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Building a Library: Mozart's Requiem

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Mozart: Requiem, with Nicholas Kenyon; Sandeep Virdee provides a guide to Indian classical music; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: Nicholas Kenyon recommends a recording of Mozart's Requiem. Commissioned in strange circumstances, the Requiem has been argued over by musicians and scholars for the past couple of centuries; it has also inspired fiction, drama and opera. Left unfinished at Mozart's death, his widow Constanze desperately needed to get the Requiem finished to get it paid for. Two attempts to complete it were made in her lifetime and several more, since. To arrive at his final choice, Nicholas Kenyon asks 'What is The Mozart Requiem?' It's a knotty question which takes some unpicking and has more than one answer.

1055
Sandeep Virdee joins Andrew for a beginners' guide to Indian classical music and selects some recordings to form a basic collection.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Josef Suk

    Fantasy in G minor, Op.24

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Orchestra: Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • Ondine ODE 1279-5.
    • Ondine.
    • 1.
  • Robert Schumann

    Violin Concerto in D minor

    Performer: Patricia Kopatchinskaja. Orchestra: West German Radio Symphony Orchestra Cologne.
    • Audite 97.717.
    • Audite.
    • 1.
  • Julian Anderson

    In Lieblicher Bläue

    Performer: Carolin Widmann. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • LPO.
  • Benjamin Britten

    Movements for a Clarinet Concerto (3rd mvt)

    Performer: Michael Collins. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Director: Michael Collins.
    • Chandos CHAN 10891.
    • Chandos.
    • 3.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Daphnis et Chloe

    Choir: Montreal Symphony Chorus. Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • Decca 478 9466.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Manuel de Falla

    El Amor Brujo

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • Decca 478 9466.
    • Decca.
    • 19.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Pines of Rome

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • Decca 478 9466.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    The Firebird

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • Decca 478 9466.
    • Decca.
    • 15.
  • Jacques Ibert

    Bostoniana

    Orchestra: Orchestre symphonique de Montréal. Conductor: Charles Dutoit.
    • Decca 478 9466.
    • Decca.
    • 15.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Violin Concerto in D major, Op.35

    Performer: Vilde Frang. Orchestra: Frankfurt R S O. Conductor: James Gaffigan.
    • Warner Classics: 0825646009213.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 1.

9.00am

Christian Tetzlaff plays Dvorak & Suk

DVORAK: Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 53; Romance in F minor Op. 11

SUK: Fantasy for Violin & Orchestra Op. 24  Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Helsinki Philharmonic Orchestra, John Storgards (conductor) ONDINE ODE12795 (Hybrid SACD)
Schumann: Complete Symphonic Works Vol. IV

SCHUMANN: Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54; Violin ConcertoDenes Varjon (piano), Patricia Kopatchinskaja (violin), WDR Sinfonieorchester, Heinz Holliger (conductor) AUDITE AUDITE97717 (CD)

Julian Anderson: In lieblicher Blaue, Alleluia, The Stations of the Sun

ANDERSON, JULIAN: In liebliche Blaue (for violin and orchestra); Alleluia; The Stations of the Sun

Carolin Widmann (violin), London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

LPO LPO0089 (CD mid-price)

British Clarinet Concertos, Vol. 2

BRITTEN arr. C. Matthews: Movements for a Clarinet Concerto for clarinet and strings

COOKE, A: Concerto For Clarinet And String Orchestra

FINZI: Five Bagatelles Op.23a

MATHIAS: Clarinet Concerto Op. 68Michael Collins (clarinet, conductor), BBC Symphony Orchestra

CHANDOS CHAN10891 (CD)

9.30am – Building a Library

Nicholas Kenyon recommends a version of Mozart’s Requiem.

Building a Library - Recommendations

Top recommendation:
Mozart: Requiem (Reconstruction of first performance)MOZART: Requiem in D minor, K626; Misericordias Domini - Offertory, K222Joanne Lunn (soprano), Rowan Hellier (alto), Thomas Hobbs (tenor), Matthew Brook (bass-baritone), Dunedin Consort, John Butt (conductor)LINN CKD449 (Hybrid SACD)
Other recordings:
Below is a shortlist of other recordings which Nicholas Kenyon also liked, although we can’t guarantee the availability of these discs. 

MOZART: Requiem in D minor, K626; Kyrie in D minor, K341Barbara Bonney, Anne Sofie von Otter, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Willard White, Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)PHILIPS 4201972 (CD)

MOZART: Requiem in D minor, K626Emma Kirkby, Carolyn Watkinson, Anthony Rolfe-Johnson, David Thomas, Chorus and Orchestra of The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)DECCA 4117122 (CD mid-price)

Mozart & Brahms: RequiemBRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45; Begrabnisgesang Op. 13; MOZART: Requiem in D minor, K626; Masonic Funeral Music in C minor, K477Lynne Dawson (soprano), Olaf Bar (baritone), Schutz Choir of London, Nancy Argenta (soprano), Catherine Robbin (contralto), John Mark Ainsley (tenor), Alastair Miles (bass), London Classical Players, Roger Norrington (conductor)ERATO 9125662 (2CD budget)

MOZART: Requiem in D minor, K626, Revised and completed by Robert D Levin, Karina Gauvin, Marie-Nicole Lemieux, John Tessier, Nathan Berg, La Chapelle de Quebec, Les Violins du Roy, Bernard Labadie (conductor)DORIAN DOR90310 
MOZART: Requiem in D minor, K626Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman (conductor)TELARC CD80410 (CD mid-price)

10.25am – Reissues: Charles Dutoit

Decca Sound: Dutoit · Montreal

BARTOK: Concerto for Orchestra, BB 123, Sz.116; Music for Strings, Percussion & Celesta, BB 114, Sz. 106

BERLIOZ: Symphonie fantastique Op. 14

BIZET: L'Arlesienne Suites 1 & 2; Carmen Suite No. 1; Carmen Suite No. 2; Symphony in C; Overture in A major; Patrie Overture Op. 19; La jolie fille de Perth suite

CHAUSSON: Symphony in B flat major Op. 20

DEBUSSY: Images for orchestra; Trois Nocturnes; La Mer; Jeux - Poeme danse; Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien; Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune; Children's Corner; La Boite A Joujoux; La plus que lente; Printemps, suite for piano 4 hands or orchestra, L. 61

FALLA: El sombrero de tres picos; El Amor Brujo

FAURE: Requiem Op. 48; Pelleas et Melisande Op. 80 (suite); Pavane Op. 50

FRANCK, C: Symphony in D minor

GOUNOD: Faust - Ballet Music

HOLST: The Planets Op. 32

IBERT: Escales; Concerto for Flute & Orchestra

INDY: Symphonie sur un chant montagnard Op. 25

MENDELSSOHN: A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music Op. 61

MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition

OFFENBACH: Gaite Parisienne – Ballet Suite

ORFF: Carmina Burana

PIAZZOLLA: Tangazo, for orchestra; Concerto for Bandoneon, Guitar & Orchestra 'Hommage a Liege'

RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloe; Bolero; Alborada del gracioso (orchestral version); Rapsodie Espagnole; La Valse; Piano Concerto in G major; Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand); Ma Mere l'Oye; Le tombeau de Couperin - Orchestral version; Valses nobles et sentimentales; Pavane pour une infante defunte

RESPIGHI: Fountains of Rome; Pines of Rome; Roman Festivals

RIMSKY KORSAKOV: Scheherazade Op. 35; Capriccio espagnol Op. 34

SAINT-SAENS: Symphony No. 3 in C minor Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'

STRAVINSKY: The Rite of Spring; Symphonies of Wind Instruments; The Firebird; Petrushka; Le Chant du Rossignol; Etudes (4) for orchestra

TCHAIKOVSKY: Swan Lake Op. 20; The Nutcracker Op. 71

THEODORAKIS: Zorbas (excerpts from Suite Ballet); Adagio for Solo Flute, String Orchestra & Percussion

Orchestre Symphonique de Montreal, Charles Dutoit (conductor)

DECCA 4789466 (32CD budget)

10.45am – Indian Classical Music

Sandeep Virdee joins Andrew for a beginners' guide to Indian classical music and selects some recordings to form a basic collection.
Raag MusePANDIT RAMASHREYA JHA: Raag Basant Mukhari; Raag Shuddha Sarang; Raag Mishra BhairaviShubha Mudgal (sitar)UNDERSCORE RECORDS (CD)

Raga Bhimpalasi (Live)Amjad Ali Khan (sarod), Shafaat Ahmed Khan (tabla), Artist UnknownNAVRAS RECORDS NRCD0050 (CD budget)

RevelationRaga Kaunsi Kanada; DhumNiladri Kumar (sitar), Vijay Ghate (Tabla)NAVRAS RECORDS NRCD 0141 (CD)

Bahauddin Dagar Live from the Darbar FestivalRag Bhairavi; Dhrupad Compostion In ChautaalBahauddin Dagar (sitar)SENSE WORLD MUSIC

Flute FantasiaS. Shashank (flute), Delbi P. Sunder Rajan (violin), Vizianagaram P. Satish Kumar (mridangam), Radhakrishnan (ghatam), B. V. S. Prasad (harp)NAVRAS RECORDS NRCD0095 (CD budget)

11.45am – Disc of the Week

Britten & Korngold: Violin Concertos

BRITTEN: Violin Concerto in D minor Op. 15

KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35

Vilde Frang (violin), Frankfurt Radio Symphony, James Gaffigan (conductor)

WARNER CLASSICS 2564600921 (CD)

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