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Andrew McGregor with Ivan Hewett and Laura Tunbridge

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library: Music by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor; Recent French opera releases, by Lully, Saint-Saens and Ravel; Disc of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor.

Building a Library: Ivan Hewett and Andrew survey recordings of the composer Samuel Coleridge-Taylor. He was born in 1875 in Holborn, London, and was of mixed European and African descent. He studied composition under Charles Villiers Stanford and was later helped by Edward Elgar. Coleridge-Taylor sought to do for traditional African music what Brahms did for Hungarian music and Dvořák for Bohemian music. He died at 37 of pneumonia, probably made worse by the stress of his financial situation. His most famous work is Hiawatha's Wedding Feast. But there are many other discoveries to be made.

To mark the recent death of the conductor, Jeffrey Tate, a repeat of the interview Andrew did with him at his home in 2004; talking about medicine, Mozart, Karajan and Callas.

Andrew talks to Laura Tunbridge about recent French opera recordings including Lully's 'Armide', Saint-Saëns's 'Proserpine' and two new versions of Ravel's 'L'Enfant et les sortilèges'.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Engelbert Humperdinck

    Hansel Und Gretel (Act 3 scene 2)

    Performer: Anne Sofie von Otter. Performer: Barbara Bonney. Performer: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Bavarian RSO. Performer: Jeffrey Tate.
    • EMI CDC 754023.
    • EMI.
    • 4.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Symphony No. 2 in D Op. 73 ii. Adagio non troppo

    Performer: Boston Symphony Orchestra. Performer: Andris Nelsons.
    • BSO Classics 1701/03.
    • BSO Classics.
    • 2.
  • Edmund Rubbra

    Psalm 6 (Three Psalms Op. 61 No. 1)

    Performer: Kathleen Ferrier. Performer: Frederick Stone.
    • Somm SOMMCD 264.
    • Somm.
    • 22.
  • Howard Skempton

    More Sweet Than My Refrain

    Performer: Ars Nova Copenhagen. Performer: Paul Hillier.
    • Cantaloupe Music CA21127.
    • Cantaloupe Music.
    • 12.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Prelude And Fugue in C minor BWV847

    Performer: Mie Miki.
    • BIS-2217 SACD.
    • BIS.
    • 3.
  • Charles Villiers Stanford


  • Béla Bartók

    Bartok String Quartet No. 2 Op. 17

    Performer: The Heath Quartet.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMM 907661.62.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.


Hansel und Gretel 
HUMPERDINK: Hansel und Gretel
Anne-Sofie von Otter, Barbara Bonney, Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate (conductor)
EMI CDC 754023 (2 CDs)


BRAHMS: Symphonies Nos. 1-4 (Complete)
Boston Symphony Orchestra, Andris Nelsons (conductor)


Kathleen Ferrier Remembered
BRAHMS: Sonntag Op. 47 No. 3; Botschaft Op. 47 No. 1; Nachtigall Op. 97 No. 1; Es schauen die Blumen Op. 96 No. 3; Der Jager (No. 4 from Sieben Lieder Op. 95); Ruhe, Sussliebchen Op. 33 No. 9; Auf dem See (No. 2 from Acht Lieder und Gesange Op. 59); Wir wandelten, wir zwei zusammen Op. 96/2
JACOBSON: The Song of Songs
MAHLER: Urlicht (Des Knaben Wunderhorn)
PARRY: Love is a bable Op. 152 No. 3
RUBBRA: Psalms (3) Op. 81
SCHUBERT: Der Musensohn, D764 (Goethe); Wandrers Nachtlied II 'Uber allen Gipfeln ist Ruh', D768; Lachen und Weinen, D777; Suleika II, D717; Suleika I, D720; Rosamunde, D797: Romance 'Der Vollmond Strahlt auf Bergeshoh'n'; Rastlose Liebe, D138; Wasserflut (No. 6 from Winterreise, D911); Die junge Nonne, D828
STANFORD: La Belle Dame sans merci (John Keats) (1877)
WOLF, H: Auf einer Wanderung (No. 15 from Morike-Lieder)
Kathleen Ferrier (contralto)


First Drop
ANDRIESSEN, L: Un beau baiser
GORDON, M: He saw a skull
LANG, D: when we were children
ORTIZ, P: Five Motets
REICH: Know What Is Above You; Clapping Music
RILEY: Mexico City Blues
SKEMPTON: Rise up, my Love; More sweet
VOLANS: Walking Song
Ars Nova Copenhagen, Paul Hillier (conductor)


Das Wohltemperierte Akkordeon
BACH, J S: Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 1 in C major, BWV846; Prelude & Fugue in C major, BWV547; Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 22 B flat Minor, BWV891; Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 5 in D major, BWV850; Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 11 in F major, BWV880; Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 22 in B flat minor, BWV867; Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 13 in F sharp major, BWV858; Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 14 in F sharp major, BWV883; Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 15 in G major, BWV884; Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 16 in G minor, BWV861; Prelude & Fugue Book 2 No. 5 in D major, BWV 874; Prelude & Fugue Book 1 No. 24, BWV869
Mie Miki (accordian)
BIS BIS2217 (Hybrid SACD)

9.30am – Building a Library

Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor

Reviewer: Ivan Hewett

Building a Library: Survey of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor recordings

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

Composer: Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Piece: A Survey of Samuel Coleridge-Taylor
Reviewer: Ivan Hewett

Recommended recording:

Scenes from the Song of Hiawatha
COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: The Song of Hiawatha
Helen Field (soprano), Arthur Davies (tenor), Bryn Terfel (baritone), Orchestra of the Welsh National Opera, Kenneth Alwyn (conductor)
ARGO 4303562
(Download only)


Other recommended recordings:

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

Coleridge-Taylor: Piano Quintet & Clarinet Quintet
COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Piano Quintet in G minor Op. 1 (1893); Ballade in C minor for violin and piano Op. 73 (1907); Clarinet Quintet in F sharp minor Op. 10 (1895)
The Nash Ensemble


The Romantic Violin Concerto 5 - Coleridge-Taylor & Somervell
COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Violin Concerto in G minor Op. 80
SOMERVELL: Violin Concerto in G minor
Anthony Marwood (violin), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)


Coleridge-Taylor: Undiscovered Piano Works
COLERIDGE-TAYLOR: Cameos Op. 56; Valse-Suite Op. 71; Forest Scenes Op. 66; Moorish Dance Op. 55
Waka Hasegawa (piano)


10.15am – More New Releases

Stanford: Preludes
STANFORD: Preludes (24) in all the keys Op. 163: excerpts; Preludes (24) in all the keys Op. 179: excerpts
Sam Haywood (piano)

10.30am – Jeffrey Tate Interview

MOZART: Symphonies (Complete)
English Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Tate (conductor)


CALLAS, MARIA: The Live Recitals.
With Oliviero de Fabritiis, Georges Pretre, Sir John Pritchard, Nicola Rescigno, Sir Malcolm Sargent, Alfredo Simonetto, Jeffrey Tate, Antonio Votto.
EMI 5597942 (10CDs)


STRAUSS, R: Arabella
Kiri Te Kanawa (Arabella), Franz Grundheber (Mandryka), Gabriele Fontana (Zdenka), Peter Seiffert (Matteo), Ernst Gutstein (Waldner), Alexandru Ionita (Elemer), Helga Dernesch (Adelaide), Gilles Cachemaille (Dominik), Gwendolyn Bradley (Fiakermilli), Kurt Rydl (Lamoral), Reinhild Runkel (Kartenaufschlagerin), Orchestra, Chorus of Covent Garden, Jeffrey Tate (conductor)
DECCA 4783460 (download only)

10.50am – New Releases: Laura Tunbridge on French opera

LULLY: Armide
Antonio Figueroa, Marie-Claude Chappuis, Marc Mauillon, Douglas Williams, Cyril Auvity, Etienne Bazola, Marie-Adeline Henry, Judith van Wanroij, Emiliano Gonzalez Toro, Marie-Claude He, Chœur de Chambre de Namur, Les Talens Lyriques, Christophe Rousset (conductor)


SAINT-SAENS: Proserpine (1899 Revision)
Veronique Gens (Proserpine), Marie-Adeline Henry (Angiola), Frederic Antoun (Sabatino), Andrew Foster-Williams (Squarocca), Jean Teitgen (Renzo), Munchner Rundfunkorchester, Flemish Radio Choir, Ulf Schirmer (conductor)


Debussy: L'Enfant Prodigue & Ravel: L'Enfant et les sortileges
DEBUSSY: L'Enfant Prodigue; Symphonie in B minor: Finale
RAVEL: L'enfant et les sortileges
Roberto Alagna (Azael), Karina Gauvin (Lia), Jean-Francois Lapointe (Simeon), Chloe Briot (L’Enfant), Nathalie Stutzmann (Maman/Tasse chinois/Libellule), Sabine Devieilhe (Le Feu/Rossignol)), Jodie Devos (La Chauve-Souris/La Chouette/La Pastourelle), Jean-Francois Lapointe (Le Chat/L’Horloge comtoise), Nicolas Courjal (Le Fauteuil/L’Arbre), Julie Pasturaud (Bergere/Patre/Ecureuil/Chatte intemperante), Chœur et Orchestre de Radio France, Mikko Franck (conductor)
ERATO 9029589692 (2CDs)


Ravel: Complete Orchestral Works Vol. 5
RAVEL: L'enfant et les sortileges; Ma Mere l'Oye
Camille Poul (L'enfant), Marie Karall (Maman/Chinoise), Julie Pasturaud (La Bergere/La Chatte), Annick Massis (Le Feu/La Princesse/Le Rossignol), Mailys de Villoutreys (La Pastourelle/La Chauve-souris/La Chouette), Paul Gay (Le Fauteuil/Un Arbre), Marc Barrard (L'Horloge Comtoise/Le Chat), Francois Piolino (Le Theriere/Le Petit Viellard/La Rainette), SWR Vokalensemble Stuttgart (chorus), Cantus Juvenum Karlsruhe (chorus), Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart des SWR, Stephane Deneve (conductor)

11.45am – Disc of the Week

BARTOK: String Quartets Nos. 1-6 (complete)
Heath Quartet
(Available as a download now, with CD released on 23rd June)


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