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Building a Library: Beethoven: Symphony No 2

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Beethoven: Symphony No 2, Harry Christophers on The Sixteen and Disc of the Week: Handel: Tamerlano.

3 hours, 12 minutes

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  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Bagatelle (fur Elise) in A minor WoO.59 for piano

    Performer: Ronald Brautigam.
    • BIS: 1892 SACD.
    • BIS.
    • 12.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

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

    Singer: Karina Gauvin.
    • Atma Classique: ACD2-2636.
    • Atma Classique.
    • 2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Tamerlano - opera in 3 acts

    Singer: Xavier Sabata. Singer: Max Emanuel Cenčić. Singer: John Mark Ainsley. Singer: Karina Gauvin. Singer: Ruxandra Donose. Singer: Pavel Kudinov. Orchestra: Il Pomo d’Oro. Performer: Riccardo Minasi.
    • Naive V 5373.
    • Naive.
    • 2.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Deeper, and deeper still (from Jeptha)

    Choir: The Sixteen.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Doubtful Fear (from Jeptha)

    Choir: The Sixteen.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Mireille - opera in 5 acts vers. standard [reconstr. Busser (1939) after 1864 or

    Singer: Olga Peretyatko. Orchestra: NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchester. Conductor: Enrique Mazzola.
    • Sony Classical: 88883738592.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 8.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 82 'The Bear' (4th Movement)

    Orchestra: Handel and Haydn Society of Boston.
  • John Adams

    Concerto for violin and orchestra

    Performer: Chad Hoopes. Orchestra: MDR Sinfonieorchester.
    • Naive: V5368.
    • Naive.
    • 6.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Otto Klemperer.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Hans Knappertsbusch.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Emmanuel Krivine.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Rafael Kubelík.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Stanisław Skrowaczewski.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Stanisław Skrowaczewski.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Bruno Walter.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Stanisław Skrowaczewski.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Pierre Monteux.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: David Zinman.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Hermann Scherchen.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: David Zinman.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Sir Roger Norrington.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Arturo Toscanini.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Stanisław Skrowaczewski.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: George Szell.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Michael Tilson Thomas.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 2

    Conductor: Stanisław Skrowaczewski.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Concerto no. 1 in G minor Op.25 for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Saleem Abboud-Ashkar. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Riccardo Chailly.
    • Decca: 481 0778.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Lieder ohne Worte - book 3 Op.38

    Performer: Balázs Szokolay.
    • Piano Classics: PCLD0067.
    • Piano Classics.
    • 13.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Lieder ohne Worte - book 3 Op.38

    Performer: Howard Shelley.
    • Hyperion: CDA68059.
    • Hyperion.
    • 22.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    12 Songs Op.9

    Singer: Sophie Bevan. Performer: Julian Milford.
    • Champs Hill: CHRCD085.
    • Champs Hill.
    • 5.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Quartet no. 2 in A minor Op.13 for strings

    Ensemble: Sacconi Quartet.
    • Champs Hill: CHRCD085.
    • Champs Hill.
    • 6.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Quartet no. 3 in D major Op.44`1 for strings

    Ensemble: Navarra String Quartet.
    • Champs Hill: CHRCD085.
    • Champs Hill.
    • 7.
  • Giacomo Meyerbeer

    Robert le diable - opera in 5 acts

    Orchestra: New Zealand S O. Conductor: Darrell Ang.
    • NAXOS: 8.573195.
    • NAXOS.
    • 1.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Sicut erat (from the Vespers of 1610)

    Choir: The Sixteen.
  • John Sheppard

    Gaude, Gaude, Gaude Maria

    Choir: The Sixteen.
  • Vincenzo Bertolusi

    Ego flos campi

    Choir: The Sixteen.

9.00am

Bagatelle (fur Elise, revised 1822 version) in A minor WoO.59 for piano

Performers:     Ronald Brautigam      

Composers:    Ludwig van Beethoven (1770 - 1827)           

Album Title:     BIS: 1892 SACD        

 

Overture to Robert le diable - opera in 5 acts           

Performers:     New Zealand S O, Darrell Ang          

Composers:    Giacomo Meyerbeer (1791 - 1864)   

Album Title:     NAXOS: 8.573195     

      

Giunse alfin il momento… from Le Nozze di Figaro - opera in 4 acts K.492            

Performers:     Karina Gauvin (soprano), Les Violon du Roy, Bernard Labadie

Composers:    Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (1756 - 1791)    

Album Title:     Atma Classique: ACD2-2636

 

O legere hirondelle from Mireille - opera in 5 acts

Performers:     Olga Peretyatko, NDR Sinfonieorchestre, Enrique Mazzola

Composers:    Charles Gounod (1818 - 1893)          

Album Title:     Sony Classical: 88883738592           

 

Concerto for violin and orchestra      

Performers:     Chad Hoopes, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kristjan Jarvi    

Composers:    John Adams (1947)   

Album Title:     Naive: V5368 

           

9.30am Building a Library

Rob Cowan joins Andrew live in the studio to compare recordings of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 2 and makes a recommendation: 

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 36; Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 'Eroica'

Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (conductor)

OEHMS OC522 (2CD mid-price)

 

Also available as part of collected edition:

 

BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Saarbrucken Radio Symphony Orchestra, Stanislaw Skrowaczewski (conductor)

OEHMS OC526 (6CD mid-price)

INTERVIEW: Harry Christophers

Harry Christophers talks to Andrew about The Sixteen’s roots, record label, new directions, and forthcoming recordings of Monteverdi and Handel.

 

The Voice of the Turtle Dove

DAVY, R: Ah, mine heart, remember thee well; O Domine caeli terraeque creator

MUNDY, W: Vox Patris caelestis; Adolescentulus sum ego

SHEPPARD, J: Libera nos 1 & II; In manus tuas I; In manus tuas III; Gaude gaude gaude Maria

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)

CORO COR16119 (CD mid-price)

 

Haydn: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 82 & Violin Concerto in G major

HAYDN: Symphony No. 6 in D major ‘Le Matin'; Symphony No. 82 in C major, 'The Bear'; Violin Concerto No. 4 in G major, Hob.VIIa:4

Aisslinn Nosky (violin), Handel and Haydn Society, Harry Christophers (conductor)

CORO COR16113 (CD)

 

The Blossoming Vine

ANERIO, G F: Salve Regina; Litania deiparae Virginis; Missa Pulchra Es

BERTOLUSI: Ego flos campi (Song of Salomon 2,1-3) from Sacrae Cantiones, libro primo (1601); Osculetor me osculo; Regina Caeli

PACELLI: Veni Sponsa Christi; Beata es Virgo Maria; Dum esset rex

The Sixteen, Eamonn Dougan

CORO COR16123 (CD)

 

...and recordings of Monteverdi’s Vespers and Handel’s Jeptha are for release on the Coro label later this year.

New Releases

Andrew compares new recordings of orchestral and chamber music by Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn.

 

Ruy Blas - overture Op.95     

Performers:     Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly   

Composers:    Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)      

Album Title:     Decca: 481 0778       

 

Concerto no. 1 in G minor Op.25 for piano and orchestra    

Performers:     Saleem Abboud-Ashkar, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly           

Composers:    Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)      

Album Title:     Decca: 481 0778       

 

Lieder ohne Worte - book 3 Op.38, No. 2 ‘Duetto’    

Performers:     Balazs Szokolay        

Composers:    Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)      

Album Title:     Piano Classics: PCLD0067   

 

Lieder ohne Worte - book 3 Op.38, No. 2 ‘Duetto’    

Performers:     Howard Shelley         

Composers:    Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)      

Album Title:     Hyperion: CDA68059

 

Frage – from 12 Songs Op.9

Performers:     Sophie Bevan (soprano) Julian Milford (piano)         

Composers:    Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)      

Album Title:     Champs Hill: CHRCD085      

 

Quartet no. 2 in A minor Op.13 for strings    

Performers:     Sacconi Quartet         

Composers:    Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)      

Album Title:     Champs Hill: CHRCD085      

 

Quartet no. 2 in A minor Op.13 for strings    

Performers:     Artemis String Quartet           

Composers:    Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)      

Album Title:     ERATO: 0825646366903      

 

Quartet no. 3 in D major Op.44`1 for strings

Performers:     Navarra String Quartet          

Composers:    Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)      

Album Title:     Champs Hill: CHRCD085      

 

Quartet no. 6 in F minor Op.80 for strings     

Performers:     Badke Quartet           

Composers:    Felix Mendelssohn (1809 - 1847)      

Album Title:     Champs Hill: CHRCD085      

 

Quartet in E flat major for strings      

Performers:     Ebene Quartet           

Composers:    Fanny Mendelssohn (1805 - 1847)    

Album Title:     Virgin Classics: 50999 464546 2 1    

 

Quartet in E flat major for strings      

Performers:     Cavaleri Quartet        

Composers:    Fanny Mendelssohn (1805 - 1847)    

Album Title:     Champs Hill: CHRCD085      

Disc of the Week

Tamerlano - opera in 3 acts  

Performers:     Xavier Sabata, Max Emanuel Cencic, John Mark Ainsley, Karina Gauvin, Ruxandra Donose, Pavel Kudinov, Il Pomo d'Oro, Riccardo Minasi     

Composers:    George Frideric Handel (1685 - 1759)          

Album Title:     Naive V 5373 

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