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Andrew McGregor with Natasha Loges, Elin Manahan Thomas & Andrew Mellor

Andrew McGregor is joined in the studio by Natasha Loges, Elin Manahan Thomas and Andrew Mellor to discuss which new releases they have most enjoyed this year.

Andrew McGregor is joined in the studio by Natasha Loges, Elin Manahan Thomas and Andrew Mellor to discuss which new releases they have most enjoyed this year. They champion music ranging from the early 15th century to the early 21st in performances by Krystian Zimerman, the Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, the Danish String Quartet and singers Iestyn Davies and Claire Booth.

0930
Building a Library - live. David Owen Norris joins Andrew to explore recordings of Schubert's Piano Sonata in B flat D960.
Schubert's last sonata, perhaps his greatest achievement in the form, has a feeling of tranquility and ease - the ease of a composer who is relaxed in his ability to express his ideas and emotions. This sonata was to be Schubert's last, and the flow and majesty of the first movement spring from the hymn-like breadth of the opening theme.

1030
Andrew McGregor and his three guests Natasha Loges, Elin Manahan Thomas and Andrew Mellor continue to share and discuss the merits of their favourite discs of 2017.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Sinfonia antartica (Symphony no.7) (3rd mvt)

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Andrew Davis.
    • Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica, etc..
    • Chandos.
    • 3.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    4 Last Songs: Menelaus

    Performer: Louis Lortie. Singer: Roderick Williams.
    • Vaughan Williams: Sinfonia Antartica, etc..
    • Chandos.
    • 9.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Quintet No. 2 In A Major Op.81 For Piano And Strings

    Performer: Veronika Jarůšková. Performer: Marek Zwiebel. Performer: Radim Sedmidubský. Performer: Peter Jarůšek. Performer: Boris Giltburg.
    • Dvorak - Quintets Op.81 & 97.
    • Supraphon.
    • 2.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Quintet In E Flat Major Op.97 For Strings

    Performer: Veronika Jarůšková. Performer: Marek Zwiebel. Performer: Radim Sedmidubský. Performer: Peter Jarůšek. Performer: Pavel Nikl.
    • Dvorak - Quintets Op.81 & 97.
    • Supraphon.
    • 8.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Quintet No. 2 In A Major Op.81 For Piano And Strings

    Performer: Veronika Jarůšková. Performer: Marek Zwiebel. Performer: Radim Sedmidubský. Performer: Peter Jarůšek. Performer: Boris Giltburg.
    • Dvorak - Quintets Op.81 & 97.
    • Supraphon.
    • 3.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No. 54: Widerstehe Doch Der Sunde

    Singer: Iestyn Davies. Ensemble: Arcangelo. Director: Jonathan Cohen.
    • JS Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170.
    • Hyperion.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No. 174 Ich Liebe Den Hochsten Von Ganzem Gemute

    Ensemble: Arcangelo. Director: Jonathan Cohen.
    • JS Bach: Cantatas Nos 54, 82 & 170.
    • Hyperion.
    • 10.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Rudolf Serkin.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Paul Badura-Skoda.
    • ARCANA.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Artur Schnabel.
    • Regis.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Paul Lewis.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Vladimir Horowitz.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Radu Lupu.
    • Decca.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • Philips.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Malcolm Bilson.
    • Hungaroton.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Clara Haskil.
    • Philips.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Philips.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Mitsuko Uchida.
    • Philips.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Cyprien Katsaris.
    • Piano.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Radu Lupu.
    • Decca.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Malcolm Bilson.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Philips.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Stephen Kovacevich.
    • EMI.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Gilbert Kalish.
    • Bridge.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Daniel Barenboim.
    • Elatus.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Maurizio Pollini.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Radu Lupu.
    • Decca.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Malcolm Bilson.
    • Hungaroton.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Rudolf Serkin.
    • Sony Classical.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Alfred Brendel.
    • Philips.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B Flat D960

    Performer: Maria João Pires.
    • DG.
  • Danish String Quartet

    Now Found Is The Fairest Of Roses

    • Last Leaf.
    • ECM.
    • 16.
  • Franco Faccio

    Amleto (Hamlet) - Opera In 4 Acts

    Singer: Pavel Cernoch. Singer: Claudio Sgura. Singer: Iulia Maria Dan. Singer: Eduard Tsanga. Singer: Dshamilja Kaiser. Singer: Sébastien Soulès. Singer: Paul Schweinester. Singer: Bartosz Urbanowicz. Singer: Gianluca Buratto. Choir: Pražský filharmonický sbor. Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker. Conductor: Paolo Carignani.
    • Faccio: Hamlet.
    • C Major.
    • 1.
  • Percy Grainger

    The Sprig Of Thyme

    Performer: Christopher Glynn. Singer: Claire Booth.
    • Percy Grainger Folk Music.
    • Avie.
    • 7.
  • Percy Grainger

    Irish Tune From County Derry

    Performer: Christopher Glynn. Singer: Claire Booth.
    • Percy Grainger Folk Music.
    • Avie.
    • 10.
  • Franco Faccio

    Amleto (Hamlet) - Opera In 4 Acts

    Singer: Pavel Cernoch. Singer: Claudio Sgura. Singer: Iulia Maria Dan. Singer: Eduard Tsanga. Singer: Dshamilja Kaiser. Singer: Sébastien Soulès. Singer: Paul Schweinester. Singer: Bartosz Urbanowicz. Singer: Gianluca Buratto. Choir: Pražský filharmonický sbor. Orchestra: Wiener Symphoniker. Conductor: Paolo Carignani.
    • Faccio: Hamlet.
    • C Major.
    • 1.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata In A Major D.959 For Piano

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • Schubert: Piano Sonatas D959 and D960.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 2.
  • Franz Schubert

    Sonata In B Flat Major D.960 For Piano

    Performer: Krystian Zimerman.
    • Schubert: Piano Sonatas D959 and D960.
    • Deutsche Grammophon.
    • 7.
  • Johannes Alanus

    Sub Arthuro Plebs For 3 Voices

    Ensemble: The Binchois Consort. Conductor: Andrew Kirkman.
    • Music for the 100 Years' War.
    • Hyperion.
    • 2.
  • John Forest

    Ascendit Christus Mb.61 For 3 Voices

    Ensemble: The Binchois Consort. Conductor: Andrew Kirkman.
    • Music for the 100 Years' War.
    • Hyperion.
    • 012.
  • Jean Sibelius

    En saga, Op. 9

    Conductor: Hannu Lintu. Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Sibelius: Tapiola, En saga & Songs.
    • Ondine.
    • 201.
  • Jean Sibelius

    Tapiola, Op. 112

    Conductor: Hannu Lintu. Orchestra: Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • Sibelius: Tapiola, En saga & Songs.
    • Ondine.
    • 101.

Record Review

9.00am – Critics’ Choice – Natasha Loges, Elin Manahan Thomas & Andrew Mellor join Andrew McGregor to discuss their favourite discs of 2017

 

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: SINFONIA ANTARTICA, FOUR LAST SONGS & CONCERTO FOR TWO PIANOS & ORCHESTRA

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: Sinfonia Antartica

ORCH. ANTHONY PAYNE: Four Last Songs

ARR. JOSEPH COOPER: Concerto

Mari Eriksmoen (soprano); Roderick Williams (baritone); Hélène Mercier (piano); Louis Lortie (piano); Bergen Philharmonic Choir; Edvard Grieg Kor; Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra; Sir Andrew Davis (conductor)

Chandos CHSA 5186 (Hybrid SACD)

 

DVOŘÁK: QUINTETS OP.81 & 97

ANTONĺN DVOŘÁK: Piano Quintet No.2 in A major, Op.81; String Quintet in E flat major, Op.97

Pavel Haas Quartet; Boris Giltburg (piano); Pavel Nikl (viola)

Supraphon SU-4195-2 (CD)

 

J.S. BACH: CANTATAS 54, 82 & 170

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH: Vergnügte Ruh’, beliebte Seelenlust BWV170; Falsche Welt, dir trau ich nicht! BWV52; Widerstehe doch der Sünde BWV54; Ich liebe den Höchsten von ganzen Gemüte BWV174; Ich habe genug BWV82

Iestyn Davies (countertenor); Arcangelo; Jonathan Cohen (conductor)

Hyperion CDA68111 (CD)

 


9.45am – Building a Library

 

Composer: Franz Schubert

Piece: Piano Sonata in B flat D960

Reviewer: David Owen Norris

 

 

Recommended Recording:

 

Maria João Pires (piano)

DG 4778107 (CD)

 

 

 

Other Recommended Recordings:

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

 

Rudolf Serkin (piano)

Sony Classical 5128742 (CD)

 

Radu Lupu (piano)

Decca 4402952 (CD)

 

Malcolm Bilson (piano)

Hungaroton HCD31590 (CD)

 

Alfred Brendel (piano)

Philips 4757191 (CD)

 

 

 

 

10.35am – Critics’ Choice Part 2 – Natasha Loges, Elin Manahan Thomas & Andrew Mellor join Andrew McGregor to discuss their favourite discs of 2017

 

LAST LEAF

TRAD. ARR. DANISH STRING QUARTET: Despair Not, O Heart; Polska from Dorotea; Minuet No.60; Æ Rømeser; Drømte mig en drøm; Stædelil; Unst Boat Song; Hur var du i aftes så sildig; The Dromer; Now Found Is The Fairest Of Roses

FREDRIK SJØLIN: Shore; Intermezzo; Naja’s Waltz

GJERMUND HAUGEN: Tjønneblomen

RUNE TONSGAARD SORENSEN: Shine You No More

EVA SÆHTER: Fastän

Danish String Quartet

ECM 4815746 (CD)

 

PERCY GRAINGER: FOLK MUSIC

PERCY GRAINGER: Bold William Taylor; Six Dukes Went Afishin’; Knight and Shepherd’s Daughter; Lord Maxwell’s Goodnight; My Robin Is to the Greenwood Gone; The Pretty Maid Milkin’ Her Cow; The Sprig of Thyme; The Sussex Mummers’ Christmas Carol; The Twa Corbies; Irish Tune from County Derry; Died for Love; The Power of Love; Walking Tune; Willow Willow; Early One Morning; One More Day. My John; Hard Hearted Barb’ra (H)Ellen; Country Gardens

Claire Booth (soprano); Christopher Glynn (piano)

Avie AV2372 (CD)

 

FRANCO FACCIO: HAMLET

FRANCO FACCIO: Hamlet

Pavel Černoch (Amleto); Claudio Sgura (Claudio); Eduard Tsanga (Polonio); Sébastien Soulès (Orazio); Bartosz Urbanowicz (Marcello); Paul Schweinester (Laerte); Iulia Maria Dan (Ofelia); Dshamilja Kaiser (Gertrude); Gianluca Buratto (The Ghost/A Priest); Jonathan Winell (King Gonzaga/A Herald); Sabine Winter (The Queen); Yasushi Hirano (Luciano/First Gravedigger); Hans-Jorg Ulm (Second Gravedigger); Wiener Symphoniker; Prague Philharmonic Choir; Paolo Carignani (conductor); Olivier Tambosi (director)

C Major 740704 (BluRay) or 470608 (2 DVDs)

 

SCHUBERT: PIANO SONATAS D959 AND D960

FRANZ SCHUBERT: Piano Sonata No. 20 in A major, D959; Piano Sonata No. 21 in B flat major, D960

Krystian Zimerman (piano)

DG 4797588 (CD)

 

MUSIC FOR THE 100 YEARS’ WAR

JOHANNES ALANUS: Sub Arturo plebs; Fons citharizancium; In omnem terram

FOREST: Ascendit Christus super celos; Alma redemptoris mater; Gaude martyr; Collaudemus venerantes; Celestium contemplator

JOHN DUNSTAPLE: Preco preheminencie; Precursor premittitur; Inter natos mulierum; Veni Sancte Spiritus; Veni creator Spiritus

ANON: Ianuam quam clauserat; Iacintus in saltibus; Ianut granum; Opem nobis, Thoma; Salve Thoma; Pastor cesus; De flore martyrum; Deus tuorum militum; Ave rex gentis Anglorum; The Agincourt Carol; Kyrie ... Domine miserere – Ab inimicis nostris

LEONEL POWER: Gloria ‘Ad Thome memoriam’; Credo ‘Opem nobin, o Thoma’

CHANT: Pastor cesus in gregis medio; Ecce mitto angelum

The Binchois Consort; Andrew Kirkman (director)

Hyperion CDA68170 (CD)

 

SIBELIUS: TAPIOLA, EN SAGA & 8 SONGS

JEAN SIBELIUS: Tapiola, Op.112; En Saga, Op.9;

ORCH. AULIS SALLINEN: Eight Songs

Anne Sofie von Otter (mezzo-soprano); Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra; Hannu Lintu (conductor)

Ondine ODE 1289-5 (Hybrid SACD)

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