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Building a Library: Saint-Saens: Symphony No 3 (Organ)

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Saint-Saens: Symphony No 3 (Organ); Recent releases of Schubert songs; Disc of the Week: Mozart: Horn Concertos and Horn Quintet.

3 hours, 12 minutes


Music Played

  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Symphony no. 2 in A minor Op.55: 3rd movement; Scherzo (Presto)

    Conductor: Marc Soustrot. Orchestra: Malmo S O.
    • Naxos 8.573138.
    • Naxos.
    • 7.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Serenade no. 1 in D major Op.11: 3rd and 4th movements

    Conductor: Riccardo Chailly. Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig.
    • DECCA : 478-6775.
    • DECCA.
    • 5.
  • John McCabe


    Conductor: John McCabe. Orchestra: National Youth Orchestra of Scotland.
    • NAXOS : 8.571370.
    • NAXOS.
    • 7.
  • Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin

    5 Etudes in different intervals Op.68 for piano: Minor 2nds

    Performer: Claire Hammond.
    • BIS : SACD-2004.
    • BIS.
    • 22.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony in F major Wq.183`3

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Rebecca Miller.
    • 10.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Quartet no. 12 in E minor TWV.43:e4 (Paris quartet) for flute, violin, gamba & continuo [1738] no.6: Modere

    Ensemble: La Reveuse.
    • MIRARE : MIR-267.
    • MIRARE.
    • 21.
  • Leonardo Leo

    Sonata No. 5 in F for flute and continuo: 1st and 2nd movements

    Ensemble: Ensemble Barocco di Napoli.
    • STRADIVARIUS : STR-33969.
    • 21.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude after Bach [...Prelude No. 1, Book 1 from The 48 Preludes and Fugues] arranged Fabrizio Cassol and Rodriguez Vangama

    Conductor: Rodriguez Vangama. Ensemble: Coup Fatal.
    • 3.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto no. 1 in D major K.412 for horn and orchestra compl. Stephen Roberts

    Performer: Pip Eastop. Conductor: Anthony Halstead. Orchestra: The Hanover Band.
    • HYPERION : CDA68097.
    • 10.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Quintet in E flat major K.407 for horn and strings

    Performer: Pip Eastop. Ensemble: Eroica String Quartet.
    • Hyperion CDA 68097.
    • Hyperion.
    • 12.


Saint-Saens: Symphonies, Vol. 1

SAINT-SAENS: Symphony No. 1 in E flat major Op. 2; Symphony No. 2 in A minor Op. 55

Malmo SymfoniOrkester, Marc Soustrot (conductor)

NAXOS 8573138 (CD budget)


Brahms: Serenades

BRAHMS: Serenade No. 1 in D major Op. 11; Serenade No. 2 in A Major Op. 16

Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Riccardo Chailly (conductor)

DECCA 4786775 (CD)


John McCabe: Composer, Pianist, Conductor

MCCABE, J: Symphony No. 1 ‘Elegy’; Capriccio (Study No. 1); Sostenuto (Study No. 2); Tuning; Fantasy on a Theme of Liszt

London Philharmonic Orchestra, John Snashall (conductor), John McCabe (piano), National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, John McCabe (conductor)

NAXOS 8571370 (CD budget)


Clare Hammond: Etude

CHIN, U: Piano Etudes (6)

KAPUSTIN: Five Etudes in Different Intervals Op. 68

LYAPUNOV: Etude d'execution transcendente Op. 11 No. 4 'Terek'; Etude d'execution transcendente Op. 11 No. 5 'Nuit d’ete'; Etude d'execution transcendente Op. 11 No. 6 'Tempete'

SZYMANOWSKI: Etudes (12) Op. 33

Clare Hammond (piano)

BIS BIS2004 (Hybrid SACD)

09.30am Building a Library

Geoffrey Norris sorts the sheep from the goats among the available recordings of Saint-Saëns's 'Organ' Symphony to make a personal recommendation.


Camille Saint-Saens

SAINT-SAENS: Symphony No. 3 in C minor, Op. “Organ Symphony”

Gaston Litaize (Organ), Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim

Bacchanale from Samson et Dalila; Prélude to Le Deluge Op. 45; Danse macabre, Op. 40

Orchestre de Paris, Daniel Barenboim



CPE Bach: Symphonies

BACH, C P E: Symphony in D major, Wq. 183/1 (H663); Sinfonia in A major, Wq. 182/4 (H660); Hamburg Symphony in B minor, Wq. 182/5 (H661); Symphony in F major, Wq. 183/3 (H665); Symphony in E flat major, Wq. 179 (H654)

Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Rebecca Miller



Telemann: Trios & Quartets with viola da gamba

TELEMANN: Quartet TWV 43:G1 in G major for flute, violin, viola da gamba or cello & b.c.; Trio TWV 42:g1 in G minor for violin, viola da gamba & b.c.; Quartet TWV 43:G12 in G major for flute, 2 violas da gamba & b.c.; Sonata TWV 42:a7 in A minor for flute, viola da gamba & b.c.; Trio TWV 42:G6 in G major for viola da gamba, harpsichord & b.c.; Quartet TWV 43:e4 in E minor for flute, violin, viola da gamba or cello & b.c.

Florence Bolton, Benjamin Perrot, La Reveuse



Leonardo Leo: Recorder Sonatas Nos. 1-7

LEO: Recorder Sonata I in F major; Recorder Sonata II in C major; Recorder Sonata III in D minor; Recorder Sonata IV in F major; Recorder Sonata V in F major; Recorder Sonata VI in G minor; Recorder Sonata VII in D minor

Tommaso Rossi (recorder), Ugo di Giovanni (archlute), Marco Vitali (cello), Raffaele di Donna (bass recorder), Patrizia Varone (harpsichord), Ensemble Barocco di Napoli



Coup Fatal

Baroque music by Monteverdi, Vivaldi, Bach, Gluck and Handel combined with Congolese music, played on traditional and modern instruments by musicians from Kinshasa.

Serge Kakudji (countertenor), Coup Fatal, Rodriguez Vangama (conductor, guitar), OUTHERE OUT656 (CD)


Hilary Finch discusses recent releases of Schubert song with Andrew, including the cycles “Winterreise” and “Schwanengesang”.


Franz Schubert Winterreisen

SCHUBERT: Winterreise D911

Daniel Behle (tenor), Oliver Schnyder Trio

SONY CLASSICAL 88883788232 (CD


SCHUBERT: Winterreise D911

Jan van Elsacker (tenor), Tom Beghin (fortepiano)



SCHUBERT: Winterreise D911

Zivi Emanuel-Marial (male alto), Philip Mayers (piano)



Schubert: Die Schone Mullerin, Winterreise & Schwanengesang

SCHUBERT: Die schone Mullerin, D795; Winterreise D911; Schwanengesang, D957

Nathalie Stutzmann (contralto), Inger Sodergren (piano)

ERATO 2564623701 (3CD budget)


Schubert: Schwanengesang

SCHUBERT: Schwanengesang, D957; Harfenspieler I D325 (Goethe); Harfenspieler III 'Wer nie sein Brot mit Tranen ass', D480; Harfenspieler II 'An die Turen will ich schleichen, D479; Grenzen der Menschheit, D716; Prometheus, D674 (Goethe)

Florian Boesch (baritone), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

ONYX ONYX4131 (CD mid-price)


Schubert: Schwanengesang

SCHUBERT: Schwanengesang, D957; Der Hochzeitsbraten D930 (Schober)

Christina Gansch (soprano), Robert Murray (tenor), Matthew Rose (bass), Malcolm Martineau (piano)

STONE RECORDS 5060192780475 (CD)


Schubert, Gluck, & CPE Bach: Klopstock Lieder

SCHUBERT: An Sie D288 (Klopstock); Das Rosenband, D280 (Klopstock); Dem Unendlichen, D291 (Klopstock); Die fruhen Grabe, D290 (Klopstock); Die Gestirne, D444; Die Sommernacht, D289 (Klopstock); Edone D445 (Klopstock); Furcht der Geliebten ('An Cidli') D285 (Klopstock); Hermann und Thusnelda D322 (Klopstock); Sekna und Selmar D286b (Klopstock); Vaterlandslied D287(Klopstock)

Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone), Stefanie Steger (soprano), Wolfgang Brunner (piano)


11.45am Disc of the Week

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



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