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Building a Library: Verdi: Requiem

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Verdi: Requiem; Chamber music releases: Korngold, Taneyev, Szymanowski, Berg and Vaughan Williams; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930 Building a Library
As part of BBC Music's Ten Pieces Secondary, which aims to open up the world of classical music to children aged 11 and above, Flora Willson considers the available versions of Verdi's Requiem. Verdi was an anti-Papist, and a rationalist with very little time for the Roman Catholic Church. But the words of the Requiem ignited his imagination. Written in the same white-hot musical language he used for his great operatic melodramas, Verdi brings to life the dramatic text of the Requiem Mass with apocalyptic visions of the last judgement and ethereal evocations of a celestial paradise.

1030
Andrew talks to Sarah Devonald about a handful of intriguing new releases of chamber music from the late Romantic period and early 20th century, including discs of Korngold, Taneyev, Szymanowski, Berg and Vaughan Williams.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding recording for his Disc of the Week.

3 hours, 12 minutes

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Music Played

  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Dies Irae from Messa da Requiem

    Orchestra: Orchestra of La Scala, Milan. Choir: Chorus of La Scala, Milan. Conductor: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Verdi: Requiem.
    • DECCA.
    • 3.
  • Francesco Cavalli

    Grand Ballet: Le Soleil

    Composer: Jean‐Baptiste Lully. Ensemble: Ensemble correspondances. Conductor: Dauce, Sebastien.
    • Le Concert Royal de la Nuit.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 28-31.
  • Max Richter

    Sleep For Soprano, String Quintet And Keyboards

    • Deutsche Grammophon : 00289-479-5257.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 3.
  • David Sawer

    Coachman Chronos

    Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • Objects at an Exhibition.
    • NMC Recordings.
    • 4.
  • Frédéric Chopin

    Concerto No. 1 In E Minor Op.11 For Piano And Orchestra

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Orchestra: Sinfonia Varsovia. Conductor: Jacek Kaspszyk.
    • National Institute Frederic Chopin : NIFCCD-038.
    • National Institute Frederic Chopin.
    • 2.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Symphony In F Major (Urbs Roma)

    Orchestra: Malmö SymfoniOrkester. Conductor: Marc Soustrot.
    • Saint-Saens Symphonies 3.
    • Naxos.
    • 4.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Concerto No. 5 In F Major Op.103 (Egyptian) For Piano And Orchestra

    Performer: Louis Schwizgebel. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Aparte : AP-112.
    • Aparte.
    • 4.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Sonata For Piano Four Hands

    Performer: Louis Lortie. Performer: Hélène Mercier.
    • Poulenc Piano Concertos.
    • Chandos.
    • 14.
  • Francis Poulenc

    Concerto In D Minor For Two Pianos And Orchestra

    Performer: Louis Lortie. Performer: Hélène Mercier. Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Poulenc Piano Concertos.
    • Chandos.
    • 13.
  • Francis Poulenc

    L' Embarquement pour Cythere - Valse-Musette For Two Pianos

    Performer: Louis Lortie. Performer: Hélène Mercier.
    • Poulenc Piano Concertos.
    • Chandos.
    • 18.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Piano Quintet in C minor - ii. Andante

    Performer: Yoko Kikuchi. Ensemble: faberge-quintett.
    • Vaughan Williams & Goetz Piano Quintets in C minor.
    • Es-Dur.
    • 2.
  • Hermann Goetz

    Piano Quintet in C minor - iii. Allegro moderato (quasi Menuetto)

    Performer: Yoko Kikuchi. Ensemble: faberge-quintett.
    • Vaughan Williams & Goetz: Piano Quintets in C Minor.
    • Es-Dur.
    • 6.
  • Karol Szymanowski

    Violin Sonata in D minor op 9 - i. Allegro modero, patetico

    Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen. Performer: Huw Watkins.
    • Hahn & Szymanowski - works for violin and piano.
    • SIGNUM CLASSICS.
    • 1.
  • Reynaldo Hahn

    Sonata for Violin and Piano in C major - ii. Vivace

    Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen. Performer: Huw Watkins.
    • Hahn & Szymanowski - works for violin and piano.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 6.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Suite for 2 violins, cello & piano LH op 23 - ii. Walzer

    Performer: Priya Mitchell. Performer: Daniel Rowland. Performer: Julian Arp. Performer: Luis Magalhães.
    • The Korngold Project Part One.
    • Two Pianists.
    • 2.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Suite for 2 violins, cello & piano LH op 23 - iv. Lied

    Performer: Luis Magalhães. Performer: Julian Arp. Performer: Priya Mitchell. Performer: Daniel Rowland.
    • The Korngold Project Part One.
    • Two Pianists.
    • 4.
  • Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev

    Piano Quintet in G minor op 30 - i.Introduzione (Adagio mesto) - Allegro patetico

    Performer: Olga Vinokur. Ensemble: Martinů Quartet.
    • Sergey Taneyev - The Complete Quintets.
    • Supraphon.
    • 1.
  • Sergei Ivanovich Taneyev

    String Quintet in G major op 14 - iii. Theme and Variations

    Performer: Jiří Bárta. Ensemble: Martinů Quartet.
    • Sergey Taneyev - The Complete Quintets.
    • SUPRAPHON.
    • 3.
  • Alban Berg

    Lyric Suite - vi. Largo desolato

    Singer: Renée Fleming. Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet.
    • Berg - Wellesz.
    • Decca.
    • 7.
  • Egon Wellesz

    Sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning op 52 - iii. 'Du bist da droben im Palas begehrt’

    Singer: Renée Fleming. Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet.
    • Berg - Wellesz.
    • Decca.
    • 10.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Aida: Act 2 Scene 2

    Singer: Anja Harteros. Singer: Jonas Kaufmann. Orchestra: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome Orchestra. Choir: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome Chorus. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Verdi: Aida.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 007.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    Aida: Act 4 Scene 2

    Singer: Anja Harteros. Singer: Ekaterina Semechuk. Singer: Jonas Kaufmann. Orchestra: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome Orchestra. Choir: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome Chorus. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Verdi: Aida.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 020.

9.00am

VERDI: Requiem

Anja Harteros (soprano), Elina Garanca (mezzo), Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Rene Pape (bass), Orchestra e coro del Teatro alla Scala, Milan, Daniel Barenboim (conductor)

DECCA 4785245 (2CD budget)

 

Le Concert Royal de la Nuit

Violaine le Chenadec (soprano), Marie-Frederique Girod (soprano), Caroline Bardot (soprano), Caroline Weynants (soprano), Amandine Trenc (soprano), Caroline Meng (soprano), Lucile Richardot (mezzo-soprano), Dagmar Saskova (mezzo-soprano), Stephanie Leclerc (contralto), Stephen Collardelle (countertenor), Davy Cornillot (tenor), Etienne Bazola (baritone), Renaud Bres (bass), Nicolas Brooymans (bass), Ensemble Correspondances, Sebastien Dauce

HARMONIA MUNDI HMC952223/24 (2CD mid-price)

 

Max Richter: from SLEEP

RICHTER, MAX: Dream 3 (in the midst of my life); Path 5 (delta); Space 11 (invisible pages over); Dream 13 (minus even); Space 21 (petrichor); Path 19 (yet frailest); Dream 8 (late and soon)

Max Richter (piano, organ, synthesizers, electronics), Grace Davidson (soprano), American Contemporary Music Ensemble (ACME)

DG 4795257 (CD)

 

Objects At An Exhibition

BARRY, G: The One-Armed Pianist

GUY: Mr Babbage is coming to dinner

MAYO: Supermarine

MOLITOR, C: 2TwoLO

MUSGRAVE: Power Play

SAWER: Coachman Chronos

Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon

NMC NMCD215 (CD)

 

Chopin: Argerich/Maisky/Kaspszyk/Sinfonia Varsovia

CHOPIN: Piano Concerto No.1; Sonata for piano and cello op.65

Martha Argerich (piano), Mischa Maisky (cello), Sinfonia Varsovia, Jacek Kaspszyk (conductor)

Narodowsky Institute Fryderyka Chopina NIFCCD038 (CD)

9.30am Building a Library

Flora Willson compares recordings of Verdi's Requiem and makes a personal recommendation.

Top recommendation:

VERDI: Requiem

Anja Harteros (soprano), Sonia Ganassi (mezzo), Rolando Villazon (tenor), Rene Pape (bass), Orchestra e Coro dell’Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (conductor)

EMI 6989362 (2CD)

10.25am

Saint-Saens: Symphonies, Vol. 3

SAINT-SAENS: Symphonie en fa Urbs Roma; La jeunesse d'Hercule; Danse macabre Op. 40

Marika Faltskogh (violin), Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Marc Soustrot (conductor)

NAXOS 8573140 (CD budget)

 

Saint-Saens: Piano Concertos Nos. 2 & 5

SAINT-SAENS: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 22; Piano Concerto No. 5 in F major Op. 103 'Egyptian'

Louis Schwizgebel (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Fabien Gabel, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

APARTE AP112 (CD)

 

Poulenc: Piano Concertos & Aubade

POULENC: Piano Concerto; Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra; Aubade; Sonata for Piano Four Hands (a mademoiselle Simone Tilliard); Elegie for two pianos, FP175; L'Embarquement pour Cythere, for 2 pianos

BBC Philharmonic, Edward Gardner (conductor), Helene Mercier (piano), Louis Lortie (piano)

CHANDOS CHAN10875 (CD)

10.40am New Chamber Music Releases with Sarah Devonald

Sarah Devonald joins Andrew to discuss resecntly released chamber music recordings.

Vaughan Williams & Goetz: Piano Quintets in C Minor

GOETZ: Piano Quintet in C minor Op. 16

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Piano Quintet in C minor

Yoko Kikuchi (piano), Faberge Quintet

ES-DUR ES2056 (CD)

 

Hahn & Szymanowski: Works for Violin & Piano

HAHN, R: Nocturne for violin & piano; Sonata in C major for violin & piano; Romance in A major for violin & piano

SZYMANOWSKI: Violin Sonata in D minor Op. 9; Nocturne & Tarantella Op. 28

Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin), Huw Watkins (piano)

SIGNUM SIGCD432 (CD)

 

The Korngold Project, Part 1

KORNGOLD: Piano Trio in D major Op. 1; Suite Op. 23 for 2 Violins, Cello & Piano (Left hand)

Daniel Rowland (violin), Priya Mitchell (violin), Julian Arp (cello), Luis Magalhaes (piano)

TWO PIANISTS TP1039282 (CD)

 

Taneyev: The Complete Quintets

TANEYEV: Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 30; String Quintet in G major Op. 14; String Quintet in C major Op. 16

Olga Vinokur (piano), Jiri Barta (cello), Jitka Hosprova (viola), Martinu Quartet

SUPRAPHON SU41762 (2CD)

 

Berg: Lyric Suite

BERG: Lyric Suite - for soprano and string quartet

WELLESZ: Sonnets For Elizabeth Barrett Browning Op. 52

ZEISL: Komm, susser Tod

Renee Fleming (soprano), Emerson String Quartet

DECCA 4788399 (CD)

11.40am Disc of the Week

VERDI: Aida

Anja Harteros (Aida), Jonas Kaufmann (Radames), Ekaterina Semenchuk (Amneris), Ludovic Tezier (Amonasro), Erwin Schrott (Ramfis), Marco Spotti (Il Re d'Egitto), Paolo Fanale (Un Messaggero), Eleonora Buratto (Sacerdotessa), Coro e Orchestra dell'Accademia di Santa Cecilia, Roma, Antonio Pappano (conductor)

WARNER CLASSICS 2564610663 (3CD budget)

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