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Andrew McGregor with Sarah Devonald and Jeremy Sams

Andrew McGregor looks at Dvorak's Serenade for Strings with Sarah Devonald, and Jeremy Sams sifts through recent releases of Debussy from a number of leading pianists.

with Andrew McGregor

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Dvořák's Serenade for Strings in E major with Sarah Devonald.

In his early thirties and with a newborn son, Antonín Dvořák was struggling to make ends meet, a professional viola player and virtually unknown as a composer, without even a piano to his name. But in 1874 he won a state competition which not only came with a very welcome cash prize but also the recognition and enthusiastic endorsement of one of the most influential names in music, Johannes Brahms. The sunny and genial five-movement Serenade for Strings is one of a clutch of new works from the following year and marks the beginning of Dvořák's international reputation.

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2018, the centenary of Claude Debussy's death, promises to be a good year for recordings of his music. Jeremy Sams sifts through recent releases of Debussy solo piano works from a handful of leading pianists, including Cathy Krier, Steven Osborne, Seong-Jin Cho, Michael Korstick and Stephen Hough.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Concerto No. 25 In C Major K.503 For Piano And Orchestra

    Performer: Piotr Anderszewski. Orchestra: Chamber Orchestra of Europe.
    • Mozart.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 1.
  • Paul Giger

    Media Vita In Morte Sums

    Performer: Marie-Louise Dähler. Performer: Puddy Lehmann. Singer: David James. Ensemble: Collegium Vocale & Tablater Konzertchor. Conductor: Hans Eberhard.
    • Trans limen.
    • Divox.
    • 6.
  • Paul Giger

    Altus Solo I

    Performer: Marie-Louise Dähler. Performer: Puddy Lehmann. Singer: David James. Ensemble: Collegium Vocale & Tablater Konzertchor. Conductor: Hans Eberhard.
    • Trans limen.
    • Divox.
    • 6.
  • Astor Piazzolla

    Oblivion - Tango

    Performer: Gwen Cresens. Music Arranger: Gwen Cresens. Orchestra: Brussels Philharmonic. Conductor: Diego Matheuz.
    • Piazzola.
    • Warner Classics.
    • 12.
  • Antoine Forqueray

    Suite No.1 in D minor for viola da gamba and continuo: La Laborde & La Forqueray

    Performer: Kaori Uemura. Performer: Michèle Dévérité. Performer: Ricardo Rodriguez.
    • Forqueray.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Antoine Forqueray

    Suite No.2 In G major for viola da gamba and continuo: La Leclair

    Performer: Kaori Uemura. Performer: Michèle Dévérité. Performer: Ricardo Rodriguez.
    • FORQUERAY.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 12.
  • Antoine Forqueray

    Suite No. 5 In C minor, transc. J-B Forqueray for harpsichord: La Rameau

    Performer: Michèle Dévérité.
    • FORQUERAY.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Antoine Forqueray

    Musette in A major

    Performer: Michèle Dévérité.
    • FORQUERAY.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 14.
  • Jean‐Philippe Rameau

    'La Forqueray': Fugue

    Performer: Michèle Dévérité.
    • Forqueray.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Ana Giurgiu-Bondue

    Carillons Pour Forqueray

    Performer: Michèle Dévérité.
    • Forqueray.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Unknown

    Prologue

    Performer: Michèle Dévérité. Narrator: Nicolas Lormeau.
    • Forqueray.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Unknown

    A La Gloire Des Ancetres

    Performer: Michèle Dévérité. Performer: Jean-Pierre Nicolas. Narrator: Nicolas Lormeau.
    • Forqueray.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 2.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    String Sextet In A major, Op.48

    Performer: Veronika Hagen. Performer: Gary Hoffman. Ensemble: Jerusalem Quartet.
    • Dvorak.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.

Record Review

9.00am

 

MOZART: PIANO CONCERTOS NOS. 25 & 27

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART:

Piano Concerto No. 25 in C major, K503

Piano Concerto No. 27 in B flat major, K595

Piotr Anderszewski (piano), Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Warner Classics  9029572422 (CD)

 

TRANS LIMEN AD LUMEN

ROMAN RUTISHAUSER:

Tenebrae: I. Tristis est anima

Tenebrae: II. Vinea mea

Tenebrae: III. Eram quasi

Tenebrae: IV. Velum templi

Tenebrae: V. Tenebrae

PAUL GIGER:

Pert Em Hru: I. Media vita in morte sumus

Pert Em Hru: II. Altus solo I

Pert Em Hru: IV. Altus solo II

Pert Em Hru: V. Hinausgang der seele ins volle tageslicht

David James (counter-tenor), Paul Giger (violin), Marie-Louise Dähler (harpsichord), Pudi Lehmann (percussion) The Hilliard Ensemble, Collegium Vocale, Tablater Konzertchor, Hans Eberhard

Divox CDX21702 (CD)

 

PIAZZOLLA & GALLIANO: CONCERTOS FOR BANDONEON ACCORDION

ASTOR PIAZZÓLLA:

Concerto for Bandoneon & Orchestra 'Aconcagua'

Pedro y Pedro

Oblivion

ENRIQUE GRANADOS:

Danza española, Op. 37 No. 5 'Andaluza' arr. for bandoneon

ISAAC ALBÉNIZ:

Córdoba (No. 4 from Cantos de España, Op. 232) arr. for bandoneon

RICHARD GALLIANO:

Opale Concerto

GWEN CRESENS:

Nobody Likes an Angry Bunny

Suite Espagnole: La noche anterior

Gwen Cresens (accordion & bandoneon), Brussels Philharmonic, Diego Matheuz

Warner Classics 5419794935 (CD)

 

9.30am – Building a Library

 

 

 

Composer:                  Dvorak

Piece:                          Serenade for strings in E op 22

Reviewer:                    Sarah Devonald

 

 

Recommended Recording:

 

Prague Philharmonia; Jakub Hruša (conductor)

Supraphon SU39322

 

 

Other Recommended Recordings:
Below are other recordings that Sarah also liked, although we can’t guarantee the availability of these discs.

Orpheus Chamber Orchestra

DG 4153642 

Czech Chamber Orchestra; Josef Vlach (conductor)

Supraphon SU42032

 

English Chamber Orchestra; Charles Mackerras (conductor)

Classics For Pleasure CDCFP4597 

 

 

 

 

10.20am

 

FORQUERAY - COMPLETE WORKS

ANTOINE FORQUERAY:

Suite No. 1 in D minor

Suite No. 2 in G major

Suite No. 3 in D major

Suite No. 4 in G minor

Suite No. 5 in C minor

Allemande

Courante in D Minor

Sarabande in D Minor

Bransle in G Major

La Girouette in G Minor

Musette in A Major

JEAN PHILIPPE RAMEAU:

La Forqueray in D minor

FRANÇOIS CLÉMENT:

La Forqueray - Fièrement sans lenteur

Sixième Sonate for Violin and Harpsichord

Quatrième Sonate pour violon et clavecin: Arias I & II

La Forcroy – Largo

Première Sonate for Violin and Harpsichord

LOUIS-ANTOINE DORNEL:

Sonate IV in D major, ‘La Forcroy’, Op. 2

PIERRE-ALAIN BRAYE-WEPPE:

Tombeau de Forqueray for Harpsichord

JACQUES DUPHLY:

La Forqueray

CLAUDE-FRANÇOIS RAMEAU:

La Forcray for Harpsichord in D Major

FRANÇOIS COUPERIN:

The Proud One, or La Forqueray

ANA GIURGIU:

Carillons pour Forqueray

JOSSE BOUTMY:

La Forcroy

Michèle Devérité (clavecin), Kaori Uemura (viole de gambe), Ricardo Rodriguez (viole de gambe continuo) & Ryo Terakado (violon)

Harmonia Mundi HMM90528689 (5CDs)

 

 

 

11.00am – New Releases: Jeremy Sams on Debussy piano music

 

DEBUSSY: PIANO MUSIC VOLUME 5

12 Études, L. 136, Book 1

Études pour piano (12) (complete)

Etude retrouvée

Masques

D'un cahier d'esquisses

L'isle joyeuse

Danse, L. 69 "Tarantelle styrienne" Nocturne

Michael Korstick (piano)

SWR Music  SWR19044CD (CD)

 

DEBUSSY: PRÉLUDES, BOOK 1 & 2

Préludes - Book 1 (12, complete)

L'isle joyeuse

Angela Brownridge (piano)

Challenge Classics CC72727 (CD)

 

 

 

DEBUSSY: IMAGES, CHILDREN'S CORNER AND SUITE BERGAMASQUE

Images I, L. 110

Images II, L. 111

Children's Corner

Suite Bergamasque

L'isle joyeuse

Seong-Jin Cho (piano)

DG 4798308 (CD)

 

 

CATHY KRIER: DEBUSSY & SZYMANOWSKI

DEBUSSY:

Images pour piano - Book 1

Images pour piano - Book 2

Masques

Szymanowski: Masques (3), Op. 34

Cathy Krier (piano)

Avi-Music AVI8553379 (CD)

 

 

DEBUSSY: PIANO MUSIC

DEBUSSY:

Masques L 110

Masques L 112

L'Isle Joyeuse, L 109

Images pour piano - Book 1

Images pour piano - Book 2

Estampes (3) (Complete)

Children's Corner

Steven Osborne

Hyperion CDA68161 (CD)

 

 

DEBUSSY: PIANO MUSIC

DEBUSSY:

Estampes (3) (Complete)

Images pour piano - Book 1

Images pour piano - Book 2

Children's Corner

La Plus Que Lente, L 128

Stephen Hough                      

Hyperion CDA68139 (CD)

 

 

 

11.45am – Disc of the Week

DVOŘÁK: STRING QUINTET OP. 97 & STRING SEXTET OP.48

ANTONIN DVORAK:

String Sextet, Op. 48

String Quintet No. 3, Op. 97

Jerusalem Quartet, Veronika Hagen (viola), Gary Hoffman (cello),

Harmonia Mundi HMM902320 (CD)

 

 

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