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Andrew McGregor with Sarah Devonald and Stephen Johnson

with Andrew McGregor.

Building a Library on Mozart's final purely instrumental work, his Clarinet Concerto - written for his friend Anton Stadler. Sarah Devonald compares recordings of what is for many the greatest of clarinet concertos.

Anniversary box sets of recordings by Mstislav Rostropovich - Stephen Johnson joins Andrew to delve in to a wealth of recordings featuring Slava as both cellist and conductor.

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

Release date:

3 hours, 12 minutes

Last on

Sat 25 Mar 2017 09:00


JS Bach: Ouvertures
BACH, J S: Cantata BWV119 'Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn'; Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV1066; Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV1068; Cantata BWV194 'Hochsterwunschtes Freudenfest'; Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV1069
Ensemble Zefiro, Alfredo Bernardini (director)

Bel Canto: Tamestit & Tiberghien
BELLINI: Casta Diva (from Norma)
DONIZETTI: Il faut partir (from La fille du regiment); L'ai-je bien entendu?… O mon Fernand (from La Favorite)
MAZAS: Le Songe - Elegie on La Favorita by Donizetti Op. 92
NEY: XVe Prelude for solo viola
VIEUXTEMPS: Viola Sonata in B flat Op. 36; Elegie for viola and piano Op. 30; Capriccio in C Minor, 'Hommage a Paganini,' Op. 55
Antoine Tamestit (viola, Stradivarius 'Mahler' 1672), Cedric Tiberghien (Steinway piano)

Preghiera - Rachmaninov: Piano Trios
KREISLER: Preghiera (Prayer) on theme from Rachmaninov's 2nd Piano Concerto for violin & piano
RACHMANINOV: Trio elegiaque No. 1 in G minor Op. post.; Trio elegiaque No. 2 in D minor Op. 9
Gidon Kremer (violin), Giedre Dirvanauskaite (cello), Daniil Trifonov (piano)
DG 4796979 (CD)

Haydn: Keyboard Concertos (Performed on Accordion)
HAYDN: Keyboard Concerto No. 11 in D major, HobXVIII:11; Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in G major, Hob.XVIII:4; Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in F major with French horns and strings, Hob.XVIII:3; Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in F major, Hob. XVIII:7
Viviane Chassot (accordion), Kammerorchester Basel
SONY G010003653881O

9.30am - Building a Library

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Piece: Clarinet Concerto in A major K622
Reviewer: Sarah Devonald

Building a Library: Mozart's Clarinet Concerto

Recommended recording:
Julian Bliss (clarinet), Royal Northern Sinfonia, Mario Venzago
Coupled with
MOZART: Der Liebe himmlisches Gefuhl K119 (382h); No, che non sei capace, K419
NIELSEN: Clarinet Concerto Op. 57 (FS129)

Other recommended recordings:
Below is a shortlist of other recordings which Sarah Devonald also liked, although we can’t guarantee the availability of these discs.

Jack Brymer (clarinet), London Symphony Orchestra, Colin Davis (conductor)
PHILIPS 443 390 2

Period Basset Clarinet:
Wolfgang Meyer (basset clarinet), Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt (conductor)
TELDEC 3984214762

Alessandro Carbonare (clarinet), Orchestra Mozart, Claudio Abbado (conductor)
DG 4779331 (CD)

10.20am – John Joubert

Joubert: South of the Line
JOUBERT: O Praise God in His Holiness Op. 52; O Lorde, the maker of al thing; There Is No Rose; Incantation; Pilgrimage Song Op. 169; Three Portraits Op. 97; Be not Afeard Op. 179; Sonnet Op. 123; This is the Gate of the Lord Op. 164; Autumn Rain Op. 105; South of the Line Op. 109
Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir, Paul Spicer (conductor)

Joubert: Organ Music
JOUBERT: Reflections on a Martyrdom Op. 141; Prelude on the Old Hundredth Op. 15; Six Short Preludes on English Hymn Tunes Op. 125; Prelude on ‘Picardy’ Op. 55; Prelude on ‘York’ Op. 152; Recessional Op. 135; Passacaglia and Fugue Op. 35
Tom Winpenny (organ of St Albans Cathedral)

JOUBERT: Jane Eyre
April Fredrick (Jane Eyre), David Stout (Rochester), Mark Milhofer (St John Rivers/Mr Mason), Gwion Thomas (Mr Brocklehurst), Clare McCaldin (Mrs. Fairfax/Hannah), Lesley-Jane Rogers (Diana Rivers), Lorraine Payne (Mary Rivers/Leah), Charles Humphreys (Rector’s Clerk), Alan Fairs (The Rev. Wood), Samuel Oram (John), Felix Kemp (Verger of Thornfield), Andrew Mayor (Briggs, Mason’s Solicitor), English Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Woods

10.50am – Stephen Johnson reviews Rostropovich anniversary boxes

Mstislav Rostropovich: Complete Recordings on Deutsche Grammophon
DG 94796789 (37 CDs)
More details at

Rostropovich: Cellist of the Century
WARNER CLASSICS 9029589230 (40 CDs + 3 DVD)
More details at

11.45am – Disc of the Week

Lully: Persee 1770
LULLY: Persee
Mathias Vidal, Helene Guilmette, Katherine Watson, Tassis Christoyannis, Jean Teitgen, Chantal Santon-Jeffery, Marie Lenormand, Cyrille Dubois, Marie Kalinine, Thomas Dolie, Zachary Wilder, Le Concert Spirituel, Herve Niquet (conductor)

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