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Summer Record Review: Andrew McGregor with Eric Levi. Proms Composer: James MacMillan

Andrew McGregor presents Summer Record Review with recent recordings, top releases and a focus on Proms composer James MacMillan.

with Andrew McGregor;

0930 Proms Composer: James MacMillan
Andrew explores recordings of music by the contemporary British composer Sir James MacMillan, who enjoyed his first major success with The Confession of Isobel Gowdie at the 1990 Proms. MacMillan's eclectic musical language is rooted in the twin poles of his Scottish identity and Roman Catholic faith, but it encompasses a far wider range of influences than that might suggest - from the lush Romanticism of Wagner to the hard-edged modernism of Birtwistle; from the humanist symphonic narratives of Shostakovich to the knowing polystilism of Schnittke. The result is music of extraordinary stylistic diversity - and appeal.

1030 Andrew talks to Professor Erik Levi about recent releases of music by Hanns Eisler and Kurt Weill.

1130
Excerpt from Beethoven's Missa Solemnis
Regine Hangler (soprano)
Elisabeth Kulman (alto)
Christian Elsner (tenor)
Franz-Josef Selig (bass)
Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester Berlin
MDR-Rundfunkchor Leipzig
Marek Janowski

Producer Chris Barstow.

2 hours, 57 minutes

Music Played

  • Girolamo Fantini

    Stravaganza d'Amore! from Toccata

    Ensemble: Ensemble Baroque Pygmalion. Conductor: Raphaël Pichon.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMM 902286.87.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Cristofano Malvezzi

    A Voi, Reali Amanti from La Pellegrina

    Ensemble: Ensemble Baroque Pygmalion. Conductor: Raphaël Pichon.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMM 902286.87.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 14.
  • Cristofano Malvezzi

    Coppia Gentil from La Pellegrina

    Ensemble: Ensemble Baroque Pygmalion. Conductor: Raphaël Pichon.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMM 902286.87.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 15.
  • Emilio de' Cavalieri

    O Che Nuovo Miracolo from La Pellegrina

    Ensemble: Ensemble Baroque Pygmalion. Conductor: Raphaël Pichon.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMM 902286.87.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 16.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Movements from Cantata Bwv.206 (Schleicht, Spielende Wellen)

    Performer: Masaaki Suzuki. Singer: Hana Blažíková. Ensemble: Japan Bach Collegium.
    • BIS-2231 SACD.
    • BIS.
    • 8.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Ein Deutsches Requiem Op.45 - Selig sind, die da Leid tragen

    Performer: Vlaams Radiokoor. Performer: Hervé Niqiet. Orchestra: Brussels Philharmonic.
    • Evil Penguin Records EPRC 0019.
    • Evil Penguin Records.
    • 1.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    The Confession Of Isobel Gowdie

    Performer: Colin Davis. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra.
    • LSO0124.
    • LSO.
    • 2.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Britannia

    Orchestra: BBC Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir James MacMillan.
    • CHANDOS : CHAN-10092.
    • CHANDOS.
    • 1.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Violin Concerto - iii Song and Dance

    Performer: Vadim Repin. Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Donald Runnicles.
    • Onyx : 4157.
    • Onyx.
    • 3.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    The Canticle Of Zachariah [Strathclyde Motets]

    Choir: Capella Nova. Director: Alan Tavener.
    • Linn Records CKD 383.
    • Linn Records.
    • 7.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Stabat Mater - i Stabat mater dolorosa

    Choir: The Sixteen. Orchestra: Britten Sinfonia. Conductor: Harry Christophers.
    • Coro : COR16150.
    • Coro.
    • 2.
  • Sir James MacMillan

    Mass - vii Agnus Dei

    Performer: Andrew Reid. Choir: Westminster Cathedral Choir. Director: Martin Baker.
    • Hyperion: CDA67219.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Música Temprana & Adrian Rodriguez Vander Spoel

    Chacon & Giga: Dolores y Gozos de San Joseph

    • Cobra 0051.
    • Cobra.
    • 29.
  • Michala Petri, Marilyn Mazur & Daniel Murray

    Karate

    • OUR Recordings 6.220618.
    • OUR Recordings.
    • 9.
  • Alexandre Moutouzkine

    Estudio De Concierto

    • Steinway & Sons 30064.
    • Steinway & Sons.
    • 9.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Piano Concerto No. 23 In A Major K.488 - iii Allegro assai

    Performer: Simone Dinnerstein. Performer: Jose Antonio Mendez Padron. Orchestra: Havana Lyceum Orchestra.
    • Sony 88985382442.
    • Sony.
    • 6.
  • Kurt Weill

    Das Berliner Requiem - Grosser Dankchoral

    Orchestra: Orchester Und Chor Der Staatsoperette Dresden. Conductor: Ernst Theis.
    • Plays and Operas for the Radio.
    • CPO.
    • 7.
  • Kurt Weill

    Das Berliner Requiem - Zweiter Bericht uber den unbekannten Soldaten

    Orchestra: Orchester Und Chor Der Staatsoperette Dresden. Conductor: Ernst Theis.
    • Plays and Operas for the Radio.
    • CPO.
    • 11.
  • Kurt Weill

    Nannas Lied

    Performer: Baptiste Trotignon. Singer: Kate Lindsey.
    • Alpha 272.
    • Alpha.
    • 1.
  • Baptiste Trotignon

    Thousands Of Miles (from Lost in the Stars)

    • Alpha 272.
    • Alpha.
    • 6.
  • Benjamin Burton & Nexas Quartet

    Tschaikowsky

    • ABC Classics 5762204.
    • ABC Classics.
    • 7.
  • Hanns Eisler

    Kuppellied from The Roundheads and the Pointy Heads

    Performer: Holger Falk. Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher.
    • MDG 61320012.
    • MDG.
    • 5.
  • Hanns Eisler

    Solidaritatslied

    Performer: Holger Falk. Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher.
    • MDG 61320012.
    • MDG.
    • 11.
  • Hanns Eisler

    An Die Uberlebenden

    Performer: Holger Falk. Performer: Steffen Schleiermacher.
    • MDG 61320012.
    • MDG.
    • 22.
  • Hanns Eisler

    Little Symphony - 2nd Movement Allegro assai

    Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Johannes Kalitzke.
    • Capriccio C5289.
    • Capriccio.
    • 19.
  • Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

    Hangmen Also Die! - Forward and Landscape and Hradcin - Hitler Picture

    • Capriccio C5289.
    • Capriccio.
    • 10.
  • Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

    The 400 Million - Scherzo for solo violin and orchestra

    • Capriccio C5289.
    • Capriccio.
    • 7.
  • Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra

    The 400 Million - Finale

    • Capriccio C5289.
    • Capriccio.
    • 7.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Missa Solemnis In D Major Op.123 - Kyrie & Gloria

    Performer: Regine Hangler. Performer: MDR Rundfunkchor Leipzig. Singer: Elisabeth Kulman. Singer: Christian Elsner. Singer: Franz-Josef Selig. Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Marek Janowski.
    • Pentataone PTC 5186 565.
    • Pentataone.
    • 1.

Summer Record Review

9.00am

 

Stravaganza d'Amore!

ALLEGRI: Primo ballo della notte d'amore

ALLEGRI, L: Primo Ballo

BRUNELLI: Non havea Febo ancora

BUONAMENTE: Ballo del Gran Duca; Ballo del Gran Duca

CACCINI, G: Ineffabile ardore (Il Rapimento di Cefalo); O che felice giorno; Al canto, al ballo; Funeste piagge; Trionfi oggi pieta

CAVALIERI: O che nuovo miracolo

FANTINI: Toccata 'La Renuccini'

GAGLIANO: Ohime che vegg’io a 5 'La Dafne'; Poi giacque estinto al fine 'La Dafne'; Un guardo, un guard’appena; Bella ninfa fuggitiva

MALVEZZI: O fortunato giorno; Dal vago e bel serono; O qual rispelnde nube; Dolcissime sirene; A voi reali amanti; Coppia gentil

MARENZIO: La dipartita e amara; Donne il celeste lume; Qui di carne si sfama; O mille volto; Udite, lagrimosi spirti d'Averno, udite

OROLOGIO: Apollo affronta il serpente

PERI, J: Lassa, che di spavento; Non piango e non sospiro; Cruda morte - Sospirate aure celesti; Giote al canto mio (from Euridice); Ma che piu?

STRIGGIO: O giovenil ardire

Ensemble Pygmalion, Raphael Pichon (conductor)

HARMONIA MUNDI HMM90228687 (2 CDs + Book)

 

Bach - Secular Cantatas VIII

BACH, J S: Cantata BWV206 'Schleigt,spielende Wellen, und murmelt gelinde'; Cantata BWV215 'Preise dein Glucke, gesegnetes Sachsen'

Hana Blažikova (soprano), Hiroya Aoki (alto), Charles Daniels (tenor), Roderick Williams (bass), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (conductor)

BIS BIS2231 (Hybrid SACD)

 

 

9.30am – Proms Composer: Sir James MacMillan

 

BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem Op. 45

Lore Binon (soprano), Tassis Christoyannis (baritone), Flemish Radio Choir, Herve Niquet (conductor)

EVIL PENGUIN EPRC0019 (CD)

 

Macmillan: The World's Ransoming

MACMILLAN: The World's Ransoming. A Concertante work for cor anglais and orchestra; The Confession of Isobel Gowdie

Christine Pendrill (cor anglais), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Colin Davis (conductor)

LSO LIVE LSO0124 (CD)

 

MACMILLAN: The Berserking; Britannia; Into the Ferment

Martin Roscoe (piano), BBC Philharmonic Orchestra, James MacMillan (conductor)

CHANDOS CHAN10092 (CD)

 

MacMillan: Violin Concerto & Symphony No. 4

MACMILLAN: Violin Concerto; Symphony No. 4

Vadim Repin (violin), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Donald Runnicles (conductor)

ONYX ONYX4157 (CD)

 

Who Are These Angels?

MACMILLAN: And lo, the Angel of the Lord; The Strathclyde Motets: Qui meditabitur; The Strathclyde Motets: O Radiant Dawn; The Strathclyde Motets: Lux aeterna; The Strathclyde Motets: Os mutorum; Bring us, O Lord; The Strathclyde Motets: Canticle of Zachariah; Benedictus Deus; Advent Antiphon; The Strathclyde Motets: Pascha nostrum immolutes est; Who are these Angels?; Think of how God loves you; The Strathclyde Motets: Benedicimus Deum caeli; Mass of Blessed John Henry Newman

Cappella Nova, Alan Tavener

LINN CKD383 (CD)

 

Macmillan: Stabat Mater

MACMILLAN: Stabat Mater

The Sixteen, Britten Sinfonia, Harry Christophers (conductor)

CORO COR16150 (CD)

 

MacMillan: Mass and other sacred music

MACMILLAN: A New Song; Mass; Christus vincit; Gaudeamus in loci pace; Seinte Mari moder milde; A Child's Prayer; Changed

Andrew Reid (organ), Westminster Cathedral Choir, Martin Baker (Master of Music) (conductor)

HYPERION CDA67219 (CD)

 

 

10.15am – New Releases

 

La Esfera de Apolo

OREJON Y APARICIO: A del Dia, Our Lady of Copacabana; Villancico; Jilguerillo sonoro; Ah, de la esfera de Apolo; Tocatta - Al post Comunio; Xacara - Segun veo el Aparato; Dolores y Gozos de San Joseph: Chacona - Giga

Musica Temprana

COBRA COBRA0051 (CD)

 

Brazilian Landscapes

ALEGRE: Sonhos

BELLINATI: Pingue-Pongue; Jongo

GISMONTI: Karate; A Fala de Paixao; A Fala de Paixao

JOBIM: Olha Maria (Amparo)

MURRAY, D: Cancao e Danca; Cauteloso

NAZARETH: Fon-Fon!

PASCOAL: Sao Jorge

RIBEIRO: Miniaturas (VIII)

VILLA-LOBOS: Choros No. 2 for flute & clarinet; Choros No. 5 'Alma Brasileira' for piano

Michala Petri (recorder), Marilyn Mazur (percussion), Daniel Murray (guitar)

OUR RECORDINGS 6220618 (Hybrid SACD)

 

Piano Music of Cuba

ANGULO: Zapateo Cubano

ARDEVOL GIMBERNAT: Danzon

BROUWER, L: Boceto No. 4 'Acosta Leon'

BUELTA Y FLORES: La Valentina

GARCIA CATURLA: Comparsa

GUERRERO, E: La que a ti te gusta

LEON, A: Invencion No. 3

LOPEZ NUSSA: Nina con violin

LOPEZ-GAVILAN, A: an con "Timba"

PEREZ SENTENAT: Palmas reales rubias

PINERA: Estudio de concierto; Y el brillo de la luna te encantaba

RODRIGUEZ SUAREZ: Preludio No. 3: Motivos de danz

ROLDAN: Mulato

VALERO: Cuento sonoro

VITIER: Habanera del angel

Alexandre Moutouzkine (piano)

STEINWAY & SONS STNS30064 (CD)

 

Mozart in Havana

MOZART: Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K467 'Elvira Madigan'; Piano Concerto No. 23 in A major, K488

Simone Dinnerstein (piano), Havana Lyceum Orchestra, Jose Antonio Mendez Padron

SONY 88985382442 (CD)

 

 

10.50am – New Releases: Erik Levi on Weill and Eisler

 

Edition RadioMusiken, Vol. 3: Plays & Opera for the Radio

GRONOSTAY: Mord

GROSZ: Banken und Balladen Op. 31

HAAS, P: Radio Overture Op. 11; Radio Overture Op. 11

HINDEMITH: Sabinchen

SUTERMEISTER: Jorinde und Joringel

WEILL, K: Berliner Requiem

Jens Winkelmann (tenor), Jihoon Kim (bass), Gerd Wiemer (baritone), Christian Grygas (tenor), Jeanette Oswald (soprano), Bernd Konnes (tenor), Elke Kottmair (soprano), Tanja Hoft (mezzo-soprano), Marcus Gunzel (baritone), Inka Lange (narrator), Hans-Jurgen Wiese (bass-baritone), Wolfgang Schaller (narrator), Elmar Andree (bass-baritone), Manja Freitag-Feetz (soprano), Veit Zorn (tenor), Herbert Adami (baritone), Jessica Glatte (soprano), Frank Ernst (tenor), Orchester der Staatsoperette Dresden, Chor der Staatsoperette Dresden, Berliner Rundfunkorchester, Ernst Theis

CPO 7778392 (2CD)

 

Thousands of Miles

KORNGOLD: Mond, so gehst du wieder auf

MAHLER, A: Hymne; Die stille Stadt

WEILL, K: Nanna's lied (Text: Bertolt Brecht); Pirate Jenny (from The Threepenny Opera); Barbara Song (from The Threepenny Opera); Trouble Man; Je ne t'aime pas (text: Maurice Magre); Big Mole; Don’t Look Now; Lonely House from Street Scene; Der Abschiedsbrief; Denn wie man sich bettet (from Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny); Buddy on the Nightshift

ZEMLINSKY: Und hat der Tag all seine Qual; Selige Stunde

Kate Lindsey (mezzo), Baptiste Trotignon (piano)

ALPHA ALPHA272 (CD)

 

Ballads of the Pleasant Life: Kurt Weill, Weimar and Exile

EISLER: Lied der Bergarbeiter (Song of the Miners); Stempellied (No. 6 from Sechs Lieder Op. 28); Gruss an die Mark Brandenburg (Greetings to Brandenburg March)

KORNGOLD: Gluckwunsch

SCHOENBERG: Dank Op. 1 No. 1

SCHREKER: Die Rosen und der Flieder

STOLZ, R: Schon war’s heute Abend (This Evening Was Beautiful); Ein schoner Herbst (A Beautiful Autumn); Ich hab’ mich tausendmal verliebt (I’ve Fallen in Love a Thousand Times)

WEILL, K: The Ballad Of The Good Life (from The Threepenny Opera); September Song; Les Filles de Bordeaux (The Girls of Bordeaux); Kanonensong (from Die Dreigroschenoper); Moritat von Mackie Messer (from The Threepenny Opera); There’ll Be Life, Love and Laughter; Tschaikowsky; Anstatt dass-Song (Instead of Song); Song of the Free; Tango Ballad

ZEMLINSKY: Lied der Baumwollpacker (from Symphonische Gesange Op. 20)

Peter Coleman-Wright (baritone), Nexas Saxophone Quartet

ABC CLASSICS ABC5762204 (CD)

 

Hanns Eisler: Lieder Und Balladen Vol 1

EISLER: Bankenlied Op. 48 No. 1; Die Ballade vom Wasserrad Op. 45 No. 11; Lied Der Nanna; Lied von der belebenden Wirkung des Geldes; Kuppellied; Das "Vielleicht"-Lied; Chorlied Von Der Nutzlichen Missetat; Andere Die Welt, Sie Braucht Es; Grabrede Fur Einen Genossen; Lob Des Lernens; Solidaritatslied (No. 1 from Kuhle Wampe Op. 27); Die Spaziergange; Sklave, wer wird dich befreien; Oh Falladah, Die Du Da Hangest; Das Lied Vom Anstreicher Hitler; Deutsches Lied 1937, 'Marie, weine nicht'; Stempellied (No. 6 from Sechs Lieder Op. 28); Schlussballade; Lied Der Mariken; Wenn Der Igel In Der Abendstunde; In Die Stadte Kam Ich; An Die Uberlebenden; Das Lied Vom SA-Mann; Ballade Vom Baum Und Den Asten; Der Rauber und sein Knecht; Die Ballade vom Soldaten; Das Einheitsfrontlied

Holger Falk (baritone), Steffen Schleiermacher (piano)

MDG MDG6132001 (CD)

 

Hanns Eisler: Film Music

EISLER: Hangmen Also Die; Orchesterstucke (5) from the Film 400 Millionen; The Grapes of Wrath; Kleine Symphonie; Horfleissubung

Rundfunk-Sinfonieorchester Berlin, Johannes Kalitzke (conductor)

CAPRICCIO C5289 (CD)

 

 

11.45am – Disc of the Week

 

BEETHOVEN: Missa Solemnis in D major Op. 123

Regine Hangler (soprano), Elisabeth Kulman (alto), Christian Elsner (tenor) and Franz-Josef Selig (bass), MDR-Rundfunkchor Leipzig, Rundfunk Sinfonieorchester, Marek Janowski (conductor)

PENTATONE PTC5186565 (Hybrid SACD)

 

 

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