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Building a Library: Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg;

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Wagner: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg; New vocal releases including Birtwistle and Max Kowalski; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

9.30am
Building a Library: Wagner's Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg
For Classical Voice, Nicholas Baragwanath considers the available recordings of Wagner's opera, Die Meistersinger about the Mastersingers of Nuremberg, who have a great tradition of composing songs but have become stultified by their petty rules. A young knight openly questions their traditions, and with the help of the wise and humane cobbler, Hans Sachs he not only wins the singing competition but also the heart of the young Eva. There is a strong field to choose from, including performances from Karajan, Kubelick and Jochum.

10.30
Vocal experts Natasha Loges and Hilary Finch join Andrew live to discuss recent releases of vocal repertoire as part of Radio 3's Classical Voice season including songs by Harrison Birtwistle and Max Kowalski

11.45
Andrew chooses a fantastic new recording as his Disc of the Week.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Richard Wagner

    Die Meistersinger Von Nurnberg (Act 3 Quintet)

    Performer: Jan Hennig. Performer: Ernst Breidenbach.
    • Sigfrid Karg-Elert: Wagner Operas for Harmonium and Piano.
    • Pan Classics.
    • 005.
  • Hieronymus Praetorius

    Quam Pulchra Es (from Cantiones Variae, Hamburg 1618)

    Ensemble: Balthasar‐Neumann‐Ensemble. Choir: Balthasar‐Neumann‐Chor. Conductor: Pablo Heras‐Casado.
    • Praetorius / Pablo Heras-Casado.
    • Archiv.
    • 002.
  • Richard Strauss

    Die Tageszeiten Op.76 For Male Chorus And Orchestra (No. 1)

    Orchestra: ベルリン放送管弦楽団. Conductor: Marek Janowski. Choir: Rundfunkchor Berlin.
    • Richard Strauss: Symphonia Domestica & Die Tageszeiten.
    • Pentatone.
    • 005.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite No. 3 In C Major Bwv.1009 For Cello Solo (Prelude, Allemande)

    Performer: David Watkin.
    • Bach Cello Suites.
    • Resonus Classics.
    • 007.
  • Caroline Marcot

    Alleluia, Lapis Revolutus Est

    Performer: Denis Comtet. Choir: Maîtrise Notre-Dame de Paris. Conductor: Emilie Fleury.
    • Le Livre de Notre-Dame.
    • Maitrise Notre-Dame de Paris.
    • 005.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No. 1 In D Major D.82 (II. Andante)

    Performer: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker Franz Schubert.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker.
    • 002.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No.8 in B minor, D.759 ("Unfinished") (i. Opening)

    Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker Franz Schubert.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker.
    • 009.
  • Franz Schubert

    Symphony No 9 in C major, D 944, 'Great' (4th mvt)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker Franz Schubert.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker.
    • 004.
  • Franz Schubert

    Mass No. 6 In E Flat Major D.950 (iii. Credo – Et incarnatus)

    Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Singer: Bernarda Fink. Singer: Dorothea Röschmann. Singer: Jonas Kaufmann. Singer: Christian Gerhaher. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Singer: Christian Elsner.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker Franz Schubert.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker.
    • 003.
  • Franz Schubert

    Alfonso Und Estrella - Opera In 3 Acts D.732 (Act 2 No.12 Wie rühret)

    Conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt. Singer: Kurt Streit. Singer: Dorothea Röschmann. Singer: Christian Gerhaher. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker Franz Schubert.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker.
    • 002.
  • Johann Bach

    Weint nicht um meinen Tod

    Choir: Vox Luminis. Conductor: Lionel Meunier.
    • Motets of the Bach Family.
    • Ricercar.
    • 003.
  • Johann Christoph Bach

    Der Gerechte, ob er gleich zu zeitlich stirbt

    Conductor: Lionel Meunier. Choir: Vox Luminis.
    • Motets of the Bach Family.
    • Ricercar.
    • 004.
  • Johann Christoph Bach

    Der Mensch, vom Weibe geboren

    Choir: Vox Luminis. Conductor: Lionel Meunier.
    • Motets of the Bach Family.
    • Ricercar.
    • 005.
  • Johann Christoph Bach

    Sei getreu bis in den Tod

    Conductor: Lionel Meunier. Choir: Vox Luminis.
    • Motets of the Bach Family.
    • Ricercar.
    • 006.
  • Johann Michael Bach

    Halt, was du hast

    Choir: Vox Luminis. Conductor: Lionel Meunier.
    • Motets of the Bach Family.
    • Ricercar.
    • 007.

9.00am

Karg-Elert: Wagner Operas for Harmonium

Transcriptions for harmonium and piano from Wagner’s Tannhäuser, Lohengrin, Der fliegende Holländer, Parsifal, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Die Walküre, Götterdämerung and Tristan und Isolde

Jan Hennig (art harmonium, Victor Mustel, 1928), Ernst Breidenbach (piano)

PAN CLASSICS PC10335 (CD)

 

Praetorius: Pablo Heras-Casado

PRAETORIUS, H: Magnificat quarti toni; Quam pulchra es amica mea; Surge propera amica mea; Tota pulchra es; O quam pulchra es; Vulnerasti cor meum

PRAETORIUS, JACOB: Veni in Hortum Meum a 8; Quam Pulchra es a 5; Indica Mihi a 6

PRAETORIUS, M: Magnificat per omnes versus super ut re mi fa sol la; Nigra sum sed formosa

Balthasar-Neumann-Chor-und-Ensemble, Pablo Heras-Casado (conductor)

DG ARCHIV 4794522 (CD)

 

R. Strauss: Symphonia Domestica & Die Tageszeiten

STRAUSS, R: Symphonia Domestica Op. 53; Die Tageszeiten Op. 76

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Marek Janowski (conductor)

PENTATONE PTC5186507 (Hybrid SACD)

 

BACH, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

David Watkin (cello)

RESONUS CLASSICS RES10147 (2CD mid-price)

Le Livre de Notre-Dame

ROBIN, Jean-Baptiste: En Clara Vox; DUCOL, Bruno: Une Aube en Clair-Obscur; LEGUAY, Jean-Pierre: Du Fond de L’Abime; CHARPY, Pierre-Adrien: Voici le Sacred du Royaume; MARCOT, Caroline: Alleluia, Lapis Revolutus Est; CANAT DE CHIZY, Édith: Kyrie; ESCAICH, Thierry: Sanctus; BACRI, Nicolas: Agnus Dei; BOUCHOT, Vincent: Tantum Ergo Sacramentum; LEBRUN, Éric: Aujourd’hui, Le Créateur des Jours; MENUT, Benoit: Un Grand Vent S’est Levé; PAULET, Vincent: De Fructu Operum; REVERDY, Michèle: Femme Revetue de Soileil; LACOTE, Thomas: Sancta Et Immaculata; CASTAGENT, Yves: O Notre-Dame du Soir

Maitrise Notre-Dame de Paris (choir), Denis Comtet (organ), Émilie Fleury (conductor)

Maitrise Notre-Dame de Paris 005 (CD)

09.30am Building a Library

Top recommendation:

 

WAGNER: Die Meistersinger von Nurnberg

Thomas Stewart (Hans Sachs), Sandor Konya (Walther von Stolzing), Gundula Janowitz (Eva), Thomas Hemsley (Beckmesser), Gerhard Unger (David), Brigitte Fassbaender (Magdalene), Brigitte Fassbaender (Nachtwachter), Franz Crass (Pogner), Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Rafael Kubelik (conductor)

ARTS 430202 (4CD mid-price)

10.20am Berlin Schubert from Harnoncourt

Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducts Schubert

SCHUBERT: Symphony No. 1 in D major, D82; Symphony No. 2 in B flat major, D125; Symphony No. 3 in D major, D200; Symphony No. 4 in C minor, D417 'Tragic'; Symphony No. 5 in B flat major, D485; Symphony No. 6 in C major, D589; Symphony No. 8 in B minor, D759 'Unfinished'; Symphony No. 9 in C major, D944 'The Great'; Mass No. 5 in A flat major, D678; Mass No. 6 in E flat major, D950; Alfonso und Estrella, D732

Rundfunkchor Berlin, Christian Elsner (tenor), Bernarda Fink (mezzo), Christian Gerhaher (baritone), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Hanno Muller-Brachmann (bass-baritone), Luba Orgonašova (soprano), Birgit Remmert (contralto), Dorothea Roschmann (soprano), Jochen Schmeckenbecher (bass-baritone), Kurt Streit (tenor), Berliner Philharmoniker, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)

BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER BPHR150061 (9 CDs + Blu-ray Audio Disc – Mid-Price)

10.50am Live Song Panel, with Hilary Finch and Natasha Loges

Vocal experts Natasha Loges and Hilary Finch join Andrew live to discuss recent releases of vocal repertoire as part of Radio 3's Classical Voice season including songs by Harrison Birtwistle and Max Kowalski

 

Lieder by Max Kowalski

KOWALSKI: Lieder (8) auf Gedichte von Hafis; Ein schoner Stern geht auf in meiner Nacht; Der Fru¨hling; Nachtgra¨usche; Reifefreuden; Pierrot Lunaire; Ernste Stunde; Immer wieder; Der Panther; Liebeslied

Wolfgang Holzmair (baritone), Therese Lindquist (piano)

BRIDGE BRIDGE9431 (CD)

 

Tomašek: Songs

TOMASEK: Mailied Op. 53 No. 3; Schafers Klagelied Op. 56 No. 1; Rastlose Liebe Op. 58 No. 1; Die Nacht Op. 55 No. 5; Auf dem See; An die Entfernte Op. 55 No. 1; Wanderers Nachtlied Op. 58 No. 4; Erlkonig Op. 59 No. 1; Heidenroslein; Das Geheimnis Op. 58 No. 3; Die Sprode Op. 54 No. 2; Die Bekehrte Op. 54 No. 3; Sorge Op. 57 No. 4; Am Flusse Op. 55 No. 3; Die Spinnerin Op. 55 No. 2; Sechs Bohmische Lieder von Vaclav Hanka Op. 71; Des Greises Trauerlied Op. 69 No. 1; Es ist so angenehm, so suss Op. 37 No. 2; Lied eines Alpenmadchens Op. 96 No. 3; Standchen Op. 107 No. 3; Drei Gesange Op. 92

Renata Pokupic (mezzo), Roger Vignoles (piano)

HYPERION CDA67966 (CD)

 

Birtwistle: Songs 1970–2006

BIRTWISTLE: Nenia: The Death Of Orpheus; Orpheus Elegies; Fantasia III; Nine Settings for Lorine Niedecker for Soprano and cello; Frieze I; Lullaby; Songs by Myself; Cantus Iambeus

Alice Rossi (soprano), Das Neue Ensemble, Kuss Quartet, Soloists of the Hochschule fur Musik, Theater und Medien Hannover, Stefan Asbury (conductor)

TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0281 (CD)

 

L'heure exquise: Alice Coote

BACHELET: Chere nuit

BERLIOZ: Le Spectre de la rose (from Les nuits d'ete Op. 7)

CHABRIER: Toutes les fleurs; L'ile heureuse

CHAUSSON: Le temps des lilas

DEBUSSY: La Grotte

FAURE: Le secret Op. 23 No. 3; Fleur jetee Op. 39 No. 2

GOUNOD: Serenade; Au printemps

HAHN, R: L'heure exquise; Les etoiles (No. 9 of Douze Rondels); Fumee; La Chere Blessure

KOECHLIN:    Novembre Op. 22 No. 2

POULENC: Les chemins de l'amour; Voyage a Paris; Hotel; La grenouillere Op. 5; Voyage

SAINT-SAENS: Aimons-nous; Soiree En Mer

SATIE: Je te veux

Alice Coote (mezzo), Graham Johnson (piano)

HYPERION CDA67962 (CD)

11.55am Disc of the Week

J Bach, JC Bach & JM Bach: Motetten

BACH, J: Motet 'Sei nun wieder zufrieden, meine Seele'; Weint nicht um meinem Tod

BACH, J C'PH: Motet 'Der Gerechte, ob er gleich zu zeitlich stirbt''; Der Mensch, vom Weibe geboren; Sei getreu bis in den Tod; Aria 'Mit Weinen hebt sichs an'; Motet 'Lieber Herr Gott, wecke uns auf'; Merk auf, mein Herz, und sieh dorthin; Motet 'Herr, nun lassest du deinen Diener...'; Motet 'Unseres Herzens Freude'; Aria 'Es ist nun aus mit meinem Leben'

BACH, J M I: Halt, was du hast; Herr, wenn ich nur dich habe; Herr, ich warte auf dein Heil; Herr, du lassest mich erfahren; Dem Menschen ist gesetzt, einmal zu sterben; Motet 'Das Blut Jesu Christi'; Motet 'Nun hab ich uberwunden'; Furchtet euch nicht; Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe; Sei, lieber Tag, willkommen; Nun treten wir ins neue Jahr

BACH, J S: Motet BWV Anh. 159 'Ich lasse dich nicht'

Vox Luminis, Scorpio Collectief, Lionel Meunier

RICERCAR RIC347 (2CD mid-price)

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