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Building a Library: Delius: Sea Drift

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Delius: Sea Drift; Recordings of music by Elena Langer, Galina Grigorjeva and Pauline Viardot; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: Daniel Grimley recommends a recording of Delius's Sea Drift, a setting for baritone, chorus and orchestra of words by Walt Whitman. In the poem, the speaker describes how, as a boy, he watched a pair of mocking-birds nesting, until one day the she-bird flew away and never returned. In this atmospheric work Delius marvellously conjures up the motion of the waves in the sound of the orchestra.

1045
As part of Radio 3's focus on International Women's Day, Helen Wallace joins Andrew to discuss a batch of discs by women composers including works by Elena Langer, Galina Grigorjeva and Pauline Viardot.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Johannes Sperger

    Symphony No. 34 in D (i. Marche. Allegro con spirito)

    Orchestra: l’arte del mondo. Conductor: Werner Ehrhardt.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: DHM 88875056172.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 9.
  • Johannes Hieronymus Kapsberger

    Kapsberger

    Ensemble: TENET.
    • Avie.
  • Barbara Strozzi

    Le tre grazie a venere

    Performer: Josh Lee. Performer: Jeffrey Grossman. Singer: Jolle Greenleaf. Singer: Molly Quinn. Singer: Virginia Warnken.
    • Avie AV2326.
    • Avie.
    • 2.
  • Gerald Finzi

    Three Soliloquies (Love's Labour's Lost)

    Orchestra: Aurora Orchestra. Conductor: Nicholas Collon.
    • Decca 478 9357.
    • Decca.
    • 4.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No. 1 In D Major, 'Titan' (ii. Kräftig bewegt...)

    Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Yannick Nézet‐Séguin.
    • BR Klassik 900143.
    • BR Klassik.
    • 2.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Trio Sonata in G minor, Op.1, No. 1 (RV.73)

    Performer: Federico Guglielmo. Ensemble: L' Arte Dell' Arco.
    • Brilliant Classics 95200.
    • Brilliant Classics.
    • 1.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Trio Sonata in D minor, RV 63, 'La Follia'

    Performer: Federico Guglielmo. Ensemble: L' Arte Dell' Arco.
    • Brilliant Classics 95200.
    • Brilliant Classics.
    • 21.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in D major, Op.4, No. 11 (RV.204)

    Performer: Federico Guglielmo. Ensemble: L' Arte Dell' Arco.
    • Brilliant Classics 95200.
    • Brilliant Classics.
    • 5.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto in D major, Op.4, No. 11 (RV.204)

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Orchestra: Arte dei Suonatori.
    • Channel Classics CCS 19598.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 5.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Violin Concerto In E Major 'Spring', Op. 8, No.1 (RV.269)

    Performer: Federico Guglielmo. Ensemble: L' Arte Dell' Arco.
    • Brilliant Classics 95200.
    • Brilliant Classics.
    • 2.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Concerto in D major, Op.12, No. 3 (RV.124)

    Performer: Federico Guglielmo. Ensemble: L' Arte Dell' Arco.
    • Brilliant Classics 95200.
    • Brilliant Classics.
    • 17.
  • Edward Elgar

    Cello Concerto in E minor, Op.85

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.
    • Hyperion: CDA68077.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.

9.00am

J. M. Sperger: Symphonies
SPERGER: Symphony No. 26 in C minor; Symphony No. 21 in G minor; Symphony No. 34 in D major
l’arte del mondo, Werner Ehrhardt
DEUTSCHE HARMONIA MUNDI 88875056172 (CD)

TENET - The Secret Lover
CACCINI, F: Le Tre Grazie A Venere; Nube Gentil
FRESCOBALDI: Toccata
INDIA: Piangono al pianger mio
KAPSBERGER: Kapsberger; Capona
MAZZOCCHI, D: Fortuna Sul Volto
ORTIZ, D: Ricercar
ROSSI, LUIGI: Fan battaglia i miei pensieri
ROSSI, M: Toccata
SHAW, C: Dolce Cantavi
STROZZI: Le tre Grazie a Venere; Amor dormiglione; Amor Non Si Fugge; L'Eraclito amoroso 'Udite amanti'; L’amante segreto
TENET, Jolle Greenleaf, Molly Quinn (soprano), Virginia Warnken Kelsey (mezzo-soprano)
AVIE AV2326 (CD)

Introit: The Music of Gerald Finzi
FINZI: Amen from Lo, the Full, Final Sacrifice Op. 26; Dies natalis Op. 8: The Salutation; Who is Silvia?; Love's Labours Lost, Op 28: Three Soliloquies; Clear and gentle stream (No. 4 from Seven Partsongs - Poems by Robert Bridges Op. 17); Rollicum-rorum; Come away, come away, death; Prelude for string orchestra Op. 25; Romance for string orchestra Op. 11; To Lizbie Browne; Dies Natalis Op. 8: Intrada; Fear No More The Heat O’ The Sun (No. 3 from Let us garlands bring Op. 18); A Severn Rhapsody Op. 3; Eclogue Op. 10; Introit for Solo Violin and Small Orchestra in F major Op. 6
With arrangements by Paul Mealor, Harvey Brough, Patrick Hawes and Mike Sheppard Amy Dickson (saxophones), Thomas Gould (violin), Tom Poster (piano), Nicolas Fleury (French horn)., Aurora Orchestra, Nicholas Collon (conductor)
DECCA 4789357 (CD)

MAHLER: Symphony No. 1 in D major 'Titan'
Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Yannick Nezet-Seguin (conductor)
BR KLASSIK 900143 (CD)

9.30am – Building a Library

Daniel Grimley recommends a version of Delius’ ‘Sea Drift’.

9.30am – Building a Library

FINALISED RECOMMENDATIONS

Top recommendation:

Delius: American Masterworks
DELIUS: Appalachia (Variations on an old slave song); Sea Drift; Koanga: four excerpts
Henriette Bonde-Hansen (soprano), Johan Reuter (baritone), Simon Duus (baritone), Aarhus Symphony Orchestra Choir, Aarhus Cathedral Choir, AarhusSymphony Orchestra, Bo Holten (conductor)
DANACORD DACOCD732 (CD)

Historical recommendation (currently unavailable)

The Beecham Delius Magic
DELIUS: Sea Drift; 'Hassan' Incidental Music; An Arabesk
Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Bruce Boyce, BBC Chorus, Thomas Beecham (conductor)
SONY SBK62752 (CD)

Other recordings:

Below is a shortlist of other recordings which Nicholas Kenyon also liked, although we can’t guarantee the availability of these discs.
DELIUS: Sea Drift; Florida Suite
Orchestra and Chorus of Welsh National Opera, Thomas Hampson, Charles Mackerras (conductor)
ARGO 430 206-2 (CD)

Elgar: The Dream of Gerontius
DELIUS: Sea Drift
ELGAR: The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38
HOLST: The Hymn of Jesus, H140
John Shirley-Quirk, London Symphony Chorus, Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Richard Hickox (conductor), Peter Pears, Yvonne Minton, The Choir of King's College, Cambridge, London Symphony Orchestra, Benjamin Britten (conductor), BBC Chorus, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Adrian Boult (conductor)
DECCA 4481702 (2CD budget)

Delius: Sea Drift, Songs of Farewell & Songs of Sunset
DELIUS: Sea Drift; Songs of Farewell; Songs of Sunset
Sally Burgess (mezzo-soprano), Bryn Terfel (baritone), Waynflete Singers, Southern Voices, Bournemouth Symphony Chorus and Orchestra, Richard Hickox (conductor)
CHANDOS CHAN10868X (CD budget)

 

10.20am – New Releases: Vivaldi

Vivaldi: Complete Concertos & Sonatas Opp. 1-12
VIVALDI: Sonatas, Trio Sonatas, Concerti Grossi etc Op. 1-6; Concertos (12) pour hautbois ou violin Op. 7; Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione - 12 concerti Op. 8; La cetra - 12 concerti Op. 9; Flute Concertos (6) Op. 10; Concertos (6) Op. 11; Concertos (6) for violin Op. 12; Cello Sonatas Nos. 1-9, RV39-47
Federico Guglielmo (solo violin, concert master), L’Arte dell’Arco
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95200BR (20CD budget)

VIVALDI: La stravaganza - 12 concerti Op. 4
Rachel Podger (violin), Arte Dei Suonatori Baroque Orchestra
CHANNEL CCS19598 (2CD mid-price)

10.45am – Women Composers with Helen Wallace

As part of Radio 3's focus on International Women's Day, Helen Wallace joins Andrew to discuss a batch of discs by women composers including works by Elena Langer, Galina Grigorjeva and Pauline Viardot.

Elena Langer: Landscape With Three People
LANGER, E: Landscape With Three People; Snow; The Storm Cloud (Tucha); Two Cat Songs; Ariadne; Stay O Sweet
Anna Dennis (soprano), William Towers (countertenor), Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Roman Mints (violin), Meghan Cassidy (viola), Kristine Blaumane (cello), Robert Howarth (harpsichord), Katya Apekisheva (piano)
HARMONIA MUNDI HMU907669 (CD)


Viardot: Songs
VIARDOT-GARCIA: Tsvetok (No. 1 from 12 Poems of Pushkin, Fet & Turgenev); Ya lyubila yego (No. 3 from 10 Poems of Pushkin, Lermontov, Koltsov, Tyutchev & Fet); Na zare (No. 1 from 5 Poems of Lermontov and Turgenev); Polunochnyye obrazy (No. 4 from 12 Poems of Pushkin, Fet and Turgenev); Utes; Razgadka (No. 3 from 5 Poems of Lermontov & Turgenev); Dlya beregov otchizny dal'ney (No. 5 from 10 Poems of Pushkin, Lermontov, Koltsov, Tyutchev & Fet); Tikho vecher dogorayet (No. 4 from 10 Poems of Pushkin, Lermontov, Koltsov, Tyutchev & Fet); Otchego, skazhi? (No. 1 from 10 Poems of Pushkin, Lermontov, Koltsov, Tyutchev & Fet); Iva (No. 9 from 10 Poems of Pushkin, Lermontov, Koltsov, Tyutchev & Fet); Zvezdy (No. 12 from 12 Poems of Pushkin, Fet & Turgenev); Zaklinanie; Razluka (No. 4 from 5 Poems of Lermontov and Turgenev); Na kholmakh Gruzii (No. 2 from 12 Poems of Pushkin, Fet and Turgenev); Staryy muzh, groznyy muzh (No. 53 from Romances, Songs, Couplets & Cabaret Songs for Voice & Piano); Mazurkas (12)
Ina Kancheva (soprano), Ludmil Angelov (piano), Christo Tanev (cello), Kamelia Kader (mezzo-soprano)
TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0303 (CD)

Galina Grigorjeva: Nature Morte
GRIGORJEVA: Svjatki - Choir Concerto; Salve Regina; Nature Morte; Lament for Flute; In paradisum; Diptych
Conrad Steinmann (flute), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Theatre of Voices, Yxus Quartet, Paul Hillier (conductor)
ONDINE ODE12452 (CD)

Sally Beamish – The Singing
BEAMISH: Concerto for accordion and orchestra 'The Singing'; A Cage of Doves; Under the Wing of the Rock; Reckless for chamber orchestra; Trumpet Concerto
James Crabb (accordion), Branford Marsalis (alto saxophone), Hakan Hardenberger (trumpet), National Youth Orchestra of Scotland, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)
BIS BIS2156 (Hybrid SACD)

Errollyn Wallen: Photography
WALLEN: Cello Concerto; Hunger; Photography; In Earth
Matthew Sharp (cello), Ensemble X, Nicholas Kok, The Continuum Ensemble, Ensemble X, Philip Headlam, Tim Harries (bass guitar), Quartet X, Errollyn Wallen
NMC NMCD221 (CD)

11.45am – Disc of the Week

Elgar & Walton: Cello Concertos
ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85
HOLST: Invocation
HOLST, I: The Fall of the Leaf
WALTON: Cello Concerto
Steven Isserlis (cello), Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi (conductor),
HYPERION CDA68077 (CD mid-price)

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