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Building a Library: Faure's Requiem

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Faure's Requiem; Andrew is joined by Harriet Smith to discuss a selection of new music releases; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

Building a Library: Richard Morrison compares recordings of Fauré's perennially popular Requiem in D minor, Op. 48. It was first performed in 1888 in La Madeleine in Paris, and of it the composer said "Everything I managed to entertain by way of religious illusion I put into my Requiem, which moreover is dominated from beginning to end by a very human feeling of faith in eternal rest."

Andrew is joined by Harriet Smith to discuss some exciting brand new releases

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Ottorino Respighi

    Sinfonia Drammatica

    Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège. Conductor: John Neschling.
    • BIS: BIS-2210.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Moritz Moszkowski

    Piano Concerto in B minor, Op.3

    Performer: Ludmil Angelov. Orchestra: BBC Scottish S O. Conductor: Vladimir Kiradjiev.
    • Hyperion CDA68109.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • James MacMillan

    Since it was the day of Preparation...

    Singer: Benedict Hymas. Ensemble: Synergy Vocals. Ensemble: Hebrides Ensemble. Director: William Conway.
    • Delphian DCD34168.
    • Delphian.
    • 1.
  • Terry Riley

    Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector

    Ensemble: Ragazze Quartet. Ensemble: Kapok.
    • Channel Classics CCS 37816.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 2.
  • Arcangelo Corelli

    Trio sonata in G major Op.2`12 (Ciacona)

    Ensemble: Musica Antiqua Latina. Director: Giordano Antonelli.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi: 88875174822.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 5.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Suite in A major for alto recorder

    Performer: Erik Bosgraaf. Ensemble: Ensemble Cordevento.
    • Brilliant Classics 95248.
    • Brilliant Classics.
    • 11.
  • Joseph Umstatt

    Violin Concerto No. 6 in B flat (i. Allegro)

    Orchestra: Cappella Gabetta. Conductor: Andrés Gabetta.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88875194662.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 7.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Op.77

    Performer: Nicola Benedetti. Orchestra: Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Kirill Karabits.
    • DECCA: 478 8758.
    • Decca.
    • 1.


Respighi: Sinfonia drammatica

RESPIGHI: Sinfonia drammatica, P. 102; Belfagor Overture

Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liege, John Neschling (conductor)

BIS BIS2210 


The Romantic Piano Concerto 68 - Moszkowski

MOSZKOWSKI: Piano Concerto in B minor Op. 3

SCHULZ-EVLER: Russian Rhapsody Op. 14

Ludmil Angelov (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Kiradjiev



MACMILLAN: Since it was the day of preparation…

Brindley Sherratt (bass), Hebrides Ensemble, Synergy Vocals



Four Four Three

RILEY: In C; Sunrise of the Planetary Dream Collector

Ragazze Quartet, Slagwerk Den Haag, Kapok


9.30am – Building a Library

Richard Morrison compares recordings of Fauré's perennially popular Requiem in D minor, Op. 48.

Top recommendation:

Faure: Requiem

BACH, J S: Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV1004; St John Passion, BWV245: Ach Herr, lass dein lieb Engelein; Cantata BWV4 'Christ lag in Todesbanden': chorale; Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt (Nobody could overcome death) from Cantata No. 4; St Matthew Passion: Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden

FAURE: Requiem Op. 48

Gordan Nikolitch (violin), Grace Davidson (soprano), William Gaunt (baritone), Tenebrae, London Symphony Orchestra Chamber Ensemble, Nigel Short (conductor)


Other recordings:

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


John Carol Case (baritone), Robert Chilcott (treble), Choir of King’s College, Cambridge, Sir David Willcocks (conductor), New Philharmonia Orchestra

EMI 6230822


Stephan Genz (baritone), Johannette Zomer (soprano), La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)



Andrew Foster-Williams (baritone), Flemish Radio Choir, Brussels Philharmonic Soloists, Herve Niquet (conductor)


10.15am – Baroque New Releases

Corelli Bolognese

ARRESTI: Ricercare

BASSANI, G B: Sonata a tre in Re maggiore

CAZZATI: Ciaconna

CORELLI: Sonata da camera a tre Op. 2 No. 12 in G major (Ciaconna); Sonata a tre in G minor Op. 3, No. 11; Sonata da chiesa a tre Op. 3 No. 5 in D minor

GABRIELLI: Balletto Op. 1 No. 4

TORELLI: Sonata in D

VITALI, G: Balletto

Musica Antiqua Latina/Giordano Antonelli

DEUTSCHE HM 88875174822


Telemann: Complete Suites & Concertos for Recorder

TELEMANN: Overture TWV 55:Es2 for Flute pastorelle, Strings & B.c.; Concerto TWV 51:C1 in C major for recorder, strings & b.c.; Concerto TWV 51:F1 in F major for recorder, strings & b.c.; Overture (Suite) TWV 55:a2 in A minor for recorder (flute), strings & b.c.

Erik Bosgraaf (recorder, direction), Ensemble Cordevento



Bach: Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord

J.S. BACH: Sonata A major [BWV 1032]; Sonata C major [BWV 1033]; Sonata E flat major [BWV 1031 / H. 545]; Sonata G minor [BWV 1020]; Sonata B minor [BWV 1030]

Peter Holtslag (transverse flute), Ketil Haugsand (harpsichord)



Music at the Habsburg Court

RAGAZZI: Sonata a quattro Op. 1 No. 8 in G major; Sonata a quattro Op. 1 No. 6 in G minor

TIMMER: Concerto a cinque for violin, strings and continuo in B flat

UMSTATT: Concerto No. 6 for violin, strings and continuo in B flat; Concerto No. 5 for violin, strings and continuo in C

VIVALDI: Concerto No. 5 in A minor RV 358

Cappella Gabetta, Andreas Gabetta (violin)

DEUTSCHE HM 88875194662 

10.35am – New piano releases with Harriet Smith

Chopin - Mozart - Liszt

CHOPIN: Fantasia in F minor Op. 49

LISZT: Apres une lecture du Dante, fantasia quasi sonata (Annees de pelerinage II, S. 161 No. 7); Aida Di Verdi - Danza Sacra e Duetto Finale S436

MOZART: Piano Sonata No. 6 in D, K284 "Durnitz"

Yulianna Avdeeva (piano)



Simon Trpceski plays Brahms, Ravel & Poulenc

BRAHMS: Intermezzi (3) Op. 117; Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel Op. 24

POULENC: Deux Novelettes; Novelette sur un theme de Manuel de Falla; 15 Improvisations, No. 1 in B minor; 15 Improvisations, No. 2 in A flat major; 15 Improvisations, No. 3 in B minor; 15 Improvisations, No. 4; 15 Improvisations, No. 5 in A minor; 15 Improvisations, No. 6 in B flat major; 15 Improvisations, No. 7 in C major; 15 Improvisations, No. 8 in A minor; 15 Improvisations, No. 9 in D; 15 Improvisations, No. 10 in F (‘Eloge des gammes’); 15 Improvisations, No. 13 in A minor; 15 Improvisations, No. 14; 15 Improvisations, No. 15 in C minor 'Hommage a Edith Piaf'; 3 Pieces; Toccata (Trois pieces pour piano No. 2)

RAVEL: Valses nobles et sentimentales

Simon Trpceski (piano)



Poulenc: Music for Piano Solo and Duo

POULENC: 15 Improvisations; 3 Novelettes: No. 1 in C major; 3 Novelettes: No. 2 in B flat minor; Novelette sur un theme de Manuel de Falla; Sonata for Piano Four Hands (a mademoiselle Simone Tilliard); L'Embarquement pour Cythere, for 2 pianos; Concerto in D minor for Two Pianos & Orchestra

Alessio Bax (piano), Lucille Chung (piano)



Poulenc: Complete Music For Solo Piano

MOZART: Ein musikalischer Spass K522

POULENC: L'histoire de Babar, le petit elephant; Les Animaux modeles; 3 Novelettes; Villanelle for piccolo (pipe) and piano; Pastourelle; Bourree, au Pavillon d'Auvergne; Badinage; Piece breve sur le nom d'Albert Roussel; Suite francaise (d'apres Claude Gervaise), FP80; Intermezzi; Improvisations; Les Biches; Feuillets d'album; Le Bal masque: three movements; Valse-improvisation sur le nom de Bach; Le Gendarme incompris, FP 20: four movements; Napoli - suite for piano; Theme varie; Trois Pieces; Cinq Impromptus; Promenades; Esquisse pour une fanfare; Les Soirees de Nazelles; Villageoises; Trois Mouvements perpetuels; Valse; Sonata for Two Clarinets Op. 7; Sonata for Clarinet and Bassoon Op. 32; Sonata for Horn, Trumpet & Trombone Op. 33; 3 Pastorales; Cinq Impromptus

Antony Gray (piano)



Bartok: Complete Works for Piano Solo Volume 3

BARTOK: Hungarian Folksongs, Series 2, BB 43; 3 Hungarian Folksongs from Csik, BB 45b, Sz. 35a; Three Hungarian Folktunes, Sz. 65-66; Romanian Folk Dances for piano, Sz. 56, BB 68; Romanian Christmas Carols, BB 67, Sz. 57; 3 Rondos on Slovak Folk Tunes, BB 92, Sz. 84; Hungarian Peasant Songs for piano (15), BB 79, Sz. 71; Improvisations on Hungarian Peasant Songs, Sz. 74 Op. 20

Andreas Bach (piano)



Bartok: Mikrokosmos Book 6

BARTOK: Mikrokosmos Book VI; Piano Suite, BB 70, Sz. 62 Op. 14; Out of Doors, Sz. 81, BB89; Hungarian Peasant Songs for piano (15), BB 79, Sz. 71; Three Burlesques Op. 8c, Sz. 47, BB55

Cedric Tiberghien (piano)


11.35am – Disc of the Week

Nicola Benedetti plays Shostakovich & Glazunov Violin Concertos

GLAZUNOV: Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 82

SHOSTAKOVICH: Violin Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 99

Nicola Benedetti (violin), Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits (conductor)

DECCA 4788758 


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