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Building a Library: Beethoven: Symphony No 7

With Andrew McGregor. Building a Library: Beethoven: Symphony No 7; Strauss 150: Operas; Disc of the Week: Moeran: Violin Concerto and other works for violin and orchestra.

3 hours, 12 minutes



Purcell: Music for a While – Improvisations on Purcell (Limited Edition CD+DVD)

COHEN, L: Hallelujah

PURCELL, H: Twas within a furlong of Edinburgh Town (from The Mock Marriage, Z605); Music for a while, Z583; Strike the Viol (from Come Ye Sons of Art, Z323); An Evening Hymn 'Now that the sun hath veiled his light', Z193; In vain the am'rous flute (from Hail, Bright Cecilia!, Z328); A Prince of glorious race, from Who can from joy refrain?; O solitude, my sweetest choice, Z406; When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas); Wondrous machine; Here the deities approve, Z339; Ah ! Belinda; Hark how the songsters of the grove (from Timon of Athens, Z632); One charming night (from The Fairy Queen, Z629); Man that is born of a woman, Z27; Plainte - O, Let Me Weep (from The Fairy Queen, Z629); Curtain Tune from Timon of Athens Z632; Music for a while, Z583; Twas within a furlong of Edinburgh Town (from The Mock Marriage, Z605); Strike the Viol (from Come Ye Sons of Art, Z323); Here the deities approve, Z339

Raquel Andueza (soprano), Vincenzo Capezzuto (alto), Philippe Jaroussky and Dominique Visse (countertenors), Gianluigi Trovesi (clarinet), Wolfgang Muthspiel (acoustic guitar, electric guitar), L’Arpeggiata, Christina Pluhar (conductor)

ERATO 2564636203 (CD + bonus DVD)



Fantasy in Blue – Purcell and Gershwin

CROFT: Ground

GERSHWIN: Summertime (from Porgy and Bess); Bess, you is my woman now (from Porgy and Bess); Someone to Watch over Me; Prelude No. 1; Embraceable You; But Not for Me; Sweet and Low-Down; A Foggy Day (In London Town); Impromptu in two Keys; Two Waltzes in C; My man's gone now (from Porgy and Bess); Prelude No. 2

PURCELL: What power art thou? (from King Arthur, Z628); Hornpipe; Fantazia 5 in B flat major, Z. 736; Strike the Viol (from Come Ye Sons of Art, Z323); Round'O, ZT 684, from Abdelazer; How blest are the shepherds (from King Arthur); Oft she visits (from Dido and Aeneas); Chacony; When I am laid in earth (from Dido and Aeneas)

Jay Bernfeld (viola da gamba), Rinat Shaham (mezzo soprano), Fuoco e cenere

ATMA ACD22253 (CD)



PURCELL, D: The Judgment of Paris

Anna Dennis (Venus - Goddess of Love), Amy Freston (Pallas – Goddess of War), Ciara Hendricks (Juno -Goddess of Marriage), Samuel Boden (Paris - a shepherd), Ashley Riches (Mercury - Messenger of the Gods), Rodolfus Choir, Spiritato!, Julian Perkins (director)

Full details and download from:

RESONUS RES10128 (download only)



JS Bach: Easter Oratorio & Actus tragicus

BACH, J S: Cantata BWV106 'Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit' (Actus tragicus); Easter Oratorio BWV249

Hannah Morrison (soprano), Meg Bragle (mezzo), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Peter Harvey (bass), Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

SDG SDG719 (CD mid-price)



C P E Bach - Complete Keyboard Concertos, Volume 20 (Double Concerto)

BACH, C P E: Concerto in Eb Wq. 47 (H479); Concerto in F Wq. 46 (H408); Concerto in D Wq. 109

Cristiano Holtz (harpsichord), Tamas Szekendy (fortepiano), Miklos Spanyi (harpsichord), Concerto Armonico, Peter Szuts (conductor)

BIS BIS1967 (CD mid-price)


9.30am Building a Library

John Deathridge surveys recordings of Beethoven’s 7th Symphony and makes a recommendation:


BEETHOVEN: Symphony no. 7 in A Op. 92

c/w Symphonies Nos. 1-6 and 8-9

Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)

HYPERION CDS44301/5 (5CD budget or digital download)



Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 36

STRAUSS, R: Suite for orchestra from Der Burger als Edelmann (The Bourgeois Gentleman) Op. 60; Salome: Dance of the Seven Veils; Waltz Sequence No. 2 (from Der Rosenkavalier Op. 59); Intermezzo Op. 72: Four Symphonic Interludes; Arabella: Prelude to Act 3; Capriccio: Intermezzo (Moonlight Music)

Dresden Staatskapelle, Otmar Suitner (conductor)

PROFIL MEDIEN PH12018 (2CD mid-price)



New Year's Concert 2014

DELIBES: Sylvia - Pizzicato

HELLMESBERGER: Vielliebchen, Polka francaise, op. 1

LANNER: Die Romantiker Op. 167

STRAUSS, E: Helen Quadrille Op. 14

STRAUSS, J, I: Carolinen-Galopp Op. 21a; Radetsky March Op. 228

STRAUSS, J, II: Egyptischer Marsch Op. 335; Seid umschlungen, Millionen, Waltz Op. 443; Sturmisch in Lieb' und Tanz Op. 393; Waldmeister: overture; Klipp-Klapp, Galopp Op. 466; Geschichten aus dem Wienerwald Op. 325; An der schonen, blauen Donau Op. 314

STRAUSS, JOSEF: Friedenspalmen, Walzer Op. 207; Bouquet-Polka (schnell) Op. 188; Neckerei, Polka Mazur Op. 262; Dynamiden - Waltz Op. 173; Ohne Sorgen! - polka schnell Op. 271; Schabernack-Polka (schnell) Op. 98; Carriere Op. 200

STRAUSS, R: Capriccio: Intermezzo (Moonlight Music)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

SONY 888837922722 (2CD mid-price)


10.45am New Releases

Nicholas Baragwanath joins Andrew to talk about a recently released 150th anniversary box set of Strauss operas


Richard Strauss: Complete Operas

STRAUSS: Arabella; Ariadne auf Naxos; Capriccio; Daphne; Elektra; Feuersnot; Die Frau ohne Schatten; Die schweigsame Frau Op. 80; Friedenstag; Guntram; Die Agyptische Helena; Intermezzo Op. 72; Die Liebe der Danae Op. 83; Der Rosenkavalier; Salome; Four Last Songs; Cacilie Op. 27 No. 2; Morgen Op. 27 No. 4; Wiegenlied Op. 41 No. 1; Ruhe, meine Seele! Op. 27 No. 1; Meinem Kinde Op. 37 No. 3; Zueignung Op. 10 No. 1

For full details see:

DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON 4792274 (33CD budget)

11.45am Disc of the Week

Tasmin Little - The Lark Ascending

MOERAN: Violin Concerto

DELIUS: Legende

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

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 Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)



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