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Building a Library: Purcell: Hail! Bright Cecilia

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Purcell: Hail! Bright Cecilia; Rachmaninov: complete works; Disc of the Week: Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius, Sea Pictures.

3 hours, 12 minutes


Music Played

  • Richard Strauss

    Beim Schlafengehen (Four Last Songs)

    Conductor: Daniel Barenboim. Singer: Anna Netrebko. Orchestra: Berlin State Orchestra.
    • DG : 479-3964.
    • DG.
    • 3.
  • Edward Elgar

    The Dream of Gerontius Op.38

    Choir: BBC Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: BBC S O.. Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Singer: Stuart Skelton. Conductor: Andrew Davis.
    • CHANDOS : CHSA-5140.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 16.
  • Edward Elgar

    Sea pictures Op.37 for mezzo-soprano and orchestra

    Singer: Dame Sarah Connolly. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Davis.
    • CHANDOS : CHSA-5140.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 4.
  • Claude Debussy

    Brouillards (Preludes - book 2)

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • HYPERION : CDA-67920.
    • 7.
  • James MacMillan

    Cecilia Virgo for chorus

    Performer: Choir of Royal Holloway. Performer: Rupert Gough.
    • HYPERION : CDA 68047.
    • 1.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Cosi fan tutte, ossia La scuola degli amanti - opera buffa in 2 acts K.588

    Singer: Simone Kermes. Singer: Kenneth Tarver. Orchestra: Musica Aeterna Orchestra. Singer: Konstantin Wolff. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis. Singer: Christopher Maltman. Singer: Anna Kasyan. Singer: Malena Emman.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : 88765-466162.
    • 25.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Quintet in E flat major K.452 for piano, oboe, clarinet, bassoon and horn

    Ensemble: Les Vents Francais. Performer: Éric Le Sage.
    • WARNER CLASSICS : 0825646231850.
    • 2.
  • Harry Partch

    Happy Birthday to you! (Even Wild Horses Act 1 Scene 3)

    Ensemble: Harry Partch.
    • BRIDGE : 9432.
    • BRIDGE.
    • 15.
  • Gabriel Pierné

    Piano Trio in C minor Op. 45

    Ensemble: Trio Wanderer.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : HMC-902192.
    • 1.
  • Jacques Guillaume de Sauville de La Presle

    Nocturne (1912)

    Singer: Stephanie D' Oustrac. Performer: Pascal Jourdan.
    • AMBRONAY : AMY-042.
    • 8.
  • Claudio Merulo

    Sanctus a 16

    Conductor: Erik Westberg. Performer: Daniel Stighall. Ensemble: Serikon.
    • FOOTPRINT : FRCD-073.
    • 2.
  • Alexander Campkin

    Colour blinds the eye

    Conductor: Erik Westberg. Performer: Daniel Stighall. Performer: Daniel Stighall. Ensemble: Serikon. Performer: Serikon.
    • FOOTPRINT : FRCD073.
    • 3.


Hymns to Saint Cecilia

BENNETT, R R: Verses

BLISS: Sing, mortals!

BRITTEN: Hymn to St Cecilia Op. 27

DYSON: Live For Ever, Glorious Lord

ELGAR: There is sweet music Op. 53 No. 1

GARDNER, JOHN: A Song for St Cecilia’s Day Op. 119

HOWELLS: A Hymn for St Cecilia


MACMILLAN: Cecilia Virgo

ROSE, B: Feast Song for St Cecilia

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Silence and Music

Dame Felicity Lott (soprano), Royal Holloway Choir, Rupert Gough



Strauss: Four Last Songs

STRAUSS, R: Vier letzte Lieder; Ein Heldenleben Op. 40

Anna Netrebko (soprano), Staatskapelle Berlin, Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

DG 4793964 (CD)


Serikon: Acqua Alta

GABRIELI: Canzon X a 8; Canzon II a 4; Omnes gentes plaudit minibus a 16

MERULO: Sanctus a 16

CAMPKIN: Colour Blinds the Eye

WILLAERT: De profundis

STROZZI: Salve Regina

CASTELLO: Sonata duodecima, Libro II

ROVETTA: Domine Deus noster


ANDREA GABRIELI: Domine ne in furore (Psalm 6)

Serikon, Daniel Stighall (artistic director), Erik Westberg (conductor)



Plectra and Percussion Dance

PARTCH: Castor and Pollux; Ring Around the Moon; Even Wild Horses

Partch (ensemble)


9.30am Building a Library

Simon Heighes compares recordings of Purcell’s Ode on St Cecilia’s Day and makes a recommendation:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


Purcell, Handel & Haydn - Odes to St Cecilia

HANDEL: Alexander's Feast

HAYDN: Mass, Hob. XXII: 5 in C major 'Cacilienmesse'

PURCELL: Hail! Bright Cecilia (Ode for St Cecilia's Day 1692), Z328

Choir Of King's College, Cambridge, English Chamber Orchestra, Philip Ledger (conductor), Chœurs et orchestre de la Fondation Gulbekian, Michel Corboz (conductor), Taverner Consort, Players, Andrew Parrott (conductor)

Available as a digital download and previously on CD as VIRGIN 2663562

10.20am Rachmaninov Box Set

Sarah Walker joins Andrew to discuss a new 32-disc box of Rachmaninov’s complete works featuring performances from Argerich, Ashkenazy, Previn, Richter & Söderström:


Rachmaninov: The Complete Works

ALTSCHULER: Melodie on a theme by Rachmaninov

MUSSORGSKY: Sorochintsy Fair: Gopak

RACHMANINOV: Preludes Op. 23 Nos. 1-10 (complete); Preludes Op. 32 Nos. 1-13 (complete); Variations on a theme of Corelli Op. 42; Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 36; Variations on a Theme of Chopin Op. 22; Piano Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 28; Etudes-Tableaux Op. 33; Etudes-Tableaux Op. 39; Russian Rhapsody for two pianos Op. post.; Romance in G major for piano duet; Moments Musicaux Op. 16; Morceaux de Fantaisie Op. 3; Fragments; Prelude in D minor Op. post. (1917); How fair this spot Op. 21 No. 7; Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14; Transcriptions; Suite No. 1 (Fantaisie-tableaux) Op. 5; Suite No. 2 for Two Pianos Op. 17; Symphonic Dances Op. 45; Morceaux de Salon Op. 10; Three Nocturnes; Song without words; Canon in E minor; Fuga in D minor (1891); Four Pieces (?1888); Prelude in F major; Morceau de fantaisie 'Delmo' in G minor (1899); Fughetta in F (1899); Oriental Sketch (1917); Night is sorrowful Op. 26 No.12; Nunc Dimittis; Cello Sonata in G minor Op. 19; Pieces (2) for cello & piano (Prelude & Oriental Dance) Op. 2; Lied (Romance) in F minor; Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14; Piano Sonata No. 2 in B flat minor Op. 36; Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G minor Op. post.; Trio elegiaque No. 2 in D minor Op. 9; Romance in A minor Op. Posth; String Quartet No. 1; Romance in D Minor Op. 6 No. 1; Danse Hongroise Op. 6 No. 2; String Quartet No. 2; Sorochintsy Fair: Hopak (after Mussorgsky); A prayer; All glory to God; The Songs; Piano Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete); Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini Op. 43; Symphonic Dances Op. 45; Symphony No. 1 in D minor Op. 13; Symphony No. 2 in E minor Op. 27; The Isle of the Dead - Symphonic Poem Op. 29; Symphony No. 3 in A minor Op. 44; The Bells Op. 35; Prince Rostislav; Caprice Bohemien Op. 12; The Rock - Fantasy for Orchestra Op. 7; Etude-Tableau Op. 39 No. 2 in A minor; Etude-Tableau Op. 33 No. 4 in A minor; Etude-Tableau Op. 39 No. 7 in C minor; Etude-Tableau Op. 39 No. 8 in D minor; Etude-Tableau Op. 39 No. 9 in D major; Scherzo in D minor; Symphonic Movement in D minor 'Youth Symphony'; Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14; Six Choruses for women's voices Op. 15; Spring Op. 20; Three Russian Songs Op. 41; Panteley the Healer; Chorus of Spirits; O mother of God vigilantly praying; Deus Meus; Liturgy of St John Chrysostom Op. 31; Vespers Op. 37; Monna Vanna: Opera in one act; Aleko; The Miserly Knight Op. 24; Francesca da Rimini; Six Pieces Op. 11; Pieces (2) in A major for piano 6 hands - Waltz & Romance; Polka italienne; Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1; Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor Op. 40; Piano Concerto No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 1; Piano Concerto No. 2 in C minor Op. 18; Piano Concerto No. 3 in D minor Op. 30; Piano Concerto No. 4 in G minor Op. 40; Elegie Op. 3 No. 1; Prelude Op. 3 No. 2 in C sharp minor; Melodie in E Major Op. 3 No. 3; Polichinelle Op. 3, No. 4; Serenade Op. 3 No. 5; Barcarolle in G minor. Op. 10 No. 3; Humoresque in G major Op. 10 No. 5; Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor; Etude-Tableau Op. 39 No. 4 in B minor; Etude-Tableau Op. 39 No. 6 in A minor; Lilacs Op. 21 No. 5; Polka de V.R.; Liebesfreud (after Kreisler); Liebesleid (after Kreisler)

RIMSKY KORSAKOV: Flight of the Bumble Bee

SCHUBERT: Wohin? (No. 2 from Die schone Mullerin, D795)

Sergei Rachmaninov (piano), Lynn Harrell (cello), Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano), Mikhail Pletnev (piano), Zoltan Kocsis (piano), Jorge Bolet (piano), Alexis Weissenberg (piano), Andre Previn (piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (piano), Martha Argerich, Nelson Freire (piano), Heinrich Schiff (cello), Elisabeth Leonskaja (piano), Peter Jablonski (piano), Beaux Arts Trio, Dene Olding (violin), Goldner String Quartet, Joan Rodgers (soprano), Elisabeth Soderstrom (soprano), London Symphony Orchestra, Andre Previn (conductor), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Walter Weller (conductor), Rotterdam Philharmonic Orchestra, Edo de Waart (conductor), Ryszard Karcykowski (tenor), Chorus of the Concertgebouw Orchestra, Sydney Symphony, Philadelphia Orchestra, Charles Dutoit (conductor), Prague Philharmonic Choir, Sergei Leiferkus, Choral Arts Society Of Philadelphia, Russian State Symphony Cappella, Valeri Polyansky (conductor), Vocal Ensemble C Sharp Minor, Elger Niels, St. Petersburg Chamber Choir, Nikolai Korniev (conductor), Olga Borodina (mezzo), Sherrill Milnes, John Thorsteinsson, Nickolas Karousatos, Seth McCoy, Blythe Walker, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Igor Buketoff, Maria Guleghina, Ilya Levinsky, Anatolij Kotscherga, Goteborgs Symfoniker, Gothenburg Opera Chorus, Neeme Jarvi (conductor), Sergej Larin, Sergei Aleksashkin, Vladimir Chernov, Dody Ashkenazy (piano), Alastair Mackie (trumpet), Alexander Ghindin (piano), Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, Byron Janis (piano), Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra, Kirill Kondrashin (conductor), Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Warsaw National Philharmonic Orchestra, Stanislaw Wislocki, Martha Argerich (piano), Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Riccardo Chailly (conductor), San Francisco Symphony

DECCA 4786765 (32CD budget)

11.20am New Releases

Les Vents Francais: Winds & Piano

BEETHOVEN: Quintet in E flat major for piano and winds Op.16

CAPLET: Quintet for flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon & piano

FARRENC: Sextet Op. 40 in C minor for Piano, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet, Horn & Bassoon

MOZART: Quintet for Piano and Winds in E flat, K452

POULENC: Sextet for piano and wind quintet Op. 100

RIMSKY KORSAKOV: Quintet in B flat major for piano, flute, clarinet, horn & bassoon

ROUSSEL: Divertissement for wind quintet & piano Op. 6

THUILLE: Sextet in B flat major Op. 6

Les Vents Francais

WARNER CLASSICS 2564623185 (3CD mid-price)


Faure & Pierne: Piano Trios

FAURE: Piano Trio in D minor Op. 120

PIERNE, G: Piano Trio

Trio Wanderer



Invitation Au Voyage

BOULANGER, L: Clairieres dans le ciel; Nous nous aimerons tant; Vous m'avez regarde avec toute votre ame

DEBUSSY: Le Balcon; Harmonie du soir; Le Jet d'eau (from Cinq poemes de Baudelaire); Recueillement; La Mort des amants; Soupir; Placet futile; Eventail

DUPARC: L'Invitation au voyage; Soupir; Chanson triste; La Vie anterieure

HAHN, R: La Chere Blessure; A Chloris

LA PRESLE: Odelette; Voeu; Dedette; Nocturne

Stephanie d’Oustrac (mezzo-soprano), Pascal Jourdan (piano)



Debussy: Images & Preludes II

DEBUSSY: Preludes - Book 2 (12, complete); Images pour piano - Books 1 & 2

Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)


11.40am Discs of the Week

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius & Sea Pictures

ELGAR: The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38; Sea Pictures Op. 37

Stuart Skelton (tenor), Sarah Connolly (mezzo), David Soar (bass), BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

CHANDOS CHSA5140(2) (2Hybrid SACD mid-price)



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)


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