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Building a Library: Poulenc: Organ Concerto

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Poulenc: Organ Concerto; Re-issue: song recitals by German soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

Building a Library: Oliver Condy recommends a version of Poulenc's Organ Concerto. In 1936 Poulenc made a pilgrimage to the Black Virgin of Rocamadour, where his Christian faith was reignited. And there is a feeling of anxious spiritual questioning in this concerto. But Poulenc also contrasts the religious mood with the more jovial Poulenc of the cabaret and the fairground.

Iain Burnside and Andrew discuss a reissue of song recitals by the great German soprano Elisabeth Schwarzkopf who was born 100 years ago.

Andrew plays an exiting new release as his Disc of the Week.

3 hours, 12 minutes


Music Played

  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35 - i. Allegro moderato

    Performer: Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Orchestra: MusicAeterna. Conductor: Teodor Currentzis.
    • Sony Classical : 88875165122.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1.
  • Béla Bartók

    Violin Concerto No. 1 - i. Andante sostenuto

    Performer: Janine Jansen. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Decca 478 8412.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Carl Maria von Weber

    Clarinet Concerto No 1 in F minor, Op 73 (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Jörg Widmann. Orchestra: German Symphony Orchestra Berlin. Conductor: Peter Ruzicka.
    • Orfeo C 897 151 A.
    • Orfeo.
    • 9.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Il Turco in Italia (Sinfonia)

    Ensemble: Zefiro Ensemble. Director: Alfredo Bernardini.
    • Arcana A 391.
    • Arcana.
    • 5.
  • Grażyna Bacewicz

    String Quartet No. 4 - ii. Andante

    Ensemble: Lutoslawski Quartet.
    • Naxos 8.572807.
    • Naxos.
    • 2.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    Cello Sonata in G minor, Op. 19 - ii. Allegro scherzando

    Performer: Alisa Weilerstein. Performer: Inon Barnatan.
    • DECCA : 478 8416.
    • DECCA.
    • 2.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No. 4 in G major - i. Bedachtig. Nicht eilen - Recht emachlich; & ii. In gemachlicher Bewegung. Ohne Hast

    Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons. Singer: Dorothea Röschmann.
    • RCO 15004.
    • RCO.
    • 1.


Tchaikovsky: Violin Concerto & Stravinsky: Les Noces


TCHAIKOVSKY: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35

Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), Teodor Currentzis (conductor)

SONY 88875165122 (CD)


Brahms & Bartok: Violin Concertos

BARTOK: Violin Concerto No. 1, BB48a, Sz 36

BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77

Janine Jansen (violin), London Symphony Orchestra, Orchestra dell'Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (conductor)

DECCA 4788412 (CD)


Mozart, Weber & Widmann: Klarinettenkonzert

MOZART: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra in A major K. 622

WIDMANN: Drei Schattentänze

WEBER: Concerto for Clarinet and Orchestra No.1 in F minor Op. 73

Jörg Widmann (clarinet), DSO Berlin, Peter Ruzicka (conductor)

ORFEO C897151A (CD)

9.30am Building a Library

Oliver Condy compares recordings of Poulenc’s Organ Concerto and makes a personal recommendation.


Top recommendation:


Respighi, Poulenc & Rheinberger: Concertos for Organ and Orchestra

POULENC: Concerto in G minor for Organ, Strings & Timpani

RESPIGHI: Suite in G for Strings and Organ

RHEINBERGER: Organ Concerto No. 1 in F Op. 137

Peter King (Bath Abbey Organ), The BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Francois-Xavier Roth (conductor)


10.20am New Chamber Releases

Harmonie & Turcherie

DONIZETTI: Marcia di Mahmoud; Sinfonia a soli instrumenti di fiato in G minor

HAYDN: The Seven Last Words of Our Saviour on the Cross: Introduction in D major

HAYDN, M: Marcia Turchesa

MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night's Dream: Nocturne

MOZART: March of the Janitscharen (from Die Entfuhrung aus dem Serail)

ROSSINI: Il Turco in Italia Overture

SCHUBERT: Eine kleine Trauermusik, D79

SPOHR: Notturno for winds & Turkish band in C major Op. 34

WITT, FRIEDRICH: Concertino in E flat major

Zefiro, Alfredo Bernardini (conductor)



Bacewicz: Complete String Quartets, Vol. 2

BACEWICZ: String Quartet No. 2; String Quartet No. 4; String Quartet No. 5

Lutoslawski Quartet

NAXOS 8572807 (CD budget)


Alisa Weilerstein: Chopin & Rachmaninov

CHOPIN: Cello Sonata in G minor Op. 65; Etude Op. 25 No. 7 in C sharp minor; Polonaise brillante Op. 3 for cello & piano

RACHMANINOV: Cello Sonata in G minor Op. 19; Vocalise Op. 34 No. 14

Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Inon Barnatan (piano)

DECCA 4788416 (CD)

10.40am Iain Burnside on Warner's Elisabeth Schwarzkopf centenary set

Pianist Iain Burnside joins Andrew to discuss a box of Elisabeth Schwarzkopf recordings, recently released by Warner to celebrate the 100th anniversary of her birth this month.


Elisabeth Schwarzkopf - The Complete Recitals 1952-1974

Elisabeth Schwarzkopf (soprano)

WARNER CLASSICS 2564602605 (31CD budget)

For more information see:,0825646026050/elisabeth-schwarzkopf-the-recitals

11.45am Disc of the Week

MAHLER: Symphony No. 4

Dorothea Roschmann (soprano), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Mariss Jansons (conductor)

RCO LIVE RCO15004 (Hybrid SACD)


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