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Building a Library: Bartok: Piano Concerto No 2

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Bartok: Piano Concerto No 2; Caroline Gill discusses recent releases of Baroque repertoire; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: Harriet Smith compares recordings of Bartok's Second Piano Concerto, widely recognised as one of the most technically challenging pieces in the repertoire, and makes a personal recommendation.

1030
Caroline Gill joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of Baroque repertoire

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

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Music Played

  • Maurice Ravel

    Piano Concerto In G Major

    Performer: Yuja Wang. Orchestra: Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra. Conductor: Lionel Bringuier.
    • DG 479 4954.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1.
  • Enrique Granados

    Piano Quintet In G minor, Op. 49

    Performer: Javier Perianes. Ensemble: Cuarteto Quiroga.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI: 902226.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 4.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Christus factus est

    Choir: Satanicum Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • SIGNUM CLASSICS: SIGCD-430.
    • SIGNUM CLASSICS.
    • 4.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Aria (Goldberg Variations BWV.988)

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMX 2908744.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Contrapunctus XI (The Art of Fugue)

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMX 2908743.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 14.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Passacaglia in C minor BWV. 582

    Ensemble: Fretwork.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMX 2908742.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 4.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fugue In G minor BWV. 542

    Performer: Robert Quinney.
    • Coro Connections COR16132.
    • Coro Connections.
    • 2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582

    Performer: Robert Quinney.
    • CORO.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude in G major BWV. 541

    Performer: Robert Quinney.
    • Coro Connections COR16132.
    • Coro Connections.
    • 17.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fugue In G minor BWV. 542

    Performer: Robert Quinney.
    • Coro Connections COR16132.
    • Coro Connections.
    • 2.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Fugue in C major BWV. 870a

    Performer: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • Naïve OP30564.
    • Naïve.
    • 10.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude in C major BWV. 924

    Performer: Rinaldo Alessandrini.
    • Naïve OP30564.
    • Naïve.
    • 13.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony No. 5 in B minor (Presto)

    Orchestra: The English Concert. Director: Trevor Pinnock.
    • Pentatone: PTC 5186 210.
    • Pentatone.
    • 15.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Symphony No. 2 in B-flat major (Allegro di Molto)

    Performer: Trevor Pinnock. Orchestra: The English Concert.
    • Pentatone: PTC 5186 210.
    • Pentatone.
    • 4.
  • Giovanni Rovetta

    Magnificat, Op. 4

    Performer: Konrad Junghänel. Ensemble: Cantus Cölln. Ensemble: Concerto Palatino.
    • Harmonia Mundi: HMX2908717.26.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 3.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Marche Pour La Ceremonie Des Turcs

    Performer: Marie-Ange Petit. Performer: Paul Goodwin. Ensemble: London Oboe Band.
    • Harmonia Mundi: HMX2908717.26.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Michel-Richard de Lalande

    Super flumina Babilonis

    Ensemble: Les Arts Florissants. Director: William Christie.
    • Harmonia Mundi: HMX2908717.26.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 17.
  • François Couperin

    Trio Sonata in A major 'La Superbe'

    Performer: Amandine Beyer. Ensemble: Gli Incogniti.
    • Harmonia Mundi: HMX2908717.26.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 38.
  • Robert de Visée

    Allemande 'La Royale' in D minor

    Performer: Rafael Andia.
    • Harmonia Mundi: HMX2908717.26.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 44.
  • François Couperin

    Les baricades mistérieuses arr Williams

    Performer: Christophe Rousset.
    • Harmonia Mundi: HMX2908717.26.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 5.
  • Jean‐Baptiste Lully

    Enfin, il est en ma puissance

    Singer: Guillemette Laurens. Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • Harmonia Mundi: HMX2908717.26.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 21.
  • André Campra

    Agnus Dei (Messe de requiem)

    Ensemble: La Chapelle Royale. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • Harmonia Mundi: HMX2908717.26.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 18.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Vers La Flamme: Poeme, Op.72

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Hyperion: CDA67895.
    • Hyperion.
    • 13.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Vers La Flamme: Poeme, Op.72

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Hyperion: CDA67895.
    • Hyperion.
    • 13.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Vers La Flamme: Poeme, Op.72

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Hyperion: CDA67895.
    • Hyperion.
    • 13.
  • Leos Janáček

    Piano Sonata '1.X.1905, From the street'

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Hyperion: CDA67895.
    • Hyperion.
    • 14.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Piano Sonata No 4 in F sharp major, Op 30

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Hyperion: CDA67895.
    • Hyperion.
    • 16.

9.00am

Yuja Wang plays Ravel

RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G major; Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

FAURE: Ballade in F sharp major for solo piano or piano & orchestra Op. 19

Yuja Wang (piano), Tonhalle-Orchester Zurich, Lionel Bringuier (conductor)

DG 4794954 (CD)

 

Granados & Turina: Piano Quintets

GRANADOS: Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 49

TURINA: Piano Quintet in G Minor Op. 1; Caliope (hymn from Las musas de Andalucia Op. 93, No. 9)

Cuarteto Quiroga: Aitor Hevia (violin), Cibran Sierra (violin), Josep Puchades (viola), Helena Poggio (cello), Javier Perianes (piano)

HARMONIA MUNDI HMC902226 (CD)

 

Brahms & Bruckner: Motets

BRAHMS: Fest- und Gedenkspruche Op. 109; Ave Maria Op. 12; How lovely are Thy dwellings; Motets (3) Op. 110; Geistliches Lied Op. 30

BRUCKNER: Aequalis No. 1 for three trombones; Virga Jesse floruit; Ecce sacerdos magnus; Christus factus est; Locus iste, WAB 23; Os justi meditabitur sapientiam; Ave Maria (1861), WAB 6; Tota pulchra es, antiphon, WAB 46; Aequalis No. 2 for three trombones

Tenebrae, Alexander Mason (organ), Mark Templeton (trombone), Helen Vollam (trombone), Patrick Jackman (trombone), Nigel Short (conductor)

SIGNUM SIGCD430 (CD mid-price)

9.30am Building a Library

Harriet Smith compares recordings of Bartok’s Piano Concerto no.2 and makes a personal recommendation.

 

Top recommendation:

BARTOK: Piano Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (complete)

Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano), BBC Philharmonic, Gianandrea Noseda (conductor)

CHANDOS CHAN10610 (CD)

 

10.20am New Releases: Caroline Gill on baroque instrumental music

Caroline Gill joins Andrew to discuss new releases of instrumental music by two Bachs: Johann Sebastian and his son Carl Philipp Emanuel.

 

Fretwork: A Viol Consort plays JS Bach

BACH, J S: The Art of Fugue, BWV1080; Goldberg Variations, BWV988

Fretwork

HARMONIA MUNDI HMX2908742/44 (4CD budget)

 

JS Bach: Organ Works Vol. III

BACH, J S: Fantasia & Fugue in G minor, BWV542 'Great'; Chorale Prelude, BWV659 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'; Trio super 'Nun komm der Heiden Heiland', BWV660; Chorale Prelude, BWV661 'Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland'; Pastorale in F major, BWV590; Prelude & Fugue in C major, BWV547; Canonic Variations on the Christmas Hymn 'Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her', BWV769; Prelude & Fugue in G major, BWV541

Robert Quinney (Metzler Organ of Trinity College, Cambridge)

CORO COR16132 (CD)

 

JS Bach: Preludes & Fugues

BACH, J S: Praludium, BWV933; Fugue in C major, BWV952; Prelude & Fughetta in G major, BWV902; Prelude in D minor, BWV935; Fugue in D minor, BWV948; Prelude, BWV901; Fugue in F, BWV902; Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 1 in C major, BWV870a; Prelude in C minor, BWV999; Fughetta in C minor, BWV961; Prelude in C major, BWV924; Fugue in C major, BWV946; Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV895; Prelude in C major, BWV943; Fugue in C major, BWV953; Prelude & Fughetta in E minor, BWV900; Prelude in A minor, BWV942; Fugue in A minor, BWV947; Prelude in D minor, BWV926; Fugue in D minor, BWV899; Prelude & Fughetta in G major, BWV902: Prelude; Prelude in E minor, BWV938; Fugue in E Minor, BWV956; Prelude in B Minor, BWV923; Fugue in B minor on a theme by Albinoni, BWV951

Rinaldo Alessandrini (harpsichord)

NAIVE OP30564 (CD)

 

BACH, C P E: Hamburg Symphonies (6) for Strings, Wq. 182 (H567-662)

The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (conductor)

PENTATONE PTC5186210 (Hybrid SACD mid-price)

11.10am Reissues: Louis XIV

Andrew explores the Sun King’s musical library, courtesy of a box set of reissued recordings from Harmonia Mundi.

 

Louis XIV - Les menus plaisirs de Louis XIV de Paris a Versailles

CAMPRA: Messe de Requiem

CHARPENTIER, M-A: Te Deum, H146; Le Malade imaginaire; Acteon

COUPERIN, F: La Superbe; Concert royaux No. 1; Concert royaux No. 2; Concert royaux No. 4; Pieces de clavecin III: Ordre 18eme in F major: Le Tic-Toc-Choc ou Les Maillotins

GAUTHIER: Fantasie pour luth

LALANDE: Super flumina Babilonis (1687), Psaume 137; Symphonies pour les soupers du Roy: Suite No. 5; Symphonies pour les soupers du Roy: Suite No. 11; Concert de trompettes in D major

LAMBERT, M: Airs de cour

LULLY: Armide; Les Noces de Village; Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme; Miserere mei Deus, LWV25; Dies irae

MARAIS, M: Sonnerie de Sainte Genevieve du Mont de Paris; Suite in E minor

PHILIDOR, A: Le Mariage de la Grosse Cathos

ROVETTA: Vespro solenne

VISEE: Pieces in D minor

Veronique Gens (soprano), Guillemette Laurens (mezzo-soprano), Christophe Rousset (harpsichord/conductor), Jaap ter Linden (cello), Concerto Palatino, Ensemble Correspondances, London Oboe Band, Trio Sonnerie, La Chapelle Royale, Les Arts Florissants, Cantus Colln, La Simphonie du Marais, Gli Incogniti, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor), William Christie (conductor), Konrad Junghanel (conductor), Hugo Reyne (conductor), Amandine Beyer (director)

HARMONIA MUNDI HMX2908717/26 (10CD budget)

11.45am Disc of the Week

Scriabin & Janacek: Sonatas & Poems

JANACEK: On An Overgrown Path; Piano Sonata 1.X.1905 in E flat minor, JW VIII/19 'From the Street'

SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No. 5 in F sharp major Op. 53; Deux poemes Op. 32; Vers la flamme Op. 72; Piano Sonata No. 4 in F sharp major Op. 30

Stephen Hough (piano)

HYPERION CDA67895 (CD)

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