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Building a Library: Beethoven: Symphony No 3

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Beethoven: Symphony No 3; Recent releases of 20th- and 21st-century music; Disc of the Week: Orff: Carmina Burana.

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3 hours, 12 minutes

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Sat 31 Jan 2015 09:00


Beethoven Explored Volume 6

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 3 in E flat major Op. 55 'Eroica'

Peter Sheppard Skaerved (violin), Dov Scheindlin (viola), Neil Heyde (cello), Aaron Shorr (piano)



Wagenaar: Sinfonietta (Symphonic Poems Volume 2)

WAGENAAR: Sinfonietta; Concert Overture Op. 11 'Fruhlingsgewalt'; Elverhoi; Amphitrion Op. 45; Le Cid Op. 27: Overture

Nordwestdeutsche Philharmonie, Antony Hermus (conductor)

CPO 7779332 (CD)


Mozart: Divertimenti

MOZART: Serenade No. 11 in E flat major, K375; Divertimento in F, K253; Divertimento in B flat, K270; Divertimento in E flat, K252; Divertimento in B flat, K240

Scottish Chamber Orchestra Wind Soloists

LINN CKD479 (Hybrid SACD)


Beethoven Piano Sonatas, Vol.4

BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonatas: no.1 in F minor, Op.2`1; no.6 in F major, Op.10`2; no.19 in G minor, Op.49`1; no.23 in F minor, Op.57 (Appassionata)

Jonathan Biss (piano)



Flight of Angels

GUERRERO: Duo Seraphim; Missa Surge propera: Gloria; Laudate Dominum; Maria Magdalene; Missa de la batalla escoutez: Credo; Vexilla Regis; Missa Congratulamini mihi: Agnus Dei I; Missa Congratulamini mihi: Agnus Dei II

LOBO, A: Missa Maria Magdalene: Kyrie; Libera me; Ave Regina caelorum; Ave Maria; Versa est in luctum

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)

CORO COR16128 (CD)

09.30am Building a Library

Nicholas Kenyon sifts through dozens of recordings of Beethoven's ground-breaking Symphony No. 3 and makes a personal recommendation:


Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

Available as a download or as part of:


Harnoncourt - Beethoven

BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete); Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete); Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major Op. 56; The Ruins of Athens Overture Op. 113; Coriolan Overture Op. 62; Leonore Overture No. 1 Op. 138; Leonore Overture No. 2 Op. 72a; Leonore Overture No. 3 Op. 72b; Egmont Overture Op. 84; Violin Concerto in D major Op. 61; Romances Nos. 1 & 2 for violin and orchestra; The Creatures of Prometheus Overture Op. 43; Missa Solemnis in D major Op. 123

Gidon Kremer, Pierre-Laurent Aimard., Chamber Orchestra of Europe, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

WARNER CLASSICS 2564637792 (14CD budget),0825646377923/harnoncourt-nikolaus-complete-symphonies-concertos-and-overtures-cr


Arias for Domenico Gizzi

BONONCINI, G B: Amore inganna (from L'Etearco); Barbari siete, o Dei (from L'Etearco)

COSTANZI: Per due pupille belle (from L'Eupatra)

FEO: Prima 'l vorace fulmine (from Andromaca); No, non mi bastera bocca vezzosa (from Andromaca)

SARRO: Ginevra principessa di Scozia: Sinfonia; Povero amore tradito (from Ginevra principessa di Scozia); La brama di regno (from Il Valdemaro); Cieca nave, infidi (from Ginevra principessa di Scozia)

SCARLATTI, A: Crude Parche (from Telemaco); Telemaco: Sinfonia; O a morire o a goder (from Telemaco)

VINCI, LEONARDO: Amore che nasce (from Didone abbandonata); Su la pendice alpina (from Didone abbandonata)

Roberta Invernizzi (soprano), I Turchini, Antonio Florio (conductor)

GLOSSA GCD922608 (CD mid-price)


Et in Arcadia ego: Italian Cantatas and Sonatas

HANDEL: Mi palpita il cor HWV.132a; Pensieri notturni di Filli HWV.134; Sonata pour l’Hautbois Solo, HWV.357

A SCARLATTI: Filli tu sai s’io t’amo; Bella s’io t’amo

FRANCESCO MANCINI: Sonata no.1 in D minor

LOTTI: Ti Sento, O Dio bendato

Emily Atkinson (soprano), Concentus VII



RAMEAU: Les Fetes de Polymnie

Veronique Gens, Emoke Barath, Aurelia Legay, Marta Stefanik (sopranos), Mathias Vidal (tenor), Thomas Dolie (baritone), Domonkos Blazso (bass), Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra, Gyorgy Vashegyi (conductor)

GLOSSA GCD923502 (2CD mid-price)

10.50am 20th Century and Contemporary New Releases with Ivan Hewitt

Charlotte Bray: At The Speed Of Stillness

BRAY, C: At the Speed of Stillness; Fire Burning in Snow; Oneiroi; Replay; Yellow Leaves

Lucy Schaufer (mezzo-soprano), Alexandra Wood (violin), Claire Booth (soprano), Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano), Huw Watkins (piano), Aldeburgh World Orchestra, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Sir Mark Elder (conductor), Oliver Knussen (conductor)



Donnacha Dennehy: Orchestral Works

DENNEHY: The Vandal; Crane; Hive; O

RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Chamber Choir Ireland, Gavin Maloney (conductor)



David Matthews: Complete String Quartets Volume 3

MATTHEWS, D: String Quartet No. 1 Op. 4; String Quartet No. 2 Op. 16; String Quartet No.3 Op. 18; Mirror Canon

SCRIABIN: Prelude Op. 74 No. 4

Kreutzer Quartet



Stockhausen: Complete Early Percussion Works

STOCKHAUSEN: Kontakte; Mikrophonie for 6 percussionists playing a single tam-tam, with electronics; Zyklus; Refrain; Schlagtrio

James Avery (piano), Katalin Lukacs (piano), Pavlos Antoniadis (celesta), Steven Schick, red fish blue fish

MODE MODE274/75 (2CD)


Donaueschinger Musiktage 2013

APERGHIS: Situations

LANG, B: Monadologie XIII…The Saucy Maid

MANOURY: In situ

POPPE: Speicher

POSADAS: Kerguelen - Triple Concerto

ZIMMERMANN, W: Suave Mari Magno

Klangforum Wien, Emilio Pomarico, SWR Sinfonieorchester Baden-Baden und Freiburg, Wolfgang Lischke, Christopher Sprenger, Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor), Ennio Poppe, Pascal Rophe (conductor)

NEOS NEOS11411 (4Hybrid SACD mid-price)


Boogie Nights

JOE CUTLER: Boogie Nights; Slippery Music; Comfortable Music; Extended Play; Music for Parakeets; Folk Music

Orkest de ereprijs, Schubert Ensemble, Darragh Morgan (violin), Mary Dullea (piano), Decibel, Nigel Clayton (piano), Lionel Handy (cello), Coull Quartet



11.45am Disc of the Week

ORFF: Carmina Burana

Yeree Suh (soprano), Yves Saelens (tenor), Thomas Bauer (baritone), Anima Eterna Brugge, Collegium Vocale Ghent, Cantate Domino, Jos van Immerseel (conductor)


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