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Building a Library: Cavalleria rusticana

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana; Recent releases of chamber music repertoire; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library
Anna Picard compares recordings of Mascagni's perennially popular 'Cavalleria Rusticana', widely considered to be one of the classic verismo operas, with 'that' intermezzo which may or may not conjure up images from the imaginations of Francis Ford Coppola and Martin Scorsese...

1030
Rebecca Franks chats to Andrew about a fascinating selection of recent releases of chamber music repertoire

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Trio Sonata in G major, RV 820 (mvts 1-4)

    Ensemble: Modo Antiquo. Performer: Federico Maria Sardelli.
    • The Young Vivaldi: RV 820 and other Rare Early Works.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 014.
  • David Juritz & Diana Ambache

    Sonatine in A minor (3rd mvt)

    • Liberté, Egalité, Sororité: 100 Years of Chamber Music by French Women.
    • Ambache.
    • 011.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Piano Sonata in G major, Op 37 (4th mvt)

    Performer: Freddy Kempf.
    • Tchaikovsky: The Seasons / Grand Sonata.
    • BIS.
    • 004.
  • Daniel Steibelt

    Piano Concerto No. 3 In E 'L'Orage' (iii. Rondo Pastorale)

    Performer: Howard Shelley. Orchestra: Ulster Orchestra.
    • Steibelt Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 5 & 7.
    • Hyperion.
    • 003.
  • Domenico Scarlatti

    Sonata In D Major Kk.29 (opening)

    Performer: Angela Hewitt.
    • Domenico Scarlatti Sonatas.
    • Hyperion.
    • 004.
  • Charles Avison

    Concerto Grosso After Scarlatti, No. 6 In D Major (ii. Con Furia)

    Ensemble: Concerto Köln.
    • Charles Avison: Concerti Grossi After Scarlatti.
    • Berlin Classics.
    • 006.
  • Juan García de Zéspedes

    Convidando está la noche

    Ensemble: L'Harmonie Des Saisons. Conductor: Eric Milnes.
    • Las Cuidades de Oro.
    • ATMA Classique.
    • 002.
  • Luis de Briceño

    Si Queréis Que Os Enrame La Puerta

    Performer: La Galanía. Singer: Raquel Andueza. Ensemble: La Galanía.
    • Yo Soy La Locura 2.
    • Anima e Corpo.
    • 009.
  • José Maurício Nunes Garcia

    Missa Pastoril (Laudamus Te / Gratias)

    Choir: Ex Cathedra Choir. Conductor: Jeffrey Skidmore.
    • Brazilian Adventures.
    • Hyperion.
    • 004.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    Concerto No. 1 In B Flat Minor Op.23 For Piano And Orchestra

    Performer: Beatrice Rana. Performer: Santa Cecilia Academy Rome Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Beatrice Rana: Prokofiev / Tchaikovsky.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 005.

9.00am

The Young Vivaldi
VIVALDI: Concerto Op. 3 No. 8 'Con due Violini obligati', RV 522; Concerto in C major for violin, traverso & organ RV779; Recorder Sonata in F major, RV52; Sonata for 2 violins in A minor, RV107a; Trio Sonata in C, RV60; Violin Concerto in D minor, RV813; Violin Sonata in G major, RV820
Ensemble Modo Antiquo, Federico Maria Sardelli (conductor)
DEUTSCHE HM 88875127852 (CD)

Tchaikovsky: The Seasons
TCHAIKOVSKY: The Seasons Op. 37b; Grand Sonata for Piano in G major Op. 37
Freddy Kempf (piano)
BIS BIS2140 (Hybrid SACD mid-price)

Liberté – Egalité – Sororité: 100 Years of Chamber Music by French Women
CLAUDE ARRIEU: Trio d’anches (1936) for oboe, clarinet and bassoon; LILI BOULANGER: Nocturne (1911) for violin and piano; MEL BONIS: Scènes de la Fôret (1907) for flute, horn and piano; PAULINE VIARDOT-GARCIA: Sonatine (1874) for violin and piano; LOUISE FARRENC: Sonata (1861) for cello and piano, Op. 46; GERMAINE TAILLEFERRE: ed Desiré Dondeyne: Concertino (1952) for flute, piano and chamber orchestra
Diana Ambache (piano), Anthony Robb (flute), Jeremy Polmear (oboe), Neyire Ashworth (clarinet), Philip Gordon (bassoon), Richard Dilley (horn), David Juritz (violin), Richard Milone (violin), Ilona Bondar (viola), Rebecca Knight (cello), Tim Amherst (double bass), Tristan Fry (timpani), Sue Rothstein (harp)
AMBACHE AMB2606 (CD)

Steibelt: Piano Concertos Nos. 3, 5 & 7
STEIBELT: Piano Concerto No. 3 in E major 'L'orage' Op. 33; Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major 'A la chasse' Op. 64; Piano Concerto No. 7 in E minor 'Grand concerto militaire'
Howard Shelley (piano, conductor), Ulster Orchestra
HYPERION CDA68104 (CD mid-price)

9.30am – Building a Library

Anna Picard surveys recordings of Mascagni’s Cavalleria rusticana and makes a personal recommendation.

Top recommendation:

MASCAGNI: Cavalleria Rusticana
Agnes Baltsa (Santuzza), Placido Domingo (Turiddu), Juan Pons (Alfio), Susan Mentzer (Lola), Vera Baniewicz (Lucia), Philharmonia Orchestra, Chorus of the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, Giuseppe Sinopoli (conductor)
DG E4295682 (CD)

10.20am

D. Scarlatti: Sonatas
SCARLATTI, D: Keyboard Sonata K380 in E major; Keyboard Sonata K96 in D major; Keyboard Sonata K109 in A minor; Keyboard Sonata K427 in G major; Keyboard Sonata K69 in F minor; Keyboard Sonata K141 in D minor; Keyboard Sonata K140 in D major; Keyboard Sonata K27 in B minor; Keyboard Sonata K13 in G major; Keyboard Sonata K8 in G minor; Keyboard Sonata K430 in D major; Keyboard Sonata K113 in A major; Keyboard Sonata K29 in D major; Keyboard Sonata K87 in B minor; Keyboard Sonata K159 in C major 'La caccia'; Keyboard Sonata K9 in D minor
Angela Hewitt (piano)
HYPERION CDA67613 (CD mid-price)

Avison: Concerti Grossi after Scarlatti
AVISON: Concerto grosso after Scarlatti, No. 3 in D minor; Concerto grosso after Scarlatti, No. 6 in D major; Concerto grosso after Scarlatti, No. 4 in A minor; Concerto grosso after Scarlatti, No. 5 in D minor; Concerto grosso after Scarlatti, No. 9 in C major; Concerto grosso after Scarlatti, No. 11 in G major
Concerto Koln
BERLIN CLASSICS 0300702BC (CD)

Las Ciudades de Oro
L'Harmonie des Saisons, Eric Milnes (conductor)
ATMA ACD22702 (CD)

Chaconne: Voices of Eternity
Ensemble Caprice, Matthias Maute
ANALEKTA AN29132 (CD)

Yo Soy La Locura 2
Raquel Andueza, La Galania
ANIMA E CORPO AEC005 (CD)

Brazilian Adventures
CYRO DE SOUZA: Ascendit Deus
LOBO DE MESQUITA: Tercio: Padre nosso; Tercio: Ave Maria; Tercio: Gloria
NUNES GARCIA: Missa pastoril para a noite de natalMissa pastoril para a noite de natal
PINTO, L A: Licao de solfejo No. 25; Divertimentos harmonicos: Oh! Pulchra es; Divertimentos harmonicos: Beata virgo
SILVA GOMES: Missa a 8 vozes e instrumentos
Ex Cathedra, Jeffrey Skidmore (conductor)
HYPERION CDA68114 (CD mid-price)

10.30am – New Chamber Music Releases

Rebecca Franks chats to Andrew about a fascinating selection of recent releases of chamber music repertoire.


MOZART: String Quartets K.387 (‘Spring’) and K.458 (‘The Hunt’)
Hagen Quartet
MYRIOS CLASSICS MYR017 (SACD)

Mozart & Brahms: String Quintets
BRAHMS: String Quintet No. 2 in G major Op. 111
MOZART: String Quintet No. 3 in C major, K515
Quatuor Voce, Lise Berthaud (viola)
ALPHA ALPHA214 (CD)

Beethoven: Complete String Quartets Volume 5
BEETHOVEN: String Quintet in C major Op. 29; String Quartet No. 15 in A minor Op. 132
Quartetto di Cremona, Lawrence Dutton (viola)
AUDITE AUDITE92684 (Hybrid SACD)

TIPPETT: String Quartets Nos. 1 - 5 (Complete)
Heath Quartet
WIGMORE HALL LIVE WHLIVE0080/2 (2CD mid-price)

11.40am – Disc of the Week

Prokofiev & Tchaikovsky: Piano Concertos
PROKOFIEV: Piano Concerto No. 2 in G minor Op. 16
TCHAIKOVSKY: Piano Concerto No. 1 in B flat minor Op. 23
Beatrice Rana (piano), Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (conductor)
WARNER CLASSICS 2564600909 (CD)

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