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Building a Library: Guillaume de Machaut

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Simon Heighes on the music of Guillaume de Machaut; reviews of recent sets of Beethoven chamber music; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Simon Heighes recommends recordings which best represent the music of Guillaume de Machaut. Celebrated and internationally renowned in his own time, the fourteenth-century Guillaume de Machaut, composer of secular and sacred music, is one of the great names in Western music.

1020
Harriet Smith reviews recent sets of Beethoven chamber music, including violin sonatas with Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe, and the complete cello music with Xavier Phillips and François-Frédéric Guy

1145
Disc of the Week: Andrew makes a personal choice from among the latest top releases.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Robert Schumann

    Introduction and Allegro appassionato in G major, Op 92

    Performer: Jan Lisiecki. Orchestra: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Jan Lisiecki I Antonio Pappano: Schumann.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 005.
  • Nikolai Karlovich Medtner

    8 Stimmungsbilder [8 Kartin Nastroyeniy] Op.1 For Piano

    Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin.
    • Yevgeny Sudbin Plays Medtner & Rachmaninov.
    • BIS.
    • 001.
  • Marin Marais

    Suite - Book 1 No. 5 In D Minor For 2 Viols And Continuo

    Performer: Paolo Pandolfo. Performer: Amélie Chemin. Performer: Thomas C. Boysen. Performer: Markus Hünninger.
    • Marais 1689: Pièces à une et à deux violes et basse continue.
    • Glossa.
    • 012.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Concerto No. 1 In D Major H.7d.3 For Horn And Orchestra (ii. Adagio)

    Performer: Johannes Hinterholzer. Performer: Riccardo Minasi. Orchestra: Il Pomo d’Oro.
    • Haydn Concertos.
    • Erato.
    • 005.
  • Toru Takemitsu

    Rain Tree Sketch II - In Memoriam Olivier Messiaen For Piano

    Performer: Hélène Grimaud.
    • Hélène Grimaud: Water.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 003.
  • Nitin Sawhney

    Water - Transition 2

    Performer: Hélène Grimaud.
    • Hélène Grimaud: Water.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 004.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Barcarolle No. 5 In F Sharp Minor Op.66 For Piano

    Performer: Hélène Grimaud.
    • Hélène Grimaud: Water.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 005.
  • William Byrd

    Christe qui lux es et dies

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • The Deer's Cry.
    • Coro.
    • 002.
  • Arvo Pärt

    The Deer's Cry

    Choir: The Sixteen. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • The Deer's Cry.
    • Coro.
    • 003.
  • William Byrd

    Ave verum corpus for 4 voices

    Choir: ORA. Conductor: Suzi Digby.
    • Upheld by Stillness.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 013.
  • Roderick Williams

    Ave Verum Corpus Re-imagined

    Ensemble: ORA. Conductor: Suzi Digby.
    • Upheld by Stillness.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 014.
  • Thomas Tallis

    Miserere Nostri For 7 Voices

    Performer: Benjamin Morris. Choir: Jesus College Cambridge Choir. Conductor: Mark Williams.
    • The Evening Hour.
    • Signum Records.
    • 016.
  • Edward C. Bairstow

    Blessed City, Heavenly Salem Vers. For Chorus And Organ

    Performer: Benjamin Morris. Choir: Jesus College Cambridge Choir. Conductor: Mark Williams.
    • The Evening Hour.
    • Signum Records.
    • 017.
  • Robert Schumann

    Concerto In A Minor Op.54 For Piano And Orchestra

    Performer: Jan Lisiecki. Performer: Sir Antonio Pappano. Orchestra: Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia Rome Orchestra.
    • Jan Lisiecki I Antonio Pappano: Schumann.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 1-3.

9:00am

Yevgeny Sudbin plays Medtner & Rachmaninov

MEDTNER: Stimmungsbild Op. 1 (Prologue); Fairy Tale Op. 51/3; Sonata reminiscenza in A minor Op. 38 No. 1; Skazka (Fairy Tale) Op. 20 No 1 in B flat minor; Skazka (Fairy Tale) Op. 26 No. 1; Canzona matinata in G major Op. 39 No. 4; Sonata tragica in C minor Op. 39 No. 5

RACHMANINOV: Prelude Op. 23 No. 4 in D major; Prelude Op. 23 No. 5 in G minor; Prelude Op. 32 No. 5 in G major; Prelude Op. 32 No. 6 in F minor; Prelude Op. 32 No. 12 in G sharp minor; Prelude Op. 32 No. 13 in D flat major

Yevgeny Sudbin (piano)

BIS BIS1848 (Hybrid SACD)

 

Marais 1689: Pieces a une et a deux violes

MARAIS, M: Suite en sol majeur (a deux violes); Prelude en re mineur (a une viole); Suite en re mineur (a deux violes); Sujet Diversitez; Rondeau en sol mineur (a une viole); Tombeau de Mr Meliton (Premier Livre pour 2 violes)

Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba), Amelie Chemin (viola da gamba), Thomas Boysen (theorbo, Baroque guitar), Markus Hunninger (harpsichord)

GLOSSA GCD920415 (CD)

 

Haydn: Concertos

HAYDN: Violin Concerto No. 4 in G major, Hob.VIIa:4; Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, Hob.VIId:3; Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in G major, Hob.XVIII:4; Symphony No. 83 in G minor 'The Hen'; Fantasy in C major Hob XVII/4; Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D major, HobXVIII:11; Keyboard Concerto No. 6 in F major with violin and strings, Hob. XVIII:6 'Double'

Riccardo Minasi (violin/conductor), Il Pomo d'Oro, Johannes Hinterholzer (horn), Maxim Emelyanychev (harpsichord/conductor)

ERATO 2564605204 (2CD budget)

 

Helene Grimaud: Water (Deluxe Digipack)

ALBENIZ: Almeria (from Iberia, book 2)

BERIO: Six Encores: Wasserklavier

DEBUSSY: Preludes - Book 1: No. 10, La cathedrale engloutie

FAURE: Barcarolle No. 5 in F sharp minor Op. 66

JANACEK: In the Mists: Andante

LISZT: Les jeux d'eaux a la Villa d'Este (Annees de pelerinage III, S. 163 No. 4)

RAVEL: Jeux d'eau

SAWHNEY: Water - 7 Transitions

TAKEMITSU: Rain Tree Sketch II

Helene Grimaud (piano), Nitin Sawhney (keyboards, guitar, programming)

DG 4793426 (CD)

9:30am - Building a Library

Simon Heighes surveys recordings of works by Machaut and makes a personal recommendation

Top recommendation:

The Mirror of Narcissus

MACHAUT: Dame, de qui toute ma joie vient; Foy porter, honneur garder; Dame, je sui cils / Fins cuers dous / Fins cuers dous; Tuit mi penser; Dame, mon cuer en vous remaint; Dame, a qui; Biauté qui toutes autres pere; Je vivroie liement; Rose, lis, printemps, verdure; Dame, a vous sans retollir; Amours me fait desirer; Douce dame jolie; Inviolata genitrix / Felix virgo / Contratenor / Ad te suspiramus

Emma Kirkby (soprano), Rogers Covey-Crump (tenor), Colin Mason (baritone), Emily van Evera (soprano), Margaret Philpot (alto), Gothic Voices, Christopher Page (conductor)

HYPERION CDA66087 (Download Only)

 

ALSO RECOMMENDED:

Machaut: Mass
MACHAUT: Messe de Nostre Dame; Le lay de la fonteinne 'Je ne cesse de prier', L11; Ma fin est mon commencement, R14
The Hilliard Ensemble
HYPERION CDA66358 (CD)

 

 

10:20am - New Releases: Beethoven Chamber Music

Harriet Smith reviews recent sets of Beethoven chamber music, including violin sonatas with Tasmin Little and Martin Roscoe, and the complete cello music with Xavier Phillips and François-Frédéric Guy

 

BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-10 (Complete)

Tasmin Little (violin), Martin Roscoe (piano)

CHANDOS CHAN10888(3) (3CD mid-price)

 

BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-10 (Complete)

Isabelle van Keulen (violin), Hannes Minnaar (piano)

CHALLENGE CLASSICS CC72650 (4Hybrid SACD budget)

 

Beethoven: Violin Sonatas, Vol. 4

BEETHOVEN: Violin Sonata No. 6 in A major Op. 30 No. 1; Rondo for Piano and Violin in G major, WoO 41; German Dances (6), WoO 42; Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor Op. 30 No. 2

Thomas Albertus Irnberger (violin), Michael Korstick (piano)

GRAMOLA GRAM99053 (Hybrid SACD)

 

Beethoven: Complete Works for Cello & Piano

BEETHOVEN: Variations (12) on "See the conquering hero comes" for Cello and Piano, WoO 45; Variations (7) on "Bei Mannern, welche Liebe fuhlen", for Cello and Piano, WoO 46; Variations (12) on "Ein Madchen oder Weibchen" for Cello and Piano Op. 66; Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Xavier Phillips (cello), Francois-Frederic Guy (piano)

EVIDENCE CLASSICS EVCD015 (2CD mid-price)

 

Beethoven: Complete Works for Piano Trio Vol. II

BEETHOVEN: Piano Trio No. 2 in G major Op. 1 No. 2; Piano Trio No. 5 in D major Op. 70 No. 1 'The Ghost'

Swiss Piano Trio

AUDITE AUDITE97693 (CD)

11:15am - New Choral Releases

The Deer’s Cry: The Sixteen sing Part, Byrd & Tallis

BYRD: Diliges Dominum; Christe qui Lux; Miserere mihi, Domini; Tribue, Domine; Emendemus in melius; O Lux beata Trinitas; Ad Dominum cum tribularer; Laetentur coeli

PART: The Deer's Cry; Nunc dimittis; The Woman With The Alabaster Box

TALLIS: When Jesus went into Simon the Pharisee's house

The Sixteen, Harry Christophers (conductor)

CORO COR16140 (CD mid-price)

 

Upheld by Stillness

BRAY, C: Agnus Dei

BYRD: Quomodo cantabimus; Mass for five voices; Ave verum Corpus

L'ESTRANGE: Show me, deare Christ

MONTE, P: Super flumina Babylonis

PANUFNIK, R: Kyrie after Byrd

PARK: Upheld by stillness

POTT: Laudate Dominum

WILLIAMS, RODERICK: Ave Verum Corpus Re-imagined

ORA, Suzi Digby (artistic director and conductor)

HARMONIA MUNDI HMW906102 (CD)

 

 

 

The Evening Hour

BAIRSTOW: Save us, O Lord; Blessed City, heavenly Salem

BENNETT, R R: A Song at Evening

BERKELEY, L: The Lord is my Shepherd Op. 91 No. 1

BLITHEMAN: In Pace

BYRD: Miserere mihi, Domini

GARDINER, H B: Evening Hymn (Te lucis ante terminum)

GIBBONS, O: Behold, thou hast made my days

HARRIS, W: Bring us, O Lord God

HOLST: The Evening-watch, H159

JACKSON, GABRIEL: Creator of the Stars of Night

MOORE, P: Evening Prayers

RADCLIFFE: God be in my head

SHEPPARD, J: In manus tuas

TALLIS: Miserere nostri, motet for 7 voices, P. 207

TAVENER: The Lord's Prayer

TAVERNER: In nomine a 4

WHITE, ROBERT: Christe qui lux es et dies IV

The Choir of Jesus College Cambridge, Mark Williams

SIGNUM SIGCD446 (CD)

11:40am - Disc of the Week

Schumann: Works for piano and orchestra

SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54; Introduction & Allegro appassionato in G major Op. 92; Introduction and Allegro Op. 134; Kinderszenen Op. 15: Traumerei

Jan Lisiecki (piano), Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (conductor)

DG 4795327 (CD)

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