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Building a Library: Schubert: Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished)

With Andrew McGregor. Building a Library: Schubert: Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished); pianist Alfred Brendel on his recording career; Disc of the Week: Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 3

with Andrew McGregor. Building a Library on Schubert's Symphony No. 8 (Unfinished) and an interview with pianist Alfred Brendel

Building a Library
Chris de Souza with a personal recommendation from recordings of Schubert's tantalisingly truncated Symphony No. 8, the 'Unfinished Symphony'

Andrew talks to pianist Alfred Brendel about a lengthy recording career and collaborations with some of the greatest artists of the 20th century.

Disc of the Week
Vaughan Williams: Symphony No. 3 'A Pastoral Symphony', etc
Hallé, Mark Elder.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Christmas Oratorio BWV.248

    Conductor: Sigiswald Kuijken. Orchestra: La Petite Bande.
    • 24.
  • Johann Friedrich Agricola

    Uns ist ein Kind geboren - cantata: Jauchze, frohlocke

    Ensemble: Kolner Akademie. Conductor: Michael Alexander Willens. Singer: Berit Norbakken Solset.
    • CPO : 777-921-2.
    • CPO.
    • 2.
  • Walter Braunfels

    Verkundigung [The Annunciation] - mystery play in 4 acts Op.50

    Singer: Juliane Banse. Singer: Vanessa Goikoetxea. Choir: Bavarian Radio Chorus. Singer: Janina Baechle. Conductor: Ulf Schirmer. Orchestra: Zurich Radio Orchestra.
    • BR KLASSIK : 900311.
    • 3.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Magnificat in D major BWV.243

    Conductor: Jordi Savall. Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations. Choir: Capella Reial De Catalunya Vocal Ens.
    • ALIA VOX : AVSA-9909-D.
    • ALIA VOX.
    • 26.
  • Franz Schubert

    Octet in F major D.803

    Ensemble: Northernlight.
    • PHI : LPH-015.
    • PHI.
    • 3.
  • Niels Wilhelm Gade

    Quartet in F major for strings - Willkommen und Abschied

    Ensemble: Leipzig String Quartet.
    • MDG : 307-1870-2.
    • MDG.
    • 3.
  • Robert Still

    Quartet for strings no.4: 1st movement; Allegro agitato

    Ensemble: Villiers Quartet.
    • NAXOS : 8.571353.
    • NAXOS.
    • 11.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Pastoral symphony (Symphony no.3)

    Singer: Sarah Fox. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder. Orchestra: Hallé.
    • Halle CD HLL 7540.
    • Halle.
    • 2.


BACH, J S: Christmas Oratorio, BWV248

Sunhae Im (soprano), Petra Noskaiova (mezzo-soprano), Stephan Scherpe (tenor), Jan van der Crabben (baritone), La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken (conductor)

CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72394 (2Hybrid SACD mid-price)


Agricola: Die Hirten bei der Krippe

AGRICOLA, J F: Kundlich gross ist das gottselige Geheimnis; Die Hirten bei der Krippe; Uns ist ein Kind geboren

Berit Norbakken Solset (soprano), Myriam Arbouz (alto), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Matthias Vieweg (bass), Daniel Rothert (flute), Chris Weddle (horn), Kolner Akademie, Michael Alexander Willens (conductor)

CPO 7779212 (CD)


BRAUNFELS: Verkundigung

Juliane Banse, Janina Baechle, Vanessa Goikoetxea, (soprano), Hanna Schwarz (alto), Matthias Klink, Mauro Peter (tenore), Adrian Erod (baritone), Robert Holl, Johannes Stermann (bass), Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Ulf Schirmer (conductor)

BR KLASSIK 900311 (2CD mid-price)


Vivaldi & Bach: Magnificats and Concerti

BACH, J S: Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052; Magnificat in D major, BWV243; Magnificat in D major, BWV243; Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

VIVALDI: Concerto Op. 3 No. 2 'Con due Violini e Violoncello obligato', RV 578; Magnificat in G minor, RV610; Magnificat in G minor, RV610

Pierre Hantai (harpsichord), Hanna Bayodi-Hirt, Johannette Zomer (sopranos), Damien Guillon (countertenor), David Munderloh (tenor), Stephan MacLeod (baritone), La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Manfredo Kraemer, Pablo Valetti (violins), Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall (conductor)

ALIA VOX AVSA9909 (Hybrid SACD + DVD Video)

09.30am Building a Library

Chris de Souza compares recordings of Schubert’s Symphony no.8 “Unfinished” and makes a recommendation:


Schubert: Symphonies Nos. 4, 5, 6 and 8

SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'; Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589; Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485; Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'; Rosamunde, D797: Overture

London Classical Players, Roger Norrington (conductor)

VIRGIN 5622272 (2CD budget)


Andrew talks to pianist Alfred Brendel about a lengthy recording career and collaborations with some of the greatest artists of the 20th century.


Keyboard Magic

J S BACH: Italian Concerto in F BWV.971; “Ich ruf’ zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ” BWV.639 (arr. Busoni); Prelude (Fantasia) in A minor BWV.922; Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue in D minor BWV.903; “Nun komm’ der Heiden Heiland” BWV.659 (arr. Busoni); Fantasia and Fugue in A minor BWV.904

Alfred Brendel (piano) 

PHILIPS 4544092 (CD)


The Vox Years: The Young Brendel

Alfred Brendel (piano) and various artists

VOX CD6X3601 (6CD)


BEETHOVEN: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Alfred Brendel (piano), Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor)

PHILIPS 4627812 (3CD)


Beethoven - Complete Works for Piano & Cello

BEETHOVEN: Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete); Variations (12) on "Ein Madchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano Op. 66; Variations (12) on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45; Variations (7) on "Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46

Adrian Brendel (cello), Alfred Brendel (piano)

DECCA 4753792 (2CD budget)


Alfred Brendel - The Farewell Concerts

BACH, J S: Chorale Prelude BWV659 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 13 in E flat major Op. 27 No. 1 'Quasi una fantasia'; Bagatelles (7): No. 4

HAYDN: Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento)

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 9 in E-flat major, K271 "Jeunehomme"; Piano Sonata No. 15 in F major, K533/494

SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960; Impromptu in G flat major, D899 No. 3

Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor), Alfred Brendel (piano)

DECCA 4782116 (2CD mid-price)


Haydn - 11 Piano Sonatas

HAYDN: Piano Sonata No. 20 in B flat major, Hob.XVI:18; Fantasia (Capriccio) in C major, Hob. XVII:4; Adagio in F major, Hob.XVII/9; Andante & Variations in F minor, Hob.XVII:6 (Sonata - un piccolo divertimento); Piano Sonata No. 32 in G minor, Hob.XVI:44; Piano Sonata No. 34 in D major, Hob.XVI:33; Piano Sonata No. 37 in E major, Hob.XVI:22; Piano Sonata No. 40 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:25; Piano Sonata No. 42 in G major, Hob.XVI:27; Piano Sonata No. 48 in C major, Hob.XVI:35; Piano Sonata No. 50 in D major, Hob.XVI:37; Piano Sonata No. 51 in E flat major, Hob.XVI:38; Piano Sonata No. 52 in G major, Hob.XVI:39

Alfred Brendel (piano)

PHILIPS 4166432 (4CD)


Schubert: Octet D803 & Quartettsatz D703

SCHUBERT: Octet in F major, D803; String Quartet No. 12 in C minor (fragment), D703 ‘Quartettsatz'

Northernlight, Edding Quartet



Grieg & Gade: String Quartets

GADE, N: String Quartet in F major (Willkommen und Abschied)

GRIEG: String Quartet in G minor Op. 27

Leipziger Streichquartett

MDG MDG3071870 (CD)


STILL, R: The Four String Quartets

Villiers Quartet

NAXOS 8571353 (CD budget)

11.40am Disc of the Week

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)


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