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Building a Library: Rossini: William Tell

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Rossini: William Tell; New releases of music by Bach, Vivaldi and Corelli; Disc of the Week: Haydn: The Seasons.

with Andrew McGregor

Building a Library
Richard Osborne compares recordings of Rossini's final opera, William Tell and makes a personal recommendation. The famous story of the skilled archer who shoots an apple from his son's head, is the basis of an epic drama of thwarted love and the political struggles of the Swiss against their Austrian oppressors.

Hannah French joins Andrew to discuss a fascinating array of new releases of music by Bach, Vivaldi and Corelli

Disc of the Week
Haydn's evergreen oratorio, The Seasons, in a new recording from
Christina Landshamer (soprano)
Maximilian Schmitt (tenor)
Florian Boesch (bass)
Collegium Vocale Gent
Orchestre des Champs-Elysees
Philippe Herreweghe(conductor).

3 hours, 12 minutes


Music Played

  • Joseph Haydn

    The Seasons [Die Jahreszeiten]: Part 4; Winter [Der Winter]

    Singer: Florian Boesch. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe. Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Singer: Maximilian Schmitt. Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Singer: Christina Landshamer.
    • PHI : LPH-013.
    • PHI.
    • 12.
  • Gregorio Allegri

    Miserere mei Deus [Psalm 51] for 9 voices arr. Vladimir Ivanoff

    Conductor: Johannes Hiemetsberger. Performer: Michael Krenn. Choir: Sine Nomine Chorus.
    • GRAMOLA : 99027.
    • GRAMOLA.
    • 1.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Cosi fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti - opera buffa in 2 acts K.588: Act 1 scene 6

    Singer: Simone Kermes. Orchestra: Musica Aeterna Orchestra. Singer: Konstantin Wolff. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis. Singer: Malena Emman.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : 88765-466162.
    • 19.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    8 Preludes for piano: no.1; La Colombe

    Performer: Peter Hill.
    • DELPHIAN : DCD-34141.
    • 2.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    La fauvette passerinette for piano

    Performer: Peter Hill.
    • DELPHIAN : DCD-34141.
    • 13.
  • Salvatore Sciarrino

    Perduto in una citta d'acque for piano

    Performer: Florian Hoelscher.
    • NEOS : 11124.
    • NEOS.
    • 4.
  • Astor Piazzolla

    Las Cuatro estaciones portenas: Invierno porteno

    Ensemble: Trio Tangophoria.
    • BIS : SACD-2108.
    • BIS.
    • 6.
  • Viktor Ullmann

    Sonata no. 3 Op.26 for piano: 3rd movement; Variations on a theme of Mozart: Allegro grazioso

    Performer: Christophe Sirodeau.
    • BIS : 2116.
    • BIS.
    • 9.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Pastoral symphony (Symphony no.3): 2nd movement; Lento moderato

    Conductor: Sir Mark Elder. Orchestra: Hallé.
    • Halle CD HLL 7540.
    • Halle.
    • 3.


Chorus Sine Nomine: Miserere

ALLEGRI arranged Vladimir Ivanoff: Miserere mei, Deus

Michael Krenn (saxophone), Chorus Sine Nomine, Johannes Hiemetsberger



MOZART: Cosi fan tutte, K588

Simone Kermes (Fiordiligi), Malena Ernman (Dorabella), Anna Kasyan (Despina), Kenneth Tarver (Ferrando), Christopher Maltman (Guglielmo), Konstantin Wolff (Don Alfonso), MusicAeterna, Teodor Currentzis (conductor)

SONY 88765466162 (3CD mid-price)


Vaughan Williams: Orchestral Works

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Fantasia on a Theme by Thomas Tallis; Symphony No. 3 'A Pastoral Symphony'; Five Variants of ‘Dives and Lazarus'; The Wasps Overture

Sarah Fox (soprano), Halle, Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

HALLE CDHLL7540 (CD mid-price)



COBIAN: Mi Refugio

DEMARE: Malena

GARDEL: Volver

LINDBERG, C: Midvinter

PIAZZOLLA: Cuarto Estaciones Portenas, Milonga del angel, Adios Nonino, Libertango, Decarismo, Oblivion

TROILO: La Ultima Curda; Sur

Trio Tangophoria: Christian Lindberg (trombone), Jens Lundberg (bandoneon), Roland Pontinen (piano)

BIS BIS2108 (Hybrid SACD)

9.30am Building a Library

Richard Osborne compares recordings of Rossini’s William Tell and makes a recommendation:



ROSSINI: Guillaume Tell

Gabriel Bacquier (Guillaume Tell), Montserrat Caballe (Mathilde), Nicolai Gedda (Arnaud), Jocelyne Taillon (Hedwige), Mady Mesple (Jemmy), Gwynne Howell (Melchtal), Louis Hendriks (Gesler), Kolos Kovacs (Walter Furst), Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Lamberto Gardelli (conductor)

Warner Classics 5099964076324 (4CD budget) (previously EMI 6407632)


Viktor Ullmann: The Complete Works for Piano Solo

ULLMANN, V: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-7 (complete); Variations and Double Fugue Op.3a

Christophe Sirodeau (piano)

BIS BIS2116 (2CD)


La Fauvette Passerinette

BENJAMIN, G: Fantasy on Iambic Rhythm

DUTILLEUX: D’ombre et de silence

MESSIAEN: Preludes (8): La Colombe; Piece pour le tombeau de Paul Dukas; Ile de Feu 1 from 4 Etudes de rythme; Le traquet stapazin (Black-eared Wheatear); La Fauvette passerinette; Morceau de lecture a vue

MURAIL: Cloches d'adieu, et un sourire

RAVEL: Oiseaux tristes (Miroirs No. 2)

SCULTHORPE: Stars (from Night Pieces)

STOCKHAUSEN: Klavierstuck VII; Klavierstuck VIII

TAKEMITSU: Rain Tree Sketch II

YOUNG, D: River (from Dreamlandscapes, Book 2)

Peter Hill (piano)



Salvatore Sciarrino: Piano Works

SCIARRINO: Notturno No. 1; Notturno No. 3; Sonata V; Perduto in una citta d’acque (1991); Prima Sonata (1976)

Florian Hoelscher (piano)


10.40am New Releases

Dr. Hannah French joins Andrew to discuss a fascinating array of new releases of baroque music.


BACH, J S: Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4, BWV1066-1069

Richard Egarr (director, harpsichord), Academy of Ancient Music



VIVALDI: The Four Seasons & String Concerti

VIVALDI: Concerto for strings and continuo in D RV124, Sonnet La Primavera (Spring), Violin Concerto in E major RV269 'Spring', Sonnet L'Estate (Summer), Violin Concerto in G minor RV315 'Summer', Sonnet L'Autunno (Autumn), Violin Concerto in F major RV293 'Autumn', Sonnet L'Inverno (Winter), Violin Concerto in F minor RV297 'Winter', Concerto for strings and continuo in G minor RV157

Huw Daniel (violin 'Spring'), Bojan Cicic (violin 'Summer'), Johannes Pramsohler (violin 'Autumn'), Zefira Valova (violin 'Winter'), Antonio De Sarlo (speaker & violin), European Union Baroque Orchestra, Lars Ulrik Mortensen (director & harpsichord)



Vivaldi: Concerti per flauto

VIVALDI: Flautino Concerto in C major, RV443; Flute Concerto Op. 10 No. 2 in G minor, RV 439 'La notte'; Concerto in D major RV95 'La Pastorella'; Concerto in D minor, RV566; Concerto in B flat Major for recorder, strings and basso continuo, RV 375; Concerto in G minor, RV 103; Concerto in D major, RV 90 'Il Gardellino'

Maurice Steger (recorders), I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis (conductor)



CORELLI: La Follia

CORELLI: Six Sonatas, Op.5 (1700), nos.7-12

Michala Petri (recorder), Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord)



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, BWV1056; Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV1052

Giuliano Carmignola (violin, director), Mayumi Hirasaki* (violin) Concerto Koln

DG ARCHIV 4792695 (CD)


JS Bach: The Art of Fugue

BACH, J S: The Art of Fugue, BWV1080; Wenn wir in hochsten Noten sein, BWV668a

Angela Hewitt (piano)

HYPERION CDA67980 (2CD mid-price)

11.40am Disc of the Week

HAYDN: The Seasons

Christina Landshamer, Maximilian Schmitt, Florian Boesch, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

PHI LPH013 (2CD mid-price)


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