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Monteverdi 450: Andrew McGregor with Jeremy Summerly and Hannah Kendall

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo; composer Hannah Kendall reviews new music releases; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

0930
Building a Library: Monteverdi 450
Renowned conductor Jeremy Summerly joins Andrew for a live traversal of recordings of Monteverdi's L'Orfeo, the first opera that has both survived the centuries and stayed in the repertoire.

1045
Andrew is joined by the acclaimed British composer Hannah Kendall for a review of the latest releases

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Claudio Monteverdi

    L' Orfeo - Sinfonia

    Performer: Jordi Savall. Orchestra: Le Concert des Nations.
    • Alia Vox : AVSA9911.
    • Alia Vox.
    • 1.
  • Lodovico Grossi da Viadana

    Deus In Adiutorium [1612]

    Choir: I Fagiolini. Ensemble: The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Choir: 24. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
    • Decca : 00289 483 1654.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Anonymous

    Antiphon 1

    Ensemble: I Fagiolini. Ensemble: The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Ensemble: 24. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
    • Decca.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Dixit Dominus (Ii) [1640]

    Choir: I Fagiolini. Ensemble: The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble. Choir: 24. Director: Robert Hollingworth.
    • Decca : 00289 483 1654.
    • Decca.
    • 3.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Welch Getrümmel erschüttert den Himmel

    Singer: Wolfgang Weiß. Ensemble: Johann Rosenmüller Ensemble. Director: Susanne Rohn.
    • Christophorus.
  • Erich Wolfgang Korngold

    Concerto In D Major Op.35 For Violin And Orchestra, i. Moderato nobile

    Performer: Ilya Gringolts. Orchestra: Sjællands Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Julien Salemkour.
    • Orchid Classics : ORC100066.
    • Orchid Classics.
    • 4.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Concerto In D Major Op.77 For Violin And Orchestra, i. Allegro non troppo

    Performer: Frank Peter Zimmermann. Orchestra: Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra. Conductor: Bernard Haitink.
    • RCO Live : RCO 17001.
    • RCO Live.
    • 1.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Concerto No. 2 In B Flat Major Op.83 For Piano And Orchestra, iii. Andante

    Performer: Sunwook Kim. Orchestra: Hallé. Conductor: Sir Mark Elder.
    • Hallé : CD HLD 7546.
    • Hallé.
    • 3.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No. 4 In E Minor Op.98, iv. Allegro energico e passionato

    Orchestra: Orchestre des Champs‐Élysées. Conductor: Philippe Herreweghe.
    • PHI : LPH025.
    • PHI.
    • 4.
  • François Couperin

    L' Apotheose De Lully

    Narrator: Stéphane Degout. Ensemble: Arcangelo. Director: Jonathan Cohen.
    • Hyperion : CDA68093.
    • Hyperion.
    • 1-16.

9am

Monteverdi: The Other Vespers
CASTELLO, D: Sonata in D minor
DONATI, I: Dulcis amor Iesu
FRESCOBALDI: Toccata terza (1615)
GABRIELI, G: Magnificat a14
MONTEVERDI: Dixit Dominus II; Confitebor tibi Domine (Secondo); Beatus vir (from Selva Morale e Spirituali); Laudate pueri; Laudate Dominum; Ut queant laxis from Selva morale e spirituale; Salve, O Regina
PALESTRINA: Ave Verum
USPER: Sonata a 8
VIADANA: Deus in adiutorium meum
I Fagiolini, The English Cornett and Sackbut Ensemble, The 24, Robert Hollingworth (conductor)
DECCA 4831654 (CD)

Telemann: Ein feste Burg
TELEMANN: Wertes Zion, sei getrost, TVWV 1:1606; Jesu wirst Du bald erscheinen, TVWV1:988; Herr Gott, der du uns hast von unsrer Jugend an, TVWV1:742; Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott, TVWV1:419; Welch’ Getummel erschuttert den Himmel, TVWV1:1546
Wolfgang Weiss, Simone Schwark (soprano), Johanna Krell (alto), Hans Jorg Mammel (tenor), Markus Flaig (bass), Kammerchor Bad Homburg, Johann Rosenmuller Ensemble, Arno Paduch
CHRISTOPHORUS CHR77405 (CD)

Adams & Korngold: Violin Concertos
ADAMS, J: Violin Concerto
KORNGOLD: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 35
Ilya Gringolts (violin), Copenhagen Phil, Santtu-Matias Rouvali (conductor - Adams), Julien Salemkour (conductor - Korngold)
ORCHID CLASSICS ORC100066 (CD)

9.30am – Building a Library

Building a Library: a weekly look at a piece of music, a comparison of the available recordings, and a recommendation.

Composer: Claudio Monteverdi
Piece: LOrfeo
Reviewer: Jeremy Summerly

Building a Library: Monteverdi's L'Orfeo

Recommended recording:
Mirko Guadagnini (Orfeo), Emanuela Galli (La Musica / Euridice), Marina De Liso (Messaggiera), Cristina Calzolari (Proserpina), Matteo Bellotto (Plutone), Jose Maria Lo Monaco (Speranza), Salvo Vitale (Caronte), Vincenzo Di Donato (Apollo), Francesca Cassinari (Ninfa), La Venexiana, Claudio Cavina (conductor)
GLOSSA GCD920941 (2CD)

Other recommended recordings:

Below is a shortlist of other recordings which Jeremy also liked, although we can’t guarantee the availability of these discs. 

Laurence Dale (Orfeo), Efrat Ben-Nun (Euridice/La Musica), Jennifer Larmore (Messaggiera), Bernarda Fink (Proserpina), Harry Peeters (Plutone), Andreas Scholl (Speranza), Paul Gerimon (Caronte), Nicolas Rivenq (Apollo), Concerto Vocale, Rene Jacobs (conductor)
HARMONIA MUNDI HML5901553/54 (2CD)

Historical recommendation:
Helmut Krebs (Orfeo), Hanni Mack-Cosack (Euridice), Margot Guilleaume (La Musica/Proserpina), Jeanne Deroubaix ((La Messagiera/La Speranza),Horst Gunter (Plutone), Peter Roth-Ehrgang (Caronte), Bernhard Michaelis (Pastore 1), Fritz Wunderlich (Apollo/Pastore 2), Peter Offermanns (Pastore 3), Clemens Kaiser-Breme Pastore 4), Hildegard Wild (Ninfa), Orchester der "Sommerlichen Musiktage Hitzacker 1955", Chor der Staatlichen Hochschule fur Musik, Hamburg, August Wenzinger
DG ARCHIV 4531762

DVD recommendation:
Furio Zanasi (Orfeo), Arianna Savall (Euridice), Montserrat Figueras (La Musica), Sara Mingardo (Messaggiera), La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Le Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall (conductor)
OPUS ARTE OA0843D

Curiosity
MONTEVERDI: L'Orfeo (Respighi’s arragement and orchestration)
Paolo Coni (Orfeo), Nuccia Focile (Euridice), Enrico Facini (Apollo), James Loomis (Caronte), Orchestra da Camera Lucchese, Herbert Handt
CLAVES 509419

10.20am – Brahms Concertos

Brahms: Piano Concerto No. 1 & Violin Concerto & Schumann: Piano Quartet
BRAHMS: Violin Concerto in D major Op. 77; Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15
SCHUMANN: Piano Quartet in E flat major Op. 47
Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Emanuel Ax (piano), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Bernard Haitink (conductor), RCO Chamber Soloists
RCO LIVE RCO17001 (2Hybrid SACD)

Brahms: Piano Concertos
BRAHMS: Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor Op. 15; Piano Concerto No. 2 in B flat major Op. 83
Sunwook Kim (piano), Halle, Sir Mark Elder (conductor)
HALLE CDHLD7546 (2CD)

Brahms: Symphony No. 4, Alto Rhapsody & Schicksalslied
BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E minor Op. 98; Alto Rhapsody Op. 53; Schicksalslied Op. 54
Ann Hallenberg (mezzo), Collegium Vocale Gent, Orchestre des Champs-Elysees, Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)
PHI LPH025 (CD)

10.50am – Hannah Kendall on contemporary music

Tarik O'Regan: A Celestial Map of the Sky
O'REGAN: A Celestial Map of the Sky; Latent Manifest; RaI; Chaabi; Fragments from Heart of Darkness; Now fatal change*
Halle, Halle Youth Choir, The Manchester Grammar School Choir, Sir Mark Elder (conductor), Jamie Phillips, Ryland Angel* (countertenor), Lara St. John* (violin)
NMC NMCD220 (CD and download) (*Only available on download)

Gaudent in Coelis
BEAMISH: Gaudent in coelis; Two Canticles; St Catharine’s Service
BINGHAM, J: Edington Service
MARSH, JOANNA: Lord, thou hast searched me and known me; Missa Brevis - Collegium Sanctae Catharinae
The Choirs of St Catharine’s College, Cambridge, Edward Wickham (conductor)
RESONUS CLASSICS RES10185 (CD)

Calliope
With music by Kerry Andrew, Roger Marsh, Bushra El-Turk, Cecilia McDowall, Robert Fokkens, Duncan MacLeod and Geoffrey Hannan
Sarah Dacey (soprano), Belinda Jones (piano)
SMFA Foundry Studios (Download only)

Brian Elias: Electra Mourns
ELIAS, B: Geranos; Meet me in the Green Glen; Once did I breathe another's breath; Electra Mourns
Psappha, Nicholas Kok, Roderick Williams (baritone), Susan Bickley (mezzo-soprano), Iain Burnside (piano), Nicholas Daniel (cor anglais), Britten Sinfonia, Clark Rundell (conductor)
NMC NMCD235 (CD)

11.45am – Disc of the Week

Francois Couperin: L'Apotheose de Lully & Lecons de tenebres
COUPERIN, F: L'Apotheose de Lulli; Lecons de Tenebres
Stephane Degout (speaker), Katherine Watson (soprano), Anna Dennis (soprano), Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (conductor)
HYPERION CDA68093 (CD)

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