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Summer CD Review: Bach, Harrison Birtwistle, Andrew Litton, Mahler

With Andrew McGregor. Including Bach: Concerto in C minor, BWV1060; Proms Composer: Harrison Birtwistle; American conductor Andrew Litton; Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Coriolan - overture Op.62

    Conductor: Frans Brüggen. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.
    • DECCA : 478-7436.
    • DECCA.
    • 6.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony no. 6 in F major Op.68 (Pastoral): 4th & 5th movements

    Conductor: Frans Brüggen. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.
    • DECCA : 478-7436.
    • DECCA.
    • 8.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Symphony no. 41 in C major K.551 (Jupiter): 3rd movement; Menuetto

    Conductor: Frans Brüggen. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.
    • Glossa GCD 921119.
    • Glossa.
    • 3.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Concerto no. 1 in E minor Op.11 for piano and orchestra: 2nd movement; Larghetto

    Conductor: Frans Brüggen. Performer: Yulianna Avdeeva. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century.
    • NIFC : NIFCCD-029.
    • NIFC.
    • 5.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata no. 150 BWV.150 (Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich)

    Singer: Daniel Taylor. Orchestra: Magdalena Consort. Singer: Elin Manahan Thomas. Singer: Peter Harvey. Director: Peter Harvey. Singer: James Gilchrist.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS : CCS SA 35214.
    • CHANNEL CLASSICS.
    • 12.
  • Harrison Birtwistle

    Earth dances

    Orchestra: Ensemble Modern Orchestra. Conductor: Pierre Boulez.
    • DECCA : 478-4249.
    • Decca.
    • 2.
  • Harrison Birtwistle

    Punch and Judy - opera in 1 act: War-cry.....Passion Chorale II

    Singer: Stephen Roberts. Singer: David Wilson‐Johnson. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta. Conductor: David Atherton.
    • NMC : nmc-d138.
    • NMC.
    • 8.
  • Harrison Birtwistle

    Harrison's clocks for piano: Clock 1

    Performer: Nicholas C. Hodges.
    • METRONOME : MET CD-1074.
    • METRONOME.
    • 10.
  • Harrison Birtwistle

    Panic for saxophone, drums and orchestra

    Performer: Paul Clarvis. Conductor: Andrew Davis. Performer: John R. Hale. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
    • DECCA : 478-4249.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • Harrison Birtwistle

    The Moth requiem for for twelve female singers, three harps and alto flute

    Ensemble: Nash Ensemble. Choir: BBC Singers. Conductor: Nicholas Kok.
    • Signum SIGCD 368.
    • Signum.
    • 8.
  • Harrison Birtwistle

    Refrains and choruses

    Ensemble: Galliard Brass Ensemble.
    • DEUX-ELLES : DXL-1019.
    • DEUX-ELLES.
    • 2.
  • Harrison Birtwistle

    Chorales from a toy shop

    Ensemble: Galliard Brass Ensemble.
    • DEUX-ELLES : DXL-1019.
    • DEUX-ELLES.
    • 13.
  • Harrison Birtwistle

    The Triumph of time for orchestra

    Conductor: Pierre Boulez. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra.
    • DECCA : 478-4249.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto BWV.1060 for oboe, violin & strings reconstr. Schneider vers. in C min

    Performer: François Leleux. Performer: Lisa Batiashvili. Orchestra: Latvian Radio Chamber Orchestra.
    • DG : 479-2479.
    • DG.
    • 1.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony no. 4 in E minor Op.98: 4th movement; Allegro energico e passionato

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • LSO LIVE : LSO-0737.
    • LSO LIVE.
    • 8.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Clarinet Concerto, KV 622: Rondo, Allegro

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Performer: Eric Hoeprich. Performer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Hoeprich, Eric, Orchestra of the Eighteenth B. Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
    • Clarinet Concerto.
    • Glossa.
    • 003.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    La Clemenza di Tito - opera in 2 acts K.621: Act 2, no.23; Non, piu di fiori vaghe catene (Rondo)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Performer: Mozart, Wolfgang Amadeus; Hoeprich, Eric, Orchestra of the Eighteenth B. Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
    • Clarinet Concerto.
    • Glossa.
    • 006.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Violin Concerto in D major, Op. 61: III. Rondo. Allegro

    Performer: Thomas Zehetmair. Performer: Ludwig van Beethoven. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
    • Violin Concerto and Romances (Thomas Zehetmair).
    • DECCA.
    • 005.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Das Lied von der Erde - Der Trunkene im Fruhling; Der Abschied

    Orchestra: Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. Singer: Susan Graham. Conductor: David Zinman. Music Arranger: Schoenberg, Arnold. Singer: Christian Elsner. Music Arranger: Riehn.
    • RCA RED SEAL : 88765-438152.
    • RCA RED SEAL.
    • 5.

09.00 am

Lisa Batiashvili: Bach

BACH, C P E: Trio in B minor for flute, violin and basso continuo, Wq 143

BACH, J S: Concerto for Oboe & Violin in C minor, BWV1060; Cantata BWV156 'Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe': I. Sinfonia; Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042; Sonata for solo violin No. 2 in A minor, BWV1003; St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich

Lisa Batiashvili (violin), Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Peter Kofler, Francois Leleux (oboe), Kammerorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Radoslaw Szulc

DG 4792479 (CD)

 

Bach Cantatas: Recreation for the Soul

BACH, J S: Cantata BWV78 'Jesu der du meine Seele'; Cantata BWV150 'Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich'; Cantata BWV147 'Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben'

Elin Manahan Thomas, Daniel Taylor, James Gilchrist, Magdalena Consort, Peter Harvey (conductor)

CHANNEL CCSSA35214 (Hybrid SACD)

 

Brahms: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 3 in F major Op. 90; Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98

London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)

LSO LIVE LSO0737 (Hybrid SACD mid-price)

9.30am Proms Composer: Sir Harrison Birtwistle

Birtwistle: The Triumph of Time

BIRTWISTLE: The Triumph of Time; Earth Dances; Panic

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Pierre Boulez (conductor), Ensemble Modern Orchestra, John Harle, Paul Clarvis, Andrew Davis (conductor)

DECCA 4784249 (CD mid-price)

 

Harrison Birtwistle - Refrains and Choruses

BIRTWISTLE: Hoquetus Petrus; Refrains and Choruses; Hector's Dawn; Duets for Storab; Linoi; Berceuse de Jeanne; Verses; Chorale from a Toy-Shop; Sad Song; An interrupted Endless Melody; Oockooing Bird; Five Distances

Richard Shaw (piano), The Galliard Ensemble

DEUX-ELLES DXL1019 (CD)

 

BIRTWISTLE: Punch and Judy

Stephen Roberts, Phyllis Bryn-Julson, Jan DeGaetani, Philip Langridge, David Wilson- Johnson, John Tomlinson, London Sinfonietta, David Atherton (conductor)

NMC NMCD138 (2CD mid-price)

 

BIRTWISTLE: Gawain

Marie Angel (soprano), Anne Howells (mezzo soprano), Francois Le Roux (baritone), John Tomlinson (bass baritone), The Royal Opera Chorus, Orchestra of the Royal Opera House, Elgar Howarth (conductor)

NMC NMCD200 (2CD mid-price)

 

Birtwistle: Night’s Black Bird

BIRTWISTLE: The Shadow of Night; Night’s Black Bird; The Cry of Anubis

Owen Slade (tuba), The Halle Orchestra, Ryan Wigglesworth

NMC NMCD156 (CD)

 

Harrison Birtwistle: The Axe Manual

BIRTWISTLE: Axe Manual; Oockooing Bird; Hector's Dawn; Sad Song; Berceuse de Jeanne; Ostinato with Melody; Betty Freeman - Her Tango; Saraband - The Kings’ Farewell; Harrison’s Clocks; Precis

Nicolas Hodges (piano), Claire Edwards (percussion)

METRONOME METCD1074 (CD)

 

Birtwistle: The Moth Requiem

BIRTWISTLE: The Moth Requiem (2003); Latin Motets (3) from The Last Supper; Carmen Paschale; Lullaby; On the Sheer Threshold of the Night; The Moth Requiem (2012)

Roderick Williams (baritone), BBC Singers, Nash Ensemble, Nicholas Kok

SIGNUM SIGCD368 (CD)

10.10am Handel arias

Handel: Arias

HANDEL: Quando mai (from Radamisto); Mi lusinga il dolce affetto (from Alcina); Verdi prati (from Alcina); Sta nell'Ircana pietrosa tana (from Alcina); Hercules: There in myrtle shades; Hercules: Cease, ruler of the day, to rise; Hercules: Where shall I fly?; Cara speme (from Giulio Cesare); Con l'ali di costanza (from Ariodante); Scherza, infida (from Ariodante); Dopo notte (from Ariodante)

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), The English Concert, Harry Bicket (conductor)

HYPERION CDA67979 (CD)

10.20am Interview with Andrew Litton

Andrew talks to American conductor Andrew Litton about recording Prokofiev and Wagner in Bergen, as well as a recent labour of love involving his hero, jazz pianist Oscar Peterson. 

James Rutherford sings Wagner

WAGNER: Der fliegende Hollander: Overture; Die Frist ist um (from Der fliegende Hollander); Blick ich umher in diesem edlen Kreise (from Tannhauser); Wie Todesahnung...O du, mein holder Abendstern (from Tannhauser); Du furchterliches Weib! (from Lohengrin); Was duftet doch der Flieder (from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg); Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg: Prelude to Act 3; Wahn! Wahn! Uberall Wahn! (from Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg); Ja, wehe! Wehe! Weh uber mich! (from Parsifal); Leb wohl, du kuhnes, herrliches Kind! (from Die Walkure)

James Rutherford (baritone), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)

BIS BIS2080 (Hybrid SACD)

 

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6

PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor Op. 111; Lieutenant Kije Suite Op. 60; The Love for Three Oranges: Suite Op. 33a

Andrei Bondarenko (baritone), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)

BIS BIS1994 (Hybrid SACD)

 

Grieg & Liszt: Piano Concertos

GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16

LISZT: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, S124; Piano Concerto No. 2 in A major, S125

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

HYPERION CDA67824 (CD)

 

A Tribute to Oscar Peterson

Andrew Litton (piano)

BIS BIS2034 (Hybrid SACD)

11.15am Frans Bruggen recordings

Mozart: Clarinet Concerto

MOZART: Clarinet Concerto in A major, K622; Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K477; Parto, parto, ma tu ben mio (from La Clemenza di Tito); Adagio in B flat Major, K411

Erich Hoeprich (clarinet), Joyce DiDonato (mezzo), Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Bruggen (conductor)

GLOSSA GCDC81107 (CD mid-price)

 

Mozart: The last three symphonies

MOZART: Symphony No. 39 in E flat major, K543; Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K550; Symphony No. 41 in C major, K551 'Jupiter'

Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Frans Bruggen (conductor)

GLOSSA GCD921119 (2CD mid-price)

 

Chopin: Piano Concertos Nos. 1 & 2

CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in E minor Op. 11; Piano Concerto No. 2 in F minor Op. 21

Yulianna Avdeeva (piano), Orchestra of the 18th Century, Frans Bruggen (conductor)

FREDERICK CHOPIN INSTITUTE NIFCCD029 (CD)

 

Beethoven: Complete Symphonies, Violin Concerto & Prometheus

BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete); Egmont Overture Op. 84; Coriolan Overture Op. 62; Romance No. 1 for Violin and Orchestra in G major Op. 40; Romance No. 2 for Violin and Orchestra in F major Op. 50; Violin Concerto in D major Op. 61; The Creatures of Prometheus Op. 43

Lynne Dawson (soprano), Jard van Nes (contralto), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor), Eike Wilm Schulte (bass), Gulbenkian Choir, Thomas Zehetmair (violin), Orchestra Of The 18th Century, Frans Bruggen (conductor)

DECCA 4787436 (7CD budget)

11.40am

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

BUSONI: Berceuse elegiaque Op. 42

MAHLER: Das Lied von der Erde

Susan Graham (mezzo), Christian Elsner (tenor), Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich, David Zinman (conductor)

RCA 88765438152 (Hybrid SACD)

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