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Building a Library: Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Monteverdi: Il ritorno d'Ulisse; Recent releases of Scriabin's orchestral and piano music; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

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Tess Knighton compares available versions of Monteverdi's Il ritorno d'Ulisse and makes a personal recommendation, in a survey which reflects forty years of changing fashions in period performance.

One of the late, great works from the end of Monteverdi's life, Il ritorno d'Ulisse tells the story of Ulysses' return to his homeland after the Trojan War. It went down well in Venice at its 1640 premiere but not long after that it languished unperformed until it was rediscovered by a number of 20th-century composers, including d'Indy, Dallapiccola and Henze. But Il ritorno d'Ulisse only properly entered the operatic mainstream in the early 1970s, when it was recorded complete for the first time.

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Ivan Hewett listens to recent releases of Scriabin's orchestral and piano music, marking the hundredth anniversary of his death in 1915

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Andrew chooses an outstanding recording for his Disc of the Week.

3 hours, 12 minutes

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Music Played

  • Carl Czerny

    String Quartet in A minor (4th mvt)

    Ensemble: Sheridan Ensemble.
    • Carl Czerny String Quartets.
    • Capriccio.
    • 004.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony No. 1 In G Minor Op.7 [fs.16] (i. Allegro)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • Nielsen Complete Symphonies.
    • Chandos.
    • 001.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony No. 6 Fs.116 (Sinfonia Semplice) (iv. Tema med Var. – end)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • Nielsen Complete Symphonies.
    • Chandos.
    • 010.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Concerto Op.33 For Violin And Orchestra (i. Prelude)

    Performer: Nikolaj Znaider. Conductor: Alan Gilbert. Orchestra: New York Philharmonic.
    • Carl Nielsen: Concertos.
    • DaCapo.
    • 001.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Maskarade - Opera In 3 Acts Fs.39 (Act 3 Studenter! Studenter!)

    Singer: Stephen Milling. Singer: Johan Reuter. Conductor: Michael Schønwandt. Singer: Anne Margrethe Dahl. Singer: Dénise Beck. Singer: Guido Paevatalu. Orchestra: DR SymfoniOrkestret. Singer: Niels-Jørgen Riis. Singer: Ditte Højgaard Andersen. Choir: DR SymfoniOrkestret.
    • Maskarade.
    • DaCapo.
    • 005.
  • Eugène Ysaÿe

    Sonata No. 1 In G Minor Op.27`1 For Violin Solo

    Performer: Alina Ibragimova.
    • Hyperion CDA67993.
    • Hyperion.
    • 001.

9.00am

Mozart: Concertos & Haydn: Sinfonia concertante

HAYDN: Sinfonia Concertante in B flat major Op. 84, Hob. I/105

MOZART: Oboe Concerto In C major, K314; Bassoon Concerto in B flat major, K191

Ilya Gringolts (violin), Nicolas Altstaedt (cello), Alfredo Bernardini (oboe), Peter Whelan (bassoon), Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (conductor)

HYPERION CDA68090 (CD)


Christiane Karg: Scene!

BEETHOVEN: Ah! Perfido Op. 65

HAYDN: Cantate “Miseri Noi!, Misera Patria (Hob. XXIV a.7); Berenice, che fai? (Scena di Berenice), Hob XXIVa:10

MENDELSSOHN: Infelice - concert aria for soprano and orchestra Op. 94

MOZART: Ch'io mi scordi di te?... Non temer, amato bene, K505; Misera, dove son? - Ah! non son' io che parlo! K369

Christiane Karg (soprano), Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (conductor)

BERLIN CLASSICS 0300646BC (CD)


Carl Czerny: String Quartets

CZERNY: String Quartet in D minor; String Quartet in A minor; String Quartet in D Major (1851); String Quartet in E Minor

The Sheridan Ensemble

CAPRICCIO C5234 (2CD mid-price)

09.30am Building a Library

Tess Knighton compares recordings of Monteverdi’s Il ritorno d’Ulisse in Patria and makes a personal recommendation.

 

Top recommendation on CD:

 

MONTEVERDI: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Anizio Zorzi Giustiniani (Ulisse), Jose Maria Lo Monaco (Penelope), Roberta Mameli (Minerva), Makoto Sakurada (Telemaco, Eurimaco), Salvo Vitale (Nettuno), Giorgia Milanesi (Giunone) Francesca Cassinari, Vincenzo Di Donato, Marco Bussi, Alessio Tossi, Roberto Balconi, Paolo Antognetti, Francesca Lombardi, Luca Dordolo, Marta Fumagall, La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina (conductor)

GLOSSA GCD920920 (3CD mid-price)

 

 

Top recommendation on DVD:

 

MONTEVERDI: Il ritorno d'Ulisse in patria

Kobie van Rensburg (Ulisse), Christine Rice (Penelope), Cyril Auvity (Telemaco), Joseph Cornwell (Eumete), Les Arts Florissants, William Christie (conductor) (conductor), Pierluigi Pizzi (director)

DYNAMIC 33641 (2DVD Video)

10.30am New Anniversary Nielsen

NIELSEN: Symphonies Nos. 1-6 (Complete)

Gillian Keith (soprano), Mark Stone (baritone), BBC Philharmonic, John Storgards (conductor)

CHANDOS CHAN10859(3) (3CD mid-price)

 

Nielsen: Concertos

NIELSEN: Flute Concerto, FS119; Clarinet Concerto Op. 57 (FS129); Violin Concerto Op. 33 (FS61)

Robert Langevin (flute), Anthony McGill (clarinet), Nikolaj Znaider (violin), New York Philharmonic, Alan Gilbert (conductor)

DACAPO 6220556 (Hybrid SACD)

 

NIELSEN: Maskarade

Johan Reuter, Stephen Milling, Niels-Jorgen Riis, Denise Beck, Anne Margrethe Dahl, Ditte Hojgaard Andersen, Guido Paevatalu, Danish National Symphony Orchestra and Choir, Michael Schonwandt (conductor)

DACAPO 6220641-42 (2Hybrid SACD)

10.55am Anniversary Scriabin with Ivan Hewitt

Ivan Hewett listens to recent releases of Scriabin's orchestral and piano music, marking the hundredth anniversary of his death in 1915

 

Grigory Sokolov

CHOPIN: Etude Op. 10 No. 8 in F major; Etude Op. 25 No. 11 in A minor 'Winter Wind'; Mazurka No. 13 in A minor Op. 17 No. 4

PROKOFIEV: Piano Sonata No. 7 in B flat major Op. 83; Piano Sonata No. 8 in B flat major Op. 84

SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784

SCHUMANN: Carnaval Op. 9

SCRIABIN: Etude Op. 8 No. 10 in D flat major; Piano Sonata No. 9 Op. 68 'Black Mass'

STRAVINSKY: Three Movements from Petrushka

Grigory Sokolov (piano)

MELODIYA MELCD1002292 (2CD mid-price)

 

Scriabin: Mazurkas Opp. 3 & Op. 25

SCRIABIN: Ten Mazurkas Op. 3; Nine Mazurkas Op. 25

Samuil Feinberg (piano)

MELODIYA MELCD1002192 (CD)

 

Scriabin: The Complete Preludes Volume 2

SCRIABIN: Preludes Op. 17 (7); Preludes Op. 22 (4); Preludes Op. 27 (2); Preludes Op. 31 (4); Preludes Op. 33 (4); Preludes Op. 37 (4); Preludes Op. 35 (3); Preludes Op. 39 (4); Prelude Op. 45 No. 3 in E flat major; Prelude Op. 49 No. 2 in F major; Prelude Op. 51 No. 2 in A minor; Prelude Op. 56 No. 1 in E flat major; Prelude Op. 59 No. 2; Preludes Op. 67 (2); Preludes Op. 74 (5)

Piers Lane (piano)

HELIOS CDH55451 (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)

HYPERION CDA67988 (CD)

 

Scriabin: Vers La Flamme

SCRIABIN: Etude Op. 2 No. 1 in C sharp minor; Mazurka in C sharp minor Op. 3, No. 6; Mazurka in E minor Op. 3 No. 7; Mazurka in E flat minor Op. 3 No. 10; Etude Op. 8 No. 5 in E major; Etude Op. 8 No. 7 in B flat minor; Etude Op. 8 No. 10 in D flat major; Etude Op. 8 No. 11 in B flat minor; Etude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor; Preludes Op. 22 (4); 8 Etudes Op. 42; 3 Pieces Op. 45; Trois Morceaux Op. 52; Two Pieces Op. 57; 2 Poems for Piano Op. 63; Poemes Op. 69 Nos. 1 & 2; Deux poemes Op. 71; Preludes Op. 74 (5); Preludes Op. 3 No. 1

Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano)

DECCA 4788155 (CD)

 

Scriabin: Complete Works

SCRIABIN: Waltz in F minor Op. 1; 3 Pieces for piano Op. 2; Ten Mazurkas Op. 3; Allegro Appassionato Op. 4; Nocturne in F sharp minor Op. 5 No. 1; Nocturne in A major Op. 5 No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 1 in F minor Op. 6; 2 Impromptus Op. 7; 12 Etudes for piano Op. 8; 2 Pieces for the left hand Op. 9; Two Impromptus Op. 10; Preludes Op. 11 (24); 2 Impromptus Op. 12; Preludes Op. 13 (6); 2 Impromptus Op. 14; Preludes Op. 15 (5); Preludes Op. 16 (5); Preludes Op. 17 (7); Allegro de Concert for Piano Op.18; Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor Op. 19 'Sonata Fantasy'; Polonaise Op. 21; Preludes Op. 22 (4); Piano Sonata No. 3 in F sharp minor Op. 23; Nine Mazurkas Op. 25; Preludes Op. 27 (2); Fantasy in B minor Op. 28; Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major Op. 30; Preludes Op. 31 (4); Deux poemes Op. 32; Preludes Op. 33 (4); Poeme tragique Op. 34; Preludes Op. 35 (3); Poeme satanique for Piano Op.36; Preludes Op. 37 (4); Waltz in A flat major Op. 38; Preludes Op. 39 (4); Two Mazurkas Op. 40; Poeme for Piano Op.41; 8 Etudes Op. 42; 2 Poems for Piano Op. 44; 3 Pieces Op. 45; Scherzo for Piano in C major Op. 46; Quasi Valse Op. 47; Preludes Op. 48 (4); 3 Pieces for Piano Op. 49; Four Pieces Op. 51; Trois Morceaux Op. 52; Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major Op. 53; Etude Op. 56 No. 4; Two Pieces Op. 57; Albumblatt Op. 58; 2 Pieces for Piano Op. 59; Poeme-Nocturne Op. 61; Piano Sonata No. 6 Op. 62; 2 Poems for Piano Op. 63; Piano Sonata No. 7 Op. 64 'White Mass'; Three Etudes Op. 65 (1911/1912); Piano Sonata No. 8 Op. 66; Preludes Op. 67 (2); Piano Sonata No. 9 Op. 68 'Black Mass'; Poemes Op. 69 Nos. 1 & 2; Piano Sonata No. 10 Op. 70; Deux poemes Op. 71; Vers la flamme Op. 72; Deux Danses Op. 73; Preludes Op. 74 (5); Canon in D minor; Romance (c. 1894); Nocturne in A flat major; Scherzo in A flat major; Scherzo in E flat major; Sonata-Fantaisie in G sharp minor (1886); Valse in G sharp minor; Valse in D flat major; Variations on a theme by Mlle Egorova; Duett in D minor, WoO 10; Fugue in F minor, WoO 12; Fugue in F minor, WoO 13; Mazurka in B minor, WoO 14; Mazurka in B minor, WoO 15; Mazurka in F major; Albumleaf for Piano in A flat major ’Monighetti’; Fantasy in A minor Op. post.; Piano Sonata in E flat minor; Fugue in E minor; Romance in A minor; Feuille d'album in F sharp major; Klavierstucke in B flat minor, Anh. 16;       Variations on a Russian Theme for string quartet; Andante and Scherzo for strings; Scherzo (1888), Anh. 18; Symphonic Poem in D minor; Piano Concerto in F sharp minor Op. 20; Reverie Op. 24; Symphony No. 1 in E major; Symphony No. 2 in C minor Op. 29; Symphony No. 3 in C minor Op. 43 'The Divine Poem'; Symphony No. 4 - 'Le Poeme de l'extase' Op. 54; Prometheus (The Poem of Fire) Op. 60; Nuances Op. 56 No. 3; Preparation for The Final Mystery; Etude Op. 2 No. 1 in C sharp minor; Etude Op. 8 No. 12 in D sharp minor; Prelude Op. 11 No. 5 in D major; Vers la flamme Op. 72; Poeme in F sharp major Op. 32 No. 1; Etude Op. 42 No. 5 in C sharp minor; Four Pieces Op. 51; Mazurka in E Op. 3 No. 4; Mazurka in C sharp minor Op. 3, No. 6; Mazurka in G sharp minor Op. 3 No. 9; Piano Sonata No. 2 in G sharp minor Op. 19 'Sonata Fantasy'

Valentina Lisitsa (piano), Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano - No. 1), Valentina Lisitsa (piano - Nos. 2, 3), Gordon Fergus-Thompson (piano), Vladimir Ashkenazy (piano), Ivo Pogorelich (piano), Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Jean Louis Steuerman (piano), Benjamin Grosvenor (piano), Valentina Lisitsa (piano - No. 1). Gordon Fergus-Thompson (piano - No. 2), Anna Gourari (piano - No. 3),           Sviatoslav Richter (piano), Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano), Anna Gourari (piano), Anush Hovhannisyan (soprano), Roberto Szidon (piano), Vovka Ashkenazy (piano), Kuss Quartet, Hamburg Strings, Moscow Symphony Orchestra, Igor Golovschin (conductor), London Philharmonic Orchestra, Lorin Maazel (conductor), Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor), Brigitte Balleys (mezzo), Sergei Larin (tenor), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Frankfurt, Eliahu Inbal (conductor),          Radio-Symphonie-Orchester Berlin/, Kirov Orchestra, Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev (conductor), Alexander Toradze (piano), Mariinsky Theatre; Kirov Chorus, Alexander Ghindin (piano), Alexei Lubimov (piano), Thomas Trotter (organ), Anna-Kristiina Kaappola (soprano), Ernst Senff Chor, St Petersburg Chamber Choir, Vladimir Horowitz (piano), Shura Cherkassky (piano), Mikhail Pletnev (piano), Yevgeny Kissin (piano), Daniil Trifonov (piano)

DECCA 4788168 (18CD budget)

11.55am Disc of the Week

YSAYE: Six Sonatas for solo violin Op. 27

Alina Ibragimova (violin)

HYPERION CDA67993 (CD)

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