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Building a Library: Dvorak: String Quartet

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Dvorak: String Quartet; Operas by Handel, Hasse, Saint-Saens and Donizetti; Disc of the Week: Scriabin: Piano Concerto.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Zdenek Fibich

    Hedy - opera Op.43

    Orchestra: Czech National S O. Conductor: Marek Stilec.
    • NAXOS : 8.573310.
    • NAXOS.
    • 4.
  • Josef Suk

    Quintet in G minor Op.8 for piano and strings

    Performer: Matthias Kirschnereit. Ensemble: Minguet Quartett.
    • CPO : 777-652-2.
    • CPO.
    • 3.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto no. 2 in E flat major K.495 for horn and orchestra

    Performer: Pip Eastop. Conductor: Anthony Halstead. Orchestra: The Hanover Band.
    • HYPERION : CDA68097.
    • 10.
  • Charles Ives

    The Housatonic at Stockbridge (Three places in New England K.V.30)

    Conductor: Nicholas Collon. Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra.
    • WARNER CLASSICS : 082564-6327911.
    • 6.
  • Trad.

    The Brown Girl (opening) arr. Muhly

    Singer: Dawn Landes. Conductor: Nicholas Collon. Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra.
    • WARNER CLASSICS : 082564-6327911.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Kothener Trauer-musik BWV.244a

    Ensemble: Ensemble Baroque Pygmalion. Singer: Damien Guillon. Conductor: Raphaël Pichon.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : HMC-902211.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fantasia and fugue in A minor BWV.944 for keyboard & English Suite No2 in A min

    Performer: Pierre Hantaï.
    • MIRARE : MIR-251.
    • MIRARE.
    • 2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and fugue in C major BWV.846

    Performer: John Butt.
    • LINN : CKD-463.
    • LINN.
    • 3.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude and fugue C minor BWV.847

    Performer: John Butt.
    • LINN : CKD-463.
    • LINN.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Mass in B minor BWV.232

    Ensemble: Arcangelo. Singer: Neal Davies. Director: Jonathan Cohen.
    • Hyperion : CDA68051/2.
    • Hyperion.
    • 11.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Concerto in F sharp minor Op.20 for piano and orchestra

    Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Litton.
    • BIS : SACD-2088.
    • BIS.
    • 1.


Zdenek Fibich: Orchestral Works, Vol. 4

FIBICH: A Night at Karlstejn Castle: Overture; Comenius - Festival Overture; The Jew of Prague - Tragedy: Overture; Hedy: Ballet Music; Hippodamia's Death - Melodrama: March; Prologue to the opening of the New Czech Theatre - Tableau vivant; The Great Musical Monograph of the Building of the National Theatre - Tableau vivant; Music for the Celebration of the 300th Anniversary of the Birth of Jan Amos Comenius - Tableau vivant

Czech National Symphony Orchestra, Marek Štilec

NAXOS 8573310 (CD budget)


Suk: Complete Works for String Quartet, Piano Quintet

SUK: Ballade in D minor Op. 3b; Barcarolle for 2 Violin, Viola and Cello in B flat major; Meditation on the Old Czech Chorale Saint Wenceslas for String Orchestra Op. 35a; Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 8; String Quartet in B flat Op. 11; String Quartet in B flat Op. 31; String Quartet movement in B flat major; Menuet in G major

Matthias Kirschnereit (piano), Minguet Quartet

CPO 7776522 (2CD mid-price)


Mozart: Horn Concertos & Horn Quintet

MOZART: Horn Concertos Nos. 1-4 (complete); Horn Quintet in E flat, K407

Pip Eastop (natural horn), The Hanover Band, Anthony Halstead (conductor), the Eroica Quartet



Road Trip: Aurora Orchestra

ADAMS, J: Chamber Symphony

COPLAND: Appalachian Spring

IVES, C: The Housatonic at Stockbridge

SIMON, P: Hearts and Bones

TRADITIONAL arr. Nico Muhly: Reynardine; The Brown Girl

Sam Amidon (vocals and guitar), Dawn Landes (vocals), Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon (conductor)


09.30am Building a Library

Robert Philip compares recordings of Dvorak's much-loved String Quartet known as the American Quartet, and makes a personal recommendation.


DVORAK: String Quartet No. 12 in F major Op. 96 'American'; String Quintet No. 3 in E flat major Op. 97 'American'

Anna Deeva, Keller Quartet

APEX 0927443552 (CD budget)


BACH, J S: Kothener Trauermusik, BWV244a

Sabine Devielhe, Damien Guillon, Thomas Hobbs, Christian Immler, Pygmalion, Raphael Pichon



JS Bach: Suites Anglaises Nos 2 & 6 & Italian Concerto

BACH, J S: Chorale Prelude BWV691 'Wer nun den lieben Gott lasst walten'; Fantasia & Fugue in A minor, BWV944; English Suite No. 2 in A minor, BWV807; Chorale Prelude BWV690 'Wer nun den lieben Gott lasst walten'; Chorale Prelude BWV728 'Jesu, meine Zuversicht'; Italian Concerto, BWV971; Chorale Prelude BWV706 'Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier'; English Suite No. 6 in D minor, BWV811

Pierre Hantai (harpsichord)



BACH, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 & 2

John Butt (harpsichord)

LINN CKD463 (4CD budget)


BACH, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Lydia Teuscher (soprano), Ida Falk Winland (soprano), Tim Mead (countertenor), Samuel Boden (tenor), Neal Davies (bass), Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (conductor)

HYPERION CDA68051/2 (2CD mid-price)

10.50am Sarah Lenton’s Operas

Sarah Lenton joins Andrew live in the studio to discuss recent recordings of operas by Handel, Hasse, and Saint-Saens and Donizetti's most popular opera Lucia di Lammermoor. 


HASSE, J A: Siroe re di Persia

Max Emanuel Cencic (Siroe), Franco Fagioli (Medarse), Julia Lezhneva (Laodice), Juan Sancho (Cosroe), Mary-Ellen Nesi (Emira), Laureen Snouffer (Arasse), Armonia Atenea, George Petrou (conductor)

DECCA 4786768 (2CD mid-price)


HANDEL: Faramondo

Emily Fons (Faramondo), Anna Devin (Clotilde), Anna Starushkevych (Rosimonda), Njal Sparbo (Gustavo), Maarten Engeltjes (Adolfo), Christopher Lowrey (Gernando), Edward Grint (Teobaldo), Iryna Dziashko (Childerico), FestspielOrchester Gottingen, Laurence Cummings (conductor)

ACCENT ACC26402 (3CD mid-price)


DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor

Diana Damrau (Lucia), Ludovic Tezier (Enrico Ashton), Joseph Calleja (Edgardo Di Ravenswood), David Lee (Lord Arturo Bucklaw), Nicolas Teste (Raimondo Bidebent), Marie Mclaughlin (Alisa), Andrew Lepri Meyer (Normanno), Munchener Opernchor, Orchestra, Jesus Lopez-Cobos (conductor)

ERATO 2564621901 (2CD mid-price)


SAINT-SAENS: Les Barbares

Catherine Hunold (Floria), Julia Gertseva (Livie), Edgaras Montvidas (Marcomir), Jean Teitgen (Le Recitant / Scaurus), Shawn Mathey (Le Veilleur), Philippe Rouillon (Hildibrath / Le Grand Sacrificateur), Tigran Guiragosyan (Premier Habitant), Laurent Pouliaude (Second Habitant), Ghezlane Hanzazi (Une Femme), Choeur Lyrique et Orchestre Symphonique Saint-Etienne Loire, Laurent Campellone


11.45am Disc of the Week

Scriabin & Medtner: Piano Concertos

MEDTNER: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E minor Op. 60 'Ballade'

SCRIABIN: Piano Concerto in F sharp minor Op. 20

Yevgeny Sudbin (piano), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Litton (conductor)

BIS BIS2088 (Hybrid SACD)


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