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Andrew McGregor with Suzanne Aspden and Stephen Johnson

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library.

0930
Building a Library on on Handel's oratorio 'Jephtha' with Suzanne Aspden.

'Jephtha' tells the Old Testament story of the warrior who promises God that in gratitude for victory he will, on returning from battle, sacrifice the first person he sees coming out of his house. Of course, it's his beloved only daughter.

Through a dazzling sequence of choruses and solo numbers, which deliver penetrating insights into the human condition and typically subtle characterisation, Handel explores humankind's enslavement to an implacable and inescapable destiny. Handel's final oratorio is a work of huge emotive power, a summation of a lifetime's composing for the stage, and considered by many to be his masterpiece in a genre he had developed further than any other composer.

1100
Stephen Johnson rounds up recent releases of symphonies by Mahler, Scriabin and Rachmaninoff.

1145
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Ottorino Respighi

    Trittico botticelliano, P. 151: I. La Primavera

    Conductor: John Neschling. Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique Royal de Liège.
    • Respighi: Vetrate di chiesa, Il tramonto & Trittico botticelliano.
    • BIS.
    • 1.
  • Michael Tippett

    Symphony No. 1: III Presto

    Orchestra: BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Martyn Brabbins.
    • Tippett: Symphonies Nos. 1 & 2.
    • Hyperion.
    • 3.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Peer Gynt - Incidental Music Op.23 - Act 1 - At the Wedding

    Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Performer: Håkon Høgemo. Singer: Lise Davidsen. Singer: Ann-Helen Moen. Singer: Victoria Nava. Singer: Johannes Weisser. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Grieg: Piano Concerto & Incidental Music to 'Peer Gynt.
    • Chandos.
    • 5.
  • Edvard Grieg

    Incidental Music to Peer Gynt Op. 23 - Peer Gynt and the Herd Girls - Act 5

    Performer: Jean-Efflam Bavouzet. Performer: Håkon Høgemo. Singer: Lise Davidsen. Singer: Ann-Helen Moen. Singer: Victoria Nava. Singer: Johannes Weisser. Orchestra: Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • Chandos.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Prelude On The Welsh Hymn Tune 'Rhosymedre'

    Performer: James Gilchrist. Performer: Philip Dukes. Performer: Anna Tilbrook.
    • Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel.
    • Chandos.
    • 22.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Lord! Come Away! (Four Hymns No. 1)

    Performer: Philip Dukes. Performer: Anna Tilbrook. Singer: James Gilchrist.
    • Vaughan Williams: Songs of Travel.
    • Chandos.
    • 22.
  • Camille Saint‐Saëns

    Phaéton, Op. 39, R. 170

    Orchestra: Orchestre National de Lille. Conductor: Jun Märkl.
    • Saint-Saëns: Symphonic Poems.
    • Naxos.
    • 1.
  • Richard Strauss

    Im Abendrot (4 Last Songs)

    Singer: Anja Harteros. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mariss Jansons.
    • Portrait (Live).
    • BR-Klassik.
    • 26.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Begräbnisgesang, Op. 13

    Choir: Eric Ericsons Kammarkör. Orchestra: Gävle symfoniorkester. Conductor: Jaime Martín.
    • Brahms: Works for Choir & Orchestra.
    • Ondine.
    • 4.

Record Review

9.00am

VETRATE DI CHIESA, IL TRAMONTO AND TRITTICO BOTTICELLIANO

OTTORINO RESPIGHI:

Trittico Botticelliano; Il tramonto; Vetrate di chiesa, P. 150

Anna Caterina Antonacci (soprano); Orchestre Philharmonique de Liège;

John Neschling

BIS2250 (Hybrid SACD)

TIPPETT: SYMPHONIES NOS. 1 AND 2

SIR MICHAEL TIPPETT:

BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra, Martyn Brabbins

Hyperion CDA68203 (CD)

 

GRIEG: PIANO CONCERTO AND INCIDENTAL MUSIC TO 'PEER GYNT'

EDVARD GRIEG:

Incidental Music to ‘Peer Gynt’, Op. 23

Piano Concerto, Op. 16
Jean-Efflam Bavouzet (piano); Lise Davidsen (soprano); Ann-Helen Moen (soprano);

Victoria Nava (soprano); Johannes Weisser (baritone); Håkon Høgemo (Hardanger Fiddle);

Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra and Choirs; Edward Gardner

Chandos CHSA5190 (Hybrid SACD) 

 

 

Composer: Handel

Piece: Jephtha

Reviewer: Suzanne Aspden

 

Recommended Recording:

HANDEL: JEPHTHA

James Gilchrist (Jephtha), Susan Bickley (Storge), Sophie Bevan (Iphis),
Robin Blaze (Hamor), Matthew Brook (Zebul), Grace Davidson (Angel)

The Sixteen; Harry Christophers (conductor)

Coro COR16121 (3 CDs)

 

 

Also Recommended:

Below is another recording which Suzanne also liked, although we can’t guarantee the availability of these discs.

 

Handel: Jephtha

James Gilchrist (Jephtha), Elisabeth Jansson (Storge), Mona Julsrud (Iphis),
Marianne B. Kielland (Hamor), Håvard Stensvold (Zebul), Elisabeth Rapp (Angel)

Collegium Vocale Gent and Stavanger Symphony Orchestra; Fabio Biondi (conductor)

BISCD1864 (2 CDs)

 

 

 

10.20am

 

SONGS OF TRAVEL

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS:

Songs of Travel

Six Studies in English Folk Song

The Sky above the Roof

Orpheus with his Lute

Silent Noon

The Winter’s Willow

Romance

Rhosymedre – arr. R. Morrison

Four Hymns

James Gilchrist (tenor); Philip Dukes (viola); Anna Tilbrook (piano)

Chandos CHAN10969 (CD)


 

SYMPHONIC POEMS

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS:

Phaéton – Symphonic Poem, No. 2, Op. 39

Marche héroïque, Op. 34

La Jeunesse d’Hercule – Symphonic Poem, No. 4, Op. 50

Le Rouet d’Omphale – Symphonic Poem, No. 1, Op. 31 (

Sarabande, Op. 93, No. 1

Rigaudon, Op 93, No. 2

Danse macabre – Symphonic Poem, No. 3, Op. 40

Orchestre National de Lille;  Jun Märkl

Naxos 8.573745 (CD)

 

MARISS JANSONS – PORTRAIT

HAYDN: Mass in B-Flat Major, Hob. XXII:14 "Harmoniemesse"

HAYDN: Symphony No. 88 in G major

BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 4 in B flat major, Op. 60

BRAHMS: Symphony No. 4 in E minor, Op. 98

STRAUSS, R: Eine Alpensinfonie, Op. 64

STRAUSS, R: 4 Letzte Lieder, TrV 296

MAHLER: Symphony No. 9

VARÈSE: Amériques

STRAVINSKY: Symphony of Psalms

SHOSTAKOVICH: Symphony No. 6 in B minor, Op. 54

Anja Harteros (soprano)

Chor & Orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons

BR Klassik 900157 (5 CDs)

 

 

SONGS OF DESTINY

JOHANNES BRAHMS:
Schicksalslied (Song of Destiny)

Gesang der Parzen (Song of the Fates)

Nänie (Naenia), Op. 82

Begräbnisgesang (Funeral Song), Op. 13

Liebeslieder-Walzer 12:35 from Opp. 52 and 65

Eric Ericson Chamber Choir; Gävle Symphony Orchestra; Jaime Martín.

Ondine ODE 1301-2 (CD)

 

ELEGY FOR PAMELA

BEETHOVEN: String Quartet No. 13 in B flat major, Op. 130 - Cavatina

FRANCES-HOAD: Invocatio

HAASLER: A Fugue for Pamela

MCDOWALL: To a Nightingale

R PANUFNIK: Votive

WALEY-COHEN: Vitae

KNOTTS: At the Mid Hour of Night

ZINN: Kol Nidrei Memorial

Six new string quartets to commemorate the life and works of Pamela Majaro

Wihan Quartet

Nimbus NI6356 (CD)

 

 

11.00am – New Releases

 

SYMPHONY NO. 1 – LIVE IN CONCERT

SERGEI RACHMANINOV:

Symphony No. 1 in D Minor Op. 13

Philharmonia Orchestra; Vladimir Ashkenazy (conductor)

SIGNUM SIGCD 484 (CD)

 

OSLO PHILHARMONIC + PETRENKO

ALEXANDER SCRIABIN:

Symphony No. 2, Op. 29

Piano Concerto, Op. 20

Oslo Philharmonic Orchestra; Kirill Gerstein (piano); Vasily Petrenko (conductor)

LAWQ LWC 1139 (CD)

 

SYMPHONY NO. 8

GUSTAV MAHLER:

Symphony No. 8 in E-Flat Major

Part I – Hymnus: Veni, Creator Spiritus

Part II – Final Scene from “Faust”

Utah Symphony; Mormona Tabernacle Choir; The Madeleine Choir School;

Orla Boylan (soprano), Celena Shafer (soprano), Amy Owens (soprano), Charlotte Helekant (soprano), Tamara Mumford (mezzo-soprano), Barry Banks (baritone), Markus Werba (baritone), Jordan Bisch (bass); Thierry Fischer (conductor)

FR 725 SACD (2 Hybrid SACD)

 

SYMPHONY NO. 5

GUSTAV MAHLER:

Symphony No. 5 in C-Sharp Minor

Gürzenich-Orchester Köln; François-Xavier Roth (direction)

Harmonia Mundi HMM 905285 (CD)

 

SYMPHONY NO. 4

GUSTAV MAHLER:

Münchner Philharmoniker; Genia Kühmeier (soprano); Valery Gergiev (conductor)

MPHIL0005 (CD)

 

SYMPHONY NO. 1

GUSTAV MAHLER:

Symphony No. 1 in D Major

Düsseldorfer Symphoniker; Adam Fischer (conductor)

Avi 8553390 (CD)

 

 

11.45am – Disc of the Week

 

SONATAS FOR VIOLIN & HARPSICHORD NOS. 1-6, BWV1014-1019

JS BACH:

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 1 in B minor, BWV1014

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 2 in A major, BWV1015

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 3 in E major, BWV1016

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 4 in C minor, BWV1017

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 5 in F minor, BWV1018

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 6 in G major, BWV1019

Isabelle Faust (violin); Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord)

Harmonia Mundi HMM 902256.57 (2 CDS)

 

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