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Building a Library: Nielsen: Symphony No 6 (Sinfonia semplice)

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Nielsen: Symphony No 6 (Sinfonia semplice); Recent releases of Baroque repertoire; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930 Building a Library
Stephen Johnson surveys recordings of Nielsen's Symphony No.6, his "Sinfonia semplice", and makes a personal recommendation. The composer himself thought the symphony more 'amiable and smooth' than his others, but because it has a different, more simple structure than his previous symphonic works (hence the subtitle), it was not terribly well received at the premiere and sadly has remained the least performed of his symphonies.

1030
Simon Heighes joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of Baroque repertoire including discs from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Max Emanuel Cencic.

1145
Andrew chooses an exceptional new release as his Disc of the Week.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Ottorino Respighi

    Lauda Per La Nativita Del Signore

    Singer: Yeree Suh. Ensemble: Polyphonia Ensemble Berlin. Choir: Rundfunkchor Berlin.
    • Carus 83.473.
    • Carus.
    • 9.
  • Thomas Hewitt Jones

    What Child Is This? (A Christmas Lullaby)

    Performer: Royal Ballet Sinfonia/Gavin Sutherland.
    • Heritage HTGCD 299.
    • Heritage.
    • 6.
  • Traditional English

    Fare Thee Well, Cold Winter

    Ensemble: Quadriga Consort.
    • Deutsche Harmonia DHM 88875075722.
    • Deutsche Harmonia.
    • 12.
  • Henry Purcell

    Now, Winter Comes Slowly

    Singer: Tora Augestad. Ensemble: Music for a While.
    • Grappa GRCD 4458.
    • Grappa.
    • 12.
  • Trad. Dutch

    King Jesus Hath A Garden

    Choir: The Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys. Conductor: John Scott.
    • Resonus Classics RES10158.
    • Resonus Classics.
    • 16.
  • Trad. Czech

    Pudjem spolu do betlema

    Choir: Prague Madrigal Singers. Director: Miroslav Venhoda.
    • Supraphon.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No.1 In E Minor Op.39: 2nd movt; Andante (ma non troppo lento)

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • BPHR 150071.
    • BPHR.
    • 2.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op.63

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • BPHR 150071.
    • BPHR.
    • 4.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No. 4 in A minor, Op.63

    Orchestra: Lahti S O. Conductor: Okko Kamu.
    • BIS: BIS-2076.
    • BIS.
    • 5.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No. 6 in D minor, Op.104

    Orchestra: Lahti S O. Conductor: Okko Kamu.
    • BIS: BIS-2076.
    • BIS.
    • 5.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Symphony No. 7 in C major, Op.105

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • BPHR 150071.
    • BPHR.
    • 8.
  • Francesco Cavalli

    Dell'antro magico

    Performer: Anna Reinhold. Ensemble: Cappella Mediterranea. Director: Leonardo García Alarcón.
  • Francesco Cavalli

    Menfi, mia patri, rego

    Performer: Mariana Flores. Ensemble: Cappella Mediterranea. Director: Leonardo García Alarcón.
  • Alessandro Scarlatti

    Vagio mio sole

    Performer: Max Emanuel Cenčić. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev.
  • Leonardo Leo

    Non fidi al mar

    Performer: Max Emanuel Cenčić. Ensemble: Il Pomo d’Oro. Conductor: Maxim Emelyanychev.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Tendre Amour

    Performer: Anna Dennis. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Jonathan Williams.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    Chantons Bacchus & Contredanse

    Performer: Anna Dennis. Performer: Matthew Brooke. Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Jonathan Williams.
  • Jacobus Clemens non Papa

    Hosanna (Sanctus)

    Ensemble: Stile Antico.
  • H. Praetorious

    Magnificat

    Ensemble: Stile Antico.
  • Jacob Handl

    Mirabile Mysterium

    Ensemble: Stile Antico.
  • Michael Praetorius

    Gloria (from Polyhymnia caduceatrix)

    Ensemble: Apollo’s Fire. Conductor: Jeannette Sorrell.
    • Avie AV2306.
    • Avie.
    • 8.
  • Chiara Margarita Cozzolani

    Gloria in altissimis Deo

    Choir: Currende Vocal Ensemble. Conductor: Erik Van Nevel.
    • Etcetera KTC 1526.
    • Etcetera.
    • 10.
  • Paul Hindemith

    The Long Christmas Dinner

    Performer: American Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Leon Botstein.
    • Bridge 9449.
    • Bridge.
    • 13.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Magnificat in E Flat major, BWV 243a

    Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
    • Linn Records CKD469.
    • Linn Records.
    • 25.

9.00am

Respighi: Lauda per la Nativita del Signore, P. 166

LAURIDSEN: O magnum mysterium

POULENC: Quatre motets pour le temps de Noel

PRAETORIUS, M: Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

RAPHAEL, G: Nun komm der Heiden Heiland

RESPIGHI: Lauda per la Nativita del Signore; Maria durch ein’ Dornwald ging

Yeree Suh (soprano), Kristine Larissa Funkhauser (mezzo-soprano), Krystian Adam (tenor), Rundfunkchor Berlin, Polyphonia Ensemble Berlin, Nicolas Fink, Maris Sirmais

CARUS CARUS83473 (CD)

 

The Spirit of Christmas

CURTIS, M: Christmas Spirit

HEWITT JONES, THOMAS: What child is this?

KELLY, B: Sir Roger de Coverley; A Christmas Celebration

MENOTTI: Amahl And The Night Visitors: Introduction, March & Shepherds' Dance

MOORE, R: A Christmas Medley

SAUNDERS, A: The Twelve Days of Christmas

SPRATLEY: A Christmas Rondel

THORNETT: Festive Overture - The Joy of Christmas

WARLOCK: Bethlehem Down

Joanna Lumley, John Julius Norwich (narrators), RTE Concert Orchestra, Royal Ballet Sinfonia, Gavin Sutherland (conductor), Barry Wordsworth (conductor)

HERITAGE HTGCD299 (CD)

  

Quadriga Consort: Winter's Delight

Christmas music and carols from the British Isles.

Quadriga Consort

Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88875075722 (CD)

 

Dancing Day: Music for Christmas

BRITTEN: A Ceremony of Carols Op. 28; A New Year Carol

HADLEY, P: I sing of a maiden

LEDGER: On Christmas night

MARTIN, M: Novo profusi gaudio

MATHIAS: Wassail Carol

RUTTER: Dancing Day

SCOTT, JOHN: King Jesus Hath a Garden

Saint Thomas Choir of Men and Boys, Fifth Avenue, New York, Sara Cutler, Stephen Buzard, Benjamin Sheen, John Scott (conductor)

RESONUS CLASSICS RES10158 (CD)

 

Music For A While - Canticles of Winter

Tora Augestad (vocals), Stian Carstensen (accordion, banjo, pedal steel), Mathias Eick (trumpet), Martin Taxt (tuba), Pal Hausken (drums, percussion)

GRAPPA GRCD4458 (CD)

 

Christmas Carols: Prague Madrigal Singers

Christmas carols from Bohemia, Moravia and other European traditions.

Prague Madrigal Singers

SUPRAPHON SU41922 (CD mid-price)

9.30am Building a Library

Stephen Johnson compares recordings of Nielsen’s Symphony no.6, ‘Sinfonia semplice’ and makes a personal recommendation.

 

Top recommendation

Nielsen: Symphonies Nos. 4 - 6

NIELSEN: Symphony No. 4 Op. 29 (FS76) 'The Inextinguishable'; Little Suite in A minor for strings Op. 1 (FS6); Hymnus Amoris Op. 12 (FS21); Symphony No. 5 Op. 50 (FS97); Symphony No. 6, (FS116) 'Sinfonia semplice'

San Francisco Symphony Orchestra, Herbert Blomstedt (conductor), Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra, Ulf Schirmer (conductor), Barbara Bonney, John Mark Ainsley, Lars Pedersen, Michael W. Hansen, Bo Anker Hansen, Copenhagen Boys' Choir / Danish National Radio Choir / Danish National Radio Symphony Orchestra

DECCA 4609882 (2CD budget)

 

10.30am New Sibelius Cycles

As part of Radio 3’s ongoing Northern Lights season, Andrew explores two recently released sets of Sibelius symphonies.

 

SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (complete)

Berliner Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER BPHR150071 (4CD + 1 Blu-ray Audio + 1 Blu-ray Video mid-price)

 

SIBELIUS: Symphonies Nos. 1-7 (complete)

Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Okko Kamu (conductor)

BIS BIS2076 (3 Hybrid SACD mid-price)

10.50am Simon Heighes on Baroque Music

Simon Heighes joins Andrew live to discuss recent releases of Baroque vocal music.

 

Cavalli: Heroines of the Venetian Baroque

CAVALLI: Mira questi duo lumi (from Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo); Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo: Sinfonia di viole a 5; Hor con pania e con esca (from Le nozze di Teti e di Peleo); Didone, ohime, non mi riceve amante (from Didone); Re de' Getuli altero (from Didone); Occhi per pianger nati (from La virtu dei strali d'Amore); Volgi, deh volgi il piede (from Gli amori di Apollo e di Dafne); Amanti, se credete (from Egisto); Aprite, aprite gl'occhi (from L'Ormindo); Udite amanti (from La Doriclea); Dell'antro magico (from Giasone); Lassa, che far degg'io (from Giasone); Caro Ernesto / Mia Cleanta (from Orimonte); Dimmi amor, che faro? (from Oristeo); Non col ramo di Cuma (from La Rosinda); Restino imbalsamate (from La Calisto); T'aspetto, e tu non vieni (from La Calisto); Ne le grotte arimaspe (from L'Eritrea); Tardano molto?...Qui si fa il ballo de' tori (from La Veremonda); Che rumori, che voci...Qui se replica il ballo de' tori (from La Veremonda); L'Orione: Prologo - Sinfonia a 3; Mia vita / Moi bene (from Il Ciro); Ed e pur vero, o core (from Xerse); Luci mie che miraste (from Xerse); Speranze voi che siete (from Erismena); O stelle, a che mi sforzate (from Erismena); A me il veleno (from Erismena); Menfi, mi patria, regno (from La Statira); Regina, udiste mai (from Artemisia); Quest'e un gran caso al certo (from Hipermestra); Amazone non son (from Elena); Speranze, fermate (from Xerse); Una stila di speme (from Ercole amante); E vuol dunque Ciprigna (from Ercole amante); Ma in amor cio ch'altri fura (from Ercole amante); A tuo dispetto amor (from Scipione affricano); Ne fastosa allor che ride / Ne dolente allor che freme (from Mutio Scevola); Come al mar corrono i fiumi (from Pompeo Magno); Giuliano al tuo ferro (from Eliogabalo); Pur ti stringo, pur t'annodo (from Eliogabalo)

Mariana Flores (soprano), Anna Reinhold (mezzo), Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon (conductor)

RICERCAR RIC359 (2CD)

 

Arie Napoletane: Max Emanuel Cencic

AULETTA: Concerto in D major for harpsichord, two violins and continuo

LEO: Dal suo gentil sembiante (from Demetrio); Non fidi al mar che freme (from Demetrio); No, non vedrete mai (from Siface)

PERGOLESI: L’infelice in questo stato (from L’Olimpiade)

PORPORA: Quel vasto, quel fiero (from Polifemo); Qual turbine che scende (from Germanico in Germania)

SCARLATTI, A: Miei pensieri (from Il Prigioniero Fortunato); Tutto appoggio il mio disegno (from Il Cambise); Si, si tra le mie speranze resisti… Care pupille belle (from Il Tigrane); Vago mio sole (from Massimo Puppieno)

VINCI, LEONARDO: In questa mia tempesta (from Eraclea)

Max Emanuel Cencic (countertenor), Il Pomo D'Oro, Maxim Emelyanychev

DECCA 4788422 (CD)

 

RAMEAU: Anacreon

Matthew Brook (Anacreon), Anna Dennis (Chloe), Agustin Prunell-Friend (Batile), The Choir of the Enlightenment, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Jonathan Williams

SIGNUM SIGCD402 (CD)

 

A Wondrous Mystery

CLEMENS: Pastores quidnam vidistis; Missa Pastores quidnam vidistis

ECCARD: Ubers Gebirg Maria geht; Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her

HANDL: Canite tuba in Sion; Mirabile mysterium

HASSLER, H L: Hodie Christus natus est

PRAETORIUS, H: Magnificat quinti toni

PRAETORIUS, M: Puer natus in Bethlehem (Ein Kind geborn); Es ist ein Ros' entsprungen

Stile Antico

HARMONIA MUNDI HMU807575 (Hybrid SACD)

11.45am Christmas Highlights

Christmas Vespers: Music Of Michael Praetorius

PRAETORIUS, M: Selections from: Polyhymnia caduceatrix; Musica Sionae; Puericimium; Terpsichore

Apollo’s Fire, Apollo's Singers, Apollo's Musettes, The Oberlin Choristers, The Children's Choirs of St Paul's Church, Jeannette Sorrell (conductor)

AVIE AV2306 (CD)

 

Vesperae In Nativitate Domine

COZZOLANI: Gloria in Altissimis Deo

GABRIELI, G: Hodie Christus natus est a 10; Canzon Terza a 4

MONTEVERDI: Dixit Dominus (Selva Morale ed altre raccolte spirituali); Confitebor tibi, Domine; Beatus vir (from Selva Morale e Spirituali); Laudate pueri; Gloria in excelsis (from Selva Morale e Spirituali); Laudate Dominum from Selva morale e spirituale; Christe, Redemptor Omnium; Magnificat (from Selva Morale e Spirituali)

Currende, Erik van Nevel (conductor)

ETCETERA KTC1526 (CD)

 

HINDEMITH: The Long Christmas Dinner (Das lange Weihnachtsmahl)

Camille Zamora (Lucia/Lucia II), Sara Murphy (Mother Bayard/Ermengarde), Jarrett Ott (Roderick/Sam), Josh Quinn (Brandon:), Glenn Seven Allen (Charles), Catherine Martin (Genevieve), Kathryn Guthrie (Leonora), Scott Murphree (Roderick II), American Symphony Orchestra, Leon Botstein (conductor)

BRIDGE BRIDGE9449 (CD)

 

JS Bach: Magnificat BWV243a & Christmas Cantata 63

BACH, J S: Magnificat in E flat major, BWV243a; Chorale Prelude BWV600 'Gott, durch deine Guete'; Cantata BWV63 'Christen, aetzet diesen Tag'

GABRIELI, G: Hodie Christus natus est a 10

Julia Doyle (soprano), Joanne Lunn (soprano), Clare Wilkinson (alto), Nicholas Mulroy (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass), Dunedin Consort, John Butt (conductor)

LINN CKD469 (Hybrid SACD)

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