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Building a Library: Nielsen: Symphony No 2

With Andrew McGregor. Building a Library: Nielsen: Symphony No 2; Discussing the state of classical music retailing; Disc of the Week: Adams: The Gospel According to the Other Mary.

3 hours, 12 minutes



Sept Repons de Tenebres     

Performers:     Cappella Amsterdam, Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Estonian National S O, Daniel Reuss           

Composers:    Francis Poulenc (1899 - 1963)          




Stabat mater in G minor for chorus and organ         

Performers:     Collegium 1704, Collegium Vocale 1704, Vaclav Luks        

Composers:    Frantisek Ignac Antonin Tuma (1704 - 1774)

SUPRAPHON : SU41602     



Membra Jesu nostri - 7 passion cantatas BuxWV.75           

Performers:     Magdalen College Oxford Choir, Phantasm, Daniel Hyde   

Composers:    Dietrich Buxtehude (c1637 - 1707)   




Lamentations for 5 voices     

Performers:     Tenebrae, Nigel Short

Composers:    Thomas Tallis (c1505 - 1585)




The Seven last words of our Saviour on the Cross H.20.1b

Performers:     Cuarteto Casals         

Composers:    Joseph Haydn (1732 - 1809) 


9.30am Building a Library

David Fanning compares recordings of Nielsen’s Symphony no. 2 and makes a recommendation:



NIELSEN: Symphony no. 2 ‘The Four Temperaments’

c/w Symphonies Nos. 1 and 3-6 (Complete)

London Symphony Orchestra, Ole Schmidt (conductor)

ALTO ALC2505 (3CD budget)

10:20am Record Store day

James Jolly and Chris O’Reilly join Andrew live in the studio to discuss the current state of recorded classical music retailing with musical illustrations including:



Valses nobles et sentimentales for piano      

Performers:     Steven Osborne         

Composers:    Maurice Ravel (1875 - 1937) 

HYPERION : CDA677312    



Lilacs Op.21 no.5       

Performers:     Ekaterina Siurina, Iain Burnside        

Composers:    Sergey Rakhmaninov (1873 - 1943) 

DELPHIAN : DCD34127       



Rosengaardsspil (Rose Garden Play) BVN.153 for string quartet    

Performers:     Nightingale String Quartet     

Composers:    Rued Langgaard (1893 - 1952)         

DACAPO : 6220576  



Written on skin - opera in 3 parts       

Performers:     Barbara Hannigan, Bejun Mehta, Mahler Chamber Orchestra, George Benjamin  

Composers:    George Benjamin (1960)       

NIMBUS : NI58856    




Performers:     Rachel Podger           

Composers:    Nicola Matteis




Polichinelle serenade vers. for violin and piano        

Performers:     Jack Liebeck, Katya Apekisheva      

Composers:    Fritz Kreisler (1875 - 1962)    

HYPERION : CDA68040      



Brandenburg concerto no. 4 in G major BWV.1049

Performers:     Dunedin Consort, John Butt  

Composers:    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)          

LINN : CKD430          




From Decca’s ‘Most Wanted Recitals Series’:


Maria di Rohan - opera in 3 acts       

Performers:     Jose Carreras, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Roberto Benzi        

Composers:    Gaetano Donizetti (1797 - 1848)       

DECCA : 4808142     


Romeo et Juliette - opera in 5 acts    

Performers:     Janine Micheau, L'Orchestre de la Societe des Concerts du Conservatoire de Paris, Roger Desormiere    

Composers:    Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)          

DECCA : 4808166     


Le Nozze di Figaro - opera in 4 acts K.492   

Performers:     Fernando Corena, Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome, Alberto Erede      

Composers:    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)    

DECCA : 4808146     


5 Lieder Op.48           

Performers:     Hilde Gueden, Friedrich Gulda          

Composers:    Richard Strauss (1864 - 1949)          

DECCA : 4808156     


Dardanus - tragedie en musique       

Performers:     Gerard Souzay, English Chamber Orchestra., Raymond Leppard  

Composers:    Jean-Philippe Rameau (1683 - 1764)           

DECCA : 4808179     


Oklahoma! - musical

Performers:     George London, The Roland Shaw Orchestra          

Composers:    Richard Rodgers (1902 - 1979)         

DECCA : 4808163     




Requiem for chorus and organ          

Performers:     Choir of Kings College London, David Trendell        

Composers:    Alfred Desenclos (1912 - 1971)         

DELPHIAN : DCD34136       



Symphony no. 1        

Performers:     Orchestre National de l'ORTF, Jean Martinon          

Composers:    Henri Dutilleux (1916)




Sonata in B minor for violin and piano           

Performers:     Tamsin Waley-Cohen, Huw Watkins

Composers:    Ottorino Respighi (1879 - 1936)        




Symphony no. 14 Op.135 for soprano, bass, string orchestra and percussion        

Performers:     Alexander VINOGRADOV, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko      

Composers:    Dmitry Shostakovich (1906 - 1975)  

NAXOS : 8573132     



Concerto in B minor Op.104 for cello and orchestra            

Performers:     Alisa Weilerstein, Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek   

Composers:    Antonin Dvorak (1841 - 1904)           

DECCA : 4785705     



Quintet no. 2 in G major Op.111 for strings  

Performers:     Takacs String Quartet, Lawrence Power      

Composers:    Johannes Brahms (1833 - 1897)       

HYPERION : CDA67900      


11.15am Interview

Andrew talks to soprano Emma Kirkby and violinist Catherine Mackintosh about their iconic 1980 recording of Handel’s Messiah


HANDEL: Messiah

Judith Nelson and Emma Kirkby (sopranos), Carolyn Watkinson (alto), Paul Elliot (tenor), David Thomas (bass), Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Oxford, The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)

DECCA 4304882 (2CD)


11.45am Disc of the Week

The Gospel According to the Other Mary     

Performers:     Los Angeles Master Chorale, Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra, Gustavo Dudamel

Composers:    John Adams (1947)



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