano), James Bowman (counter-tenor), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Charles Daniels (tenor), Michael George (bass), The King's Consort, Robert King (chamber organ (conductor), harpsichord)

HYPERION CDS44161/3 (3CD budget)



Purcell - The Complete Sacred Music (The Complete Anthems and Services)

PURCELL: Sacred music, for details see:

Lynne Dawson and Susan Gritton (sopranos), James Bowman and Nigel Short (countertenors), Paul Agnew, Rogers Covey-Crump, Charles Daniels, Mark Milhofer and Mark Padmore (tenors), Colin Campbell, Robert Evans, Michael George and Stephen Varcoe (basses), Choir of New College Oxford, King's Consort Choir, Robert King (conductor)

HYPERION CDS44141/51 (11CD budget)


1930s Violin Concertos

BARBER: Violin Concerto Op.14

New York Philharmonic, David Robertson (conductor)

BERG: Violin Concerto ‘To the Memory of an Angel’

Staatskapelle Dresden, David Robertson (conductor)

HARTMANN: Concerto funebre for solo violin and string orchestra

Gil Shaham, violin and director

STRAVINSKY: Violin Concerto in D

BBC Symphony Orchestra, David Robertson (conductor)

BRITTEN: Violin Concerto in D minor Op.15

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Juanjo Mena (conductor)


(CD widely available from 3rd March and on Canary Classics website from 21st Feb. See )

10.45am New Releases

Harriet Smith joins Andrew to talk about recently released recordings of Faure



Faure Melodies

FAURE: Nell Op. 18 No. 1; Les roses d'Ispahan Op. 39 No. 4; Spleen Op. 51 No. 3 (Verlaine); Apres un reve Op. 7 No. 1; Clair de Lune Op. 46 No. 2; Notre amour Op. 23 No. 2; Le jardin clos Op. 106; Mai Op. 1 No. 2; Chanson d'amour Op. 27 No. 1; L'absent Op. 5 No. 3; Lydia Op. 4 No. 2; Cinq Melodies 'de Venise' Op. 58

Ailish Tynan (soprano), Iain Burnside (piano)




Faure Edition

FAURE: Various works with various artists

For full details see:

BRILLIANT CLASSICS 94750 (19CD budget)



FAURE: Dolly Suite Op. 56; Masques et bergamasques Op. 112; Souvenirs de Bayreuth; Fantaisie for flute & orchestra Op. 79; Morceau de concours; Sicilienne Op. 78; Piano Trio in D minor Op. 120; Apres un reve Op. 7 No. 1; Sicilienne Op. 78

Eric Le Sage and Alexandre Tharaud (piano), Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Pierre Colombet (violin), Raphael Merlin and Francois Salque (cellos)



11.45am Disc of the Week

Russian Treasures - Tenebrae

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

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

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


KEDROV: Otche nash (Our Father)

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

TCHAIKOVSKY: The Crown of Roses

Tenebrae, Nigel Short (conductor)




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