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Summer Record Review: Proms Composer - Max Reger

With Andrew McGregor. Including Handel in Italy (Vol 2); Proms Composer: Max Reger; Recent early music releases, including from Sophie Yates; Donizetti: Le duc d'Albe (excerpt).

with Andrew McGregor, including recordings of Proms Composer Max Reger and a review of recent Baroque chamber music releases with Hannah French.

0905
'Handel in Italy Vol.2'
London Early Opera
Bridget Cunningham (conductor)

0930
Proms Composer: Max Reger
Summer Record Review's Proms Composer feature explores recordings of the music of German composer, pianist, organist, and teacher Max Reger, ahead of the Proms performance of his 'Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart' next week.

1045
Hannah French joins Andrew to discuss some recent Early music releases from harpsichordist Sophie Yates, recorder player Dan Laurin, and New York Polyphony. Plus the intriguingly titled 'Ice and Longboats' from Ensemble Mare Balticum.

1145
Donizetti: Le Duc d'Albe (excerpt)
Michael Spyres (Henri de Bruges)
Angela Meade (Hélène d'Egmont)
Laurent Naouri (Le Duc d'Albe)
Opera Rara Chorus
Hallé Orchestra
Sir Mark Elder (conductor).

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • George Frideric Handel

    Tu del ciel ministro eletto (from Il Trionfo del tempo e del disinganno)

    Singer: Sophie Bevan. Ensemble: London Early Opera. Conductor: Bridget Cunningham.
    • Signum Classics SIGCD462.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 4.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    Lydia (Op. 4 No. 2)

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Iestyn Davies.
    • Signum Classsics SIGCD427.
    • Signum Classsics.
    • 6.
  • Gabriel Fauré

    9 Preludes, Op.103 (Nos. 2 & 3)

    Performer: Louis Lortie.
    • Chandos CHAN 10915.
    • Chandos.
    • 13.
  • Johann Joseph Fux

    Kaiserrequiem (i. Introitus)

    Ensemble: Vox Luminis. Ensemble: Scorpio Collectif. Conductor: Lionel Meunier.
    • Ricercar RIC 368.
    • Ricercar.
    • 8.
  • Max Reger

    Fantasia and Fugue on the name of B.A.C.H. (Op.46)

    Performer: Gerhard Weinberger.
    • CPO 777 717-2.
    • CPO.
    • 1.
  • Max Reger

    Abendlied (Op.6, No.3)

    Performer: Siim Selis. Choir: Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor. Conductor: Daniel Reuss.
    • ONDINE : ODE-1221-2.
    • ONDINE.
    • 14.
  • Max Reger

    Fantasy & Fugue in C Minor, Op.29

    Performer: Bernhard Buttmann.
    • Oehms Classics OC851.
    • Oehms Classics.
    • 2.
  • Max Reger

    Flieder, Op.35 No.4

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Sophie Bevan.
    • Hyperion CDA68057.
    • Hyperion.
    • 3.
  • Max Reger

    Variations and Fugue on a theme of J.S. Bach, Op.81

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Hyperion CDA66996.
    • Hyperion.
    • 2.
  • Max Reger

    Sinfonietta, Op.90

    Orchestra: Bamberg S O.. Conductor: Horst Stein.
    • KOCH SCHWANN : 3-1354-2.
    • KOCH SCHWANN.
    • 6.
  • Max Reger

    Violin Sonata in C Major, Op.72

    Performer: Ulf Wallin. Performer: Roland Pöntinen.
    • CPO 999 857-2.
    • CPO.
    • 1.
  • Max Reger

    Piano Concerto in F Minor, Op.114

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin. Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Ilan Volkov.
    • Hyperion CDA67635.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1.
  • Max Reger

    Requiem (Op.144b)

    Performer: Christopher Glynn. Choir: Consortium. Conductor: Andrew-John Smith.
    • Hyperion CDA67762.
    • Hyperion.
    • 12.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Intermezzo in D minor

    Ensemble: Bartholdy Quintet.
    • C-Avi Music 8553348.
    • C-Avi Music.
    • 5.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No. 7 in E major

    Orchestra: Staatskapelle Dresden. Conductor: Christian Thielemann.
    • Profil PH 15013.
    • Profil.
    • 1.
  • Steve Reich

    Radio Rewrite (Nos. 1 & 2)

    Ensemble: Ensemble Signal. Conductor: Brad Lubman.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMU907671.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 4.
  • Gaetano Donizetti

    Le Duc D'Albe

    Choir: Opera Rara Chorus. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Opera Rara ORC 55.
    • Opera Rara.
    • 11.

9.00am

Handel in Italy, Volume 2
HANDEL: Agrippina: Overture; Nisi Dominus, HMV 238: Sicut sagittae; Pure del cielo intelligenze eterne (from Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno); Tu del ciel ministro eletto (Il Trionfo del Tempo e del Disinganno); Poiche giuraro amore, HWV148; Harpsichord Concerto in G major, HWV 487; Sonata in G minor HV 580:  Larghetto; Dalla guerra amorosa, HWV 102; Precipitoso nel mar che freme (from Aci, Galatea e Polifemo); Duetto XV: Quel fior che all'alba ride (The flower that smiles at dawn), HWV192; Se tu non lasci amore, HWV201
Benjamin Bevan (baritone), Sophie Bevan (soprano), Mary Bevan (soprano), Benjamin Bevan (baritone), London Early Opera, Bridget Cunningham (harpsichord & conductor)
SIGNUM SIGCD462 (CD)

Faure: The Complete Songs, Vol. 1
FAURE: Le papillon et la fleur Op. 1 No. 1; Mai Op. 1 No. 2; Poeme d'un jour Op. 21; Lydia Op. 4 No. 2; Tristesse Op. 6 No. 2; Dans les ruines d'une abbaye Op. 2 No. 1; Le voyageur Op. 18 No. 2; Serenade toscane Op. 3 No. 2; Les berceaux Op. 23 No. 1; Chanson du pecheur Op. 4 No. 1; Vocalise-etude; Sylvie Op. 6 No. 3; Apres un reve Op. 7 No. 1; Aurore Op. 39 No. 1; Fleur jetee Op. 39 No. 2; Arpege Op. 76 No. 2 (Samain); Les matelots Op. 2 No. 2; La fee aux chansons Op. 27 No. 2; Nell Op. 18 No. 1; Cinq Melodies 'de Venise' Op. 58; Le jardin clos Op. 106; Lydia’s Vocalises: Vocalise No. 20 'L'Envie'
Ann Murray (mezzo), John Chest (baritone), Iestyn Davies (countertenor), Nigel Cliffe (baritone), Ben Johnson (tenor), Lorna Anderson (soprano), Janis Kelly (soprano), Joan Rodgers (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
SIGNUM SIGCD427 (CD)

Faure: Apres un reve
FAURE: Nocturne No. 4 in E flat major Op. 36; Nocturne No. 6 in D flat major Op. 63; Barcarolle No. 5 in F sharp minor Op. 66; Barcarolle No. 6 in E flat major Op. 70; Barcarolle No. 7 in D minor Op. 90; Pavane Op. 50 (transcribed by Louis Lortie); Preludes (9) Op. 103; Apres un reve Op. 7 No. 1 (arranged by Percy Grainger); Pelleas et Melisande Op. 80 (suite) (movement 3 arranged by Alfred Cortot)
Louis Lortie (piano)
CHANDOS CHAN10915 (CD)

9.30am Proms Composer: Max Reger (1873 - 1916)

Summer Record Review's Proms Composer feature explores recordings of the music of German composer, pianist, organist, and teacher Max Reger, ahead of the Proms performance of his 'Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Mozart' next week.

Reger: Organ Works, Vol. 1
REGER: Fantasy and Fugue on B-A-C-H Op. 46; Erste Suite E minor Op. 16; Organ Sonata No. 1 in F sharp minor Op. 33; Zwolf Stucke Op. 80: No. 10; Zwolf Stucke Op. 80: No. 11 'Toccata'; Zwolf Stucke Op. 80: No. 12; Zwolf Stucke Op. 80: No. 8 Romanze in A minor; Organ Sonata No. 2 in D minor Op. 60
Gerhard Weinberger (organ)
CPO 7777172 (2Hybrid SACD)

Vivit!
REGER: Melodia Op. 59 No. 11; Unser lieben Frauen Traum Op. 138 No. 4; Der Mensch lebt und bestehet nur eine kleine Zeit; Abendstandchen Op. 83/3; Nachtlied Op. 138/3; Zur Nacht Op. 6 No. 2; Abendlied Op. 6 No. 3; Abendlied Op. 39 No. 2
TOBIAS, R: Otsekui hirv; Kleine Karfreitagsmotette; Oster Vorspiel; Ostermorgen; Nun ruhen alle Walder; Ascendit in coelum; Vivit!; Liberi Dei; Eks teie tea
Ene Salumae (organ), Siim Selis (piano), Estonian Philharmonic Chamber Choir, Daniel Reuss (conductor)
ONDINE ODE12212 (CD)

Max Reger: Complete Organ Works Volume 1
REGER: Fantasia uber den Choral 'Ein feste Burg' Op. 27; Fantasie uber ”Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele” Op. 30; Christ ist erstanden von dem Tod; Es kommt ein Schiff geladen; Komm, susser Tod; O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden; O Traurigkeit, O Herzeleid; Praludium und Fuge E major Op. 56, No. 1; Praludium und Fuge D minor Op. 56, No. 2; Praludium und Fuge in G major Op. 56, No. 3; Praludium und Fuge C Op. 56, No. 4; Praludium und Fuge B major Op. 56, No. 5; Fantasie und Fuge C minor Op. 29; Introduction and Passacaglia in D minor; Zwolf Stucke Op. 59; Organ Pieces (3) Op. 7; Postludium; Six Trios Op. 47; Variations and Fugue on 'Heil unserm Konig, Heil!', WoO IV/7; Erste Suite E minor Op. 16
Bernhard Buttmann (organ)
OEHMS OC851 (4CD)

Reger: Songs
REGER: Mein Traum Op. 31 No. 5; Unbegehrt Op. 31; Flieder Op. 35 No. 4; Volkslied Op. 37 No. 5; Gluckes genug Op. 37 No 3; Zwischen zwei Nachten Op. 43 No. 1; Meinem Kinde Op. 43 No. 3; Wiegenlied Op. 43 No. 5; Sag es nicht Op. 43 No. 8; Am Dorfsee Op. 48 No. 6; Traume, traume, du mein susses Leben! Op. 51 No. 3; Zwei Ganse Zur weissen Gans sprach einst vertraulich eine graue Op. 55 No. 8; Viola d'amour Op. 55; Waldseligkeit Op. 62 No. 2; Sehnsucht Op. 66 No. 1; Morgen! Op. 66 No. 12; Kindergeschichte Op. 66 No. 12; Aeolsharfe Op. 75 No. 11; Hat gesagt - bleibt's nicht dabei Op. 75 No. 12; Du meines Herzens Kronelein Op. 76 No. 1; Volkslied aus Franken – Waldeinsamkeit Op. 76, No. 3; Wenn die Linde bluht Op. 76 No. 4; Gluck Op. 76 No. 16; In einem Rosengartelein Op. 76 No. 18; Des Kindes Gebet Op. 76 No. 22; Die Mutter spricht Op. 76 No. 28; Das Wolklein Op. 76 No. 33; Mittag Op. 76 No. 35; Schelmenliedchen Op. 76 No. 36; Maria Wiegenlied Op. 76 No. 52; Mausefangen Op. 76 No. 58; Oben in dem Birnenbaum Op. 76/59; Ehre sei Gott in der Hohe!
Sophie Bevan (soprano), Malcolm Martineau (piano)
HYPERION CDA68057 (CD)

Max Reger - Piano Music
REGER: Variations and Fugue on a theme of J S Bach; Five Humoresques; Variations and Fugue on a theme of G P Telemann
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano)
HYPERION CDA66996 (CD)

REGER: Konzert Im Alten Stil, Op. 123; Sinfonietta, Op. 90
Bamberg Symphony Orchestra, Horstein Stein (conductor)
KOCH SCHWANN 3-1354-2 (CD)

REGER: Sonata in C major; Little Sonata in A major; Tarantella in G minor; Albumblatt in E flat major
Ulf Wallin (violin), Roland Pontinen (piano)
CPO 9998572 (CD)

The Romantic Piano Concerto 53 - Reger & Strauss
REGER: Piano Concerto in F minor Op. 114
STRAUSS, R: Burleske for Piano and orchestra in D minor, AV85
Marc-Andre Hamelin (piano), Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Ilan Volkov (conductor)
HYPERION CDA67635 (CD)

Reger: Choral Music
REGER: Der Einsiedler Op. 144a; Drei sechsstimmige Chore Op. 39; Drei Chore Op. 6; Drei Gesange Op. 111b; Palmsonntagmorgen; Requiem Op. 144b
Alice Gribbin (soprano), Christopher Glynn (piano), Consortium, Andrew-John Smith (conductor)
HYPERION CDA67762 (CD)

10.10am

Bruckner & Zemlinksy: String Quintets
BRUCKNER: String Quintet in F major; Intermezzo for String Quintet in D minor
ZEMLINSKY: String Quintet in D minor
Bartholdy Quintet
AVI MUSIC AVI8553348 (CD)

Edition Staatskapelle Dresden - Volume 38
BRUCKNER: Symphony No. 7 in E Major
WAGNER: Das Liebesmahl der Apostel, WWV 69
Staatskapelle Dresden, Christian Thielemann (conductor)
PROFIL MEDIEN PH15013 (2CD)

Reich: Double Sextet & Radio Rewrite
REICH: Double Sextet; Radio Rewrite
Ensemble Signal, Brad Lubman
HARMONIA MUNDI HMU907671 (CD)

10.40am Hannah French on recent early music releases

Hannah French joins Andrew to discuss some recent Early music releases from harpsichordist Sophie Yates, recorder player Dan Laurin, and New York Polyphony. Plus the intriguingly titled 'Ice and Longboats' from Ensemble Mare Balticum.

Roma aeterna
GUERRERO, F: Regina caeli
PALESTRINA: Missa Papae Marcelli; Sicut cervus; Sitivit anima mea; Tu es Petrus a 6; Gaudent in cœlis
VICTORIA: Missa O quam gloriosum: Credo; Gaudent in cœlis
Tim Keeler (countertenor), Andrew Fuchs (tenor), Jonathan Woody (bass-baritone), New York Polyphony
BIS BIS2203 (Hybrid SACD)

Ice and Longboats: Ancient Music of Scandinavia
Ake, Jens Egevad, Ensemble Mare Balticum
DELPHIAN DCD34181 (CD)

Roman: The 12 Flute Sonatas: Nos 6 - 12
ROMAN: Sonata VI in B minor, BeRI 206; Sonata VII in G major, BeRI 207; Sonata VIII in A major, BeRI 208; Sonata IX in C major, BeRI 209; Sonata X in E minor for flute and basso continuo, BeRI 210; Sonata XI in G minor, BeRI 211; Sonata XII in D major, BeRI 212
Dan Laurin (recorder), Paradiso Musicale
BIS BIS2155 (Hybrid SACD)

GENTILI, G: Trio Sonatas (12) Op. 1
Soavi Affetti Baroque Music Ensemble
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 95224BR (CD)

The Pleasures of the Imagination
ARNE: Sonata No. 3 in G
BACH, J C: Harpsichord Sonata Op. 17 No. 2 in C minor
BLOW: Dr Blow's Chacone in Faut
CLARKE, JEREMIAH: Suite No. 2 in A major
CROFT: Suite in D minor
GREENE, M: Suite of Lessons in C
JONES, RICHARD: Third Set of Lessons in B flat
Sophie Yates (harpsichord)
CHANDOS CHAN0814 (CD)

11.45am

DONIZETTI: Le Duc d’Albe
Angela Meade (Helene d’Egmont), Michael Spyres (Henri de Bruges), Laurent Naouri (Le Duc d'Albe), Gianluca Buratto (Daniel Brauer), David Stout (Sandoval), Trystan Llyr Griffiths (Carlos), Robin Tritschler (Balbuena), Dawid Kimberg (Un Tavernier), Halle, Opera Rara Chorus, Sir Mark Elder (conductor)
OPERA RARA ORC54 (2CD)

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