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Summer Record Review: Proms Composer - Jonathan Dove

With Andrew McGregor. Including Elgar: Serenade for Strings; Proms Composer: Jonathan Dove; A review of the set Elgar Remastered; Serpent and Fire: Arias for Dido and Cleopatra.

with Andrew McGregor

0905
Elgar: Serenade for Strings, Op. 20
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra
Sakari Oramo, conductor

0930
Proms Composer: Jonathan Dove
The final instalment of Summer Record Review's Proms Composers explores the recordings of Jonathan Dove whose direct, communicative and entertaining work spans opera, orchestral, choral and chamber music.

1045
Kate Kennedy reviews 'Elgar Remastered', a set of Elgar's own recordings from the 1920s and '30s including stereo reconstructions and unissued takes.

1145
'Serpent & Fire, Arias for Dido and Cleopatra', soprano Anna Prohaska's latest recording is with Giovanni Antonini's period instrument group Il Giardino Armonico, and features music by Purcell, Handel, Hasse and Cavalli, among others.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Edward Elgar

    Serenade for Strings in E minor, Op.20

    Orchestra: Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Sakari Oramo.
    • Alba.
  • Gustav Holst

    A Moorside Suite (iii. March)

    Ensemble: Black Dyke Band.
    • Albion ALBCD027.
    • Albion.
    • 14.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Three Portraits of Elizabethan England (No. 2: Poet)

    Orchestra: Irish Radio Concert Orchestra. Conductor: Andrew Penny.
    • Naxos 8.573658.
    • Naxos.
    • 18.
  • Jonathan Dove

    Look! Up there (Flight - beginning Act 1)

    Singer: Christopher Robson. Singer: Claron McFadden. Orchestra: London Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: David Parry.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-10197.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.
  • Jonathan Dove

    Missa Brevis (Gloria)

    Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge. Performer: Edward Picton-Turbervill. Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-10872.
    • Chandos.
    • 12.
  • Jonathan Dove

    There Was A Child (viii. New Worlds/High Flight)

    Singer: Joan Rodgers. Singer: Toby Spence. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Choir: CBSO Chorus. Choir: City of Birmingham Symphony Youth Chorus. Choir: City of Birmingham Symphony Children's Chorus. Conductor: Simon Halsey.
    • Signum Classics SIGCD285.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 8.
  • Jonathan Dove

    All Hail Great Master (from Ariel)

    Singer: Claire Booth.
    • Naxos 8.573080.
    • Naxos.
    • 13.
  • Jonathan Dove

    Magic Flute Dances; I. Light - Tentative, getting faster and bolder

    Performer: Emily Beynon. Orchestra: BBC National Orchestra of Wales. Conductor: Bramwell Tovey.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-10718.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.
  • Jonathan Dove

    Sirensong

    Singer: Brad Cooper. Singer: Amaryllis Dieltiens. Ensemble: Siren Ensemble. Conductor: Henk Guittart.
    • Chandos CHAN10472.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Jonathan Dove

    The End

    Performer: Nicholas Daniel. Singer: Mark Padmore. Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMU 807566.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Jonathan Dove

    Tobias And The Angel ('Descending a mountain...')

    Singer: James Laing. Singer: Darren Abraham. Conductor: David Charles Abell.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-10606.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 10.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Overture in F major, TWV.55:F16 - 2 Bourrees and La Tempete

    Ensemble: Florilegium.
    • Channel Classics CCS 38616.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 3.
  • Giacomo Puccini

    Manon Lescaut: Fra le tue braccia amore

    Singer: Anna Netrebko. Singer: Yusif Eyvazov. Orchestra: Santa Cecilia Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Antonio Pappano.
    • Deutsche Grammophon 479 5015.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 16.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Full Fadom Five (from Three Shakespeare Songs)

    Performer: Adam Walker. Performer: Michael Collins. Performer: Lawrence Power. Singer: Ian Bostridge.
    • Warner Classics : 0825646106639.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 24.
  • Stephen Goss

    Oh, you with the blue collar (from The Book of Songs)

    Performer: Xuefei Yang. Singer: Ian Bostridge.
    • GLOBE MUSIC 001.
    • GLOBE MUSIC.
    • 18.
  • Claudia Molitor

    The Singing Bridge (iv. Below the Sirens call)

    • NMC DL3027.
    • NMC.
    • 4.
  • Henry Purcell

    Serpent & Fire

    Composer: Christoph Graupner. Composer: Antonio Sartorio. Composer: Matthew Locke. Composer: Daniele da Castrovillari. Singer: Anna Prohaska. Orchestra: Il Giardino Armonico. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Alpha 250.
    • Alpha.
    • 1.

9.00am

Favourite English Strings
BRIDGE: Sally in Our Alley; Cherry Ripe
BRITTEN: Variations on a theme of Frank Bridge Op. 10
ELGAR: Serenade for Strings in E minor Op. 20
FINZI: Romance for string orchestra Op. 11
Ostrobothnian Chamber Orchestra, Sakari Oramo (conductor)
ALBA ABCD387 (Hybrid SACD)

Vaughan Williams & Holst: Heirs and Rebels
HOLST: Lovely Kind, and Kindly Loving; This have I done for my true love, H128 Op. 34 No. 1; Turn back, O man; Suite No. 1 for Military Band in E flat major Op. 28 No. 1, H105; A Moorside Suite; Marching Song Op. 22 No. 2; Wassail Song
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Vagabond (from Songs of Travel); The roadside fire; Bright is the Ring of Words (No. 8 from Songs of Travel); Silent Noon; Linden Lea; English Folk Song Suite; Sea Songs; For all the saints (Sine nomine); Wassail Song
Robert Irwin (baritone), Stuart Robertson (tenor), Edgar Coyle (baritone), Peter Dawson (baritone), Gerald Moore (piano), Black Dyke Mills Band, BBC Chorus, Band of HM Grenadier Guards, Rae Jenkins, Leslie Woodgate, Julius Harrison
ALBION RECORDS ALBCD027 (CD)

Vaughan Williams: Coastal Command
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Coastal Command Suite; 49th Parallel: Prelude; The Story of a Flemish Farm; The England of Elizabeth: Three Portraits
RTE Concert Orchestra, Andrew Penny (conductor)
NAXOS 8573658 (CD)

9.30am Proms Composer: Jonathan Dove (1959)

The final instalment of Summer Record Review's Proms Composers explores the recordings of Jonathan Dove whose direct, communicative and entertaining work spans opera, orchestral, choral and chamber music.

DOVE: Flight
Christopher Robson, Claron McFadden, Richard Coxen, Mary Plazas, Nuala Willis, Ann Taylor, Garry Magee, Steven Page, Anne Mason, Richard Van Allen, London Philharmonic Orchestra, David Parry (conductor)
CHANDOS CHAN10197 (2CD)

The Call: More Choral Classics from St John’s
BULLOCK: Give us the wings of faith
DOVE: Missa brevis: Gloria
GUEST, D: For the fallen
HARRIS, W: Holy is the True Light
HOWELLS: A Spotless Rose
IRELAND: Greater Love Hath No Man
MENDELSSOHN: Hear My Prayer; Ave Maria Op. 23 No. 2
PANUFNIK, R: The Call
PARRY: I was glad; My soul, there is a country (No. 1 from Songs of Farewell); Jerusalem
ROSSINI: O salutaris hostia
STANFORD: Beati quorum via Op. 38 No. 3; Te deum in B flat
TAVENER: Song for Athene
Alison Martin (harp), Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge, Andrew Nethsingha (conductor)
CHANDOS CHAN10872 (CD)

DOVE: There was a Child
Joan Rodgers (soprano), Toby Spence (tenor), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, CBSO Chorus, CBSO Youth Chorus, CBSO Junior Chorus, Simon Halsey
SIGNUM SIGCD285 (CD)

The English Song Series Volume 23 - Jonathan Dove Song Cycles
DOVE: Out of Winter; Cut My Shadow; Ariel; All You Who Sleep Tonight
Claire Booth (soprano), Patricia Bardon (mezzo-soprano), Nicky Spence (tenor), Andrew Matthews-Owen (piano)
NAXOS 8573080 (CD)

British Flute Concertos
ALWYN: Concerto for Flute & Eight Wind Instruments
BERKELEY, L: Flute Concerto Op. 36
DOVE: The Magic Flute Dances
POULENC: Flute Sonata Op. 164
Emily Beynon (flute), BBC National Orchestra of Wales, Bramwell Tovey (conductor)
CHANDOS CHAN10718 (CD)

DOVE: Siren Song
Brad Cooper (tenor), Mattijs van de Woerd (baritone), Amaryllis Dieltiens (soprano), Siren Ensemble, Henk Guittart
CHANDOS CHAN10472 (CD)

DOVE: Tobias and the Angel
Omar Ebrahim (baritone), Hyacinth Nicholls (mezzo-soprano), Darren Abrahams (tenor), James Laing (counter-tenor), Kevin West (tenor), Maureen Brathwaite (soprano), Karina Lucas (mezzo-soprano), Rodney Clarke (baritone), The Young Vic, David Charles Abell
CHANDOS CHAN10606 (CD)

Vaughan Williams: On Wenlock Edge & Ten Blake Songs
DOVE: The End
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: On Wenlock Edge; Ten Blake Songs
WARLOCK: The Curlew
Nicholas Daniel (cor anglais), Britten Sinfonia (members), Jacqueline Shave (director / violin), Huw Watkins (piano), Nicholas Daniel (oboe), Mark Padmore (tenor)
HARMONIA MUNDI HMU807566 (Hybrid SACD)

10.10am

Telemann: Concertos & Cantata Ihr Volker Hort
TELEMANN: Concerto in E major for flute, oboe d'amore, viola d'amore & strings; Concerto TWV 52:a1 in A minor for recorder, viola da gamba, strings & b.c.; Ihr Volker, hort, TWV 1:921; Concerto TWV 51:D2 in D major for transverse flute, strings & b.c.; Quartet TWV 43:a3 (Concerto) in A minor for flute, oboe, violin & b.c.; Overture in F major, TWV55:F16
Clare Wilkinson (mezzo soprano), Florilegium
CHANNEL CCS38616 (CD + download)

Anna Netrebko: Verismo
BOITO: L'altra notte in fondo al mare (from Mefistofele)
CATALANI: Ebben? Ne andro lontana (from La Wally)
CILEA: Ecco: respiro appena. Io son l'umile ancella (from Adriana Lecouvreur)
GIORDANO, U: La mamma morta (from Andrea Chenier)
LEONCAVALLO: Qual fiamma avea nel guardo!.... Hui! Stridono lassu (from I Pagliacci)
PONCHIELLI: Suicidio! (from La Gioconda)
PUCCINI: Un bel di vedremo (from Madama Butterfly); Vissi d'arte (from Tosca); In questa reggia (from Turandot); In quelle trine morbide (from Manon Lescaut); Manon Lescaut: Act IV; Signore, ascolta! (from Turandot)
Yusif Eyvazov (tenor), Anna Netrebko (soprano), Orchestra dell’Accademia Nazionale di Santa Cecilia, Antonio Pappano (conductor)
DG 4795015 (CD)

Songs From Our Ancestors
ARGENTO: Letters from Composers; Letters from Composers
BRITTEN: Gloriana: 2nd Lute Song
CHANGJUN: Sword Dance
CHEN YI: Shuo
DOWLAND: In darkness let me dwell; Come again, sweet love doth now invite; White as lilies was her face; My Thoughts Are Wing'd With Hopes; Flow my teares (Lacrimae)
GOSS, S: The Book Of Songs
JI: Drunken Ecstasy
SCHUBERT: Die Mainacht, D194; Der Konig in Thule, D367; An die Musik D547; Standchen 'Leise flehen meine Lieder', D957 No. 4
Ian Bostridge (tenor), Xuefei Yang (guitar)
GLOBE MUSIC GMU001 (CD)

Claudia Molitor: The Singing Bridge
MOLITOR: Resonate Me; This City; Bridges; Below the Sirens call; Electricity; Beloved Concrete & Sweet Thames Flow Softly; Floating under your Arches; Falling
Claudia Molitor, AK/DK (synth duo), Stick In The Wheel (folk band), SJ Fowler (poet)
NMC NMC DL3027 (Download only)

10.45am Historic Elgar with Kate Kennedy

Kate Kennedy reviews 'Elgar Remastered', a set of Elgar's own recordings from the 1920s and '30s including stereo reconstructions and unissued takes.

Elgar Remastered
ELGAR: Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85; Cockaigne Overture Op. 40 'In London Town'; The Kingdom Op. 51 - Prelude; Mazurka Op. 10 No. 1; May Song; Serenade lyrique; The Wand of Youth Suite No. 2 Op. 1b: March; Symphony No. 1 in A flat major Op. 55; Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61; The Wand of Youth Suite No. 1 Op. 1a; The Wand of Youth Suite No. 2 Op. 1b
SOMM SOMM261-4 (4CD budget)

Elgar conducts Elgar
ELGAR: Carissima; The Sanguine Fan Op. 81; Fringes of the Fleet; Carillon Op. 75; Polonia; Starlight Express Suite Op. 78; Cockaigne Overture Op. 40 'In London Town'; In the South (Alassio) Op. 50; Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61; Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85; Salut d'amour Op. 12; Chanson de Nuit Op. 15 No. 1; Scenes from the Saga of King Olaf: A little bird in the air; The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 - Prelude; Softly and gently, dearly-ransomed soul 'Angel's Farewell' (from The Dream of Gerontius); The Light of Life Op. 29 'Lux Christi' - Meditation; Sea Pictures Op. 37; Enigma Variations Op. 36; Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major Op. 39 No. 1; Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G major Op. 39 No. 4; Bavarian Dances (3); Fantasia & Fugue in C minor Op. 86 (after Bach, BWV 537); Overture in D minor (after Handel, HWV247); The Wand of Youth Suite No. 1 Op. 1a; The Wand of Youth Suite No. 2 Op. 1b; The Wand of Youth Suite No. 1 Op. 1a; The Wand of Youth Suite No. 2 Op. 1b: excerpts; Symphony No. 2 in E flat major Op. 63
Charles Mott (baritone), Henry Ainley (speaker), Agnes Nicholls (soprano), Charles Mott (baritone), Marie Hall (violin), Beatrice Harrison (cello), Leila Megane (contralto), The Symphony Orchestra, Royal Albert Hall Orchestra
MUSIC & ARTS MACD1257 (4CD mid-price)

The Elgar Edition: The Complete Electrical Recordings
CROFT: O God, our Help in Ages past
ELGAR: Symphony No. 1 in A flat major Op. 55; Falstaff - Symphonic Study in C minor Op. 68; Symphony No. 2 in E flat major Op. 63; The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (excerpts); The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38 (excerpts); The Music Makers Op. 69: excerpts; Enigma Variations Op. 36; Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61; The Wand of Youth Suite No. 1 Op. 1a; The Wand of Youth Suite No. 2 Op. 1b; Nursery Suite; Severn Suite Op. 87; Land of Hope and Glory; The Banner of St George: It comes from the misty ages; The Light of Life Op. 29 'Lux Christi' - Meditation; Three Characteristic Pieces; Chanson de Matin Op. 15 No. 2; Chanson de Nuit Op. 15 No. 1; Bavarian Dances (3); Crown of India Op. 66: Suite; Fantasia & Fugue in C minor Op. 86 (after Bach, BWV 537); Froissart Overture Op. 19; Cockaigne Overture Op. 40 'In London Town'; In the South (Alassio) Op. 50; Two Interludes from Falstaff; Cello Concerto in E minor Op. 85; Minuet from Beau Brummel; Rosemary; Salut d'amour Op. 12; Minuet; Serenade lyrique; May Song; Carissima; Minuet from Beau Brummel; Five Piano Improvisations; Pomp and Circumstance Marches Nos. 1-5 Op. 39; Land of Hope and Glory; The Kingdom Op. 51 - Prelude; Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major Op. 39 No. 1; Pomp and Circumstance March No. 2 in A minor Op. 39 No. 2; Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G major Op. 39 No. 4; Cockaigne Overture Op. 40 'In London Town'; Serenade for Strings in E minor Op. 20; Elegy for strings Op. 58; Woodland Interlude from Caractacus; Triumphal March from Caractacus; Mina; Mina; Coronation March Op. 65
London Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonic Choir, Steuart Wilson (Gerontius), Margaret Balfour (Angel), Herbert Heyner (The Priest/The Angel of the Agony), Royal Albert Hall Orchestra, Royal Choral Society, Tudor Davies (Gerontius), Horace Stevens (The Angel of the Agony), Three Choirs Festival Chorus, Yehudi Menuhin (violin), Margaret Balfour (contralto), New Symphony Orchestra, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Beatrice Harrison (cello), Sir Edward Elgar (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Lawrance Collingwood, New Light Symphony Orchestra, J. Ainslie Murray, Haydn Wood, Sir Landon Ronald, Sir Edward Elgar (conductor)
WARNER CLASSICS 0956942 (9CD budget)

11.45am

Serpent & Fire
CASTELLO, D: Sonata Decimaquinta a 4 libro 2
CASTROVILLARI: A Dio Regni, A Dio scettri (from La Cleopatra)
CAVALLI: Re de' Getuli altero (from Didone)
GRAUPNER: Holdestes Lispeln der spielenden Fluthen (from Dido, Konigin von Karthago); Der Himmel...Infido Cupido (from Dido, Konigin von Karthago)
HANDEL: Se pieta di me non senti (from Giulio Cesare)
HASSE, J A: Morte, col fiero aspetto (from Antonio e cleopatra); Gia si desta la tempesta (from Didone Abbandonata)
LOCKE: The Tempest: The First Musicke - Galliard; The Tempest: The Second Musicke - Lilk; Curtain Tune from The Tempest
PURCELL: Dido and Aeneas: Overture; Ah! Belinda, I am press'd with torment (from Dido & Aeneas); Dance for the Chinese Man & Woman (from The Fairy Queen, Z628); Oft she visits (from Dido and Aeneas); Thy hand, Belinda … When I am laid in earth (from Dido & Aeneas)
ROSSI, LUIGI: Passacaille del sign[or]Louigi
SARTORIO: Non voglio amar (from Giulio Cesare in Egitto); Quando voglio (from Giulio Cesare in Egitto)
Anna Prohaska (soprano), Il Giardino Armonico, Giovanni Antonini (conductor)
ALPHA ALPHA250 (CD)

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