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Building a Library: Schumann: Fantasie

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Schumann: Fantasie, Op 17; Wayne Marshall on discs featuring Marcel Dupre and Charles-Marie Widor; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: Kenneth Hamilton recommends a recording of Schumann's Fantasie, Op17

The Fantasie in C major was composed by Robert Schumann in 1836. It is popularly thought of as one of Schumann's greatest works for solo piano. It had its origins in a piece Schumann composed to express his unhappiness at being parted from his beloved Clara Wieck, whom he later married. This later became part of a work meant as a contribution to the appeal for funds to erect a monument to Beethoven in his birthplace, Bonn. It was eventually published in 1839 with a dedication to Franz Liszt.

1045
Andrew talks to organist Wayne Marshall about reissues of the great French organist,composer and pedagogue Marcel Dupré. And recordings of organ music by Charles-Marie Widor.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Suite from the Incedental Music for Hamlet (Op. 32a)

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Anthony Burgess

    Prelude (From Mr. W.S.)

    Orchestra: Brown University Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Phillips.
    • NAXOS: 8.573472.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Alonso Lobo

    Lamentations

    Choir: Collegium Vocale Gent. Orchestra: Antwerp Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • PHI: LPH 020.
    • PHI.
    • 7.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Threni: De elegia quinta

    Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Director: Martin Baker.
    • Hyperion CDA68106.
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.
  • Christa Schönfeldinger, Gerald Schonfeldinger, Heinz Ditsch & Olga Neuwirth

    Nurseries Heroes 1 (Goodnight Mommy)

    • KAIROS: 0015009KAI.
    • Kairos.
    • 5.
  • Eugène Ysaÿe

    Les Neiges D'Antan (Op. 23)

    Performer: Svetlin Roussev. Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège. Conductor: Jean‐Jacques Kantorow.
    • MUSIQUE EN WALLONIE: MEW 1681.
    • Musique en Wallonie.
    • 4.
  • Trad.

    Mawam Hijaz (Al-andalous Lament)

    Narrator: Silvia Bel. Singer: Waed Bouhassoun. Ensemble: Hespèrion XXI.
    • AliaVox.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Pines of Rome

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Antonio Pedrotti.
    • SUPRAPHON SU 4199-2.
    • Supraphon.
    • 1.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    Fountains of Rome

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Antonio Pedrotti.
    • SUPRAPHON SU 4199-2.
    • Supraphon.
    • 6.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Pavane de la belle au bois dormant (Ma mère l'oye)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Antonio Pedrotti.
    • SUPRAPHON SU 4199-2.
    • Supraphon.
    • 13.
  • Ottorino Respighi

    La boutique fantasque (Cancan; Valse)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Antonio Pedrotti.
    • SUPRAPHON SU 4199-2.
    • Supraphon.
    • 5.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Variations on a Theme by Haydn (Op.56a)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Antonio Pedrotti.
    • SUPRAPHON SU 4199-2.
    • Supraphon.
    • 14.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures from an Exhibition, orch. Ravel (Promenade & Gnomus)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Antonio Pedrotti.
    • SUPRAPHON SU 4199-2.
    • Supraphon.
    • 19.
  • Modest Mussorgsky

    Pictures from an Exhibition, orch. Ravel (Bydlo)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Antonio Pedrotti.
    • SUPRAPHON SU 4199-2.
    • Supraphon.
    • 7.
  • Claude Debussy

    Prélude à l'après-midi d'un faune

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Antonio Pedrotti.
    • SUPRAPHON SU 4199-2.
    • Supraphon.
    • 19.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Symphony No. 4 in A major, 'Italian' (Op. 90)

    Orchestra: Czech Philharmonic. Conductor: Antonio Pedrotti.
    • SUPRAPHON SU 4199-2.
    • Supraphon.
    • 23.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Symphony No. 9 in E flat major (Op. 70)

    Orchestra: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON: 479 5201.
    • DG.
    • 1.

9.00am

Anthony Burgess: Mr W.S. – Ballet Suite for Orchestra
BURGESS, A: Mr W.S. – Ballet Suite for Orchestra; Marche pour une revolution 1789–1989; Mr Burgess’s Almanack
Brown University Orchestra, Paul Phillips
NAXOS 8573472 (CD budget)

Alonso Lobo: Lamentations
GUERRERO, FRANCISCO: Maria Magdalena et altera Maria
LOBO, A: Lamentations; Regina caeli, laetare; O quam suavis est, Domine; Missa Maria Magdalene
Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (conductor)
HYPERION CDA68106 (CD)

Stravinsky: Threni - Requiem Canticles
STRAVINSKY: Requiem Canticles; The dove descending breaks the air; Threni; Da Pacem Domine
Christina Landshamer (soprano), Ewa Wolak (contralto), Maximilian Schmitt (tenor), Collegium Vocale Gent, Royal Flemish Philharmonic, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)
PHI LPH020 (CD)

NEUWIRTH, O: Goodnight Mommy (OST) (Ich seh, Ich seh)
Christa & Gerald Schonfeldinger (Vienna Glass Armonica Duo), Heinz Ditsch (musical saw), Olga Neuwirth (other instruments)
KAIROS 0015009KAI (CD)


Ysaye: Neiges d’antan
YSAYE: Au rouet Op. 13; Berceuse Op. 20; Chant d'hivers Op. 15; Divertimento Op. 24; Extase Op. 21; Les neiges d'antan Op. 23; Reve d'enfant Op. 14
Svetlin Roussev (violin), Amaury Coeytaux (violin), Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liege, Jean-Jacques Kantorow (conductor)
MUSIQUE EN WALLONIE MEW1681 (CD)

9.30am Building a Library

Kenneth Hamilton compares recordings of Schumann’s Fantasie in C, Op. 17, and recommends a version.

Building a Library Recommendations

Top recommendation:

Mussorgsky: Pictures at an Exhibition
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition (piano version)
SCHUMANN: Fantasie in C major Op. 17
Paul Lewis (piano)
HARMONIA MUNDI HMC902096

Other recordings:

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

Vladimir Horowitz (1965)
CBS: M3K 44681

David Wilde
Delphian: DCD 34050

Martha Argerich
EMI: CDM 7 63576

Maurizio Pollini
Deutsche Grammophon: 423 134-2

Sviatoslav Richter
Warner: 0777 7 64625 2 3

Marc-Andre Hamelin
Hyperion: CDA67166

Andras Schiff
ECM New Series: 2122/23 4763909

Andreas Haefliger
Avie: AV 2293

10.15am New Releases

Ramon Llull (1232-1316)
Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall (conductor)
ALIA VOX AVSA9917 (2Hybrid SACD)

Antonio Pedrotti in Prague
BRAHMS: Variations on a theme by Haydn for orchestra Op. 56a 'St Anthony Variations'
DEBUSSY: Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune
FALLA: Noches en los jardines de Espana
MENDELSSOHN: Symphony No. 4 in A major Op. 90 'Italian'
MUSSORGSKY: Pictures at an Exhibition
RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloe - Suite No. 2; Ma Mere l'Oye; Pavane pour une infante defunte
RESPIGHI: Roman Festivals; Fountains of Rome; La Boutique Fantasque, PP120; Pines of Rome
Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Antonio Pedrotti
SUPRAPHON SU41992 (3CD mid-price)

11.00am Organ Music with Wayne Marshall

Andrew talks to organist Wayne Marshall about reissues of the great French organist, composer and pedagogue Marcel Dupré. And recordings of organ music by Charles-Marie Widor.

Marcel Dupre: The Mercury Living Presence Recordings
BACH, J S: Prelude & Fugue in D major, BWV532; Prelude & Fugue in A minor, BWV543; Prelude & Fugue in E minor, BWV548 'Wedge'; Chorale Preludes II, BWV645-650 'Schubler Chorales'; Fantasia in C minor, BWV562; Fantasia in G major, BWV572; Chorale Prelude BWV671 'Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist'; Chorale Prelude BWV662 'Allein Gott in der Hoh' sei Ehr'; Chorale Prelude BWV680 'Wir glauben all an einen Gott' ('Giant Fugue'); Chorale Prelude BWV684 'Christ, unser Herr, zum Jordan kam'; Chorale Prelude BWV615 'In dir ist Freude'; Chorale Prelude BWV622 'O Mensch, bewein' dein' Sunde gross'; Chorale Prelude BWV607 'Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schaar'; Chorale Prelude BWV637 'Durch Adam's Fall ist ganz verderbt'; Chorale Prelude BWV645 'Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme'; Chorale Prelude BWV668 'Vor deinen Thron tret' ich'
DUPRE: Triptyque Op. 51; Prelude & Fugue in G minor Op. 7 No. 3; Cortege et Litanie Op. 19 No. 2; Variations sur un Noel Op. 20; Carillon Op. 27 No. 4; Lamento Op. 24; Final Op. 27 No. 2; 3 Preludes and Fugues Op. 36; Symphonie-Passion Op. 23; Chorale & Fugue in F sharp major Op. 57; Iste Confessor; In Dulci Jubilo; Ave Maris Stella
FRANCK, C: Piece heroique, M37; Trois Chorals pour grand orgue, M. 38-40; Grande Piece Symphonique in F sharp minor Op. 17; Fantaisie in A major, M35; Pastorale Op. 19
MESSIAEN: Le Banquet Celeste; Les Bergers
SAINT-SAENS: Symphony No. 3 in C minor Op. 78 'Organ Symphony'
WIDOR: Organ Symphony No. 6 in G minor Op. 42 No. 2: Allegro; Symphony No. 2 Op. 13, No. 2, IV. Salve Regina
Detroit Symphony Orchestra, Paul Paray (conductor), Marcel Dupre (organ)
MERCURY LIVING PRESENCE 4788388 (10CD budget)

The Britannic Organ, Vol. 11: Historic Improvisations by British and German Organists
Edwin Lemare, Alfred Hollins, William Wolstenholme, Carl Hofner, Kurt Grosse, Paul Mania, Otto Dunkelberg, Henry Burkard (organists)
Recorded rolls on the Welte Philharmonic Organ of the Museum of music Automatons Seewen, Switzerland
OEHMS OC850 (2CD)

Widor: Master of the Organ Symphony
WIDOR: Organ Symphony No. 5 in F minor Op. 42 No. 1; Organ Symphony No. 6 in G minor Op. 42 No. 2
Daniel Roth (organ), Gerard Brooks (organ) – includes interviews with John Near and Anne-Isabelle de Parcevaux
Performances on the Cavaillé-Coll organs of Saint-Sulpice in Paris, Orléans Cathedral and Saint-Ouen in Rouen
FUGUE STATE FILMS FSFDVD010 (2 CD + 2 DVD Video mid-price)

11.45am Disc of the Week

Shostakovich Under Stalin's Shadow: Symphonies Nos. 5, 8 & 9
SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 5 in D minor Op. 47; Symphony No. 8 in C minor Op. 65; Symphony No. 9 in E flat major Op. 70
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons (conductor)
DG 4795201 (2CD mid-price)

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