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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.

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.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes


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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


MUSGRAVE: Power Play

SAWER: Coachman Chronos

Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon



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)


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)



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)


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)



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)



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



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


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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