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Andrew McGregor with Richard Wigmore and Iain Burnside

Andrew McGregor and Richard Wigmore focus on Handel's 'Concerti grossi' for Building a Library, and Iain Burnside discusses newly restored live opera recordings by Maria Callas.

with Andrew McGregor

Building a Library on Handel's Concerti grossi Op 3 with Richard Wigmore. These 6 lively concertos were compiled into a set and published by John Walsh in 1734. It's now thought that Handel had no connection with the publication and that Walsh just put together a group of Handel's already existing works. But the resulting set is some of Handel's best music.

Andrew talks to Iain Burnside about a newly restored edition of Maria Callas's live opera recordings. Known to many collectors through her iconic studio recordings for EMI during the 50s and 60s, many Callas fans think that her true genius for theatrical singing can best be found when the microphone was catching a performance on the wing.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Einojuhani Rautavaara

    Fantasia (Opening)

    Performer: Anne Akiko Meyers. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Kristjan Järvi.
    • Avie.
  • Claude Debussy

    Pelleas Et Melisande - Pourquoi pleures-toi? (Act 1)

    Singer: Magdalena Kožená. Singer: Gerald Finley. Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • LSO Live : LSO0790.
    • LSO Live.
    • 2.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Sinfonia Antartica For Soprano, Women'S Chorus And Orchestra (Symphony No.7), i. Prelude

    Singer: Mari Eriksmoen. Choir: Bergen Filharmoniske Kor. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Chandos : CHSA 5186.
    • Chandos.
    • 1.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Scott Of The Antarctic - Music For The Film, nos. 6-10

    Singer: Ilona Domnich. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Martin Yates.
    • Duton Epoch : CDLX 7340.
    • Duton Epoch.
    • 6-10.
  • Steve Elcock

    Choses renversés par le temps ou la destruction

    Orchestra: Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Paul Mann.
    • Toccata.


Fantasia: Rautavaara, Szymanowski & Ravel
RAVEL: Tzigane
SZYMANOWSKI: Violin Concerto No. 1 Op. 35
Anne Akiko Meyers (violin), Philharmonia Orchestra, Kristjan Jarvi (conductor)
AVIE AV2385 (CD)

Last Leaf
Nordic and other folk tunes, arranged and performed by:
Danish String Quartet
ECM 4815746 (CD)

DEBUSSY: Pelleas et Melisande
Christian Gerhaher (Pelleas), Magdalena Kožena (Melisande), Bernarda Fink (Genevieve), Franz-Josef Selig (Arkel), Gerald Finley (Golaud), Elias Madler (Yniold), Joshua Bloom (Shepherd/Doctor), London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle (conductor)
LSO LIVE LSO0790 (3SACD + 1 Blu-ray audio)

9.30am - Building a Library

A weekly look at a piece of music, a comparison of the available recordings, and a recommendation.

Composer: Handel
Piece: Concerti Grossi Op.3
Reviewer: Richard Wigmore

Building a Library: Handel's Concerti Grossi Op.3

Recommended Recording:
The Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr (conductor)
HARMONIA MUNDI HMU907415 (download)

Other Recommended Recordings:
The Brandenburg Consort, Roy Goodman (conductor)

The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (conductor)
DG ARCHIV 4137272 (CD)

Combattimento Consort Amsterdam, Jan Willem de Vriend (conductor)


A Giant Reborn
Music by Peter Prelleur, George Frederick Handel, Maurice Greene, John Stanley, John Bull, John Barratt, Henry Purcell, William Croft, Henry Heron, William Boyce, William Walond, Thomas Augustine Arne, James Nares, John Reading, John James, John Keeble
Gerard Brooks (The restored 1735 Richard Bridge organ of Christ Church, Spitalfields)

Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica, Four Last Songs & Concerto for Two Pianos & Orchestra
VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Symphony No. 7 'Sinfonia antartica'; Piano Concerto in C for two pianos; Four Last Songs (orchestrated by Anthony Payne)
Mari Eriksmoen (soprano), Louis Lortie, Helene Mercier (pianos), Roderick Williams (baritone), Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Scott of the Antarctic – complete film score
Ilona Domnich (soprano), Christopher Nickol (organ), Women of the Scottish National Orchestra Chorus (chorus), Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Martin Yates (conductor)

Erik Chisholm: Violin Concerto & Dance Suite
CHISHOLM, E: Violin Concerto; From the True Edge of the Great World (3 of the 24 Preludes for Solo Piano); Dance Suite for orchestra and piano
Matthew Trusler (violin), Danny Driver (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

10.45am – Iain Burnside on Maria Callas

Maria Callas – LIVE: Remastered live recordings 1949-1964
BELLINI: Norma; La Sonnambula; Il Pirata
DONIZETTI: Lucia di Lammermoor; Anna Bolena; Poliuto
GIORDANO: Andrea Chenier
GLUCK: Alceste; Ifigenia in Tauride
SPONTINI: La Vestale
VERDI: Nabucco; I Vespri Siciliani; Aida; Rigoletto; Macbeth; La Traviata
WAGNER: Parsifal
Plus Recitals from London, Hamburg and Paris
WARNER CLASSICS 9029584470 (42 CDs + 3 Blu-rays),0190295844707/maria-callas-maria-callas-live-remastered-recordings-1949-1964

11.45am – Disc of the Week

Steve Elcock: Orchestral Music, Volume One
ELCOCK: Symphony No. 3 Op. 16; Choses renversees par le temps ou la destruction Op. 20; Festive Overture Op. 7
Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Paul Mann (conductor)



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