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Building a Library: Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 8

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Beethoven: Piano Sonata No 8; Baroque releases including Handel's Israel in Egypt, plus Vivaldi and Ernst; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: Beethoven's Piano Sonata No 8 in C minor, Op.13, the 'Pathetique'
Written in the late 1700s when Beethoven was 27, the 'Pathétique' sonata has remained one of his most celebrated works. It's thought the nickname was bestowed by Beethoven's publisher who was impressed with the sonata's haunting and heartrending sonorities. Sarah Walker recommends a recording from the available versions.

1030
Hannah French joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of Baroque repertoire including Handel's Israel in Egypt, bassoon concertos by Vivaldi and violin concertos by Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Antonio Bertali

    La Maddalena

    Ensemble: Scherzi Musicali. Singer: Nicolas Achten.
    • Ricercar RIC 367.
    • Ricercar.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto in D minor for two violins, BWV 1043 (2nd mvt)

    Performer: Cecilia Bernardini. Performer: Huw Daniel. Ensemble: Dunedin Consort. Conductor: John Butt.
    • Linn CKD 519.
    • Linn.
    • 12.
  • David Matthews

    String Quartet No. 11 in B flat, Op.22

    Ensemble: Kreutzer Quartet.
    • Toccata Classics TOCC 0318.
    • Toccata Classics.
    • 18.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor (ii. Andante)

    Ensemble: Smetanovo trio.
    • Supraphon SU 4197-2.
    • Supraphon.
    • 10.
  • Magnus Lindberg

    Cello Concerto No. 2 (iii.)

    Performer: Anssi Karttunen. Orchestra: Finnish Radio Orchestra. Conductor: Hannu Lintu.
    • Ondine ODE 1281-5.
    • Ondine.
    • 4.
  • Antonio Bertali

    La Maddalena

    Ensemble: Scherzi Musicali. Singer: Nicolas Achten.
    • Ricercar RIC 367.
    • Ricercar.
    • 7.
  • Alessandro Della Ciaia

    Lamentationi (Maundy Thursday, 3rd Lamentation)

    Performer: Franco Pavan. Singer: Roberta Invernizzi. Ensemble: Laboratorio '600.
    • Glossa GCD 922903.
    • Glossa.
    • 5.
  • Gaetano Veneziano

    La Passione secondo Giovanni

    Singer: Raffaele Pé. Ensemble: Ghislieri Choir & Consort. Choir: Capella Neopolitana. Conductor: Antonio Florio.
    • Glossa GCD922609.
    • Glossa.
    • 7.
  • Marco Gioseppe Peranda

    St Mark Passion

    Ensemble: Capella Sagittariana. Conductor: Norbert Schuster.
    • Rondeau Production ROP612122.
    • Rondeau Production.
    • 4.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    D'nes spaseniye

    Performer: Graham Ross. Choir: Clare College Cambridge Choir.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMU 907655.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 17.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    St John Passion (Part 1)

    Singer: Werner Güra. Choir: RIAS Chamber Choir. Choir: Staats- und Domchor Berlin. Ensemble: Berlin Academy of Ancient Music.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMC 802236.37.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.

9.00am

JS Bach: Violin Concertos
BACH, J S: Concerto for Oboe, Violin and Strings BWV1060R; Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042; Cantata BWV21 'Ich hatte viel Bekummernis': Sinfonia; Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, BWV1041; Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043
Cecilia Bernardini (violin), Alfredo Bernardini (oboe), Huw Daniel (violin), Dunedin Consort, John Butt (director)
LINN CKD519 (Hybrid SACD)

David Matthews: Complete String Quartets Volume 4
BEETHOVEN, transcribed Matthews: Bagatelles (11) Op. 119; Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major Op. 22 - Adagio; Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major Op. 101
MATTHEWS, D: String Quartet No. 11 Op. 108; Diabelli Variation (version for string quartet)
Kreutzer Quartet
TOCCATA CLASSICS TOCC0318 (CD)

Martinu: The Complete Piano Trios
MARTINU: Piano Trio No. 1 'Cinq pieces breves', H. 193; Piano Trio No. 2 in D minor, H327; Bergerettes - Five Pieces for Violin, Cello and Piano; Piano Trio No. 3 in C major, H332
Smetana Trio: Jitka Cechova (piano), Jiri Vodicka (violin), Jan Palenicek (cello)
SUPRAPHON SU41972 (CD)

Magnus Lindberg: Al Largo, Cello Concerto No. 2 & Era
LINDBERG, M: Al largo; Era; Cello Concerto No. 2
Anssi Karttunen (cello), Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Hannu Lintu (conductor)
ONDINE ODE12815 (Hybrid SACD)

9.30am - Building a Library

Sarah Walker recommends a version of Beethoven’s 8th Piano Sonata Op. 13, ‘Pathétique’

Building a Library - Recommendations

Top recommendation:

Beethoven: Popular Piano Sonatas
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 'Pathetique'; Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'; Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major Op. 53 'Waldstein'; Piano Sonata No. 26 in E flat major Op. 81a 'Les Adieux'; Piano Sonata No. 23 in F minor Op. 57 'Appassionata'; Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major Op. 79; Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'
Stephen Kovacevich (piano)
WARNER CLASSICS 6230812 (2CD)

Other recordings:

Below is a shortlist of other recordings which Sarah Walker also liked, although we can’t guarantee the availability of these discs.


Beethoven - Piano Concertos & Sonatas
BEETHOVEN: Piano Concerto No. 1 in C major Op. 15; Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major Op. 19; Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor Op. 27 No. 2 ‘Moonlight'; Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor Op. 37; Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 'Pathetique'; Piano Sonata No. 17 in D minor Op. 31 No. 2 'Tempest'; Piano Concerto No. 4 in G major Op. 58; Piano Concerto No. 5 in E flat major Op. 73 'Emperor'
Steven Lubin (fortepiano), The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood (conductor)
DECCA E4757297 (3CD budget)

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Volume 2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 15 in D major Op. 28 'Pastorale'; Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 'Pathetique'; Piano Sonata No. 3 in C major Op. 2 No. 3
Angela Hewitt (piano)
HYPERION CDA67605 (CD)

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Nos. 8 - 11
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 'Pathetique'; Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major Op. 14 No. 1; Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major Op. 14 No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major Op. 22
Alfred Brendel (piano)
PHILIPS E4427742 (CD mid-price)

Beethoven: Richter Volume 1 - Vinyl Edition
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 'Pathetique'; Bagatelle in F Op. 33 No. 3; Bagatelle in C Major Op. 33, No. 5; Bagatelles (11) Op. 119: No. 2 in C major; Bagatelles (11) Op. 119: No. 7 in C major; Bagatelles (11) Op. 119: No. 9 in A minor; Bagatelles (6) Op. 126: No. 1; Bagatelles (6) Op. 126: No. 4; Bagatelles (6) Op. 126: No. 6 in E flat major
Sviatoslav Richter (piano)
MELODIYA MELLP0055 (Vinyl)
ALSO AVAILABLE AS BMG 74321 29462-2

Beethoven - Piano Sonatas Volume 2
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor Op. 13 'Pathetique'; Piano Sonata No. 10 in G major Op. 14 No. 2; Piano Sonata No. 9 in E major Op. 14 No. 1; Piano Sonata No. 11 in B flat major Op. 22; Piano Sonata No. 24 in F sharp major Op. 78; Piano Sonata No. 25 in G major Op. 79; Piano Sonata No. 28 in A major Op. 101; Piano Sonata No. 29 in B-flat major Op. 106 'Hammerklavier'; Piano Sonata No. 21 in C major Op. 53 'Waldstein'; Piano Sonata No. 27 in E minor Op. 90
Paul Lewis (piano)
HARMONIA MUNDI HMC901903/05

Beethoven - Complete Piano Sonatas
BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonatas Nos. 1-32 (Complete)
Daniel Barenboim (piano)
DG 4631272 (9CD budget)

10.20am - New Easter Releases

BERTALI: La Maddalena (Vienna 1663) and works for La Maddalena in Mantua 1617 (by Monteverdi, Guivizzani, Effrem and Rossi)
Scherzi Musicali, Nicolas Achten (director)
RICERCAR RIC367 (CD)

Alessandro della Ciaia: Lamentationi
BERNIA: Toccata Cromatica
CIAIA: Toccata sopra il mottetto Ecce Venio
GALILEI, M: Toccata in Do maggiore; Toccata in Sol maggiore; Toccata in Sol minore; Toccata in Do minore
SARACINI: Toccata intitolata all’illustrissimo signor Alfonso Strozzi; Toccata intitolata all’illustrissimo, et eccellentissimo signor conte San Secondo
Roberta Invernizzi (soprano), Laboratorio ’600
GLOSSA GCD922903 (2CD mid-price)

Gaetano Veneziano: Passio
VENEZIANO: St John Passion
Raffaele Pe (Evangelista), Luca Cervoni (Christus), Marco Bussi (Pilatus), Ghislieri Choir, Cappella Neapolitana, Antonio Florio (conductor)
GLOSSA GCD922609 (CD)

Dresden Passion
MARCO GIOSEPPE PERANDA: The St. Mark Passion, with additional music by Johann Hermann Schein and Heinrich Schutz.
Cappella Sagittariana Dresden, Norbert Schuster (conductor)
RONDEAU PRODUCTION ROP612122

Haec dies: Music for Easter
BASSANO, G: Dic nobis
BYRD: Haec dies; Pascha nostrum
HADLEY, P: My beloved spake
HALLER, M: Surrexit Pastor bonus
LASSO: Aurora Lucis Rutilat; Surrexit Pastor bonus; Magnificat Super Aurora Lucis Rutilat
LHERITIER: Surrexit pastor bonus
MARTIN, M: Haec dies
PALESTRINA: Terra tremuit
RACHMANINOV: Dnes’ spaseniye
SCHEIDT: Surrexit Christus hodie
STANFORD: Ye Choirs of New Jerusalem Op. 123
TAVERNER: Dum transisset Sabbatum I
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Easter (No. 1 from Five Mystical Songs)
WESLEY, S S: Blessed be the God and Father
Choir of Clare College Cambridge, Matthew Jorysz (organ), Graham Ross
HARMONIA MUNDI HMU907655 (CD)

10.40am - Hannah French on New Baroque Releases

Hannah French joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of Baroque repertoire including Handel's Israel in Egypt, bassoon concertos by Vivaldi and violin concertos by Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar.

Vivaldi: Bassoon Concertos Volume 4
VIVALDI: Bassoon Concerto, RV 469 in C major; Bassoon Concerto, RV 491 in F major; Bassoon Concerto, RV 498 in A minor; Bassoon Concerto, RV 492 in G major; Bassoon Concerto, RV 500 in A minor; Bassoon Concerto, RV 473 in C major
Sergio Azzolini (bassoon), L’aura Soave Cremona
NAIVE OP30551 (CD)

Johann Ernst of Saxe-Weimar: Complete Violin Concertos
BACH, J S: Keyboard Concerto in G major (after Ernst), BWV592a; Keyboard Concerto in B flat major (after Ernst), BWV 982; Keyboard Concerto in D minor (after Ernst), BWV 987
SACHSEN-WEIMAR: Complete Violin Concertos Nos. 1-8
Anne Schumann (violin), Sebastian Knebel (harpsichord), Ensemble Fursten-Musik
CPO 7779982 (CD mid-price)

Composed to the Soul: Music by CF Abel & JA Hasse
ABEL, C F: Quartetto in A; Concerto in D; Quartetto in B flat; Frena le belle lagrime (from Sifari)
HASSE, J A: L’augelletto in lacci stretto (from Didone abbandonata)
Dorothee Mields (soprano), Simone Eckert (viola da gamba), Hamburger Ratsmusik
CPO 7779112 (CD mid-price)

Johan Helmich Roman: The 12 Keyboard Sonatas (Sonatas 8-12)
AGRELL, JOHAN: Sonata II in C major
ROMAN: Sonata VIII in A major, BeRI 232; Sonata IX in D minor, BeRI 233; Sonata X in B minor, BeRI 234; Sonata XI in F minor, BeRI 235; Sonata XII in E minor, BeRI 236; Sonata in C major, BeRI 215
Anna Paradiso (harpsichord/clavichord)
BIS BIS2135 (Hybrid SACD)

HANDEL: Israel in Egypt, HWV54
Lydia Teuscher, Julia Doyle (sopranos), Hilary Summers (alto), Benjamin Hulett (tenor), Roderick Williams (bass), Choir of The King’s Consort, Robert King (conductor)
VIVAT VIVAT111 (2CD budget)

11.40am - Disc of the Week

BACH, J S: St John Passion, BWV245 (1749 version plus appendices from 1725)
Werner Gura (Evangelist), Johannes Weisser (bass arias/Christus), Andrew Redmon (Petrus), Johannes Schendel (Pilatus), Sunhae Im (soprano arias), Benno Schachtner (alto arias), Sebastian Kohlhepp (tenor arias), Fabienne Weiss (Ancilla), Minsub Hong (Servus), Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Staats-& Domchor Berlin, Rene Jacobs (conductor)
HARMONIA MUNDI HMC802236/37 (2 SACD + DVD + download, mid-price)

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