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Andrew McGregor with Natasha Loges and Sarah Devonald

Andrew McGregor presents. Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder features for Building a Library, while Sarah Devonald discusses releases of chamber music for wind instruments.

with Andrew McGregor.

Building a Library: Natasha Loges recommends the best recording of Wagner's Wesendonck Lieder. These five settings of poems by Mathilde Wesendonck were written in the late 1850s, when Wagner was staying by their villa in Zurich. He'd fallen deeply in love with Mathilde and although no one knows what really happened between them, the mutual infatuation certainly contributed to the intensity in the creation of his opera Tristan und Isolde. Nested within that opera are these five songs steeped in yearning and lust which share the motifs of night and day, the sun and the sea.

Oboist and radio producer Sarah Devonald joins Andrew to discuss recent releases of chamber music for wind instruments including original works for saxophone quartet and for wind orchestra.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes


Music Played

  • Francesco Maria Veracini

    Sonata in G minor Op. 2 No. 5 i. Adagio ii. Capriccio

    Ensemble: Brecon Baroque. Director: Rachel Podger.
    • Grandissima Gravita.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 5.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Kantate BWV158: Aria & Choral: Welt, ade, ich bin dein müde

    Performer: Petra Müllejans. Performer: Roel Dieltiens. Performer: Andreas Staier. Singer: Anna Lucia Richter. Singer: Georg Nigl.
    • Bach Privat.
    • ALPHA.
    • 3.
  • Barbara

    Septembre & Au Bois De Saint-Amand

    Performer: Alexandre Tharaud. Singer: Camélia Jordana. Singer: Rokia Traoré.
    • Alexandre Tharaud - Barbara.
    • Erato.
    • 3.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Serenade In G Major K.525 (Eine Kleine Nachtmusik)

    Performer: Terje Tønnesen. Orchestra: Camerata Nordica.
    • Mozart - Serenades & Divertimenti.
    • BIS.
    • 5.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Impromptu in B minor Op.5 No.5

    Performer: Leif Ove Andsnes.
    • Leif Ove Andsnes - Sibelius.
    • Sony Classical.
    • 1.
  • Thomas Simpson


    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Ensemble: Chelys Consort of Viols.
  • John Dowland

    Sorrow, Come

    Singer: Emma Kirkby. Ensemble: Chelys Consort of Viols.
  • Imogen Holst

    String Quintet: III. Theme & Variations

    • Imogen Holst: String Chamber Music.
    • NMC Recordings.
    • 603.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Telemann: Fantasias for viola da gamba Nos. 9-11

    Performer: Paolo Pandolfo.
    • Telemann - Fantasias for Viola da Gamba.
    • Glossa.
    • 1.

Record Review

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Grandissima Gravita

VIVALDI: Sonata for violin and continuo in A major op.2 no.2

TARTINI: Sonata for violin and continuo in A minor op.2 no.5

VERACINI: Sonata for violin and continuo in G minor op.2 no.5; Sonata No.12 for violin and continuo in D minor op.2 no.12 (Sonate Accademiche)

PISENDEL: Sonata for violin and harpsichord in C minor

Brecon Baroque; Rachel Podger (violin & director)




Bach Privat

BACH, J S: Cantata BWV6 'Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden'; Cantata BWV27 'Wer weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende?'; Cantata BWV36 'Schwingt freudig euch empor'; Cantata BWV49 'Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen'; Cantata BWV92 'Ich hab in Gottes Herz und Sinn'; Cantata BWV158 'Der Friede sei mit dir'; Cello Suite No. 5 in C minor, BWV1011: Sarabande; Little Prelude in D major, BWV936; Chorale Prelude BWV691 'Wer nun den lieben Gott lasst walten'; Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 6 in G major, BWV1019a

Georg Nigl (baritone), Anna Lucia Richter (soprano), Petra Mullejans (violin), Roel Dieltiens (cello), Andreas Staier (harpsichord)





Alexandre Tharaud (piano), Juliette Binoche, Vanessa Paradis, Jane Birkin, Radio Elvis, Benabar, Dominique A, Tim Dup, Jean-Louis Aubert, Albin de la Simone, Camelia Jordana, Rokia Traore, Hindi Zahra, Luz Casal, Guillaume Gallienne, Renaud Capucon, Michel Porta, Modigliani string quartet

ERATO 9029575915 (2CD)



9.30am – Building a Library

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

Composer: Richard Wagner

Piece: Wesendonck-Lieder

Reviewer: Natasha Loges


Recommended recording:

Julia Varady (soprano), Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (conductor)

Orfeo C467 981A


Also recommended:

Eileen Farrell (soprano), New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

Sony Classical SMK 47644


Christa Ludwig (mezzo-soprano), Philharmonia Orchestra, Otto Klemperer (conductor)

Warner Classics 5099924846820


1019 – New Releases


Mozart: Serenata notturna, 3 Divertimenti & Eine kleine Nachtmusik

MOZART: Adagio & Fugue in C minor for Strings, K546; Serenade No. 13 in G major, K525 'Eine kleine Nachtmusik'; Serenade No. 6 in D major, K239 'Serenata Notturna'; Divertimento in D major, K136; Divertimento in B flat major, K137; Divertimento in F major, K138

Camerata Nordica, Terje Tonnesen (violin & director)

BIS BIS2326 (Hybrid SACD)



Sibelius: Piano Works

SIBELIUS: Impromptu in B minor Op. 5, No. 5; Impromptu Op. 5, No. 6; Kylikki, Three Lyric Pieces Op. 41; Romance in D flat major Op. 24, No. 9; Barcarola Op. 24, No. 10; Ten Pieces Op. 58 No. 4: Der Hirt; Valse Triste Op. 44 No. 1; Sonatina in F sharp minor Op. 67 No. 1; Koivu (The Birch) Op. 75/4; The Spruce Tree Op. 75 No. 5; Rondino in G sharp minor, Op .68 No. 2; Elegiaco Op. 76 No. 10; Six Bagatelles Op. 97, No. 2: Lied; Six Bagatelles Op. 97, No. 4: Humoristischer Marsch; Six Bagatelles Op. 97, No. 5: Impromptu; Esquisses (5) Op. 114

Leif Ove Andsnes (piano)

SONY 88985408502 (CD)




A Pleasing Melancholy: Works by Dowland & Others

DANYEL: Eyes, look no more

DOWLAND: Lachrimae, or Seaven Teares; George Whitehead's Almand; Paduana Lachrymae; Flow my teares (Lacrimae); Volta; If floods of tears; Mourne, mourne, day is with darknesse; Sorrow, come

HOLBORNE: My heavy sprite

HUME, T: What greater griefe

Emma Kirkby (soprano), Chelys Consort of Viols, James Akers (lute)

BIS BIS2283 (Hybrid SACD)




Imogen Holst – String Chamber Music

HOLST: Phantasy Quartet; Duo for Viola and Piano; String Trio No.1; The Fall of the Leaf; Sonata for Violin and Cello; String Quintet.

Court Lane Music.

NMC – D236 (CD)




Echoes of Land & Sea

BRITTEN: Holiday diary Op.5

STEVENSON: Peter Grimes Fantasy

IRELAND: Ballade of London Nights; Sea Fever

R.WILLIAMS: Goodwood by the Sea

LEIGHTON: Six Studies (Study-Variations) Op.56

HOLST: The Solo Piano Music 1924-1923; Brook Green Suite

Maria Marchant (piano)





1058 – Sarah Devonald on wind ensembles


Flux: Original Works for Saxophone Quartet

BOZZA: Andante et Scherzo pour quatour saxophones

GREGORY, W: Hoe Down

LAGO: Ciudades; The Wordsworth Poems

PIERNE, G: Introduction et variations sur une ronde populaire, for saxophone quartet

REINHART: Quartet in F minor

SINGELEE: Grand Quatuor concertant Op. 79

Ferio Saxophone Quartet




Fanfare and Filigree – chamber music from Paris and Dresden

FASCH: Sonata in G Minor for two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo FWV N:g1

DORNEL: Sonate II “LA Triomphante” from Sonates en trio

ZELENKA: Sonata I in F Major for two Oboes, Bassoon and Basso Continuo ZWV 181/1

DORNEL: Overture From Premiere Suite; Allemande From Troisieme Suite (Livre de Symphonies, 1709)

COUPERIN: From Huitieme Concert (Les Gouts Reunis, 1724); From Treizieme Concert (Les Gouts Reunis, 1724); La Steinquerque.

PHILIDOR: From Troisieme Suite (Six Suites, 1717)

MARAIS: From Pieces en trio.

Kleine Kammermusik

ACIS APL 00244 (CD)





Hindemith: Complete Chamber Music for Clarinet

HINDEMITH: Quartet for Clarinet, Violin, Violoncello and Piano; Sonata for Clarinet & Piano in B flat major; Clarinet Quintet Op. 30; Musikalisches Blumengartlein und Leyptziger Allerley; Abendkonzert from 'Ploner Musiktag D Nr.2'; Ludus minor, 5 pieces for clarinet & cello

Matteo Fossi (piano), Duccio Ceccanti (violin), Vittorio Ceccanti (cello), Quartetto Savinio, Marc-Antoine Bonanomi (double bass), Alexander Grytsayenko (violin), Joel Marosi (cello), Davide Bandieri (clarinet)





Nigel Clarke: Music for Symphonic Wind Orchestra

CLARKE, N: Concerto for Cornet and Wind Orchestra 'Mysteries of the Horizon'; Symphony No. 1 'A Richer Dust' for Speaker and Wind Orchestra

Harmen Vanhoorne (cornet), H. Stephen Smith (narrator), Middle Tennessee State University Wind Ensemble, Reed Thomas





Music for Five Winds

BOZZA: Trois Pieces pour une musique de nuit

FRANCAIX: Wind Quintet No. 2

MOWER: Jazz Suite

TAFFANEL: Wind Quintet

ZEMLINSKY: Humoreske (from Drei Stucke)

Atea Quintet








Telemann: Fantasias for viola da gamba TWV40:26-37

TELEMANN: Fantasias (12) for Viola da Gamba, TWV 40:26-37; Sonata TWV 40:1 in D major for viola da gamba

Paolo Pandolfo (viola da gamba)

GLOSSA GCD920417 (2CD)



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