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Summer Record Review: Proms Composer - Kurt Schwertsik

With Andrew McGregor. Including Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (excerpt); Proms Composer: Kurt Schwertsik; Pianist Steven Osborne in conversation; Walton: Cello Concerto.

with Andrew McGregor

Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream (excerpt)
Swedish Chamber Orchestra
Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

Proms Composer: Kurt Schwertsik
Summer Record Review's Proms Composer explores the recordings of Kurt Schwertsik, a pupil of Joseph Marx at the Academy of Music in Vienna, and later pupil of Karlheinz Stockhausen in Cologne and Darmstadt. In 1958 he founded the ensemble "die reihe" and later, in 1968, the ensemble "MOB art & tone ART". His music is full of irony and humour.

Andrew talks to pianist Steven Osborne about his recent recordings including his latest disc of Beethoven Piano Sonatas.

Walton: Cello Concerto
Steven Isserlis (cello)
Philharmonia Orchestra
Paavo Järvi (conductor).

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Felix Mendelssohn

    A Midsumer Night's Dream Op.61

    Choir: Radiokören. Orchestra: Swedish Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Thomas Dausgaard.
    • BIS.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Die Erste Walpurgisnacht Op.60 No.6

    Choir: Zurcher Sing-Akademie. Orchestra: Musikkollegium Winterthur Orchestra. Conductor: Douglas Boyd.
    • MDG.
  • Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Flute Concerto Op.69

    Performer: Sharon Bezaly. Orchestra: Lahti Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Dmitri Slobodeniouk.
    • BIS.
  • Zygmunt Stojowski

    Violin Concerto in G minor Op.22, 2nd mvt. Andante non troppo

    Performer: Bartłomiej Nizioł. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Łukasz Borowicz.
    • Hyperion.
    • CDA68102.
    • 2.
  • Kurt Schwertsik

    Nachtmusiken, Op.104 (ii. Wienerlied)

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: HK Gruber.
    • CHANDOS CHAN 10687.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 2.
  • Kurt Schwertsik

    Caprice (from 5 Nocturnes, Op. 10b)

    Performer: Nicola Meecham.
    • Largo 5125.
    • Largo.
    • 20.
  • Kurt Schwertsik

    Dracula's House & Court Music (i. Daytime Song)

    Orchestra: Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. Conductor: HK Gruber.
    • Largo 5137.
    • Largo.
    • 8.
  • Kurt Schwertsik

    Symphony in MOB-Style (ii. Fields of Strawberries)

    Orchestra: Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. Conductor: HK Gruber.
    • Largo 5137.
    • Largo.
    • 13.
  • Kurt Schwertsik

    7 Viennese Songs (Nos. 2 & 3)

    • Largo 5125.
    • Largo.
    • 2.
  • Kurt Schwertsik

    Vienna Chronicles 1848 (Royal & Imperial March)

    Orchestra: Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. Conductor: HK Gruber.
    • Largo 5137.
    • Largo.
    • 6.
  • Kurt Schwertsik

    Goldilocks Op. 74

    Orchestra: Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien.
    • Oehms Classics OC 342.
    • Oehms Classics.
    • 16.
  • Kurt Schwertsik

    Concerto 'In Celtic Style', Op. 27 (iv. Schlachtrufe)

    Performer: Nury Guarnaschelli. Ensemble: Die Reihe Ensemble. Conductor: Gottfried Rabl.
    • Phoenix Edition 131.
    • Phoenix Edition.
    • 8.
  • Kurt Schwertsik

    Shrunken Symphony, Op. 80 (i. Allegro con brio)

    Orchestra: Radio-Symphonieorchester Wien. Conductor: Dennis Russell Davies.
    • Oehms Classics OC 342.
    • Oehms Classics.
    • 9.
  • Kurt Schwertsik

    Uluru, Op. 64

    Orchestra: Adelaide Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: David Porcelijn.
    • ABC Classics 476 227-3.
    • ABC Classics.
    • 9.
  • Gioachino Rossini

    Stabat Mater

    Composer: Giovanni Tadolini. Choir: Camerata Bach Choir. Orchestra: Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Antonino Fogliani.
    • Naxos.
  • Rebecca Clarke

    Sonata for Cello & Piano (Impetuoso)

    Performer: Raphael Wallfisch. Performer: John York.
    • Lyrita.
  • Ruth Lomon

    Viola Concerto (Adagio - Allegro)

    Performer: Sarah-Jane Bradley. Orchestra: Halle. Conductor: Stephen Bell.
    • Dutton Epoch.
  • William Walton

    Cello Concerto

    Performer: Steven Isserlis. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Paavo Järvi.


Mendelssohn: A Midsummer Night's Dream<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

MENDELSSOHN: The Fair Melusine Overture Op. 32; A Midsummer Night's Dream - incidental music Op. 61; Hebrides Overture Op. 26

Magdalena Risberg (soprano), Camilla Tilling (soprano), Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Swedish Radio Choir, Thomas Dausgaard (conductor)

BIS BIS2166 (Hybrid SACD)


Mendelssohn: The First Walpurgis Night, & Overtures

MENDELSSOHN: Ruy Blas Overture Op. 95; The Fair Melusine Overture Op. 32; Hebrides Overture Op. 26; Die erste Walpurgisnacht Op. 60

Zurcher Sing-Akademie, Musikkollegium Winterthur, Douglas Boyd (conductor)

MDG MDG9011949 (Hybrid SACD)


Khachaturian & Rautavaara: Flute Concertos

KHACHATURIAN: Flute Concerto

RAUTAVAARA: Dances with the Winds Op. 69 (Concerto for Flutes & Orchestra); Dances with the Winds Op. 69 (Concerto for Flutes & Orchestra)

Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Enrique Diemecke, Lahti Symphony Orchestra, Dima Slobodeniouk, Sharon Bezaly (flute)

BIS BIS1849 (Hybrid SACD)


The Romantic Violin Concerto 20 - Stojowski & Wieniawski

STOJOWSKI: Violin Concerto Op. 22; Romance for violin & orchestra Op. 20

WIENIAWSKI: Fantaisie brillante on themes from Gounod's Faust Op. 20

Bartlomiej Niziol (violin), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Lukasz Borowicz (conductor)


9.30am – Proms Composer: Kurt Schwertsik (born 1935)

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SCHWERTSIK: Baumgesange Op. 65 (Songs of Trees); Herr K. entdeckt Amerika Op. 101; Nachtmusiken Op. 104

BBC Philharmonic, HK Gruber



Kurt Schwertsik: Für Christa


Christa Schwertsik (singer), Kurt Schwertsik (piano), Christopher van Kampen (cello), Nicola Meecham (piano)

LARGO 5125


Schwertsik: House & Court Music

SCHWERTSIK: Wiener Chronik, Op. 28: Suite No. 1; Dracula Haus & Hofmusik, Op. 18; Symphonie im MOB-Stil, Op. 19

Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, HK Gruber

LARGO 5137


SCHWERTSIK: Sinfonia-Sinfonietta; Violin Concerto No. 2; Schrumpf-Symphony; Roald Dahl's 'Goldilocks'

Christian Altenburger (violin), Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra, Dennis Russell Davies (conductor), Kurt Schwertsik



Horn Concertos

FREISITZER, R: Music for horn and 11 musicians

HEINISCH, T: Chimare

STERK, N: … und leuchteten das Dunkel aus

SCHWERTSIK: Alphorn Concerto, Op. 27

PINTOS, R: Horn concerto

Nury Guarnaschelli (horn), Ensemble Die Reihe, Gottfried Rabl


Irdische Klange (Earthly Sounds)

SCHWERTSIK: Irdische Klänge (Earthly Sounds) - Symphony in Two Movements Op. 37; Irdischen Klänge 2 Teil (Earthly Sounds - Part 2) - Five Nature Pieces Op. 45; Das ende der Irdischen Klänge (The End of Earthly Sounds); Inmitten der Irdischen Klänge (In the midst of Earthly Sounds) - Uluru Op. 64; Baumgesänge (Tree Songs) Op. 65

Adelaide Symphony Orchestra, David Porcelijn

ABC CLASSICS 476 227-3

10.15am – Recent choral releases

Rossini: Stabat Mater<?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

ROSSINI: Stabat Mater; Giovanna d'Arco

Majella Cullagh (soprano), Jose Luis Sola (tenor), Mirco Palazzi (bass), Marianna Pizzolato (mezzo-soprano), Camerata Bach Choir, Poznan, Wurttemberg Philharmonic Orchestra, Antonino Fogliani

NAXOS 8573531


Rebecca Clarke: Music for Cello & Piano

CLARKE, REBECCA: Rhapsody for Cello & Piano; I'll Bid My Heart Be Still; Sonata for Cello (or Viola) and Piano; Passacaglia on an old English Tune for Cello & Piano

Raphael Wallfisch (cello), John York (piano)



Benjamin Dale: Romance for Viola and Orchestra


DALE, B: Suite for Viola and Piano in D minor Op. 2: II. Romance

WALTHEW: A Mosaic in Ten Pieces

WARNER, H W: Suite in D minor Op. 58

Sarah-Jane Bradley (viola), The Halle, Stephen Bell


10.50am – Steven Osborne

Andrew talks to pianist Steven Osborne about his recent recordings including his latest disc of Beethoven Piano Sonatas. <?xml:namespace prefix = "o" ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />


BEETHOVEN: Piano Sonata in B flat major ‘Hammerklavier’, Op. 106; Piano Sonata in A major, Op. 101; Piano Sonata in E minor, Op. 90

Steven Osborne (piano)



Feldman: Palais de Mari & Crumb: A Little Suite for Christmas

CRUMB, G: Processional; Little Suite for Christmas, AD1979

FELDMAN, M: Intermission V; Piano Piece (1952); Palais de Mari; Extensions 3

Steven Osborne (piano)



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ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85

HOLST: Invocation

HOLST, I: The Fall of the Leaf

WALTON: Cello Concerto

Philharmonia Orchestra, Paavo Jarvi (conductor), Steven Isserlis (cello)



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