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Andrew McGregor with Jonathan Freeman-Attwood and Harriet Smith

Presented by Andrew McGregor. Jonathan Freeman-Attwood looks at some Bruckner motets, Harriet Smith reviews recordings of music by Alkan, and McGregor picks his Disk of the Week.

with Andrew McGregor

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Building a Library: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood on Bruckner's motets. Bruckner wrote about 40 motets during his life, of which a handful have become staples of the choral repertory. Jonathan considers the most popular motets including Locus iste, Christus factus est, Tota pulchra es and Os justi.

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Andrew talks to Harriet Smith about recent recordings of Alkan. Charles-Valentin Alkan was a French-Jewish composer and virtuoso pianist. A contemporary of Chopin and Liszt, his output was mainly for the piano, for which he wrote pieces requiring extraordinary virtuosity. And there is a persistent but apparently unfounded legend that his death was caused by a falling bookcase.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

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9.00am

 

BRUCKNER: MASS IN E MINOR

ANTON BRUCKNER: Mass No.2 in E minor; Motets

Kammerchor Stuttgart, Deutsche Blaeserphilharmonie, Frieder Bernius (conductor)

SONY 88843056202 (CD)

 

UN OPERA POUR TROIS ROIS

A Versailles entertainment for Louis XIV, Louis XV & Louis XVI: Music by Lully, Rameau, Gluck et al.

Chantal  Santon-Jeffery (soprano), Emőke Baráth (soprano), Thomas Dolié (baritone), Purcell Choir, Orfeo Orchestra, György Vashegyi (conductor)

Glossa GCD924002 (CD)

 

MARTINŮ BOUQUET OF FLOWERS / NOVAK PHILHARMONIC DANCES

BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ: Bouquet of Flowers

JAN NOVAK: Philharmonic Dances

Katerina Knezkova (soprano), Michaela Kapustova (alto), Jaroslav Brezina (tenor), Adam Plachetka (bass), Prague Philharmonic Choir, Prague Radio Symphony Orchestra, Tomáš Netopil (conductor)

Supraphon SU4220-2 (CD)

 

SAINT-SAËNS: WORKS FOR VIOLIN AND ORCHESTRA

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS: Caprice andalou, Op.122; Romance in C major, Op.48; La Muse et le Poète, Op.132; Morceau de concert in G major, Op.62; Havanaise in E major, Op.83; Romance in D flat, Op.37; Introduction et Rondo capriccioso, Op.28

Tianwa Yang (violin), Gabriel Schwabe (cello), Malmö Symphony Orchestra, Marc Soustrot (conductor)

Naxos 8573411 (CD)

 

GRANDE SYMPHONY: DAVID LEIGH PLAYS THE ORGAN OF ST.FIN BARRE’S CATHEDRAL, CORK

FERNANDO GERMANI: Toccata

JONATHAN T. HORNE: Three Introductory Voluntaries

CESAR FRANCK: Grande Pièce Symphonique

EOGHAN DESMOND: Four Simple Chorale Preludes

EDWIN H LEMARE: Symphony No.2 in D minor Op.50

David Leigh (organ)

Priory PRCD1190

 

9.30am – Building a Library

 

Composer: Bruckner

Piece: Motets

Reviewer: Jonathan Freeman-Attwood

 

 

Recommended Recording:

 

Tenebrae; Nigel Short (conductor)

Signum SIGCD430 (CD)

 

 

Other Recommended Recordings:

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

 

Polyphony; Stephen Layton (conductor)

Hyperion CDA67629 (CD)

 

Chorus of Bavarian Radio; Eugen Jochum (conductor)

Deutsche Grammophon 4577432 (CD)

 

Ealing Abbey Choir; Jonathan Brown (conductor)

Herald HAVPCD213 (CD)

 

 

 

 

10.20am – NEW RELEASES

 

KARAYEV: ORCHESTRAL WORKS

KARA KARAYEV: The Seven Beauties; Don Quixote; Leyla and Mejnun; Lullaby from ‘The Path of Thunder’

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Kirill Karabits (conductor)

CHANDOS CHSA5203 (Hybrid Essay CD)

 

COKE: PIANO CONCERTOS NOS 3, 4 & 5

ROGER SACHEVERELL COKE: Piano Concerto No.3 in E flat major; Piano Concerto No.4 in C sharp minor; Piano Concerto No.5 in D minor

Simon Callaghan (piano), BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins (conductor)

Hyperion CDA68173 (CD)

 

PAGANINI / WOLF-FERRARI: VIOLIN CONCERTOS

NICCOLO PAGANINI: Violin Concerto No.1 in D Major, Op.6

ERMANNO WOLF-FERRARI: Violin Concerto in D Major, Op.26

Francseca Dego (violin), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Daniele Rustioni (conductor)

Deutsche Grammophon 4816381 (CD)

 

GAL – CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: CELLO CONCERTOS

HANS GAL: Cello Concerto Op.67 in B minor

MARIO CASTELNUOVO-TEDESCO: Cello Concerto in F major

Raphael Wallfisch (cello), Konzerthausorchester Berlin, Nicholas Milton (conductor)

CPO555074-2

 

RICHARD STRAUSS: SALOME

Emily Magee (soprano), Wolfgang Koch (baritone), Peter Bronder (tenor), Michaela Schuster (mezzo-soprano), Benjamin Bruns (tenor), Frankfurt Radio Symphony, Andrés Orozco-Estrada (conductor)

Pentatone PTC 5186 602 (Hybrid Essay CD)

 

11.01am – Reissues: Harriet Smith on Brilliant Classics Alkan Edition

 

ALKAN EDITION

CHARLES HENRI VALENTIN ALKAN: This Edition includes the major piano works: both cycles Studies in all the minor and major keys (Op. 39 and 35), the Grande Sonata, the Concerti da Camera, organ works and chamber music.

Various performers

Brilliant 95568 (13 CDs)

 

 

11.45am – Disc of the Week

 

DEBUSSY: SONATES & TRIO

CLAUDE DEBUSSY: Sonata for cello & piano in D minor; Syrinx for solo flute; Sonata for violin & piano in G minor; Sonata for flute, viola & harp; Trio for piano, violin & cello in G Major.

Renaud Capuçon (violin), Emmanuel Pahud (flute), Gérard Caussé (viola), Edgar Moreau (cello), Marie-Pierre Langlamet (harp), Bertrand Chamayou (piano)

Erato 0190295773960 (CD)

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