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Building a Library: Stravinsky: Petrushka

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Stravinsky: Petrushka; Harriet Smith discussing new releases of chamber music; Disc of the Week: Lully: Amadis.

3 hours, 15 minutes


Music Played

  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Amadis - opera LWV.63

    Singer: Reinoud Van Mechelen. Singer: Virginie Thomas. Singer: Edwin Crossley-Mercer. Singer: Cyril Auvity. Singer: Caroline Weynants. Singer: Hasnaa Bennani. Singer: Benedicte Tauran. Singer: Benoit Arnould. Singer: Judith van Wanroij. Singer: Judith van Wanroij. Singer: Pierrick Boisseau. Singer: Pierrick Boisseau. Singer: Pierrick Boisseau.
    • APARTE : AP-094.
    • APARTE.
    • 17.


JS Bach: Violin Concertos

BACH, J S: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041; Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042; Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043; Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV1056R; Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV1052R

Giuliano Carmignola (violin, conductor), Concerto Koln

DG ARCHIV 4792695 (CD)


Corelli: Six Sonatas Op. 5

CORELLI: Violin Sonata Op. 5 No. 12 in D minor (La folia); Violin Sonata Op. 5 No. 7 in D minor; Sonata in C Op. 5 No. 9; Violin Sonata Op. 5 No. 11 in E major; Violin Sonata Op. 5 No. 8 in E minor; Violin Sonata Op. 5 No. 10 in F major

Michala Petri (recorder), Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)

OUR RECORDINGS 6220610 (Hybrid SACD)


Brahms: The Three Violin Sonatas

BRAHMS: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete); Sonatensatz (Scherzo from the F.A.E. sonata), WoO 2

Augustin Dumay (violin), Louis Lortie (piano)



Mozart & Haydn: Jeunehomme

HAYDN: Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D major, HobXVIII:11

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 "Jeunehomme"; Rondo for Piano & Orchestra in A major, K386; Ch'io mi scordi di te?... Non temer, amato bene, K505

Alexandre Tharaud (piano), Joyce DiDonato (mezzo-soprano), Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie (conductor)

ERATO 2564626268 (CD)

Building a Library

Martin Cotton compares recordings of Stravinsky’s Petrushka and makes a recommendation:


Top recommendation available on 4 CD set:


Simon Rattle conducts Stravinsky

STRAVINSKY: The Firebird; Scherzo a la Russe; Etudes (4) for orchestra; Scherzo a la Russe; Apollon musagete; The Rite of Spring; Petrushka (1947 version); Symphony in 3 movements; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; Pulcinella; Suites Nos. 1 & 2 for Small Orchestra; Ragtime, for eleven instruments; Ebony Concerto; Agon ‘Ballet for Twelve Dancers’ (extracts)

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Felix Kok, Jeremy Ballard (violins), Peter Cole (viola), Ulrich Heiner (violoncello), John Tattersdill (double bass), Peter Donohoe (piano), Elaine Donohoe (piano), Robert Johnston (harp), Berliner Philharmoniker, Jennifer Smith (soprano), John Fryatt (tenor), Malcolm King (bass), Northern Sinfonia Orchestra, Michael Collins (clarinet), Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

EMI 2427542 (4CD budget)


Recommendation also available on double CD sets:


Stravinsky - The Ballets

STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring; Petrushka; The Firebird; Apollon musagete

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

EMI 9677112 (2CD budget)




STRAVINSKY: The Firebird; Petrushka; Symphony in 3 Movements; Scherzo a la Russe; Etudes (4) for orchestra

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor)

EMI 5855382 (2CD budget)


10.20am Remembrance Sunday & WWI Centenary

Elgar: The Spirit of England, Carillon & With Proud Thanksgiving

ELGAR: The Spirit of England Op. 80; Carillon Op. 75; Arthur - Complete Incidental Music; With Proud Thanksgiving

Judith Howarth (soprano), London Symphony Chorus, Philharmonia Orchestra, John Wilson (conductor), Simon Callow (speaker), BBC Concert Orchestra, Ben Palmer, Orchestra of St. Paul’s



A Winchester Remembrance

BLATCHLY: For the Fallen

BRITTEN: War Requiem: Agnus Dei

ELGAR: Nimrod (from Enigma Variations)

GUEST, D: For the fallen

HARRIS, W: Faire is the Heaven; Bring us, O Lord God

HOLST: Turn back, O man

HOWELLS: Take him, earth, for cherishing

IRELAND: Greater Love Hath No Man

LUKASZEWSKI: Nunc dimittis

MOORE, P: At the round earth's imagined corners

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Lord, Thou has been our refuge

George Castle, Jonathan Hope (organ), Winchester Cathedral Choir, Fine Arts Brass Ensemble, Andrew Lumsden (conductor)

REGENT REGCD437 (CD mid-price)


Blow Out, Ye Bugles

DAVIES, WALFORD: A Short Requiem in D major

GRAY, ALAN: 1914

PARRY: Songs of Farewell

STANFORD: For lo, I raise up Op. 145

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Lord, Thou has been our refuge

Truro Cathedral Choir, Christopher Gray

REGENT REGCD451 (CD mid-price)


Louis Vierne & Charles Koechlin

KOECHLIN: Violin Sonata Op. 64

VIERNE, L: 12 Preludes Op. 36; Piano Quintet in C minor Op. 42

Tamara Atschba (piano), Louise Chisson and Matthias Adensamer (violins), Alexander Znamensky (viola), Christophe Pantillon (cello)



No Exceptions No Exemptions

BAINTON, E: Angel spirits of sleep; All night under the moon

BLISS: A child’s prayer

BROWNE, W D: Epitaph on Salathiel Pavy; To Gratiana dancing and singing; Diaphenia

BUTTERWORTH, G: On the idle hill of summer

CAPLET: Sonnet: Quand reverrai-je, helas; En regardant ces belles fleurs

DALE, B: O Mistress Mine; Come Away, Death

DEBUSSY: Noel des enfants qui n'ont plus de maison

DELIUS: To Daffodils

FARRAR: Brittany

GURNEY: In Flanders

HEAD, M: Ships of Arkady; A blackbird singing

IVES, C: In Flanders Fields

KEEL: In Prison

KELLY, F: Shall I compare thee?

MAGNARD: Le Rhin Allemand Op. 3 No. 3

MILHAUD: L‘Abandon (from Quatre poemes de Leo Latil)

PROKOFIEV: Trust me Op. 23 No. 3

STEPHAN: Ich will dir singen ein Hohelied - Sechs Lieder auf Texte von Gerda von Robertus

Robin Tritschler (tenor), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

SIGNUM SIGCD401 (2CD budget)


Colin Matthews: No Man’s Land, Crossing The Alps & Aftertones

MATTHEWS, C: Aftertones; Crossing The Alps; No Man’s Land

Roderick Williams (baritone), Halle, Halle Choir, Nicholas Collon, Halle Youth Choir, Richard Wilberforce, Ian Bostridge (tenor)


10.50am New Releases

Harriet Smith joins Andrew to discuss a fascinating array of new releases of chamber music.


Haydn: String Quartets, Vol. 1

HAYDN: String Quartet Op. 20 No. 1 in E flat major; String Quartet Op. 20 No. 2 in C Major; String Quartet Op. 20 No. 3 in G minor; String Quartet Op. 20 No. 4 in D major 'Sun'; String Quartet Op. 20 No. 5 in F minor; String Quartet Op. 20 No. 6 in A Major

Doric String Quartet

CHANDOS CHAN10831(2) (2CD mid-price)


Mozart: String Quartets Nos. 14, 16 & 19

MOZART: String Quartet No. 16 in E flat, K428; String Quartet No. 19 in C major, K465 'Dissonance'; String Quartet No. 14 in G major, K387 'Spring'

Cuarteto Casals



Wolf, Grieg & Janacek: String Quartets

GRIEG: String Quartet in G minor Op. 27

JANACEK: String Quartet No. 2 'Intimate Letters'

WOLF, H: Italian Serenade in G major

Amphion String Quartet



York Bowen: String Quartets Nos. 2 & 3

BOWEN: String Quartet No. 2 in D minor Op. 41; String Quartet No. 3 in G major Op. 46; Phantasy-Quintet for Bass Clarinet and String Quartet Op. 93

Timothy Lines (bass Clarinet), Archaeus Quartet

NAXOS 8571366 (CD budget)


Wood Works

Nordic Folk Music

Mads la Cour (flugelhorn), Danish String Quartet

DACAPO 8226081 (CD)

Disc of the Week

LULLY: Amadis

Cyril Auvity, Judith Van Wanroij, Ingrid Perruche, Edwin Crossley-Mercer, Benoit Arnould, Benedicte Tauran, Hasnaa Bennani, Pierrick Boisseau, Reinoud Van Mechelen, Caroline Weynants, Virginie Thomas, Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset (conductor)

APARTE AP094 (3CD mid-price)


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