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Andrew McGregor with Stephen Johnson. Proms Composer: Julian Anderson

Andrew McGregor presents Summer Record Review with recent recordings, top releases and a focus on Proms composer Julian Anderson. Plus a tribute to the late Jiri Belohlavek.

with Andrew McGregor;

0930 Proms Composer: Julian Anderson
Andrew plays recordings of music by the contemporary British composer Julian Anderson whose compositional style blends a dynamic rhythmic energy with remarkable melodies, often influenced by music from wide-ranging musical cultures. He is particularly interested in the folk music of Eastern Europe and the modality of Indian ragas.

1030 Andrew talks to Stephen Johnson about some of the best-loved and most highly regarded recordings by the much-missed conductor Jiří Bělohlávek who died in May.

Excerpt from Ravel's Concerto in D major for piano (left hand) and orchestra
Steven Osborne, piano
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
Ludovic Morlot, conductor.

3 hours, 12 minutes

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Re-Sound Beethoven Volume 5: Symphony No. 9

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 9 in D minor Op. 125 'Choral'

Laura Aikin (soprano), Michaela Selinger (mezzo), Steve Davislim (tenor), Jose Antonio Lopez (baritone), Chorus sine Nomine, Orchester Wiener Akademie, Martin Haselbock (conductor)



GLANERT: Requiem for Hieronymus Bosch

David Wilson-Johnson (voice), Aga Mikolaj (soprano), Ursula Hesse von den Steinen (mezzo-soprano), Gerhard Siegel (tenor), Christof Fischesser (bass), Leo van Doeselaar (organ), Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, Netherlands Radio Choir, Markus Stenz (conductor)

RCO LIVE RCO17005 (Hybrid SACD)

9.30am – Proms Composer: Julian Anderson

TRAD. ARMENIAN: I Will Not be Sad in This World                        

Djivan Gasparyan (duduk)



ANDERSON, JULIAN: Alhambra Fantasy; Khorovod; The Stations of the Sun; The Crazed Moon; Diptych

London Sinfonietta, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Oliver Knussen (conductor)



Julian Anderson: Book of Hours

ANDERSON, JULIAN: Book of Hours; Eden; Imagin’d Corners; Four American Choruses; Symphony

Lamberto Coccioli, Scott Wilson (electronics), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Chorus, Oliver Knussen (conductor), Martyn Brabbins (conductor), Sakari Oramo (conductor)



Julian Anderson: Fantasias, The Crazed Moon & The Discovery of Heaven

ANDERSON, JULIAN: Fantasias; The Crazed Moon; The Discovery of Heaven

Vladimir Jurowski (conductor), Ryan Wigglesworth, London Philharmonic Orchestra

LPO LPO0074 (CD)


Julian Anderson: In lieblicher Blaue, Alleluia, The Stations of the Sun

ANDERSON, JULIAN: In liebliche Blaue (for violin and orchestra); Alleluia; The Stations of the Sun

Carolin Widmann (violin), London Philharmonic Choir, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

LPO LPO0089 (CD)


10.15am – New Releases: Early Sacred Vocal

Machaut: Sovereign Beauty

MACHAUT: Tres bonne et belle; Foy porter, V22; Dame, ne regardes pas, B9; J'ay tant / Lasse! Je sui / Ego moriar pro te; Se quanque amours, B21; Dame, a qui m'otri de cuer, V12; De desconfort, B8; Quant j'ay l'espart; Comment qu'a moy; De Bon Espoir / Puis que la douce / Speravi; Un Lay de consolation

The Orlando Consort



Tinctoris: Secret Consolations

Le Miroir De Musique, Baptiste Romain



Isaac: In the time of Lorenzo de’ Medici and Maximilan I

Hesperion XXI, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall (conductor)



Many are the wonders

ALLAIN: Videte miraculum

ANDREW: Archbishop Parker's psalme 150

BURTON, K: Many are the wonders?

ESCOTT: O light of Light

FERKO: Reflection on Thomas Tallis’ if ye love me?

ROTH, A: Night Prayer

STUCKY: O sacrum convivium

TALLIS: Man blest no doubt; Let God arise; O sacrum convivium; If ye love me; Why Fum'th in Fight?; O come in one to praise the Lord; Videte miraculum; Loquebantur variis linguis; E'en like the hunted hind; Expend, O Lord; O nata lux de lumine 5vv; Te lucis ante terminum; Why brag'st in malice; God Grant we grace (Tallis Canon); Veni creator: Come Holy Ghost; Why Fum'th in Fight?; God Grant we grace (Tallis Canon)

ORA, Suzi Digby



Nordic Voices Sing Victoria

VICTORIA: Benedicta sit sancta Trinitas; Vexilla Regis; Vidi speciosam; Quem vidistis, pastores?; Salve Regina; O Domine Jesu Christe; Ardens est cor meum; Congratulamini mihi a 6; Nigra sum; Tu es Petrus; Vadam et circuibo civitatem

Nordic Voices



Music for Troubled Times: The English Civil War & Siege of York

BYRD: O Lord, make thy servant Elizabeth

CHILD, W: O Lord God, the heathen are come into thine inheritance

HUTCHINSON, J: Behold, how good and joyful a thing it is

JEFFREYS, G: How wretched is the state

LAWES, H: A Funeral Anthem

LAWES, W: Psalm 100 - All people that on earth do dwell; Lord, in thy wrath, Psalm VI; O God my strength and fortitude, Psalm XVIII/1; See how Cawood's dragon looks; Psalm 67 - Have mercy on us, Lor; Psalm 22 - O God, my God; Music, the master of thy art is dead

TOMKINS: A sad Pavan for these distracted times; How doth the city sit solitary

WILSON, JOHN: My God, my King, incline thine ear

The Ebor Singers, Paul Gameson


10.50am – Stephen Johnson on recordings of Jiri Belohlavek

Dvorak: Complete Symphonies & Concertos

DVORAK: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete); Cello Concerto in B minor Op. 104; Violin Concerto in A minor Op. 53; Piano Concerto in G minor Op. 33

Alisa Weilerstein (cello), Frank Peter Zimmermann (violin), Garrick Ohlsson (piano), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

DECCA 4786757 (6CD)


MARTINU: Symphonies Nos. 1-6

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)



BEETHOVEN: Piano Concertos Nos. 1-5 (complete)

Paul Lewis (piano), BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)



Jiri Belohlavek conducts Josef Suk & Britten

BRITTEN: Sinfonia da Requiem Op. 20

SUK: Asrael Symphony Op. 27

BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)



DVORAK: Stabat Mater Op. 58

Eri Nakamura (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (contralto), Michael Spyres (tenor), Jongmin Park (bass), Czech Philharmonic Orchestra, Prague Philharmonic Choir, Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)

DECCA 4831510 (2CD)


SMETANA: Dalibor

Ivan Kusnjer (King Vladislav), Richard Samek (Dalibor, a Knight), Aleš Voracek (Vitek, Dalibor’s messenger), Dana Burašova (Milada, sister of the Burgrave of Ploskovice), Alžbeta Polackova (Jitka, a country girl), Jan Stava (Benes, a jailor), Svatopluk Sem (Budivoj, commander of the king’s castle guard), BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers, Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)



DVORAK: Rusalka Op. 114

Ana Maria Martinez (Rusalka), Brandon Jovanovich (Prince), Tatiana Pavlovskaya (Foreign Princess), Mischa Schelomianski (Vodnik), Larissa Diadkova (Ježibaba), Natasha Jouhl (1st Nymph), Barbara Senator (2nd Nymph), Elodie Mechain (3rd Nymph), Diana Axentii (Kitchen Boy), Alasdair Elliott (Gamekeeper), London Philharmonic Orchestra, The Glyndebourne Chorus, Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)



Josef Suk: Orchestral Works

SUK: Symphony in E major Op. 14; The Ripening Op. 34

New London Chamber Choir, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Jiri Belohlavek (conductor)


11.45am – Disc of the Week

Ravel: Piano Concertos & Falla: Nights in the gardens of Spain

FALLA: Noches en los jardines de Espana

RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G major; Piano Concerto in D major (for the left hand)

Steven Osborne (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Ludovic Morlot (conductor)




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