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Andrew McGregor with Sarah Walker, Gillian Moore and Anna Picard

Andrew McGregor, Gillian Moore and Anna Picard look back over Sir Simon Rattle's 40-year recording career.

with Andrew McGregor.

Building a Library: Sarah Walker listens to some of the available recordings of Mozart's Horn Quintet and makes a recommendation.

Mozart's genial Horn Quintet was the first work he wrote for the Viennese virtuoso Joseph Leutgeb, who must have been a wonderful player to have inspired such music. By turns lyrical, virtuosic, and humorous, it reflects Mozart's affection for both instrument and player, a gem of the chamber repertoire recorded by many of the leading horn players of the modern era, whether soloists, principals of major orchestras, or period instrument specialists.

Rattle on Record: as Simon Rattle takes up the baton of Music Director of the London Symphony Orchestra, Southbank Centre Director of Music Gillian Moore and Times critic Anna Picard look back over his 40-year recording career.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Horn Quintet in E flat major K407

    Performer: Pip Eastop. Ensemble: Eroica Quartet.
    • Hyperion.
  • John Dowland


    Performer: Sean Shibe.
  • William Walton

    Five Bagatelles - No. 1

    Performer: Sean Shibe.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in A major D959 ii. Andantino

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • Deustche Grammophon.
  • Charles‐François Gounod

    Romeo et Juliette - "L'amour!...Ah! leve-toi, soleil!"

    Performer: Jonas Kaufmann. Orchestra: Bavarian State Orchestra. Conductor: Bertrand de Billy.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Maurice Ravel

    Gaspard de la nuit

    Performer: Martha Argerich.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Choral Fantasy Op. 80 (ending)

    Performer: Martha Argerich. Orchestra: Orchestra della Svizzera italiana. Choir: Coro della Radiotevisione svizzera.
    • Warner Classics.
  • Nikolai Karlovich Medtner

    Canzona Serenata Op. 38 No. 6

    Performer: Zlata Chochieva.
  • Alexander Scriabin

    Piano Sonata No. 5 Op. 53 (end)

    Performer: Yevgeny Sudbin.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Scherzo à la russe

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Stravinsky: The Firebird and Petrushka.
    • EMI.
    • 8.
  • Duke Ellington

    Ad Lib on Nippon

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Simon Rattle conducts American Music.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 7.
  • Claude Debussy

    Le sommeil de Lear

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI CDC 7499472.
    • EMI.
    • 2.
  • Simon Holt

    Boots of Lead

    Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Singer: Rinat Shaham. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Boots of Lead - Feet of Clay.
    • NMC.
    • 4.
  • Mark-Anthony Turnage

    Three Screaming Popes

    Ensemble: Birmingham Contemporary Music Group. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI 695882.
    • EMI.
    • 11.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Symphony No 1 (3rd mvt, Menuetto: Allegro molto e vivace)

    Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra.
    • Beethoven: Symphonies Nos. 1-9.
    • Berliner Philharmoniker.
    • 3.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No 10

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI 7243 5 56972 2 6.
    • EMI.
    • 1.
  • Hans Werner Henze

    Symphony No 7 Movt.4; Finale

    Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI CDC7547622.
    • EMI.
    • 5.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Piano Concerto

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman. Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Krystian Zimerman & Sir Simon Rattle: Lutoslawski.
    • DG.
    • 1.
  • Maurice Ravel

    L'enfant et les sortilèges: Il est beau. Il est sage

    Orchestra: Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • EMI 50999 2 64197 2 5.
    • EMI.
    • 8.
  • Carl Heinrich Graun

    Tra le procelle assort (Cesare e Cleopatra)

    Performer: Regula Mühlemann. Orchestra: La Folia Barockorchester. Conductor: Robin Peter Müller.
    • Sony Classical.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Che sento? ...Se pieta di me non senti (Guilio Cesare)

    Performer: Regula Mühlemann. Orchestra: La Folia Barockorchester. Conductor: Robin Peter Müller.
    • Sony Classical.

Record Review



Dreams & Fancies: English Music for Solo Guitar

ARNOLD: Fantasy for Guitar Op. 107

BERKELEY, L: Sonatina for Guitar Op. 52, No. 1

BRITTEN: Nocturnal after John Dowland Op. 70

DOWLAND: Preludium; Forlorn Hope Fancy (Fantasie No. 2); Fantasia

WALTON: Five Bagatelles for solo guitar

Sean Shibe (guitar)




William Byrd: Virginal & Consorts

Skip Sempe and Capriccio Stravagante, Skip Sempe




Franz Schubert: Piano Sonatas D959 & D960

Krystian Zimerman





BERLIOZ: La Damnation de Faust Op. 24: Merci, doux crepuscule!; Inutiles regrets…En un dernier naufrage (from Les Troyens)

BIZET: La fleur que tu m'avais jetee (from Carmen); C’est toi, toi qu’enfin je revois (from Les pecheurs de perles); Au fond du temple saint (from Les Pecheurs de Perles)

GOUNOD: L'amour, l'amour... Ah, leve-toi soleil (from Romeo et Juliette)

HALEVY: Rachel, quand du Seigneur (from La Juive)

LALO: Puisqu'on ne peut flechir (from Le roi d’Ys); Vainement, ma bien-aimee (from Le roi d’Ys)

MASSENET: Traduire ! Ah ! Bien souvent mon reve s’envole… Pourquoi me reveiller (Werther); Enfin Manon, nous voila enfin seuls ensemble... En fermant les yeux (from Manon); Toi ! Vous ! Oui ! Je fus cruelle… N’est-ce plus ma main (from Manon); Ah! Tout est bien fini... O souverain (from Le Cid)

MEYERBEER: Pays merveilleux... O paradis (from L'Africaine)

OFFENBACH: O Dieu, de quelle ivresse (from Les contes d'Hoffmann)

THOMAS, AMBROISE: Elle ne croyait pas, dans sa candeur naive (from Mignon)

Jonas Kaufmann (tenor), Ludovic Tezier (baritone), Sonya Yoncheva (soprano), Bayerisches Staatsorchester, Bertrand de Billy (conductor)

SONY 88985390762 (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: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piece: Horn Quintet in E flat major K.407

Reviewer: Sarah Walker



Recommended recording:

Radek Baborak  (horn), Baborak Ensemble.




Period instrument recommendation:

Pip Eastop (horn), Eroica Quartet






10.15am – New Releases: Piano Festivals



Martha Argerich & Friends: Live from Lugano 2016

RAVEL: Gaspard de la nuit;

BUSONI: Violin concerto in D, Op.35ª BV 243

MOZART: Sonata for two pianos in D, K448 (375a)

FALLA: Two Spanish Dances from La vida breve

RAVEL: Piano Concerto in G

BEETHOVEN: Choral Fantaasy, Op.80

BRAHMS: Horn Trio in e flat, Op.40

BERG: Kammerkonzert for piano, violin and 13 wind instruments

J.S. BACH: Violin Sonata in C minor, BWV 1017

DEBUSSY: Prelude a l’apres-mini d’un faune

NISINMAN: Hombre Tango

Martha Argerich (piano), Nicholas Angelich (piano), Sergei Babayan (piano), Jorge Bosso (cello), Renaud Capucon (violin), Lyda Chen (viola), Enrico Fagone (double bass), David Guerrier (horn), Stephen Kovacevich (piano), Eduardo Hubert (piano), Karin Lechner (piano), Anton Martynov (violin), Marcelo Nisinman (bandoneon), Tedi Papavrami (violin), Sergio Tiempo (piano), Coro della Radiotelevisione svizzera, Orchestra della Svizzera italiana, Diego Fasolis (conductor), Elena Schwarz (conductor), Alexander Vedernikov (conductor).

WARNER CLASSICS 0190295831653  (3 CD)



Rarities of Piano Music 2016

CECILE CHAMINADE: Les Sylvains op.60  (Johann Blanchard)

GABRIEL FAURE: Barcarolle No.8, op. 96  (Severin von Eckardstein)

ROBERT CASADESUS: Prelude op.5 No.2  (Severin von Eckardstein)

ANATOLY ALEXANDROV: Vision op.21 No.2  (Severin von Eckardstein)

JULIUS REUBKE: Scherzo in D minor  (Severin von Eckardstein)

WAGNER/BRASSIN: “Magic Fire  Music” from “The Valkyrie”  (Severin von Eckardstein)

FRANZ LISZT: Hymne de a nuit  (Zlata Chochieva)

NIKOLAI MEDTNER: Canzona serenata op.38 No.6  (Zlata Chochieva)

RACHMANINOV/WILD: “O Cease They Singing” op.4 No.4; “Midsummer Nights” op.14 No.5  (Martin Jones)

MONIUSZKO/FRIEDMAN:Printemps op. 28 No.1  (Hubert Rutkowski)

IGNAZ PADEREWSKI: Nocturne op.16 No.4  (Hubert Rutkowski)

THEODOR KIRCHNER: Nachtbild op.25 No.2; Nachtbild op.25 No.6  (Florian Noack)

MAX REGER: “Traume am Kamin” op.143 No.12  (Joseph Moog)

SCARLATTI/TAUSIG: Pastorale  (Joseph Moog)

MOZART/BUSONI: Overture of “The Magic Flute”  (Duo Grau/Schumacher)

JOHANNES BRAHMS: Hungarian Dance No.11 (piano 4 hands)  (Duo Mercier/Katsaris)

BENJAMIN BRITTEN: “Holiday Diary” op.5 No.2: Sailing; “Holiday Diary” op.5 No.3: Fun-Fair (Artem Yasynskyy)

ROGER SACHEVERELL COKE:Prelude op.33 No.7  (Simon Callaghan)

RODGERS & HAMMERSTEIN/HOUGH: My Favourite Things  (Simon Callaghan)





Tippet Rise OPUS 2017 Domo

SCRIABIN: Piano Sonata No.5 Op.53  (Yevgeny Subdin)

ANTON GARCIA ABRIL: Pero me quede sin ti; Tippet Rise Songs, II. Piano Maker; Tres piezas amantinas, II.  (Emily Helenbrook (soprano), Christopher O’Riley (piano)).

RACHMANINOFF: Vocalise, Op.34, No.14  (Matt Haimovitz (cello), Christopher O’Riley (piano)).

STRAVINSKY: Trois mouvements de Petrushka III. La Semaine grasse (Jenny Chen (piano)).

RACHMANINOFF: Suite No.1, Op.5 II.  La nuit…..L’amour….. Adagio sostenuto in D major.  (Anne-Marie McDermott, Christopher O’Riley (pianos)).

CHOPIN: Nocturne Op.15, No.2 in F sharp major  (Stephen Hough (piano)).

SCRIABIN: Poeme de l’extase, Op. 54  (Svetlana Smolina, Christopher O’Riley (pianos), Elmer Churampi (trumpet)).

PENTATONE PTC 5186 660 (Hybrid SACD)



10:40am Simon Rattle Panel: Gillian Moore and Anna Picard


Stravinsky: The Firebird, Petrushka, etc

STRAVINSKY: The Firebird; Scherzo a la russe; Four Studies (1952 version); Scherzo a la russe; Petrushka; Symphony in Three Movements.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

EMI CLASSICS 7243 5 85538 2 6  (CD)



American Classics

GERSHWIN Rhapsody in Blue • An American in Paris • I Got Rhythm • Piano Concerto in F

BERNSTEIN Prelude, Fugue and Riffs • Facsimile • ‘West Side Story’ Symphonic Dances • Divertimento • Overtures: Wonderful Town & Candide

BARBER Adagio for strings • Knoxville: Summer of 1915
KORNGOLD Violin Concerto 
COPLAND Appalachian Spring • Fanfare for the Common Man

ADAMS The Chairman Dances • Tromba Lontana • Short Ride in a Fast Machine • Shaker Loops
GLASS Façades • Company
REICH Eight Lines

GERSHWIN, PORTER & KERN Overtures & Film Music

JOPLIN, GERSHWIN & JP. JOHNSON Ragtime & other Music for 2 pianos by GERSHWIN Porgy and Bess (excerpts) • Strike up the Band 
ELLINGTON Take the ‘A’ Train • Sophisticated Lady • That Doo-wah Thing • Come Sunday

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Glyndebourne Chorus, London Voices, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, London Philharmonic Orchestra, London Sinfonietta, Simon Rattle (conductor).




Debussy: Images, etc

DEBUSSY: Musiques pour “Le Roi Lear”; Jeux: Poeme Danse; “Images” pour Orchestre

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor)

EMI CDC 7 49947 2  (CD)



Simon Holt: Boot of Lead, Feet of Clay

HOLT: Kites; Feet of Clay; Eco-Pavan; Boots of Lead; Lilith.

Ulrich Heinen (cello), Rolf Hind (piano), Rinat Shaham (mezzo-soprano), Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor), Martyn Brabbins (conductor).

NMC D094  (CD)




Simon Rattle conducts British Music

ADES: Asyla

ARNOLD: Guitar Concerto Op. 67

DEBUSSY: Estampe No. 1 - Pagodes

ELGAR: Enigma Variations Op. 36; Grania and Diarmid Op. 42 - Incidental Music; Falstaff - Symphonic Study in C minor Op. 68; Violin Concerto in B minor Op. 61; The Dream of Gerontius Op. 38; Pomp and Circumstance March No. 4 in G major Op. 39 No. 4

GRAINGER: In a Nutshell, suite; Train Music; Country Gardens; Lincolnshire Posy; The Warriors

HOLST: The Planets Op. 32

KNUSSEN: Flourish with Fireworks

MATTHEWS, C: Pluto, the Renewer

MAW, N: Odyssey

RAVEL: La Vallee des Cloches (Miroirs No. 5)

TURNAGE: Drowned Out; Kai; Three Screaming Popes; Momentum; Ceres

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: The Lark Ascending; On Wenlock Edge; Songs of Travel

WALTON: Cello Concerto; Symphony No. 1 in B flat minor; Belshazzar's Feast

Julian Bream (guitar), Nigel Kennedy (violin), Dame Janet Baker (mezzo), John Mitchinson (tenor), John Shirley-Quirk (bass-baritone), CBSO Chorus, Malcolm Wilson, Roderick Elms and Wayne Marshall (pianos), Ulrich Heinen (cello), Robert Tear (tenor), Thomas Allen (baritone), Lynn Harrell (cello), Thomas Hampson (baritone), City Of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle (conductor)

EMI 6975882 (11CD)




Ludwig Van Beethoven – Symphonien 1-9

BEETHOVEN: Symphonies Nos. 1-9 (complete)

Annette Dasch (soprano), Eva Vogel (mezzo), Christian Elsner (tenor), Dimitry Ivashchenko (bass), Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)

BERLINER PHILHARMONIKER BPHR160091 (5 CDs + 2 Blu-ray Videos + Blu-ray Audio)



Mahler: Symphony No. 10

MAHLER: Symphony No. 10 in F sharp major

Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle (conductor)




Henze: Symphony No. 7; Barcarola

HENZE: Barcarola per grande orchestra; Symphonie Nr. 7.

City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Simon Rattle (conductor).

EMI CLASSICS  754762 2  (CD)



Lutoslawski: Piano Concerto  Symphony No.2

LUTOSLAWSKI: Concerto for Piano and Orchestra; Symphony No.2.

Krystian Zimerman (piano), Berliner Philharmoniker, Simon Rattle (conductor).




Ravel - L'Enfant et les sortileges & Mother Goose

RAVEL: L'enfant et les sortileges; Ma Mere l'Oye

Magdalena Kožena, Nathalie Stutzmann, Sophie Koch, Jose van Dam, Francois Le Roux, Jean-Paul Fouchecourt, Berliner Philharmoniker, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)




1145 – Disc of the Week



Cleopatra - Baroque Arias

GRAUN, C H: Tra le procelle assorto (from Cleopatra e Cesare)

HANDEL: Che sento?...Se pieta di me non senti (from Giulio Cesare)

HASSE, J A: Morte, col fiero aspetto (from Antonio e cleopatra); Lascia, Antonio, deh lascia (from Antonio e cleopatra); Quel candido armellino (from Antonio e cleopatra)

LEGRENZI: Se tu sarai felice (from Antioco il Grande)

MATTHESON: Mein Leben ist hin (from Die ungluckselige Cleopatra); Ruhe sanft, geliebter Geist (from Die ungluckselige Cleopatra)

SARTORIO: Quando voglio (from Giulio Cesare in Egitto)

SCARLATTI, A: Antonio, e qual destino (from Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra); Vo goder senza contrasto (from Marc'Antonio e Cleopatra)

Regula Muhlemann (soprano), La Folia Barokorchester, Robin Peter Muller

SONY 88985407012 (CD)



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