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Building a Library: Ravel: Piano Concerto in G

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library
Jonathan Swain has some tough decisions to make as he explores the the available recordings of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G to make a personal recommendation. With its jazzy rhythms and sultry slow movement, Ravel's Piano Concerto is an evergreen favourite among concert goers and a challenge to performers.

1015
Katy Hamilton discusses with Andrew recent releases of choral music by Mozart and Brahms , including Mozart's Requiem

1115
Colibrí Productions is a small state-run record label in Cuba. Andrew McGregor met its director, Marta Bonet, while on location in Havana last autumn, and discussed the classical recordings made there.

1145
Disc of the week - a new recording of Wagner's first great opera, the Flying Dutchman whose score is lashed by stormy winds and turbulent seas.
Wagner: The Flying Dutchman
Dutchman... Terje Stensvold (baritone)
Senta...Anja Kampe (soprano)
Erik...Christopher Ventris (tenor)
Daland...Kwangchul Youn (bass)
Choruses of Bavarian Radio, WDR Koln and North German Radio
Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra
Andris Nelsons.

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3 hours, 12 minutes

Last on

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9.00am

Bruckner: Symphonies Nos. 6 & 7

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 6 in A major; Symphony No. 7 in E Major

Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor)

RCO LIVE RCO14005 (2Hybrid SACD budget)

 

Felicien David: Le Desert

DAVID, FELICIEN: The Desert; The Desert

Cyrille Dubois (tenor), Zachary Wilder (tenor), Jean-Marie Winling (speaker), accentus, Orchestre de Chambre de Paris, Laurence Equilbey (conductor)

NAIVE V5405 (2CD)

 

Chiaroscuro Quartet play Mozart & Mendelssohn

MENDELSSOHN: String Quartet No. 2 in A minor Op. 13

MOZART: String Quartet No. 15 in D minor, K421

Chiaroscuro Quartet

APARTE AP092 (CD)

 

Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 4 & 5

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major Op. 60; Symphony No. 5 in C minor Op. 67

Yury Martynov (piano – Blüthner c.1867)

ZIGZAG ZZT356 (CD)

09.30am Building a Library

Jonathan Swain explores the available recordings of Ravel's Piano Concerto in G and makes a personal recommendation: 

 

Top recommendation:

 

Ravel: Piano Concerto in G major & La Valse

RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G major; Ma Mere L'oye: Cinq Pieces Enfantines; Rapsodie Espagnole (for 2 pianos); Daphnis et Chloe - Suite No. 2 (for 2 pianos); La Valse (for 2 pianos)

Martha Argerich (piano), Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Jacek Kaspszyk (conductor), Alexander Mogilevsky (piano), Sergio Tiempo (piano), Karin Lechner (piano)

WARNER CLASSICS 5099972318522 (formerly EMI 7231852) (CD mid-price)

 

Recommendation available on collected edition:

 

Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from the Lugano Festival 2011

BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 8 in G major Op. 30 No. 3

HAYDN: Piano Trio No. 43 in C Major, Hob.XV:27

LISZT: Concerto pathetique in E minor for two pianos, S258

MOZART: Sonata for Piano duet in F major, K497

RACHMANINOV: Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G minor Op. post.

RAVEL: La Valse (for 2 pianos); Piano Concerto in G major

SCHUMANN: Fantasiestucke Op. 73

SHOSTAKOVICH: Moscow-Cheryomushki Op. 105

ZAREBSKI: Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 34

Renaud Capucon (violin), Martha Argerich (piano), Alissa Margulis (violin), Julian

Steckel (cello), Lilya Zilberstein (piano), Cristina Marton (piano), Denis Kozhukhin (piano), Yan Levionnois (cello), Sergio Tiempo (piano), Orchestral della Svizzera Italiana, Jacek Kaspszyk (conductor), Gautier Capucon (cello), Giorgia Tomassi (piano), Carlo Maria Griguoli (piano), Alessandro Stella (piano), Dora Schwarzberg (violin), Lucia Hall (violin), Lida Chen (viola)

WARNER CLASSICS 5099964470122 (formerly EMI 6447012) (3CD budget)

10.20am New Releases

Katy Hamilton joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of choral music by Mozart and Brahms, including Mozart's Requiem.

 

Brahms: Mass & Motets

BRAHMS: Missa canonica, WoO18; Motets (2) Op. 29; Motets (2) Op. 74; Motets (3) Op. 110; Fest- und Gedenkspruche Op. 109

Swedish Radio Choir, Peter Dijkstra (conductor)

CHANNEL CCSSA35814 (Hybrid SACD)

 

Brahms: Warum is das Licht gegeben dem Muhseligen?

BRAHMS: Warum ist das Licht gegeben? Op. 74 No. 1; Intermezzo in B minor Op. 119 No. 1; Gesange (5) for mixed choir Op. 104; Schicksalslied Op. 54; Motets (3) Op. 110; Fest- und Gedenkspruche Op. 109

Philip Mayers, Angela Gassenhuber (piano), Cappella Amsterdam, Daniel Reuss (conductor)

HARMONIA MUNDI HMC902160 (CD)

 

Geistliche lieder

BRAHMS: Sacred choruses (3) for unaccompanied four-part female chorus Op. 37; Geistliches Lied Op. 30

RHEINBERGER: Mass in A major Op. 126; Drei geistliche Gesange Op. 69

WOLF, H: Aufblick - Einkehr - Resignation - Letzte Bitte - Ergebung – Erhebung; Im Sommer Op. 13 No. 1

Mark Roberts, Jonathan Ellse (organ), The Choir of Christ’s College, Cambridge, David Rowland

REGENT REGCD417 (CD mid-price)

 

MOZART: Requiem in D minor, K626

Sandrine Piau (soprano), Sara Mingardo (contralto), Werner Gura (tenor), Christopher Purves (bass-baritone), Accentus Chamber Choir, Insula Orchestra, Laurence Equilbey (conductor)

NAIVE V5370 (CD)

 

Mozart: Requiem & Vesperae solennes de confessore

MOZART: Requiem in D minor, K626; Vesperae solennes de confessore in C, K339

Carolyn Sampson, Marianne Beate Kielland, Makato Sakurada, Christian Immler, Bach Collegium Japan, Masaki Suzuki

BIS BIS2091 (Hybrid SACD)

11:20am

Mendelssohn in Birmingham, Vol. 3

MENDELSSOHN: Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage Op. 27; Symphony No. 2 in B flat major Op. 52 'Lobgesang'

Mary Bevan (soprano I), Sophie Bevan (soprano II), Benjamin Hulett (tenor), CBSO Chorus, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Edward Gardner (conductor)

CHANDOS CHSA5151 (Hybrid SACD)

11:30am

Colibrí Productions is a small state-run record label in Cuba. Andrew McGregor met its director, Marta Bonet, while on location in Havana last autumn to discuss this adventurous label’s range of recordings.

 

Homo Ludens

LEO BROUWER: 2 Bocetos; Como la vida misma; Nuevos estudios sencillos; Cuarto de cuerdas no.3; La region transparente (Homo Ludens)

Lester Monier (cello), Walter Lopez (clarinet), Hansell Hernandez (double bass), Floraime Fernandez (flute), Niurka Gonzalez (flute), Ali Jorge Arango (guitar), Leo Brouwer (guitar), Victor Pellegrini (guitar), Abraham Castillo (percussion), Francoise Zayas (percussion), Chucho Valdes (piano), Marcos Madrigal (piano), Maria del Henar Navarro (piano), Pura Ortiz (piano), Roman Serrano (viola), Julio Cesar Garcia (violin), Leonardo Perez (violin), Silvio Rodriguez (vocals)

COLIBRI CD-024 (CD)

 

Por el mar de las Antillas anda un Violin

GUIDO LOPEZ-GAVILAN: Por el mar de las Antillas anda un Violin; Variantes, Coral, Leyenda

Ilmar Lopez-Gavilan (violin), Don Pancho Terry (shekere), Teresito Junco (piano), Aldo Lopez Gavilan (piano), Abraham Mansfarroll (percussion), Cuba National Symphony Orchestra, Amadeo Roldan Chamber Orchestra, Daiana Garcia (conductor),  Guido Lopez-Gavilan (conductor)

COLIBRI CD-058 (CD)

 

Danzas para piano

IGNACIO CERVANTES: Piano music including Entreacto caprichosi, Picotazos, Siempre si, Elvelorio, Soledad, La Cortesana

Ulises Hernandez (piano), Ivet Frontella (piano), Ernan Lopez-Nussa (piano), Antonio Carbonell (piano), Unnamed  ensemble and orchestra, Zenaida Romeu (conductor)

COLIBRI CD-111 (CD)

 

Sacrilegio

ERNAN LOPEZ-NUSSA:  works including Avant-Apres, Liaison, Madre Scarlatti, Vals, Molto Vivo, Reverie

Ernan Lopez-Nussa Trio and other artists

COLIBRI CD-334 (3CD)

11.45am Disc of the Week

WAGNER: Der fliegende Hollander

Terje Stensvold (Der Hollander), Kwangchul Youn (Daland), Anja Kampe (Senta), Christopher Ventris (Erik), Jane Henschel (Mary), Thomas Russell (Der Steuermann), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, WDR Rundfunkchor Koln, NDR Chor, Andris Nelsons (conductor)

RCO LIVE RCO14004 (2 CD mid-price)

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