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Building a Library: Nielsen: Symphony No 3 (Sinfonia Espansiva)

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Nielsen: Symphony No 3 (Sinfonia Espansiva); Baroque opera releases including Monteverdi and Purcell; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

Building a Library: Nielsen 150
Andrew Mellor compares recordings of Nielsen's 3rd Symphony, his 'Sinfonia Espansiva', in this his 150th year. It's the only one of his symphonies to include vocal parts, wordless vocal solos for soprano and baritone in the second movement, and is "the most optimistic and characteristically Danish of Nielsen's symphonies" thinks our reviewer.

Anna Picard joins Andrew to discuss recent baroque opera releases including Monteverdi from Boston, Gasparini from Tuscany and Purcell from Kilburn!

Andrew chooses an outstanding release for his disc of the week.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for 2 violins, after the Organ Sonata BWV 530 (iii. Allegro)

    Performer: Guillaume Rebinguet Sudre. Performer: Diana Lee. Music Arranger: Guillaume Rebinguet Sudre. Ensemble: Ensemble Baroque Atlantique.
    • JS Bach: Sinfonie & Concerti.
    • Encelade.
    • 3.
  • André Campra

    Tancrede - Tragedie Lyrique (Air: Sombre Forêts, Act 4 scene 1)

    Orchestra: Orchestre Les Temps Présents. Singer: Benoit Arnould. Conductor: Olivier Schneebeli.
    • Les Grandes Eaux Musicales de Versailles.
    • Alpha.
    • 14.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Souvenirs de voyage

    Orchestra: Nash Ensemble.
    • Hermann Gershwin Waxman Copland.
    • Hyperion.
    • 3.
  • Franz Liszt

    Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, S382bis

    Performer: Ulf Wallin. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
    • Franz Liszt: Works for Violin and Piano.
    • BIS.
    • 8.
  • Niels Wilhelm Gade

    String Sextet in E flat major, Op 44 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Ensemble MidtVest.
    • Niels W. Gade: Chamber Works Volume 1.
    • CPO.
    • 2.
  • Niels Wilhelm Gade

    Fantasiestucke Op.43 For Clarinet And Piano (No. 3)

    Performer: Julian Milford. Performer: Maximiliano Martín.
    • Brahms Sonatas Gade Fantasy Pieces.
    • Champs Hill Records.
    • 7.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Strophic Songs Fs.42, Op.21 For Voice And Piano (John the Roadman)

    Performer: Jan Philip Schulze. Singer: Johan Reuter.
    • The Unknown Carl Nielsen - Danish Songs in English.
    • DaCapo.
    • 14.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Det Er Et Yndigt Land For Voice And Piano

    Ensemble: Ars Nova Copenhagen. Conductor: Michael Bojesen.
    • The Unknown Carl Nielsen - Danish Songs in English.
    • DaCapo.
    • 25.
  • Jørgen Jersild

    At spille i skoven

    Ensemble: Ensemble MidtVest.
    • Jørgen Jersild Chamber Music.
    • DaCapo.
    • 7.
  • Helge Evju

    Piano Concerto in B Minor (on fragments by E. Grieg) (i. Moderato tranquillo)

    Performer: Carl Petersson. Orchestra: Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kerry Stratton.
    • Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor Evju: Piano Concerto in B minor.
    • Grand Piano.
    • 5.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Piano Concerto in A minor, Op 16

    Performer: Javier Perianes. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Edvard Grieg: Piano Concerto / Lyric Pieces.
    • 1.


JS Bach - Sinfonie & Concerti

BACH arr. Guillaume Rebinguet Sudre: Concerto for violon BWV 1041; Concerto for 2 violins after organ sonata BWV 530; Concerto for 3 violins BWV 1064; Sinfoniae BWV 4, BWV 12 and BWV 196

Ensemble Baroque Atlantique, Guillaume Rebinguet Sudre (director and violin)

Encelade ECL 1302 (CD)


Les Grandes Eaux Musicales de Versailles

CHARPENTIER: Te Deum; LULLY: Pièces d’orchestre & airs; Versailles: L'Île enchantée; ROYER: Pyrrhus; LECLAIR: Scylla et Glaucus; CAMPRA: Tancrède; RAMEAU: Dardanus

Le Poeme Harmoique, Cafe Zimmermann, Capriccio Stravagante, Les Enfants d’Apollon, Les Nouveaux Caractere, Les Temps Presents, Pygmalion



Herrmann, Gershwin, Waxman & Copland

COPLAND: Billy the Kid: Waltz; Billy the Kid: Celebration

GERSHWIN: Clap Yo' Hands; Do, Do, Do; Do It Again; Fascinatin' Rhythm; I Got Rhythm (from Girl Crazy & An American in Paris); I'll Build a Stairway to Paradise; Liza; The Man I Love; My One & Only; Nobody But You; Oh, Lady Be Good!; Somebody Loves Me; Strike Up the Band; Swanee; Sweet and Low-Down; 's Wonderful; That Certain Feeling; Who Cares?; Promenade (Walking the Dog); Lullaby for Strings

HERRMANN, B: Souvenir de Voyage for Clarinet Quintet

WAXMAN, F: Four scenes from childhood

Rebecca Gilliver (cello), Ian Brown (piano), Richard Hosford (clarinet), Marianne Thorsen (violin), Laura Samuel (violin), Lawrence Power (viola), Rebecca Gilliver (cello), Marianne Thorsen (violin), The Nash Ensemble



Liszt: Works for Violin and Piano

LISZT: Grand duo concertant sur la romance 'Le Marin', S. 128; Die Zelle in Nonnenwerth, S382; Epithalam, S129; Rapsodie hongroise XII, S379a; Zweite Elegie, S131bis; Romance oubliee, for viola/cello/violin & piano, S. 132; La lugubre gondola, S134bis

Ulf Wallin (violin), Roland Pontinen (piano)

BIS BIS2085 (Hybrid SACD)

09.30am Building a Library

Top recommendation:

NIELSEN: Symphony No. 3 Op. 27 (FS60) 'Sinfonia espansiva'; Clarinet Concerto Op. 57 (FS129); Maskarade Overture

Olle Schill (clarinet), Gothenburg Symphony Orchestra, Myung-Whun Chung (conductor)


10.20am Great Danes

Gade: Chamber Works, Vol. 1

GADE, N: Sextet op. 44; String Sextet in E flat Major Op. 44: Allegro vivace; Piano Trio in F major Op. 42

Fredrik Schoyen Sjolin (cello), Karolina Weltrowska (violin), Martin Qvist Hansen (piano), Ensemble MidtVest

CPO 7771642 (CD)


Brahms Clarinet Sonatas & Gade Fantasy Pieces

BRAHMS: Clarinet Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 120 No. 1; Clarinet Sonata No. 2 in E flat major Op. 120 No. 2

GADE, N: Fantasiestucke Op. 43

Maximiliano Martin (clarinet), Julian Milford (piano)



The Unknown Carl Nielsen

NIELSEN: Springtime, Springtime Breaking through, CNW 353 (1926); Song behind the Plough (In Shining Sun I Steer my Plough), CNW 129 (1895/96); The Danish Song is a Fair Young Maiden, CNW 271 (1914); Freedom is the Purest Gold, CNW 255 (1919);

Morten Børup's Song of May (Jubilation, Shouts of Glee), CNW 375 (1906); Like Golden Amber is my Girl, CNW 231 (1921); The Daffodil (Easter Bloom! A Potent Drink), CNW 361 (1910); I Take with a Smile My Burden, CNW 212 (1914); Flower Pollen from Profusion, CNW 343 (1929); Homesickness (Odd and Unknown Evening Breezes!), CNW 205 (1914); The Song to Denmark (There's a Fleet of Floating Islands), CNW 237 (1921); You Suffer Throughout an Age Of Pain, CNW 357 (1887); Lay Down, Sweet Flower, your Head, CNW 128 (1903); John the Roadman (Who's there behind the Shelter), CNW 137 (1907); Lay Of The Nordic Harp (Nordic Harp, How Resplendent!), CNW 365 (1931); Serenade (Gladly We Listen When Music May Carry), CNW 349 (1907); Look! The Sun Is Red, Mum, CNW 263 (1923-24); Oft Am I Glad, Still May I Weep From Sadness, CNW 216 (1916); The Greenwood Leaves Are Light Now, CNW 256 (1921); Sunset (Clouds Floating By You, Cyclades Of Beauty), CNW 116 (1890); The Spider's Song From 'Aladdin' (Behold My Web, How Frail), CNW 373 (1899); Heavy, Gloomy Clouds Of Night, CNW 250 (1917); Apple Blossom (You Apple Blossom Fine And White), CNW 156 (1895/96); Irmelin Rose (Once There Was A King), CNW 119 (1892); A Fair And Lovely Land, CNW 351 (1923-24); Evening (The Woods Are Dimly Listening), CNW 359 (1908)

Johan Reuter (baritone), Dénise Beck (soprano), Ars Nova Copenhagen, Michael Bojesen (conductor)

Dacapo Records 8.226610 (Download only, from Dacapo website)


Nielsen: The Masterworks Volume 2 (Chamber and Instrumental Works)

NIELSEN: String Quartet No. 1 in G minor Op. 13 (FS4); String Quartet No. 4 in F major Op. 44 (FS36); String Quintet in G major; String Quartet No. 2 in F minor Op. 5 (FS11); String Quartet No. 3 in E flat major Op. 14 (FS23); Piano Trio in G major, FS3i; Wind Quintet Op. 43 (FS 100); Fantasy Pieces (2) for oboe & piano Op. 2, FS 8; Canto serioso for Horn and Piano (FS132); Skjaldens Sang af ‘Moderen' Op. 41 (FS 94); Violin Sonata No. 1 in A major Op. 9 (FS20); Violin Sonata No. 2 Op. 35 (FS64); Prelude & Theme with Variations for solo violin Op. 48 (FS104); Preludio e Presto for violin solo Op. 52 (FS128); Symfonisk Suite Op. 8, (FS19); Piano Music for Young and Old Op. 53 (FS148); Theme and Variations Op. 40; Chaconne Op. 32 (FS79); Den Luciferiske Suite Op. 45 (FS91); Humoresque-Bagatelles Op. 11 (FS22); Five Piano Pieces Op. 3 (FS10); Three Piano Pieces Op. 59 (FS131)

The Danish String Quartet, Trio Ondine, DiamantEnsemblet, Herman D. Koppel

DACAPO 8206003 (6CD budget)


Jorgen Jersild: Chamber Music

JERSILD: Quartetto per archi; At spille i skoven - Serenade for flute, oboe, clarinet, horn and bassoon (1947); Trois Pieces en Concert; Quartet

Ensemble MidtVest

DACAPO 8226072 (Hybrid SACD)

11.00am New Baroque Vocal Releases with Anna Picard

Anna Picard joins Andrew to discuss recent baroque opera releases including Monteverdi from Boston, Gasparini from Tuscany and Purcell from Kilburn!


RAMEAU: Castor & Pollux

Colin Ainsworth (Castor), Florian Sempey (Pollux), Emmanuelle de Negri (Telaire), Clementine Margaine (Phoebe), Christian Immler (Jupiter), Sabine Devieilhe (Cleone), Philippe Talbot (Mercury), Virgile Ancely (High Priest), Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphael Pichon

HARMONIA MUNDI HMC902212/13 (2CD mid-price)


MONTEVERDI: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Fernando Guimaraes (Ulisse), Jennifer Rivera (Penelope), Aaron Sheehan (Telemaco), Leah Wool (Minerva), Owen McIntosh (Giove), Abigail Nims (Melanto), Daniel Auchincloss (Eumaeus), Sonja DuToit Tengblad (Juno), Ulysses Thomas (Antinous), Marc Molomot (Irus), Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman (conductor)

LINN CKD451 (3Hybrid SACD mid-price)



Leonardo De Lisi (Bajazet), Filippo Mineccia (Tamerlano), Giuseppina Bridelli (Asteria), Ewa Gubanska (Irene), Antonio Giovannini (Andronico), Benedetta Mazzucato (Clearco), Raffaele Pe (Leone), Giorgia Cinciripi (Zaida), Auser Musici, Carlo Ipata

GLOSSA GCD923504 (3CD mid-price)


HANDEL: L'Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato

Gillian Webster (soprano), Laurence Kilsby (treble), Jeremy Ovenden (tenor), Peter Harvey (baritone), Ashley Riches (bass), William Whitehead (organ), Gabrieli Consort, Players, Paul McCreesh (conductor)

SIGNUM SIGCD392 (2CD mid-price)

11.35am New Grieg

Grieg: Piano Concerto in A minor, Piano Concerto Fragments in B minor

EVJU: Piano Concerto in B minor (from Grieg's fragments)

GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16; Piano Concerto in B minor, EG 120: Fragments; Med en vandlije Op. 25 No. 4; Seks Sange Op. 48 No. 6 'Ein Traum'

Carl Petersson (piano), Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kerry Stratton


11.45am Disc of the Week

Grieg: Piano Concerto & Lyric Pieces

GRIEG: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 16; Lyric Pieces Op. 38: No. 8 - Waltz; Lyric Pieces Op. 12: No. 1 - Arietta; Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 1 - Butterfly; Lyric Pieces Op. 47: No. 3 - Melody; Lyric Pieces Op. 43: No. 2 - Lonely Wanderer; Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 3 - March of the Trolls; Lyric Pieces Op. 54: No. 4 - Nocturne; Lyric Pieces Op. 57: No. 6 - Homesickness; Lyric Pieces Op. 68: No. 3 - At your feet; Lyric Pieces Op. 68: No. 5 - At the cradle; Lyric Pieces Op. 71: No. 1 - Once upon a Time; Lyric Pieces Op. 71: No. 7 - Remembrances

Javier Perianes (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Sakari Oramo (conductor)



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