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Andrew McGregor with Richard Sisson, Marina Frolova-Walker and Nicholas Baragwanath

Richard Sisson explores the popular musical Oklahoma! and Marina Frolova-Walker and Nicholas Baragwanath discuss a volume of Melodiya's Anthology of Russian Symphonic Music.

with Andrew McGregor

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Building a Library: Richard Sisson explores the ever-popular Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! It was the first musical written by the team of composer Richard Rodgers and librettist Oscar Hammerstein II. Set in Oklahoma Territory in 1906, the original Broadway production opened in 1943 and ran for 2,212 performances. The show was a milestone in the development of the "book musical", where the songs and dances are fully integrated into the story.

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Andrew talks to Marina Frolova-Walker and Nicholas Baragwanath about the second volume of Melodiya's Anthology of Russian Symphonic Music from conductor Evgeny Svetlanov. It includes recordings of music by Glazunov, Rachmaninov, Scriabin, Myaskovsky, Shostakovich, Prokofiev, Khachaturian, Gliere and many more.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    The Gadfly, Op. 97 (Reconstructed by M. Fitz-Gerald): Overture

    Orchestra: Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland‐Pfalz. Conductor: Mark Fitz-Gerald.
    • The Gadfly (Original Score).
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Robert Schumann

    Liederkreis Op.39

    Performer: Malcolm Martineau. Singer: Florian Boesch.
    • Schumann & Mahler: Lieder.
    • Linn Records.
    • 5.
  • Leos Janáček

    Violin Sonata, JW VII/7: I. Con moto

    Performer: Tamsin Waley-Cohen. Performer: Huw Watkins.
    • Janáček, Dvořák & Suk: Works for Violin and Piano.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 12.
  • René Lussier

    Nocturnal

    Performer: René Lussier. Ensemble: Bang on a Can All-Stars.
    • More Field Recordings.
    • Cantaloupe Music.
    • 6.
  • Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky

    The Sleeping Beauty - Ballet Op.66

    Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • Tchaikovsky: Sleeping Beauty, Op. 66.
    • ICA Classics.
    • 14.
  • Sergei Prokofiev

    Symphony No. 2 In D Minor Op.40

    Orchestra: State Academic Symphony Orchestra of The Russian Federation. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • Prokofiev: Symphonies Nos. 2 & 3.
    • Pentatone.
    • 1.
  • Paul Hindemith

    Concerto For Violin And Orchestra

    Performer: Arabella Steinbacher. Orchestra: Berlin Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Vladimir Jurowski.
    • Britten & Hindemith: Violin Concertos.
    • Pentatone.
    • 4.
  • Ludwig van Beethoven

    Triple Concerto for Violin, Cello & Piano in C Major, Op. 56

    Performer: Christian Tetzlaff. Performer: Tanja Tetzlaff. Performer: Lars Vogt. Orchestra: Royal Northern Sinfonia.
    • Beethoven: Triple Concerto & Piano Concerto No. 3.
    • Ondine.
    • 1-3.

Record Review

9.00am

SHOSTAKOVICH: THE GADFLY

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH: The Gadfly, Op.97 (reconstructed by Mark Fitz-Gerald); Vstrechniy (Counterplan), Op. 33

Deutsche Staatsphilharmonie Rheinland-Pfalz; Mark Fitz-Gerald (conductor)

Naxos 8.573747 (CD)

 

THE WAGNER PROJECT

RICHARD WAGNER: ‘Of Gods and Men’: Preludes and scenes from Tristan und Isolde, Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg, Das Rheingold, Die Walküre; ‘Redemption’: Overtures, orchestral pieces and scenes from Der fliegende Holländer, Tannhäuser, Parsifal

Matthias Goerne (baritone); Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Daniel Harding (conductor)

Harmonia Mundi HMM 902250.51 (2 CDs)

 

SCHUMANN & MAHLER: LIEDER

ROBERT SCHUMANN: Liederkreis, Op.39; Lieder und Gesänge aus Goethes Wilhelm Meister, Op. 98a

GUSTAV MAHLER: Lieder eines fahrenden Gesellen (4 songs, complete)

Florian Boesch (baritone); Malcolm Martineau (piano)

Linn Records CKD 511 (CD)

 

BOHEMIA

ANTONĺN DVOŘÁK: Violin Sonata in F Major, B.106; 4 Romantic Pieces, B.150

JOSEF SUK: Four Pieces for Violin and Piano, Op.17

LEOŠ JANÁČEK: Violin Sonata

Tamsin Waley-Cohen (violin); Huw Watkins (piano)

Signum Classics SIGCD510 (CD)

 

MORE FIELD RECORDINGS

CAROLINE SHAW: Really Craft When You

GABRIELLA SMITH: Panitao

JACE CLAYTON: Lethe’s Children

PAULA MATTHUSEN: the ontology of an echo

GLENN KOTCHE: Time Spirals

SHOUWANG ZHANG: Courtyards in Central Beijing

NICO MUHLY: Comfortable Cruising Altitude

BEN FROST: Negative Ghostrider

RICHARD REED PARRY: The Brief and Neverending Blur

ANNA ÞORVALDSDÓTTIR: Fields

DAN DEACON: Sago An Ya Rev

JUAN FELIPE WALLER: Hybrid Ambiguities

RENÉ LUSSIER: Nocturnal

Bang on a Can All-Stars
Cantaloupe Music CA21136 (2 CDs)



9.30am – Building a Library

 

Composer: Rodgers & Hammerstein

Piece: OKLAHOMA!

Reviewer: Richard Sisson

 

 

Recommended Recording:

 

1998 National Theatre Cast

Hugh Jackman (Curly); Josefina Gabrielle (Laurey); Vicki Simon (Ado Annie); Jimmy Johnston (Will Parker); Shuler Hensley (Jud Fry); Maureen Lipman (Aunt Eller); Peter Polycarpou (Ali Hakim)

Director – Trevor Nunn; Musical Director – John Owen Edwards

FIRST NIGHT RECORDS CASTCD 69 (CD)

 

 

 

Other Recommended Recordings:

Below is a shortlist of other recordings which Richard also liked, although we can’t guarantee the availability of these discs.

 

1955 Film soundtrack

Gordon McRae (Curly); Shirley Jones (Laurey); Gloria Grahame (Ado Annie); Gene Nelson (Will Parker); Rod Steiger (Jud Fry); Charlotte Greenwood (Aunt Eller); Eddie Albert (Ali Hakim)

Director – Fred Zinnemann; Musical Director – Jay Blackton

EMI ANGEL ZDM 764691-2 (CD)

 

1943 New York Original cast recording

Alfred Drake (Curly); Joan Roberts (Laurey); Celeste Holm (Ado Annie); Lee Dixon (Will Parker); Howard Da Silva (Jud Fry); Bette Garde (Aunt Eller); Joseph Bulloff (Ali Hakim)

Director – Robert Mamoulian; Musical Director – Jacob Schwartzdorf

NAXOS 8120787 (CD)

 

 

 

 

10.15am – Vladimir Jurowski round-up

TCHAIKOVSKY: SLEEPING BEAUTY, OP.66

PYOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY: Sleeping Beauty, Op.66

The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia 'Evgeny Svetlanov'; Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

ICA Classics ICAC 5144 (CD)

 

PROKOFIEV: SYMPHONIES NOS. 2 & 3

SERGEI PROKOFIEV: Symphony No.2 in D minor, Op.40; Symphony No.3 in C minor, Op.44

The State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia; Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

Pentatone PTC5186 624 (Hybrid SACD)

 

BRITTEN & HINDEMITH: VIOLIN CONCERTOS

BENJAMIN BRITTEN: Violin Concerto in D minor, Op.15

PAUL HINDEMITH: Violin Concerto

Arabella Steinbacher (violin); Radio Symphony Orchestra Berlin; Vladimir Jurowski (conductor)

Pentatone PTC 5186 625 (Hybrid SACD)

 

 

VLADIMIR JUROWSKI: 10 YEARS

PAUL DUKAS: Fanfare to La Peri; La Péri

MAURICE RAVEL: Daphnis et Chloé, M.57

MIKHAIL GLINKA: Capriccio brillante on the Jota aragonesa, "Spanish Overture No. 1"; Souvenir d'une nuit d'ete a Madrid, "Spanish Overture No. 2"; Valse-fantasie in B Minor (version for orchestra)

ALEKSANDR SERGEYEVICH DARGOMYZHSKY: Baba-Yaga (S Volgi v Rigu)

MODEST MUSSORGSKY: A Night on the Bare Mountain

SERGEI PROKOFIEV: The Tale of the Buffoon, Op. 21bis "Chout"

KAROL SZYMANOWSKI: Symphony No. 3, Op. 27 "The Song of the Night"

ALEXANDER VON ZEMLINSKY: Psalm 23, Op. 14 'Der gute Hirt'

SERGEI TANEYEV: John of Damascus, Op. 1

SERGEI RACHMANINOV: Three Russian Songs, Op. 41

LEOŠ JANÁČEK: The Eternal Gospel, JW III / 8

GEORGE ENESCU: Symphony No.3, Op.21

FRANZ LISZT: Faust Symphony, S.108

JOHANNES BRAHMS: Ein Deutsches Requiem, Op.45; Alto Rhapsody, Op.53

VALENTIN SILVESTROV: Symphony No.5

GIYA KANCHELI: Noch einen Schritt (One More Step)

GYÖRGY LIGETI: Atmosphères

EDISON DENISOV: Symphony No.2

London Philharmonic Orchestra; Vladimir Jurowski (conductor); London Philharmonic Choir; Jeremy Ovenden (tenor); Romaine Gerber (alto); Adrian Thompson (tenor); Sofia Fomina (soprano); Trinity Boys Choir; Marco Jentzsch (tenor); Dietrich Henschel (baritone); Miah Persson (soprano); Anna Larsson (mezzo-soprano)

LPO 1010 (CD)

 

10.40am – Russian Music Panel

ANTHOLOGY OF RUSSIAN SYMPHONIC MUSIC VOLUME 2

Evgeny Svetlanov (conductor)

Melodiya MELCD1002481 (56 CDs)

http://melody.su/en/catalog/classic/37402/

 

11.40am – Disc of the Week

BEETHOVEN: TRIPLE CONCERTO & PIANO CONCERTO NO.3

BEETHOVEN: Triple Concerto for Piano, Violin, and Cello in C major, Op. 56; Piano Concerto No. 3 in C minor, Op. 37

Christian Tetzlaff (violin); Tanja Tetzlaff (cello); Lars Vogt (piano and conductor); Northern Sinfonia

Ondine ODE 1297-2 (CD)

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