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Building a Library: Bach: Magnificat

With Andrew McGregor. Building a Library: Bach: Magnificat; recent releases of piano music by Liszt, Chopin and Scriabin; Disc of the Week: Nielsen: Symphonies Nos 5 and 6.

3 hours, 12 minutes


Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Komm, Jesu, komm! - motet BWV.229

    Director: Pieter-Jan Belder. Ensemble: Musica Amphion. Choir: AMSTERDAM Gesualdo Consort.
    • ETCETERA : KTC-1489.
    • 7.
  • John McCabe

    Tomorrow shall be my dancing day [Choral-Preludes No. 4]

    Performer: Tom Winpenny.
    • 18.
  • Peter Sculthorpe

    Earth cry for orchestra

    Orchestra: Adelaide S O. Conductor: James Judd.
    • ABC CLASSICS : 481-1293.
    • 5.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata in G major D.894 for piano

    Performer: David Fray.
    • Erato 08256 461669 9 2.
    • Erato.
    • 1.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures from an exhibition, orch. Ravel: Promenade [1]; Gnomus

    Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra.
    • MARIINSKY : MAR-0553.
    • 1.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures from an exhibition for piano: Promenade [1]; Gnomus

    Performer: Paul Lewis.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : HMC-902096.
    • 1.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony no. 6 FS.116 (Sinfonia semplice)

    Conductor: Alan Gilbert. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic.
    • DACAPO : 6.220625.
    • DACAPO.
    • 7.


JS Bach: Actus Tragicus

BACH, J S: Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV525; Cantata BWV106 'Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit' (Actus tragicus); Motet BWV229 'Komm, Jesu, komm!'; Chorale Prelude BWV654 'Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele'; Cantata BWV125 'Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin'

Musica Amphion, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam, Pieter-Jan Belder (director)

ETCETERA KTC1489 (CD + Book)


Le Poisson Magique: Organ works by John McCabe

McCABE: Dies Resurrectionis; Sinfonia, Op.6; Prelude; Johannis-Partita, Op.30; Nocturne; Le Poisson Magique; Carol-Preludes; Esperanza

Tom Winpenny (organ of St Albans Cathedral)

RESONUS CLASSICS RES10144 (Download only)


Peter Sculthorpe: The ABC Recordings

SCULTHORPE: Sun Music I; Sun Music II; Sun Music III; Sun Music IV; Sun Music V; Irkanda IV; Piano Concerto; Small Town; Earth Cry; Irkanda IV; Small Town; Kakadu; Mangrove; Port Essington; Sonatas for Strings Nos. 1, 2 & 3; Lament for Strings; Irkanda IV; Memento Mori; Sun Song; Sun Music I, II, III & IV; From Uluru; Little Nourlangie; Music for Japan; Piano Concerto; The Song of Tailitnama; Port Arthur: In Memoriam; Djilile; The Fifth Continent for speaker and orchestra; Lament for Strings; Night Song; Port Arthur: In Memoriam; My Country Childhood; Earth Cry (abridged version); Great Sandy Island; New Norcia; Quamby; Cello Dreaming; Quamby; Nourlangie; From Tabu Tabuhan (Music for Bali); Earth Cry; Mangrove; Songs of Sea and Sky; Kakadu; From Ubirr; Requiem; Complete String Quartets

Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, John Hopkins (conductor), Sydney Symphony Orchestra, Stuart Challender (conductor), Australian Chamber Orchestra, Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, David Porcelijn (conductor), Edo de Waart (conductor), Tamara Anna Cislowska (piano), Kirsti Harms (mezzo), Peter Sculthorpe (speaker), Mark Atkins (didjeridu), James Judd (conductor), Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Richard Mills (conductor), William Barton (didjeridu), Queensland Symphony Orchestra, Michael Christie, Adelaide Chamber Singers, Arvo Volmer (conductor), Goldner String Quartet

ABC CLASSICS ABC4811293 (10CD budget)


Schubert: Fantasie

SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894; Hungarian Melody in B minor D817; Fantasie in F minor for piano duet, D940; Allegro in A minor 'Lebenssturme', D947

Jacques Rouvier (piano), David Fray (piano)

ERATO 2564616699 (CD)

09.30am Building a Library

Simon Heighes rolls up his sleeves to investigate the available recordings of Bach's Magnificat and makes a personal recommendation:


Top recommendation for Magnificat in D major BWV243:


Bach - Magnificat BWV243

BACH, J S: Magnificat in D major, BWV243; Mass in G minor, BWV235; Fuga sopra il Magnificat 'Meine Seele erhebt den Herren', BWV733; Prelude & Fugue in G major, BWV541

Carlos Mena, Maria Keohane, Anna Zander, Hans-Jorg Mammel, Stephan MacLeod, Ricercar Consort, Philippe Pierlot (conductor)



Top recommendation for Magnificat in E flat major BWV243a:


JS Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata

BACH, J S: Cantata BWV63 'Christen, aetzet diesen Tag'; Magnificat in E flat major, BWV243a

Carolyn Sampson, Ingeborg Danz, Mark Padmore, Peter Kooy, Sebastian Noack, Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

HARMONIA MUNDI HMA1951782 (CD budget)

10.20am New Releases

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition, Night on Bare Mountain, Songs and Dances of Death

MUSSORGSKY: Songs and Dances of Death; Pictures at an Exhibition; A Night on the Bare Mountain

Ferruccio Furlanetto (bass), Mariinsky Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)

MARIINSKY MAR0553 (Hybrid SACD mid-price)


Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

SCHUMANN: Fantasie in C major Op. 17

Paul Lewis (piano)



Tchaikovsky & Prokofiev: Piano Concertos

PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 16

TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23

Kirill Gerstein (piano), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, James Gaffigan



Tchaikovsky & Shostakovich for strings

SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 2 in A major Op. 68

TCHAIKOVSKY: Serenade for strings in C major Op. 48

Scottish Ensemble, Jonathan Morton

LINN CKD472 (Hybrid SACD)



Anna Netrebko (Iolanta), Sergey Skorokhodov (Vaudemont), Alexey Markov (Robert), Monika Bohinec (Martha), Junho You (Almerik), Lucas Meachem (Ibn-Hakia), Vitalij Kowaljow (King Rene), Luka Debevec Mayer (Bertrand), Nuška Rojko (Laura), Theresa Plut (Brigitte), Slovenian Philharmonic Orchestra, Emmanuel Villaume

DG 4793969 (2CD mid-price)

10:50am New Releases – Iain Burnside on Piano Recitals

Iain Burnside joins Andrew live in the studio to discuss recent releases of piano music by Liszt, Chopin and Scriabin.


Lazar Berman plays Chopin: Polonaises & Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition

CHOPIN: Polonaise No. 1 in C sharp minor Op. 26 No. 1; Polonaise No. 2 in E flat minor Op. 26 No. 2; Polonaise No. 3 in A major Op. 40 No. 1 'Military'; Polonaise No. 4 in C minor Op. 40, No. 2; Polonaise No. 5 in F sharp minor Op. 44; Polonaise No. 6 in A flat major Op. 53 'Heroique'

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)

Lazar Berman (piano)



1846 : Last year at Nohant

CHOPIN: Barcarolle in F sharp major Op. 60; Mazurkas Op. 63 Nos. 1-3; Cello Sonata in G minor Op. 65; Waltz No. 6 in D flat major Op. 64 No. 1 'Minute Waltz'; Waltz No. 7 in C sharp minor Op. 64 No. 2; Waltz No. 8 in A flat major Op. 64 No. 3; Mazurka No. 45 in A minor Op. 67 No. 4; Two Nocturnes Op. 62

Emmanuelle Bertrand (cello), Pascal Amoyel (piano)

HARMONIA MUNDI HMC902199 (CD mid-price)


Liszt: Piano Sonata

LISZT: Piano Sonata in B minor, S178; Sonetto 47 del Petrarca (Annees de pelerinage II, S. 161 No. 4); Sonetto 104 del Petrarca (Annees de pelerinage II, S. 161 No. 5); Sonetto 123 del Petrarca (Annees de pelerinage II, S. 161 No. 6); Apres une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata (Annees de pelerinage II, S. 161 No. 7)

Angela Hewitt (piano)



Idil Biret Solo Edition 8 - Scriabin

SCRIABIN: 3 Pieces for piano Op. 2: Etude in C sharp minor; 12 Etudes for piano Op. 8; 8 Etudes Op. 42; Fantasy in B minor Op. 28

Idil Biret (piano)

IDIL BIRET ARCHIVE – IBA (NAXOS) 8571302 (CD budget)


Scriabin: Complete Poemes

SCRIABIN: Deux poemes Op. 32; Poeme tragique Op. 34; Poeme satanique for Piano Op.36; Poeme for Piano Op.41; 2 Poems for Piano Op. 44; Feuillet d'album Op. 45 No. 1; Poeme fantasque in C major Op. 45 No. 2; Scherzo for Piano in C major Op. 46; Quasi Valse Op. 47; Reverie Op. 49 No. 3; Fragilite Op. 51, No. 1; Poeme Aile Op. 51 No. 3; Danse languide Op. 51 No. 4; Trois Morceaux Op. 52; Ironies Op. 56 No. 2; Nuances Op. 56 No. 3; Two Pieces Op. 57; Albumblatt Op. 58; Poeme for piano Op. 59 No. 1; Poeme-Nocturne Op. 61; 2 Poems for Piano Op. 63; Poemes Op. 69 Nos. 1 & 2; Deux poemes Op. 71; Vers la flamme Op. 72; Deux Danses Op. 73

Garrick Ohlsson (piano)



Lazar Berman plays Liszt

LISZT: Annees de pelerinage, 1ere annee, Suisse (9 pieces), S. 160; Annees de pelerinage, 2eme annee, Italie (7 pieces), S. 161; Venezia e Napoli (3 pieces), S. 162; Annees de pelerinage, 3eme annee (7 pieces), S. 163; Funerailles (Harmonies poetiques et religieuses, S. 173 No. 7); Hungarian Rhapsody, S244 No. 9 in E flat major 'Pesther Carneval'; Zwolf Lieder Von Franz Schubert - [aus] Winterreise, S561: extracts

Lazar Berman (piano)


11.40am Disc of the Week

Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 5 and 6

NIELSEN: Symphony No. 5 Op. 50 (FS97); Symphony No. 6, (FS116) 'Sinfonia semplice'

New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert (conductor)

DACAPO 6220625 (Hybrid SACD)


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