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Andrew McGregor and guests review Rebecca Clarke's Viola Sonata and Sir David Willcocks - The Complete Argo Recordings, featuring the Choir of King's College, Cambridge.

with Andrew McGregor

0930 Building a Library
Helen Wallace compares available versions of Rebecca Clarke's Viola Sonata and makes a personal recommendation. The Viola Sonata was written in 1918 and 1919, Clarke started it in Honolulu and finished it in Detroit. She submitted it to the international competition for chamber music run by Elizabeth Sprague Coolidge at her 1919 Berkshire Chamber Music Festival. 73 scores were submitted and two scores for viola and piano tied-Bloch's Suite and Clarke's Sonata. The prize went to Bloch on Coolidge's casting vote.

Andrew talks to Jeremy Summerly about the release of a 29 disc set featuring The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, and celebrating the late Sir David Willcocks's tenure as Director of Music from 1957-1973. Six of these albums will be released on CD for the first time. Included in the set, titled The Complete Argo Recordings, are many of the choral greats: Bach's St John Passion, Tallis's Spem in Alium, Haydn's Nelson Mass, Allegri's Miserere - all recorded in the gorgeous acoustic of King's College Chapel.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes


Music Played

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MOZART: Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail, K384

Mari Eriksmoen (Blondchen), Robin Johannsen (Konstanze), Maximilian Schmitt (Belmonte), Julian Pregardien (Pedrillo), Dimitry Ivashchenko (Osmin), Cornelius Obonya (Bassa Selim), RIAS Kammerchor, Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, Rene Jacobs (conductor)



Brahms: Symphony No. 4

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98; Hungarian Dance No. 3 in F major; Hungarian Dance No. 7; Hungarian Dance No. 11

Istvan Kadar (violin), Andras Szabo (viola), Attila Martos (bass), Budapest Festival Orchestra, Ivan Fischer (conductor)



Berg, Schoenberg & Webern: Chamber Music

BERG: Lyric Suite - for string quartet (1926)

SCHOENBERG: Verklarte Nacht Op. 4

WEBERN: Langsamer Satz, (slow movement) Op. post. (1905); Five movements for String Quartet Op. 5 (1909)

Belcea Quartet, Nicolas Bone (violin), Antonio Meneses (cello)


9.30am Building a Library

Helen Wallace compares recordings of Rebecca Clarke’s Sonata for Viola and Piano and makes a personal recommendation.


Top recommendation:


Zimmermann & Gerstein: Sonatas for Viola & Piano Vol. 1

BRAHMS: Viola Sonata No. 2 in E flat major Op. 120 No. 2


VIEUXTEMPS: Viola Sonata in B flat Op. 36

Tabea Zimmermann (viola), Kirill Gerstein (piano)


10.15am Contemporary Newcomers

Andrew considers several new releases of new music.


Sounds & Clouds: Works by Hosokawa & Vivaldi

HOSOKAWA: Singing Garden in Venice

VIVALDI: Concerto in G major, RV101; Flute Concerto Op. 10 No. 1 in F major, RV 433 'La tempesta di mare'; Flute Concerto Op. 10 No. 2 in G minor, RV 439 'La notte'; Flute Concerto Op. 10 No. 3 in D major, RV 428 'Il gardellino'

Jeremias Schwarzer (recorder), Holland Baroque




HENDERICKX: Nada Brahma; On the Road; Atlantic Wall

Hendrickje Van Kerckhove (soprano), Karin De Fleyt (bass flute), Mireille Capelle (mezzo), Jorrit Tamminga (electronics), HERMESensemble, Wim Henderickx (conductor)

HERMESensemble HMES002 (CD)


Sally Beamish: The Singing

BEAMISH: Concerto for accordion and orchestra 'The Singing'; A Cage of Doves; Under the Wing of the Rock; Reckless for chamber orchestra; Trumpet Concerto

James Crabb (accordion), Branford Marsalis (alto saxophone), Hakan Hardenberger (trumpet), National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

BIS BIS2156 (Hybrid SACD)


Eddie McGuire: Entangled Fortunes

MCGUIRE, E: Elegy; Euphoria; String Trio; Entangled Fortunes; Quintet 2

Red Note Ensemble



PENDERECKI: A Sea of Dreams Did Breathe on Me

Olga Pasichnyk (soprano), Ewa Marciniec (mezzo-soprano), Jaroslaw Brek (bass baritone), Warsaw Philharmonic Choir and Orchestra, Antoni Wit (conductor)

NAXOS 8573062 (CD budget)


Roger Doyle: Time Machine

DOYLE, R: Back from hospital; Back in time; Birth; Chalant; Coat-hanger kisses; Departure; It's very serious; Jonathan Prelude; Salome at the gate; Voices of Parents; Wassane

Roger Doyle


10.50am Jeremy Summerly on King’s College, Cambridge and David Willcocks

Jeremy Summerly joins Andrew to discuss a new limited edition box set: the complete Argo recordings of the Choir of King’s College, Cambridge under the late Sir David Willcocks.


The Choir of King’s College Cambridge: The Complete Argo Recordings

BACH, J S: Motet BWV227 'Jesu, meine Freude'; St John Passion, BWV245

BYRD: Magnificat; Nunc dimittis; Ave verum Corpus; Mass for three voices; Mass for four voices; Mass for five voices

CROFT: The Burial Service

HANDEL: Coronation Anthems Nos. 1-4; Chandos Anthems Nos. 1-11; Ode for St Cecilia's Day, HWV76

HAYDN: Mass, Hob. XXII:11 in D minor 'Nelsonmesse'

PALESTRINA: Stabat mater

TALLIS: Spem in alium for eight five-part choirs '40-part Motet'; Lamentations of Jeremiah I & II

TAVERNER: Mass 'The Western Wynde'

VIVALDI: Gloria in D major, RV589

The Choir of King’s College Cambridge, David Willcocks (conductor)

DECCA 4788918 (29CD budget)

11.45am Disc of the Week: Rachel Podger plays Biber’s Rosary Sonatas

BIBER: The Rosary Sonatas (Mystery Sonatas)

Rachel Podger (violin), Marcin Swiatkiewicz (harpsichord/organ), Jonathan Manson (cello/viola da gamba), David Miller (theorbo/archlute)



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