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Andrew McGregor with Sarah Lenton and Tom McKinney

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Arthur Sullivan's The Mikado; New chamber releases, including Franck, Faure, Chausson and Saint-Saens; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor.

Building a Library: Sarah Lenton recommends the best recording of The Mikado by Sir Arthur Sullivan. This evergreen Savoy Opera concerns the comic goings-on of a motley crew of characters. Ostensibly set in Japan, this Gilbert and Sullivan favourite is in fact a biting satire on British manners and customs.

Andrew talks to Tom McKinney about new releases of chamber music including works by Franck, Fauré, Chausson and Saint-Saëns

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Arthur Sullivan

    Where The Bee Sucks, Arr. For Voice And Piano [from 'The Tempest' Incidental Mus

    Performer: David Owen Norris. Singer: Mary Bevan. Singer: Ben Johnson.
    • Chandos: CHAN 10935.
    • Chandos.
    • 7.
  • Arthur Sullivan

    The Window - No. 1 On The Hill

    Performer: David Owen Norris. Singer: Mary Bevan. Singer: Ben Johnson.
    • Chandos: CHAN 10935.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Ernst Brockmann

    Bald, Allzubalde

    Performer: Patricia Hammond. Performer: Matt Redman. Performer: Zac Gvirtzman.
    • Songophile Records.
  • Christophe Le Menu De Saint-Philibert

    La vièle: (i) Air lent "quels sons brillans"

    Singer: Monika Mauch. Ensemble: Ensemble Danguy.
    • Ricercar.
    • 1.
  • Alessandro Stradella

    Santa Pelagia - Oratorio

    Performer: Ensemble Mare Nostrum. Performer: Andrea De Carlo. Singer: Roberta Mameli. Singer: Sergio Foresti.
    • Arcana A431.
    • Arcana.
    • 6.
  • Johann Christian Bach

    Keyboard Concerto in F minor i. Allegro di Molto

    Performer: Sebastian Knauer. Ensemble: Zürcher Kammerorchester.
    • Berlin Classics.
  • George Antheil

    Over The Plains For Orchestra

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: John Storgårds.
    • Chandos CHAN 10941.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Andrea Pandolfo

    Impassibile Infiammato

    Performer: Andrea Pandolfo. Performer: Paolo Pandolfo. Performer: Michelangelo Rinaldi.
    • Glossa.
  • Evgeny Fyodorovich Svetlanov

    Prelude in D (No.5/12)

    Performer: Dominic John.
    • Willowhayne Records.
  • Felix Mikhailovich Blumenfeld

    Prelude in D Minor Op.17 No. 24

    Performer: Dominic John.
    • Willowhayne Records.
  • Nikolai Girshevich Kapustin

    Prelude in E Flat Op. 53 No. 19

    Performer: Dominic John.
    • Willowhayne Records.
  • Lera Auerbach

    Prelude in E flat minor (No. 14/24)

    Performer: Dominic John.
    • Willowhayne Records.
  • Olivier Messiaen

    La Colombe Prelude in E (No.18)

    Performer: Dominic John.
    • Willowhayne Records.
  • Reinhold Moritzevich Glière

    Prelude in E minor Op. 30 No. 10

    Performer: Dominic John.
    • Willowhayne Records.
  • Manuel de Falla

    Cancion Del Amor Dolido + Danza Rituel Del Fuego

    Performer: Maria Jose Perez. Performer: Enrique Solinis. Ensemble: Euskal Barronkensemble.
    • AliaVox.


Sir Arthur Sullivan: Songs

SULLIVAN, A: Sigh no more, ladies; Orpheus with his Lute; O mistress mine; The Willow Song; Rosalind; Love laid his sleepless head; Nel ciel seren; Where the bee sucks; I wish to tune my quivering lyre; Sweet day; Arabian Love Song; Birds in the Night; A life that lives for you; Once again; Golden Days; Guinevere!; None but I can say; O Israel; St Agnes' Eve; Edward Gray; What does little birdie say?; O swallow, swallow; Tears, idle tears; The Window; or, the Songs of the Wrens; Bid me at least goodbye; E tu nol sai; Ich mochte hinaus es jauchzen; Lied, mit thranen halbgeschrieben; Oh! Ma charmante; I would I were a King; Sad Memories; Ever; Mary Morison; Old Love Letters; County Guy; Sweethearts

Mary Bevan (soprano), Ben Johnson (tenor), Ashley Riches (bass-baritone), David Owen Norris (piano)

CHANDOS CHAN10935(2) (2CD)


Songs of The Great War

Arrangements and Ensemble directed by Matt Redman

Patricia Hammond (voice)



Le Belle Vielleuse: The Virtuoso Hurdy Gurdy in 18th Century France

With music by: Christophe Le Menu de Saint-Philibert, Jean Baptiste Dupuits, Monsieur Ravet, Charles Baton, Michel Corrette

Ensemble Danguy, Monika Mauch (Soprano), Tobie Miller (Hurdy Gurdy), Ellie Nimeroski (Violin), Caroline Ritchie (Bass Viol & Cello), Marc Meisel (Harpsichord), Esteban La Rotta (Theorbo)



STRADELLA: Santa Pelagia (Oratorio)

Roberta Mameli (soprano), Raffaele Pe (Contralto), Luca Cervoni (tenor), Sergio Foresti (baritone), Ensemble Mare Nostrum, Andrea De Carlo (director)



Bach & Sons 2

BACH, C P E: Harpsichord Concerto in G major, Wq. 43/5 (H475)

BACH, J C: Berlin Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor, W. C73 (formerly attributed to W F Bach)

BACH, J S: Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A major, BWV1055; Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV1056; Concerto for Flute, Violin & Harpsichord in A minor, BWV1044

Sebastian Knauer (piano), Philipp Jundt (flute), Daniel Hope (violin), Zurcher Kammerorchester



9:30am - Building a Library

Composer: Arthur Sullivan
Piece: The Mikado
Reviewer: Sarah Lenton

Building a Library - Sullivan's 'The Mikado'

Recommended recording:
Donald Adams (The Mikado), Anthony Rolfe Johnson (Nanki-Poo), Richard Suart (Ko-Ko), Felicity Palmer (Katisha), Marie McLaughlin (Yum-Yum), Janice Watson (Peep-Bo), Anne Howells (Pitti-Sing), Richard Van Allan (Pooh-Bah), Nicholas Folwell (Pish-Tush), Welsh National Opera Chorus, Orchestra, Sir Charles Mackerras (conductor)



Other recommended recordings:

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



Donald Adams (The Mikado), Philip Potter (Nanki-Poo), John Reed (Ko-Ko), Valerie Masterson (Yum-Yum), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Isidore Godfrey (conductor)



Richard Angas (The Mikado), Bonaventura Bottone (Nanki-Poo), Eric Idle (Ko-Ko), Richard Van Allan (Pooh-Bah), Mark Richardson (Pish-Tush), Lesley Garrett (Yum-Yum), Jean Rigby (Pitti-Sing), Susan Bullock (Peep-Bo), Felicity Palmer (Katisha), English National Opera Chorus and Orchestra, Peter Robinson (conductor)


Donald Adams (The Mikado), Thomas Round (Nanki-Poo), Peter Pratt (Ko-Ko), Kenneth Sandford (Pooh-Bah), Alan Styler (Pish-Tush), Jean Hindmarsh (Yum-Yum), Beryl Dixon (Pitti-Sing), Jennifer Toye (Peep-Bo), Ann Drummond-Grant (Katisha), New Symphony Orchestra of London, Isidore Godfrey (conductor)




10:15am - More New Releases

Antheil: Orchestral Works, Vol. 1

ANTHEIL: Symphony No. 4; Symphony No. 5 'Joyous'; Over the Plains

BBC Philharmonic, John Storgards (conductor)



Kind of Satie

PANDOLFO, A: Impassible infiammato; La caccia; Commiato; Albertone sui baffi di Satie

PANDOLFO, P: Brothers; Respiro

RINALDI: Morbidamente rosacrociano; Sogno coniugale; Preghiera rosacrociana; Valzer rosacrociana

SATIE: Sonneries de la Rose et Croix

Andrea Pandolfo (trumpet, flugelhorn, voice), Paolo Pandolfo (violas da gamba, Michelangelo Rinaldi (piano, accordion, toy piano)



24 +1

…A cycle of preludes by 25 composers extending across 2 centuries.

Dominic John (piano)



De Falla: El Amor Brujo

CANTEMIR: Escena Bestenigar

FALLA: Cancion del amor dolido (from El amor brujo); Ritual Fire Dance (from El amor brujo); El Amor Brujo: Pantomime; Las campanas del amanecer (El amor brujo); Koumiss y Fuego Fatuo; Pasacalle en Circulo Magico

RODRIGO: Concierto de Aranjuez: Allegro con spirito; Concierto de Aranjuez: Adagio (extract)

SANTA CRUZ: Xacara del juego de Amor

SANZ: Canarios; Taranta de la Siega

Enrike Solinis (guitar, laouto, musical director), Euskal Barrokensemble



10:50am - Tom McKinney on French chamber music

Faure & Saint-Saens: Works For Cello & Piano

FAURE: Cello Sonata No. 1 in D minor Op. 109; Au bord de l'eau Op. 8 No. 1 (Prudhomme); Cello Sonata No. 2 in G minor Op. 117; Apres un reve Op. 7 No. 1

SAINT-SAENS: Romance in F major Op. 36; Romance Op. 51; Cello Sonata No. 1 in C minor Op. 32; Le carnaval des animaux: Le Cygne

Brian O’Kane (cello), Michael McHale (piano)



French Treasures

CHAUSSON: Poeme for Violin & Piano Op. 25

DEBUSSY: La plus que lente; Prelude a l'apres-midi d'un faune; Clair de Lune (from Suite Bergamasque)

POULENC: Violin Sonata, FP 119

SAINT-SAENS: Caprice d'apres l'Etude en forme de valse

Alexey Semenenko (violin), Inna Firsova (piano)



Franck: Violin Sonata & Chausson: Concert

CHAUSSON: Concert in D major for piano, violin and string quartet Op. 21

FRANCK, C: Violin Sonata in A major

Salagon Quartet, Isabelle Faust (violin), Alexander Melnikov (piano)

HARMONIA MUNDI HMM902254 (CD mid-price)


Tasmin Little plays Franck, Szymanowski, and Faure

FAURE: Romance in B flat major for violin & piano Op. 28

FRANCK, C: Violin Sonata in A major

SZYMANOWSKI: Violin Sonata in D minor Op. 9; Romance in D major Op. 23; Nocturne & Tarantella Op. 28

Tasmin Little (violin), Piers Lane (piano)


11:45am - Disc of the Week

JS Bach: Cantatas for Soprano

BACH, J S: Cantata BWV202 'Weichet Nur, betrubte Schatten' (Wedding Cantata); Cantata BWV152 'Tritt auf die Glaubenbahn'; Cantata BWV199 'Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut'

Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Andreas Wolf (bass-baritone), Freiburger Barockorchester, Petra Mullejans (conductor)



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