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Building a Library: Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake; recent organ recordings, including Franck, Bach and Widor; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

9.30 am
Building a Library
Marina Frolova-Walker explores the available recordings of Tchaikovsky's ballet, Swan Lake.

Tchaikovsky's evergreen ballet was created from the world of Russian folk tale and is the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. The ballet was premièred by the Bolshoi Ballet in 1877 and has been at the core of the ballet repertoire ever since with its tuneful score and colourful orchestrations.

Andrew is joined by Oliver Condy to discuss recent organ recordings including works by Franck, Bach, and Widor played by some of the stars of today's generation of organists on a stunning selection of instruments.

11.45 am
Disc of the Week
Andrew selects an outstanding recent release.

3 hours, 12 minutes


Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Partita no 4 in D BWV 828 Minuet

    Performer: Benjamin Grosvenor.
  • Nicola Porpora

    L'Agrippina: Mormorando Anch'Il Ruschello

    Conductor: Riccardo Minasi. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Singer: Ann Hallenberg.
    • DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI : 88875-055982.
    • 2.
  • Gabriel Jackson

    No Bird Sings As Nicely

    Choir: Kamer Youth Choir. Conductor: Jānis Liepiņš.
    • KAMER : KCD-013.
    • KAMER.
    • 7.
  • Alfred Schnittke

    Symphony No. 3

    Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski. Orchestra: Berlin R S O..
    • PENTATONE : PTC-5186-485.
    • 1.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Quintet In G Minor Op.57 for piano and strings: 3rd movement; Scherzo (Allegretto)

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin. Ensemble: Hagen String Quartet.
    • HYPERION : CDA-67987.
    • 7.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    6 Songs Op.75: no.3; Aus Goethes Faust (Es war einmal)

    Performer: Kristian Bezuidenhout. Singer: Mark Padmore.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI : HMU-907611.
    • 9.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No. 9 In D Minor: 1st movement; Feierlich, misterioso

    Orchestra: Lucerne Festival Orchestra. Conductor: Claudio Abbado.
    • DG: 479 3441.
    • DG.
    • 2.
  • Unsuk Chin

    Su - Concerto for cheng and orchestra

    Performer: Wu Wei. Orchestra: Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Myung-Whun Chung.
    • DG : 481-0971.
    • DG.
    • 9.
  • Giovanni Pacini

    Saffo - Opera In 3 Acts: Final scene

    Choir: Lyon Opera Chorus. Singer: Joyce DiDonato. Conductor: Riccardo Minasi. Orchestra: Lyon Opera Orchestra.
    • ERATO : 08256-463656-2-3.
    • ERATO.
    • 10.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Concerto No. 4 In G Major Op.58 For piano and orchestra: 3rd movement; Rondo

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes. Orchestra: Mahler Chamber Orchestra.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : 88883-705482.
    • 6.
  • Rodion Shchedrin

    The Left-Hander (extract)

    Conductor: Valery Gergiev. Singer: Vladimir Moroz. Singer: Andrei Popov. Singer: Kristina Alieva. Orchestra: Mariinsky Orchestra. Singer: Edward Tsanga. Singer: Maria Maksakova. Choir: Mariinsky Chorus.
    • MARIINSKY : MAR-0554.
    • 1.


Benjamin Grosvenor: Dances

ALBENIZ: Tango (No. 2 from Espana Op. 165)

BACH, J S: Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV828

CHOPIN: Andante spianato & Grande Polonaise Op. 22

GOULD, M: Boogie Woogie Etude

GRANADOS: Valses Poeticos (7)

SCHULZ-EVLER: Arabesques on themes from 'The Beautiful Blue Danube'

SCRIABIN: Mazurka in C sharp minor Op. 3, No. 6; Mazurka in E Op. 3 No. 4; Mazurka in G sharp minor Op. 3 No. 9

Benjamin Grosvenor   (piano)

DECCA 4785334 (CD)


Agrippina - Opera Arias

GRAUN, C H: Se la mia vita, o figlio (from Britannico); Mi paventi il figlio indegno (from Britannico)

HANDEL: Ogni vento (from Agrippina); Pensieri, voi mi tormentate! (from Agrippina); L'alma mia fra le tempeste (from Agrippina)

MATTHESON: Gia tutto valore (from Nero)

ORLANDINI: Tutta furie e tutta sdegno (from Nerone); Gia tutto valore (from Nero)

PERTI: Date all'armi o spirti fieri (from Nerone fatto Cesare)

PORPORA: Mormorando anch'il ruschello (from L'Agrippina); Con troppo fiere immagini (from L'Agrippina)

Ann Hallenberg (mezzo), Il Pomo d’Oro, Riccardo Minasi (conductor)



Amber Songs


PETERIS PLAKIDIS: Janis the Charmer



EVIJA SKUKE: Neigh, Neigh

HASAN UCARSU: I Sailed With My Boat

GABRIEL JACKSON: No Bird Sings as Nicely


ETHAN SPERRY: Two Grey Horses

PEETER VAHI: Behind the Great Water

KASIA GLOWICKA: Autumn Work Song

HENRIK ODEGAARD: The Miller-girl Beseeches God

PARAM VIR: Feast Song

XABIER SARASOLA: Mother of the Wind

GILAD HOCHMAN: Beyond Nine Lakes

FRANZ HERZOG: The Girl Sleeps


Kamer Youth choir, Janis Liepinš (conductor)



SCHNITTKE: Symphony No. 3

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

PENTATONE PTC5186485 (Hybrid SACD)


Shostakovich: Piano Quintet & String Quartet No. 2

SHOSTAKOVICH: String Quartet No. 2 in A major Op. 68; Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 57

Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano), Takacs Quartet



Mark Padmore sings Beethoven, Mozart & Haydn

BEETHOVEN: An die ferne Geliebte (To the distant beloved) Op. 98; Maigesang Op. 52 No. 4; Neue Liebe, Neues Leben Op. 75, 2; Mephistos Flohlied Op. 75, 3; Adelaide Op. 46; Selbstgesprach, WoO 114; Resignation, WoO 149; An die Hoffnung Op. 94; Abendlied unter'm gestirten Himmel, WoO 150

HAYDN: She Never Told Her Love, Hob. XXVIa:34; The Spirit's Song, Hob. XXV1a:41; The Boatman, Hob. XXXia:246

MOZART: Das Veilchen, K476; Abendempfindung an Laura, K523; Die ihr des unermesslichen Weltfalls - Kantate, K619

Mark Padmore (tenor), Kristian Bezuidenhout (fortepiano, Rosenberger, c.1820)


09.30am Building a Library

Marina Frolova-Walker explores the available recordings of Tchaikovsky's ballet, Swan Lake and makes a personal recommendation.


Top Recommendation:


TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake Op. 20

The USSR State Academic Symphony Orchestra, Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

MELODIYA MELCD1002223 (3CD mid-price)

10.15am Highlights from the BBC Music Magazine Awards

BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Lucerne Festival Orchestra, Claudio Abbado (conductor)

DG 4793441 (CD)


Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius & Sea Pictures

ELGAR: The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38; Sea Pictures Op. 37

Stuart Skelton (tenor), Sarah Connolly (mezzo), David Soar (bass), BBC Symphony Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

CHANDOS CHSA5140(2) (2Hybrid SACD mid-price)


Unsuk Chin: Three Concertos

CHIN, U: Piano Concerto; Cello Concerto; Šu for sheng and orchestra

Sunwook Kim (piano0, Alban Gerhardt (cello), Wu Wei (sheng), Seoul Philharmonic Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)

DG 4810971 (CD)


Joyce DiDonato: Stella di Napoli

BELLINI: Dopo l'oscuro nembo (from Adelson e Salvini); Tu sola, o mia Giulietta... Deh! tu, bell’anima (from I Capuleti e I Montecchi)

CARAFA: L’amica ancor non torna...Oh, di sorte crudel (from Le nozze di Lammermoor)

DONIZETTI: Par che mi dica ancora… Fuggi l'immagine (from Elisabetta al castello di Kenilworth); Io vi rivedo alfin...Deh! Tu di un’umile preghiera (from Maria Stuarda)

MERCADANTE: Se fino al cielo ascendere (from La vestale)

PACINI: Ove t’aggiri, o barbaro (from Stella di Napoli); Saffo Flutto che muggi…Teco dall’are pronube…L’ama ognor qual io l’amai (from Saffo)

ROSSINI: Riedi al soglio (from Zelmira)

VALENTINI, C: Lasciami... Se il mar sommesso mormora (from Il sonnambulo)

Jean-Michel Bertelli (clarinet), Morgane Fauchois (glockenspiel), Heloise Mas (Marta), Remi Mathieu (Faone), Heloise Mas (Climene), Nabil Suliman (Alcandro), Nabil Suliman (Polidoro), Remi Mathieu (Ilo), Heloise Mas (Sofia), Joyce DiDonato (mezzo), Orchestre de l’Opera National de Lyon, Riccardo Minasi (conductor)

ERATO 2564636562 (CD mid-price)

10.40am New Releases - Oliver Condy reviews organ recordings

Andrew is joined by Oliver Condy to discuss recent organ recordings including works by Franck, Bach, and Widor played by some of the stars of today's generation of organists on a stunning selection of instruments.


JS Bach: Complete Organ Music, Vol. 1

BACH, J S: Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV543; Chorale Prelude BWV736 'Valet will ich dir geben'; Trio Sonata No. 1 in E flat major, BWV525; Chorale Partita BWV767 'O Gott, du frommer Gott'; Fantasia super 'Valet will ich dir geben', BWV735; Trio Sonata No. 2 in C minor, BWV526; Prelude & Fugue in G major, BWV541

Stefano Molardi (organ)



Franck: Father of the Organ Symphony

FRANCK, C: Pieces (6) for Organ; Trois pieces pour grand orgue, M. 35-37; Trois Chorals pour grand orgue, M. 38-40

David Noel-Hudson, Eric Lebrun, Joris Verdin, Jean-Pierre Griveau, Olivier Penin (organ)

FUGUE STATE FILMS FSFDVD009 (2 CDs + 2 DVDS mid-price)


Widor: Organ Symphonies Nos. 1-4

WIDOR: Organ Symphony No. 1 in C minor Op.13 No. 1; Organ Symphony No. 2 in D major Op. 13 No. 2; Organ Symphony No. 3 in E minor Op. 13 No. 3; Organ Symphony No. 4 in F minor Op. 13 No. 4

Christian Schmitt (Cavaille-Orgel der Abteikirche St. Ouen, Rouen)

CPO 7777052 (2Hybrid SACD mid-price)


Widor: The Complete Organ Symphonies Volume 4

WIDOR: Organ Symphony No. 7 in A minor Op. 42 No. 3; Organ Symphony No. 8 in B major Op. 42 No. 4

Joseph Nolan [The Cavaille-Coll organ of La Madeleine, Paris]

SIGNUM SIGCD337 (2CD mid-price)


Rachmaninov: Transcriptions & Arrangements for Organ

RACHMANINOV: Etude-Tableau Op. 39 No. 9 in D major; Variations on a theme of Corelli Op. 42; Fuga in D minor (1891); Prelude Op. 32 No. 11 in B major; Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14; Symphonic Dances Op. 45

Jeremy Filsell (the Fred J. Cooper Memorial Organ Verizon Hall, Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, USA)

SIGNUM SIGCD324 (CD mid-price)


Organ Party Volume 1

ANDERSON, LEROY: Bugler's Holiday

AYRES, P: Toccata on All You Need is Love

DAVIES, MAXWELL: Farewell to Stromness


GUZZINI: Jazzman Swing

KOOMANS: Basso Ostinato

SCHIFRIN: Mission Impossible - Theme

SELLARS, G: In Old Thibet

SWAYNE: Mr Bach’s Bottle Bank

WAMMES: Miroir

WATSON, R: Badinage

WILSON-DICKSON: Passacaglia on a theme of Stevie Wonder

Kevin Bowyer (The Harrison and Harrison Organ of Glasgow Cathedral)



Leif Ove Andsnes: The Beethoven Journey (Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 4)

BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major Op. 19; Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major Op. 58

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano, direction), Mahler Chamber Orchestra

SONY 88883705482 (CD)

11.40am Disc of the Week

SHCHEDRIN: The Left-Hander

Andrei Popov, Edward Tsanga, Vladimir Moroz, Kristina Alieva, Maria Maksakova, Mariinsky Orchestra, Chorus, Valery Gergiev (conductor)

MARIINSKY MAR0554 (2Hybrid SACD mid-price)


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