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Proms Composer: Jon Leifs

With Andrew McGregor. Bach: Sol cello suites (excerpts); Proms Composer: Jon Leifs; Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast (excerpt); John Butt; Shostakovich: Symphony No 10 (excerpt).

with Andrew McGregor, including:

0910
Bach: Suites for solo cello [extracts]
Philip Higham (cello)

0930
Proms Composer: Jon Leifs
Each week Andrew recommends recordings of music by a Proms composer whose music deserves to be heard more often. The music of this week's Proms Composer, Jon Leifs, is infused with the rugged, primal beauty of his native Iceland.

1015
Sibelius: Belshazzar's Feast [extract]
Turku Philharmonic Orchestra
Leif Segerstam (conductor)

1040
Andrew talks to the acclaimed conductor, organist, harpsichordist, scholar and Music Director of the Dunedin Consort, John Butt

1140
Shostakovich: Symphony No.10 [extract]
Boston Symphony Orchestra
Andris Nelsons (conductor).

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Magnificat In E Flat Major Bwv.243a (opening)

    Conductor: John Butt. Ensemble: Dunedin Consort.
    • Linn: CKD469.
    • Linn.
    • 13.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite No. 6 In D Major Bwv.1012 For Cello Solo (i. and ii.)

    Performer: Philip Higham.
    • Delphian: DCD34150.
    • Delphian.
    • 13.
  • Traditional Trad

    Farewell To Ireland/Highlander's Farewell and Sugarloaf Mountain

    Performer: Jeannette Sorrell.
    • Avie: AV2329.
    • Avie.
    • 2.
  • Jón Leifs

    Iceland Overture Op.9 (opening)

    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: En Shao.
    • BIS : CD-1030.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Jón Leifs

    Icelandic Folk-Songs For Piano Nos. 2 and 3

    Performer: Örn Magnússon.
    • BIS: CD-692.
    • BIS.
    • 8.
  • Jón Leifs

    Concerto Op.7 For Organ And Orchestra (Introduction and Passacaglia)

    Performer: Björn Steinar Sólbergsson. Conductor: En Shao. Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra.
    • BIS: BIS-CD-930.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Jón Leifs

    In the Courts of Gymir (Love Songs From The Edda Op.18b For Voice And Piano

    Performer: Örn Magnússon. Singer: Finnur Bjarnason.
    • Smekkleysa: SMK20.
    • Smekkleysa.
    • 9.
  • Jón Leifs

    Requiem Op.33b For Chorus

    Choir: Motet Choir Of Hallgrim's Church. Conductor: Hörður Áskelsson.
    • BIS : CD-1030.
    • BIS.
    • 2.
  • Jón Leifs

    Edda - Part 1 (10. All men aren’t equally wise)

    Singer: Gunnar Guðbjörnsson. Singer: Bjarni Thor Kristinsson. Choir: Schola Cantorum. Orchestra: Iceland S O. Conductor: Hermann Bäumer.
    • BIS: SACD-1350.
    • BIS.
    • 10.
  • Jón Leifs

    Hekla Op.52 For Orchestra

    Orchestra: Iceland Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: En Shao.
    • BIS : CD-1030.
    • BIS.
    • 10.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Lemminkainen's Return Op.22 No.4

    Orchestra: Finnish Radio Orchestra. Conductor: Hannu Lintu.
    • ONDINE : ODE-1262-5.
    • ONDINE.
    • 4.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Belshazzar'S Feast - Suite From The Incidental Music Op.51 (excerpts)

    Singer: Pia Pajala. Orchestra: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leif Segerstam.
    • Naxos: 8.573300.
    • Naxos.
    • 3.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Valse Triste Op.44 No.1

    Performer: Folke Gräsbeck.
    • BIS : BIS-2132.
    • BIS.
    • 11.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Pelleas Et Melisande No.1

    Orchestra: Turku Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Leif Segerstam.
    • Naxos: 8.573301.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Passacaglia (Lady Macbeth Of The Mtsensk) and Symphony No. 10 (i.)

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • DG: 479 5059.
    • DG.
    • 1.

9.00am

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

Philip Higham (cello)

DELPHIAN DCD34150 (2CD mid-price)

 

Sugarloaf Mountain

An Appalachian Gathering conceived and arranged by Jeannette Sorrell

Apollo's Fire, Baroque Orchestra, Jeannette Sorrell (conductor)

AVIE AV2329 (CD)

09.30am Proms Composer – Jon Leifs

Each week Andrew recommends recordings of music by a Proms composer whose music deserves to be heard more often. The music of this week's Proms Composer, Jon Leifs, is infused with the rugged, primal beauty of his native Iceland.

 

Leifs: Fine I & II, Elegy, Iceland Cantata & Icelandic Overture

LEIFS: Iceland Ouverture (Minni Islands) Op. 9 (Text: Einar Benediktsson and Jonas Hallgrimsson); Iceland Cantata (Pjothvot - Islandskantata) for mixed choir and orchestra Op. 13; Elegy (Hinsta kvedja) Op. 53 (In memoriam 30.9.1961); Fine I Op. 55 Farewell to Earthly Life for orchestra; Fine II (Kvedja til jardlifsins) Op. 56 (Farewell to earthly life)

Langholt Church Choir, Icelandic Opera Chorus, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Petri Sakari (conductor)

CHANDOS CHAN9433 (DOWNLOAD)

 

Jon Leifs - Complete Piano Music

LEIFS: Reverie (Vokudraumur); Torrek - Intermezzo Op. 1 No. 2; Four Pieces for the Piano Op. 2; Two Icelandic Folk-Songs Op. 19b; Icelandic Dances Op. 11; New Icelandic Dances Op. 14b; Strakalag (Boy's Song) Op. 49

Orn Magnusson (piano)

BIS BISCD692 (CD mid-price)

 

Jon Leifs - Dettifoss

LEIFS: Concerto for organ and orchestra Op. 7; Variazioni pastorale Op. 8. Variations on a Theme by Ludwig van Beethoven; Fine II (Kvedja til jardlifsins) Op. 56 (Farewell to earthly life); Dettifoss Op. 57 (Text: Einar Benediktsson)

Loftur Erlingsson (baritone), Reynir Sigurdsson (vibraphone), Bjorn Steinar Solbergsson (organ), Kor Hallgrimskirkju, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, En Shao (conductor)

BIS BISCD930 (CD)

 

Jon Leifs: Complete Songs

LEIFS: Memorial songs on the death of Jonas Hallgrimsson Op. 45; Songs from the Saga Symphony; Two Icelandic Folk-Songs Op. 19b; Tveir Songvar (Two Songs) Op. 14a (Text: Johann Jonsson); Three verses from Havamal; Stand-House of Stone; Two Songs Op. 18a; Three songs from Icelandic Sagas; Three Songs Op. 23; Memory-land Op. 27 No. 3; Love verses from the Edda Op. 18b; Old Scaldic verses from Iceland; Three Icelandic Hymns; Torrek - Intermezzo Op. 1 No. 2

Finnur Bjarnasson (tenor), Orn Magnusson (piano)

SMEKKLEYSA SMK20 (2CD mid-price)

 

Jon Leifs - Hekla and other orchestral works

LEIFS: Iceland Ouverture (Minni Islands) Op. 9 (Text: Einar Benediktsson and Jonas Hallgrimsson); Requiem Op. 33b for mixed choir a cappella (Text: Folk poetry and Jonas Hallgrimsson); Loftr-Suite Op. 6a; Reminiscence du Nord Op. 40; Hekla Op. 52; Elegy (Hinsta kvedja) Op. 53 (In memoriam 30.9.1961)

Kor Hallgrimskirkju, Schola Cantorum, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, En Shao (conductor)

BIS BISCD1030 (CD)

 

LEIFS: Edda, Part 1 - The Creation of the World (Skopun heimsins)

Gunnar Guobjornsson (tenor), Bjarni Thor Kristinsson (bass-baritone), Schola Cantorum, Iceland Symphony Orchestra, Hermann Baumer (conductor)

BIS BISSACD1350 (Hybrid SACD)

10.00am New Releases of Sibelius

Sibelius: Lemminkainen Legends & Pohjola’s Daughter

SIBELIUS: Lemminkainen Suite Op. 22; Pohjola's Daughter Op. 49

Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu (conductor)

ONDINE ODE12625 (Hybrid SACD)

 

Sibelius: Belshazzar’s Feast

SIBELIUS: Belshazzar's Feast, JS48; Overture in E major, JS145; Scene de ballet, JS163; Wedding March for Act III of Adolf Paul's play 'The Language of the Birds'; Cortege; Menuetto; Processional (‘Onward, Ye Peoples') Op. 113 No. 6

Pia Pajala (soprano), Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam (conductor)

NAXOS 8573300 (CD budget)

 

Folke Grasbeck plays Sibelius on the Ainola Piano

SIBELIUS:      Andantino in B major, JS44; Allegretto in B flat minor, JS18;            Largo in A major, JS117; Impromptu in G minor Op. 5, No. 2; Impromptu in B minor Op. 5, No. 5; [Caprice Op. 24 No. 3] (first version); Romance in D flat major Op. 24, No. 9; Finlandia Op. 26 (arranged for piano by the composer); King Kristian II, incidental music Op. 27: Musette;      [Polka] Aino in C minor; Valse Triste Op. 44 No. 1; Pan and Echo Op. 53; Rondino in G sharp minor, Op .68, No. 1; The Spruce Tree Op. 75 No. 5; Thirteen Pieces Op. 76 (extracts); Pieces (5) Op. 85; Eight Piano Pieces Op. 99: Souvenir; Eight Piano Pieces Op. 99: Moment de valse; Two Pieces for Oscar Parviainen; Scene romantique Op. 101, No. 5;          Landscape II

Folke Grasbeck (piano)

BIS BIS2132 (CD)

 

Sibelius: Pelleas et Melisande

SIBELIUS: Pelleas and Melisande Suite Op. 46; Musik zu Einer Scene; Valse lyrique Op. 96a; Valse chevaleresque Op. 96c; Morceau romantique

Pia Pajala (soprano), Sari Nordqvist (mezzo-soprano), Turku Philharmonic Orchestra, Leif Segerstam (conductor)

NAXOS 8573301 (CD budget)

10.30am Interview – John Butt

Andrew talks to the acclaimed conductor, organist, harpsichordist, scholar and Music Director of the Dunedin Consort, John Butt

 

JS Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata 63

BACH, J S: Magnificat in E flat major, BWV243a; Chorale Prelude BWV600 'Gott, durch deine Guete'; Cantata BWV63 'Christen, aetzet diesen Tag'

GABRIELI, G: Hodie Christus natus est a 10

Julia Doyle (soprano), Joanne Lunn (soprano), Clare Wilkinson (alto), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass), Dunedin Consort, John Butt (conductor)

LINN CKD469 (Hybrid SACD) Released 16th October 2015

 

HANDEL: Messiah

Susan Hamilton (soprano), Annie Gill (mezzo), Clare Wilkinson (alto), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass), Edward Caswell (bass), Dunedin Consort, John Butt (conductor)

LINN CKD285 (2Hybrid SACD mid-price)

 

BACH, J S: St Matthew Passion, BWV244

Nicholas Mulroy (Evangelist), Matthew Brook (Jesus), Susan Hamilton (Soprano), Cecilia Osmond (Soprano), Clare Wilkinson (Alto), Annie Gill (Alto), Malcolm Bennett (Tenor), Brian Bannatyne-Scott (Bass), Dunedin Consort, Players, John Butt (conductor)

LINN CKD313 (3Hybrid SACD mid-price)

 

BACH, J S: Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Dunedin Consort, John Butt (conductor)

LINN CKD430 (2Hybrid SACD mid-price)

 

BACH, J S: Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord Nos. 1-6, BWV1014-1019

John Butt (harpsichord), Lucy Russell (violin)

LINN CKD433 (2CD mid-price)

 

BACH, J S: The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1 & 2

John Butt (harpsichord)

LINN CKD463 (4CD budget)

 

BACH, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Susan Hamilton (soprano), Cecilia Osmond (soprano), Margot Oitzinger (alto), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass), Dunedin Consort, Players, John Butt (director) (conductor)

LINN CKD354 (2Hybrid SACD mid-price)

11.45am Disc of the Week

Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 10 in E minor Op. 93; Lady Macbeth of Mtsensk: Passacaglia

Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons (conductor)

DG 4795059 (CD)

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