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Andrew McGregor with Harriet Smith and Simon Heighes

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library.

with Andrew McGregor

9.30
Building a Library: Harriet Smith makes a personal choice from among the available recordings of Beethoven's Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109.

Like all the major works from the extraordinary final decade of Beethoven's life, his Piano Sonata No. 30 breaks the mould of conventional form in the quest for ever-deeper personal expression. This, the first of his final three piano sonatas, is a technical and interpretative challenge every major pianist has wanted to take on, reflected in an exceptionally rich and varied recorded legacy going back to the 1930s.

10.55
Simon Heighes assesses recent releases of Baroque music.

11.45
Andrew chooses an outstanding new release as his Disc of the Week.

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Frédéric Chopin

    Etudes, Op. 10: 12. Etude in C Minor

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • Four pianos, Four Pieces.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 116.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No 60 in C Il distratto: Finale

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • LSO Live.
  • Joseph Haydn

    The Seasons: Winter (beginning)

    Orchestra: London Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • LSO Live.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    Vanishing Midnight: i. Satyrs in the Grove of Cypresses

    Orchestra: Sinfonia Varsovia. Conductor: Ian Hobson.
    • Toccata Classics.
  • Steve Reich

    Pulse

    Ensemble: International Contemporary Ensemble.
    • Nonesuch.
  • Dmitry Shostakovich

    Cello concerto No 1 op 107: i. Allegretto

    Performer: Sheku Kanneh-Mason. Orchestra: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Mirga Gražinytė‐Tyla.
    • Inspiration.
    • Decca.
    • 1.
  • Franz Liszt

    Réminiscences de Don Juan, S. 418: V. Quasi Presto. Tempo deciso

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • Four pianos, Four Pieces.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 121.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Trois mouvements de Petrouchka: I. Danse russe

    Performer: Alexander Melnikov.
    • Four pianos, Four Pieces.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 122.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Symphony of Psalms (Alleluia. Laudate Dominum)

    Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Choir: Tenebrae. Conductor: Nigel Short.
    • Symphonic Psalms & Prayers.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 3.
  • William Brade

    3 Dances

    Ensemble: In Echo. Director: Gawain Glenton.
    • Music in a Cold Climate.
    • Delphian.
    • 2.
  • Antonio Bertali

    Sonata a4

    Ensemble: In Echo. Director: Gawain Glenton.
    • Music in a Cold Climate.
    • Delphian.
    • 5.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Magnificat, BWV 243: Esurientes

    Singer: Iestyn Davies. Ensemble: Arcangelo. Conductor: Jonathan Cohen.
    • Bach Magnificats.
    • Hyperion.
    • 8.
  • Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach

    Magnificat, H 772: Sicut erat in principio

    Ensemble: Arcangelo. Conductor: Jonathan Cohen.
    • Bach Magnificats.
    • Hyperion.
    • 25.
  • Johann Christian Bach

    Magnificat, E 22: Fecit potentiam

    Singer: Thomas Bauer. Singer: Olivia Vermeulen. Singer: Thomas Walker.
    • Bach Magnificats.
    • Hyperion.
    • 14.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata, BWV201: Mit Verlangen

    Singer: Christian Immler. Orchestra: Bach Collegium Japan. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • Bach: Secular Cantatas.
    • BIS.
    • 14.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata BWV207a: Auf, schmetternde

    Orchestra: Bach Collegium Japan. Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki.
    • Bach: Secular Cantatas.
    • BIS.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 332, 1st mvt: Overture

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Gottfried von der Goltz. Conductor: Petra Müllejans.
    • Handel: Concerti a Due Cori.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 8.
  • George Frideric Handel

    Concerto in F Major, HWV 334, 6th mvt: Allegro

    Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Gottfried von der Goltz. Conductor: Petra Müllejans.
    • Handel: Concerti a Due Cori.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 6.
  • Sergey Rachmaninov

    The Bells, Op. 35

    Conductor: Mariss Jansons. Singer: Oleg Dolgov. Singer: Tatiana Pavlovskaya. Singer: Alexey Markov. Choir: Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks. Orchestra: Bavarian Radio Symphony Orchestra.
    • The Bells & Symphonic Dances.
    • BR Klassik.

Record Review

9.00am

 

FOUR PIECES - FOUR PIANOS

FRANZ SCHUBERT:

Fantasie in C major, D760 'Wanderer'

FRÉDÉRIC CHOPIN:

Études, Op. 10

FRANZ LISZT:

Réminiscences de "Don Juan" (after Mozart), S. 418

IGOR STRAVINSKY:

Three Movements from Petrushka

Alexander Melnikov (pianos)

Harmonia Mundi: HMM902299 (CD)

 

 

HAYDN: AN IMAGINARY JOURNEY

JOSEPH HAYDN:

An Imaginary Orchestral Journey

I. Introduction. Representation of Chaos. Largo (From The Creation, Hob.XXI.2)  

II. The Earthquake. Presto e con tutta la forza (From The Seven Last Words of our Saviour on the Cross, Hob.XX.1)  

IIIa. Sinfonia. Largo - Vivace assai (From L'isola disabitata, Hob.Ia.13  

IIIb. Sinfonia. Allegretto - Vivace (From L'isola disabitata, Hob.Ia.13  

IV. Largo (From Symphony No. 64 in A Major, Hob.I.64)  

V. Minuet & Trio (From Symphony No. 6 in D Major, Hob.I.6)  

VI. Finale. Presto (From Symphony No. 46 in B Major, Hob.I.46)  

VII. Finale. Prestissimo (From Symphony No. 60 in C Major, Hob.I.60)  

VIII. Introduction to Winter (Original version) (From The Seasons, Hob.XXI.3)  

IXa. Finale. Presto (From Symphony No. 45 in F-Sharp Minor, Hob.I.45  

IXb. Finale. Adagio (From Symphony No. 45 in F-Sharp Minor, Hob.I.45)  

X. Music for Musical Clocks (From Flötenuhrstücke, Hob.XIX.1-32)  

XI. Finale. Allegro assai (From Symphony No. 90 in C Major, Hob.I.90)  

London Symphony Orchestra, Sir Simon Rattle

LSO Live LSO0808 (Hybrid SACD)

 

MARTINU: EARLY ORCHESTRAL WORKS VOL. 3

BOHUSLAV MARTINU:

Vanishing Midnight, H. 131

Balade, "Vila na moři" (The Villa by the Sea), H. 97

Sen o minulosti (Dream of the Past), H. 124

Sinfonia Varsovia, Ian Hobson

Toccata Classics TOCC0414 (CD)

 

PULSE/QUARTET

STEVE REICH:

Pulse

Quartet: I. Fast

Quartet: II. Slow

Quartet: III. Fast

International Contemporary Ensemble, Colin Currie Group

Nonesuch 075597932454 (CD)

 

9.30am – Building a Library

 

 


Composer:    
Beethoven

Piece:                         Piano Sonata No. 30 in E major, Op. 109

Reviewer:       Harriet Smith


Recommended Recording:


Richard Goode

Beethoven: The Complete Sonatas

Nonesuch 10CDs (0075597936384)




Other Recommended Recordings:

Below are other recordings that Harriet also liked, although we can’t guarantee the availability of these discs.

Annie Fischer  (EMI 5 69217-2) (4 CD)

Igor Levit  (Sony Classical 88883703872) (2CD)

Emil Gilels  (DG 477 6360) (9 CD)

Mitsuko Uchida  (Philips 475 6935) (CD)

 

 

 

10.20am

 

 

INSPIRATION

YOSEF HADAR:

Evening Of Roses (Arr. Cello, Clarinet & Ensemble)

CAMILLE SAINT-SAËNS:

Le carnaval des animaux: 13. The Swan

ANON.:

Song Of The Birds (Arr. Casals)

DMITRI SHOSTAKOVICH:

The Gadfly - Concert Suite, Op. 97a: 10. Nocturne

Cello Concerto No. 1 in E flat major, Op. 107

JACQUES OFFENBACH

Harmonies des bois, Op. 76, 2. Jacqueline’s Tears (Arr. Cello & Orchestra)

PABLO CASALS:

Sardana

BOB MARLEY:

No Woman, No Cry

LEONARD COHEN:

Hallelujah

Sheku Kanneh-Mason (cello), Guy Johnston (cello), Yong Jun Lee (cello), Alinka Rowe (viola), Didier Osindero (violin), Oliver James (clarinet), Katherine Thomas (harp), City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra, Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla

Decca 4832948 (CD)

 

SYMPHONIC PSALMS AND PRAYERS

LEONARD BERNSTEIN:

Chichester Psalms

IGOR STRAVINSKY:

Symphony of Psalms

ARNOLD SCHOENBERG:

Friede auf Erden, Op. 13

ALEXANDER VON ZEMLINSKY:

Psalm 23, Op. 14 'Der gute Hirt'

David Allsopp (countertenor), Tenebrae, BBC Symphony Orchestra, Nigel Short

Signum SIGCD492 (CD)

 

11.00am – New Releases: Simon Heighes – Baroque Round-Up

 

MUSIC IN A COLD CLIMATE

NICOLAUS A KEMPIS:

Symphony à 4 No. 1, Op. 12 Symphonia No. 1 a 4

WILLIAM BRADE:
Der heilig Berg

Peggy Bell

Ein Schottisch Tanz

ANTONIO BERTALI:
Sonata a 4 in D minor

HEINRICH ALBERT:
Das Lied ist Hier

JOHANN SOMMER:
Susanna Paduanna
THOMNAS BALTZAR:
A Prelude for the Violin

John Come Kiss Me Now

MELCHIOR SCHILDT:
Paduana Lachrymae (after J. Dowland)

ANTONY HOLBORNE:
Image of Melancholy

ANDREW KEELING:
Northern Soul

JOHANN SOMMER:
Der 8. Psalm

JOHANN STADEN:
Sonata 31 a 4

JOHANN SCHOP:
Lachrimae Pavan

In Echo; Gawain Glenton (cornetto and director)

Delphian DCD 34206 (CD)

 

BACH: MAGNIFICATS

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH:

Magnificat, BWV 243

JOHANN CHRISTIAN BACH:

Magnificat, E22

CARL PHILIPP EMANUEL BACH

Magnificat, H772

Joélle Harvey (soprano); Olivia Vermeulen (mezzo); Thomas Walker (tenor)
Iestyn Davies (countertenor); Thomas Bauer (baritone);

Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen (conductor)

Hyperion CDA68157 (CD)

 

BACH: SECULAR CANTATAS, VOL. 9 - THE CONTEST BETWEEN PHOEBUS & PAN

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH:

Cantata BWV201 'Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde'

Cantata BWV207a 'Auf, schmetternde Toene'

Bach Collegium Japan; Masaaki Suzuki (conductor)

BIS BIS2311 (Hybrid SACD)

 

HANDEL: CONCERTI A DUE CORI

GEORGE FRIDERIC HANDEL:

Concerto in F Major, HWV 334

Concerto in B-Flat Major, HWV 332

Concerto in F Major, HWV 333
Freiburger Barockorchester, Gottfried von der Goltz (violin/director), Petra Müllejans (violin/director)

Harmonia Mundi HMM905272 (CD)

 

11.45am – Disc of the Week

Rachmaninov: The Bells & Symphonic Dances

SERGEY VASSILIEVICH RACHMANINOV

The Bells, Op. 35

Symphonic Dances, Op. 45

Tatiana Pavlovskaya (soprano), Oleg Dolgov (tenor), Alexey Markov (baritone), Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Mariss Jansons

BR Klassik 900154 (CD)

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