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Review of 2015

Andrew McGregor is joined by Helen Wallace, Hannah French and Flora Willson as they discuss the best new releases of 2015. Plus Building a Library: Sibelius: Symphony No 1.

with Andrew McGregor who is joined in the studio by three guests, Helen Wallace, Hannah French and Flora Willson to discuss and debate which new releases they have enjoyed most this year.

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Building a Library: as part of Radio 3's Northern Lights Season Gillian Moore recommends a recorded version of Sibelius's 1st Symphony in E minor - possibly the most accessible of his 7 mighty symphonies - a piece that shows flashes of Tchaikovsky and Wagner - but it's also a symphony that displays the distinctive Sibelius voice.

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Andrew McGregor and his three guests, Helen Wallace, Hannah French and Flora Willson continue their discussion of their favourite new releases of 2015.

3 hours, 12 minutes

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Music Played

  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony No. 1 In G minor, Op.7 - Andante

    Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • BIS2048.
    • BIS.
    • 2.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony No. 3, Op.27 - Allegro espansivo

    Orchestra: Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • BIS2048.
    • BIS.
    • 5.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    'Celeste Aida' from Aida

    Singer: Jonas Kaufmann. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • WARNER CLASSICS 2564610663.
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
    • 3.
  • Giuseppe Verdi

    'Riverdrai le foreste imbalsamate' from Aida

    Singer: Anja Harteros. Singer: Ludovic Tézier. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Academy of Santa Cecilia, Rome. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • WARNER CLASSICS 2564610663.
    • WARNER CLASSICS.
    • 6.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Variations on ‘La Follia’

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani. Ensemble: Concerto Köln.
    • DG ARCHIV 479 4481.
    • DG ARCHIV.
    • 1.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto No. 1 In D minor, BWV.1052

    Performer: Mahan Esfahani. Ensemble: Concerto Köln.
    • DG ARCHIV 479 4481.
    • DG ARCHIV.
    • 9.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata In B flat major, D.960 - i. Molto moderato

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • ECM: 481 1572.
    • ECM.
    • 6.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata In B flat major, D.960 - Scherzo

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • ECM: 481 1572.
    • ECM.
    • 8.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Endimione e Cintia - 'Se geloso e il mio core'

    Performer: Mark Bennett. Singer: Elizabeth Watts. Orchestra: The English Concert. Conductor: Laurence Cummings.
    • Harmonia Mundi : HMU807574.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 2.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Mitridate Eupatore - 'O vane speme!', 'Cara tomba del mio diletto'

    Performer: Laurence Cummings. Singer: Elizabeth Watts. Orchestra: The English Concert.
    • Harmonia Mundi : HMU807574.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 10.
  • William Lawes

    Royal Consort Sett No. 1 in D minor - i. Aire, ii. Alman

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Ensemble: Phantasm.
    • Linn Records: CKD470.
    • Linn Records.
    • 1.
  • William Lawes

    Royal Consort Sett No. 5 in D - vi. Moriss, vii. Saraband

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Ensemble: Phantasm.
    • Linn Records: CKD470.
    • Linn Records.
    • 24.
  • William Lawes

    Royal Consort Sett No. 10 in B flat - i. Paven

    Performer: Elizabeth Kenny. Ensemble: Phantasm.
    • Linn Records: CKD470.
    • Linn Records.
    • 17.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV.1011 - Gavotte

    Performer: David Watkin.
    • Resonus Classics RES10147.
    • Resonus Classics.
    • 17.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No. 4 In E flat major, BWV.1010 - Prelude

    Performer: David Watkin.
    • Resonus Classics RES10147.
    • Resonus Classics.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No. 6 in D major, BWV.1012 - Prelude

    Performer: David Watkin.
    • Resonus Classics RES10147.
    • Resonus Classics.
    • 13.
  • Alban Berg

    Lyric Suite - vi. Largo desolato

    Singer: Renée Fleming. Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet.
    • DECCA 4788399.
    • DECCA.
    • 7.
  • Egon Wellesz

    5 Sonnets by Elizabeth Barrett Browning - No. 3

    Singer: Renée Fleming. Ensemble: Emerson String Quartet.
    • DECCA 4788399.
    • DECCA.
    • 10.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    L'Estro Armonico - Concerto in A minor

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
    • Channel Classics CCS SA 36515.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 17.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    L' Estro Armonico - Concerto for four violins in D

    Performer: Bojan Čičić. Performer: Johannes Pramsohler. Performer: Sabine Stoffer. Performer: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
    • Channel Classics CCS SA 36515.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 1.

9.00am

Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 3

NIELSEN: Symphony No. 1 in G minor Op. 7 (FS16); Symphony No. 3 Op. 27 (FS60) 'Sinfonia espansiva'

Royal Stockholm Philharmonic Orchestra, Sakari Oramo (conductor)

BIS BIS2048 (Hybrid SACD)

 

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)

9.30am Building a Library

Gillian Moore compares recordings of Sibelius’s Symphony no.1 in E minor and makes a personal recommendation.

 

Top recommendation:

Sibelius: Complete Symphonies

SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (complete); Late Fragments (3)

BBC Philharmonic, John Storgards (conductor)

CHANDOS CHAN10809(3) (3CD)

 

(Download only for individual symphony.)

 

10.15am In Memoriam: Rodney Milnes

Andrew pays tribute to the late Rodney Milnes - opera critic and regular contributor to CD Review - who passed away earlier this month.

10.20am More Discs of the Year

Mahan Esfahani: Time Present and Time Past

BACH, C P E: Twelve Variationen uber die Folie d'Espagne, Wq118/9/H263

BACH, J S: Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

GEMINIANI: Concerto grosso in D minor Op. 6

GORECKI: Concerto for Harpsichord and Strings Op. 40

REICH: Piano Phase

SCARLATTI, A: Variations On 'La Folia'

Mahan Esfahani (harpsichord), Concerto Koln

DG ARCHIV 4794481 (CD)

 

Schubert: Sonatas, Impromptus & Moments Musicaux

SCHUBERT: Hungarian Melody in B minor D817; Piano Sonata No. 18 in G major, D894; Moments Musicaux (6), D780 Op. 94; Allegretto in C minor, D915; 4 Impromptus, D935; Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Andras Schiff (fortepiano)

ECM 4811572 (2CD mid-price)

 

Alessandro Scarlatti: Con eco d'amore

SCARLATTI, A: Figlio! Tiranno! (from La Griselda); Se geloso e il mio core (from Endimione e Cintia); Nacque, col Gran Messia (from Non so qual piu); A questo nuovo affanno (from L'Eraclea); Mentre io godo in dolce oblio (from La Santissima Vergine); Ombre opache; Qui dove … Torbido irato e nero; Con voce festiva; O vane speme! ... Cara tomba del mio diletto (from Il Mitridate Eupatore); Sussurrando il venticello (from Tigrane); Ergiti, Amor, su i vanni (from Scipione nelle Spagne); Esci ommai (from Il Mitridate Eupatore); Dolce stimolo al tuo bel cor (from Il Mitridate Eupatore); D’amor l’accesa face (from Venere, Amore e Ragione); Io non son di quei campioni (from La Statira); A battaglia, pensieri

Elizabeth Watts (soprano), Mark Bennett (trumpet), Huw Daniel (violin), The English Concert, Laurence Cummings (continuo, director)

HARMONIA MUNDI HMU807574 (Hybrid SACD)

 

LAWES, W: The Royal Consorts Setts 1 -10; 3 Consorts ‘To the Organ’

Phantasm, Elizabeth Kenny (theorbo), Daniel Hyde (organ)

LINN CKD470 (2Hybrid SACD mid-price)

 

BACH, J S: Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

David Watkin (cello)

RESONUS CLASSICS RES10147 (2CD mid-price)

 

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)

 

VIVALDI: L'estro armonico - 12 concerti Op. 3

Rachel Podger (violin, director), Brecon Baroque

CHANNEL CCSSA36515 (2Hybrid SACD mid-price)

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