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Building a Library: Poulenc: Flute Sonata

with Andrew McGregor

0930 Building a Library
David Owen Norris compares recordings of Poulenc's ever-green Flute Sonata of 1957 which has become a staple of the flautist's repertoire.

Andrew talks to Hilary Finch about exciting new recordings of Haydn's Creation and Brahms' Requiem

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

Release date:

3 hours, 12 minutes

Last on

Sat 14 Nov 2015 09:00


BACH, J S: Mass in B minor, BWV232

Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

SDG SDG722 (2CD mid-price)


Mendelssohn: Piano Trios Opus 49 & 66

MENDELSSOHN: Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor Op. 49; Piano Trio No. 2 in C minor Op. 66

Hamlet Piano Trio: Paolo Giacometti (piano), Candida Thompson (violin), Xenia Jankovic (cello)



Elgar: Sea Pictures & Pomp and Circumstance Marches

ELGAR: Sea Pictures Op. 37; Polonia; Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 1-5 Op. 39

Alice Coote (mezzo-soprano), Halle Orchestra, Sir Mark Elder (conductor)

HALLE CDHLL7536 (CD mid-price)

9.30am - Building a Library

David Owen Norris compares recordings of Poulenc’s Flute Sonata and makes a personal recommendation.



Bezaly & Brautigam: Masterworks for Flute and Piano

MARTIN, F: Ballade for Flute & Piano

MARTINU: Sonata for Flute & Piano, H. 306

MESSIAEN: Le Merle noir for flute and piano

POULENC: Flute Sonata Op. 164

REINECKE: Sonata for flute & piano in E major 'Undine' Op. 167

Sharon Bezaly (flute), Ronald Brautigam (piano)




10.20am - New releases: Scriabin

Andrew compares recently released recordings of orchestral and piano works by Alexander Scriabin.


Scriabin: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

SCRIABIN: Symphony No. 3 in C minor Op. 43 'The Divine Poem'; Symphony No. 4 Op. 54 'Le Poeme de l'extase'

London Symphony Orchestra, Valery Gergiev (conductor)

LSO LIVE LSO0771 (Hybrid SACD mid-price)


Scriabin: Symphonies Nos. 3 & 4

SCRIABIN: Symphony No. 3 in C minor Op. 43 'The Divine Poem'; Symphony No. 4 Op. 54 'Le Poeme de l'extase'

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra, Vasily Petrenko (conductor)



Scriabin: Symphony No. 1 & The Poem of Ecstasy

SCRIABIN: Symphony No. 1 in E major; Symphony No. 4 Op. 54 'Le Poeme de l'extase'

Russian National Orchestra, Chamber Choir of the Moscow Conservatory, Mikhail Pletnev (conductor)

PENTATONE PTC5186514 (Hybrid SACD)


Valentina Lisitsa: Nuances

SCRIABIN: Waltz in F minor Op. 1; Prelude Op. 2 No. 2 in B major; Nocturne in A flat major; Scherzo in E flat major; Valse in G sharp minor; Klavierstucke in B flat minor, Anh. 16; Fugue in F minor, WoO 13; Impromptu a la Mazur Op. 2; Mazurka in F major; Mazurka in B minor; Fugue in E minor; Nocturne for the left hand; WoO 22 No. 12 (Alternative Version from 12 Etudes Op. 8); Allegro de Concert for Piano Op.18; Polonaise Op. 21; Poeme for Piano Op.41; Scherzo for Piano in C major Op. 46; Poeme for piano Op. 59 No. 1; Etude Op. 65 No. 2; Etude Op. 65 No. 3 in G major; 2 Impromptus Op. 14

Valentina Lisitsa (piano)

DECCA 4788435 (CD)


Scriabin: Complete Etudes

SCRIABIN: 3 Pieces for piano Op. 2; 12 Etudes for piano Op. 8; Preludes Op. 22 (4); 8 Etudes Op. 42; Quasi Valse Op. 47; Etude Op. 49 No. 1 in E flat major; Etude Op. 56 No. 4; Poemes Op. 69 Nos. 1 & 2; Three Etudes Op. 65 (1911/1912)

Dmitri Alexeev (piano)



SCRIABIN: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-10

Varduhi Yeritsyan (piano)

PARATY PTY915136 (2CD mid-price)

10.50am - Hilary Finch on Haydn and Brahms

Andrew is joined by Hilary Finch, with whom he discusses recent recordings of Haydn’s Creation and Brahms’s German Requiem.


HAYDN: The Creation

Sarah Tynan (soprano), Jeremy Ovenden (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass-baritone), Handel and Haydn Society, Harry Christophers (conductor)

CORO COR16135 (2CD mid-price)


HAYDN: Die Schopfung (The Creation)

Christina Landshamer (soprano), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor), Rudolf Rosen (baritone), Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)

PHI LPH018 (2CD mid-price)


BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45

Genia Kuhmeier (soprano), Gerald Finley (bass), Netherlands Radio Choir, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor)

RCO LIVE RCO15003 (Hybrid SACD)


BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45

Lore Binon (soprano), Tassis Christoyannis (baritone), Flemish Radio Choir, Brussels Philharmonic, Hervé Niquet (conductor)

Evil Penguin EPRC019 (CD)

11.50am - Purcell / Disc of the Week

Purcell: Fantazias & In Nomines

PURCELL: Fantazia 1 in D minor, Z. 732; Fantazia 2 in F major, Z, 733; Fantazia 3 in G minor, Z. 734; Fantazia 4 in G minor, Z. 735; Fantazia 5 in B flat major, Z. 736; Fantazia 6 in F major, Z. 737; Fantazia 7 in C minor, Z. 738; Fantazia 8 in D minor, Z. 739; Fantazia 9 in A minor, Z. 740; Fantazia 10 in E minor, Z. 741; Fantazia 11 in G major, Z. 742; Fantazia 12 in D minor, Z. 743; Fantasia Upon One Note in F major, Z745; Six-Part In Nomine in G minor, Z746; Seven-Part In Nomine, Z. 747, "Dorian"; Unfinished Fantazia a 4

Ensemble Sit Fast (viol consort)



Disc of the Week:

PURCELL: Twelve Sonatas of three parts (1683)

The King’s Consort


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