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Summer Record Review: Proms Composer - Emily Howard

With Andrew McGregor. Saint-Saens: Valse-Caprice 'Wedding Cake'; Proms Composer: Emily Howard; New opera releases including Debussy, Gounod and Ravel; Brahms: Violin Sonata No 1.

with Andrew McGregor, including recordings of Proms Composer Emily Howard and a review of new opera releases by Jeremy Sams.

Valse-Caprice "Wedding Cake"
Louis Lortie (piano)
Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra
Neeme Järvi (conductor)

Proms Composer: Emily Howard
British composer Emily Howard was born in Liverpool in 1979. She studied mathematics and computation at Oxford. And this interest is reflected in pieces like "Calculus Of The Nervous System" for symphony orchestra, which is part The Lovelace Trilogy, linked by Howard's interest in mathematician Ada Lovelace.

Andrew talks to Jeremy Sams about a clutch of new opera releases including lesser known works by Debussy and Gounod and Ravel's L'Heure espagnole.

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G, Op. 78
Christian Tetzlaff (violin)
Lars Vogt (piano).

3 hours, 12 minutes

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Saint-Saens: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
SAINT-SAENS: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor Op. 33; Cello Concerto No. 2 in D minor Op. 119; Le carnaval des animaux; Africa - Fantasie for piano & orchestra Op. 89; Wedding Cake - Valse-Caprice for piano & strings Op. 76
Truls Mork (cello), Louis Lortie (piano), Helene Mercier (piano), Alasdair Malloy (glass harmonica), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Neeme Jarvi (conductor)

Victor Herbert: Cello Concertos Nos. 1 & 2
HERBERT, V: Cello Concerto No. 1 in D major Op. 8; Cello Concerto No. 2 in E minor Op. 30; Irish Rhapsody
Mark Kosower (cello), Ulster Orchestra, JoAnn Falletta (conductor)
NAXOS 8573517 (CD budget)

Prokofiev: Symphony No. 6 & Waltz Suite
PROKOFIEV: Symphony No. 6 in E flat minor Op. 111; Waltz Suite Op. 110
Sao Paulo Symphony Orchestra, Marin Alsop (conductor)
NAXOS 8573518 (CD budget)

9.30am Proms Composer: Emily Howard (born 1979)

Emily Howard: Magnetite
HOWARD: Magnetite; Threnos; Mesmerism; Leviathan; Solar; Afference
Lucy Goddard (mezzo-soprano), Simon Whiteley (bass), Alexandra Dariescu (piano), scapegoat (saxophone / percussion duo), Elias String Quartet, Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Andrew Gourlay (conductor)
NMC D219 (CD)

Cloud Chamber: Paul Vowles
BENNETT, R R: Duo Concertante
GORB: Clarinet Sonata
HORNE, D: Phantoms
HOWARD, EMILY: Cloud Chamber
Paul Vowles (clarinet), Gemma Beeson, Jonathan Fisher (piano)

John McCabe: Farewell Recital
BRIDGE: Heart's Ease
CASKEN: The Haunting Bough
HOWARD, EMILY: Sky and Water
MCCABE, J: Tenebrae
RAVEL: Valses nobles et sentimentales
SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata No. 14 in A minor, D784
John McCabe (piano)

The NMC Songbook
Including: HOWARD, EMILY: Wild Clematis in Winter
Sopranos - Claire Booth, Ailish Tynan, Elizabeth Atherton, Mezzo-sopranos - Susan Bickley, Lore Lixenberg, Jean Rigby, Countertenors - James Bowman, Michael Chance, Andrew Watts, Tenors - Andrew Kennedy, Daniel Norman, Benjamin Hulett, Baritones - Stefan Loges, Roderick Williams, George Mosley, Richard Jackson, David Stout, Trebles - Andrew Swait, Sam Harris, Pianists - Iain Burnside, Andrew Ball, Andrew Plant, Andrew West, Michael Finnissy, Huw Watkins, Jonathan Powell, Lucy Wakeford harp; Jane Chapman harpsichord, Owen Gunnell percussion, Antonis Hatzinikolaou guitar
NMC NMCD150 (4CD mid-price)

10.10am Cello Concertos

Hasse, CPE Bach & Hertel: Cello Concertos
BACH, C P E: Cello Concerto No. 1 in A minor, Wq. 170 (H432)
HASSE, J A: Concerto for cello and strings in D
HERTEL, J W: Cello Concerto in A minor; Cello Concerto in A major
Alexander Rudin (cello, conductor), Musica Viva (Moscow Chamber Orchestra)

Haydn, Mozart/Cassado & CPE Bach: Cello Concertos
BACH, C P E: Cello Concerto No. 2 in B flat major, Wq. 171 (H436)
CASSADO: Cello Concerto D Major (arrangement of the Mozart's Horn Concerto E flat Major K447)
HAYDN: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1
Valentin Radutiu (cello), Munchener Kammerorchester, Stephan Frucht

Haydn: Cello Concertos
HAYDN: Cello Concerto No. 1 in C major, Hob. VIIb:1; Cello Concerto No. 2 in D major, Hob. VIIb:2 (Op. 101); Symphony No. 13 in D major: Adagio cantabile; Adagio from Violin Concerto in C, H.VIIa No. 1
Pavel Gomziakov ('Chevillard King of Portugal’ Stradivarius cello), Orquestra Gulbenkian, Erik Heide

Shai Wosner plays Haydn and Ligeti
HAYDN: Capriccio 'Acht Sauschneider mussen seyn' in G major, Hob.XVII/1; Fantasia (Capriccio) in C major, Hob. XVII:4; Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in G major, Hob.XVIII:4; Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D major, HobXVIII:11
LIGETI: Piano Concerto; Due Capricci
Danish National Symphony Orchestra, Nicholas Collon (conductor), Shai Wosner (piano)

10.45am Jeremy Sams on new opera releases

Andrew talks to Jeremy Sams about a clutch of new opera releases including lesser known works by Debussy and Gounod and Ravel's L'Heure espagnole.

Elizabeth Watts (Josephine), Toby Spence (Ralph Rackstraw), John Mark Ainsley (Sir Joseph Porter KCB), Andrew Foster-Williams (Captain Corcoran), Hilary Summers (Buttercup), Neal Davies (Dick Deadeye), Gavan Ring (Bill Bobstay), Barnaby Rea (Bob Becket), Kitty Whately (Hebe), Tim Brooke-Taylor (narrator), Scottish Opera, Richard Egarr (conductor)
LINN CKD522 (2CD mid-price)

GOUNOD: Cinq-Mars
Mathias Vidal (Le Marquis de Cinq-Mars), Veronique Gens (La Princesse Marie de Gonzague), Tassis Christoyannis (Le Conseiller de Thou), Andrew Foster-Williams (Le Pere Joseph), Andre Heyboer (Le Vicomte de Fontrailles), Norma Nahoun (Marion Delorme), Marie Lenormand (Ninon de L’Enclos, Un Berger), Jacques-Greg Belobo (Le Roi, Le Chancelier), Andrew Lepri Meyer (De Montmort, L’Ambassadeur), Matthias Ettmayr (De Montresor, Eustache), Wolfgang Klose (De Brienne), Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Ulf Schirmer (conductor)

Debussy: Edgar Allan Poe Operas
DEBUSSY: La chute de la maison Usher; Le diable dans le beffroi
William Dazeley (Roderick Usher), Eugene Villanueva (Roderick's friend), Virgil Hartinger (doctor), Lin Lin Fan (Lady Madeline), Eugene Villanueva (Le Bourgmestre), Lin Lin Fan (Jeannette), Michael Dries (Le Haut-sonneur), Virgil Hartinger (Jean), Gottinger Symphonie Orchester, Christoph-Mathias Mueller
PAN CLASSICS PC10342 (2CD mid-price)

RAVEL: L'heure Espagnole
Suzanne Danco (Concepcion), Jean Giraudeau (Gonzalve), Michel Hamel (Torquemada), John Cameron (Ramiro), Andre Vessieres (Don Inigo Gomez), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Bruno Maderna


Brahms: The Violin Sonatas
BRAHMS: Violin Sonatas Nos. 1-3 (complete); Sonatensatz (Scherzo from the F.A.E. sonata), WoO 2
Christian Tetzlaff (violin), Lars Vogt (piano)


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