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Andrew McGregor with Edward Seckerson, Katy Hamilton and Chris O'Reilly

Building a Library on Leonard Bernstein's comic operetta Candide, with Edward Seckerson, plus Katy Hamilton and Chris O'Reilly with new releases to mark Record Store Day.

with Andrew McGregor, plus guests Katy Hamilton and Chris O'Reilly who mark Record Store Day with their selection of new releases and a discussion about the various ways of consuming recorded classical music.

9.30
Building a Library: Leonard Bernstein's Candide with Edward Seckerson.

Based on Voltaire's 18th-century satirical novel about the misadventures of the pure-hearted and naive Candide and his much more worldly mate Cunégonde, Leonard Bernstein's 1956 operetta isn't just another Broadway show. It opened during the infamous witch hunts of Senator McCarthy and the House Un-American Activities Committee, which Bernstein and and book author Lillian Hellman had experienced firsthand. So alongside the blend of wit, sophistication and comedy, including brilliant parodies of operatic forms like 'Glitter and be Gay', the references to the Spanish Inquisition - 'What a day, what a day for an auto-da-fe' - and the irony of Candide's mantra that everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds give the work a dark undercurrent.

That Candide never had the lasting success he thought it deserved really bugged Bernstein who tinkered with it on-and-off until the end of his life, resulting in multiple versions and the question of which, if any, is definitive.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    The Four Seasons: Spring, RV269: I. Allegro

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
    • VIVALDI: LE QUATTRO STAGIONI.
    • Channel.
    • CCS SA40318.
    • 1.
  • Peter Navarro-Alonso

    Concerto in B Minor (After Vivaldi's RV 580): mvt IV

    Ensemble: Alpha.
    • Peter Navarro-Alonso: Le quattro stagioni & Concerto in B Minor.
    • Dacapo.
    • 8.
  • Richard Strauss

    Piano Trio No. 2 in D Major, TrV 71: II. Andante cantabile ma non troppo

    Ensemble: Munich Piano Trio.
    • The Young Richard Strauss.
    • Genuin.
    • 102.
  • John Luther Adams

    Canticles of the Sky: iii. Sky with Nameless Colors

    Performer: Oliver Coates.
    • Canticles of the Sky.
    • RVNG INTL.
    • RVNGNL48.
    • 3.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No. 7 in E major: II. Adagio

    Orchestra: Gewandhausorchester Leipzig. Conductor: Andris Nelsons.
    • BRUCKNER: SYMPHONY NO. 7 AND WAGNER: SIEGFRIED’S FUNERAL MARCH.
    • DG.
    • 4798494.
    • 3.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No. 6 in A Minor "Tragic": II. Andante moderato

    Conductor: Osmo Vänskä. Orchestra: Minnesota Orchestra.
    • Mahler: Symphony No. 6 in A Minor "Tragic".
    • BIS.
    • 102.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108: IV. Presto agitato

    Performer: Tasmin Little. Performer: Piers Lane.
    • Chandos.
    • CHAN10977.
    • 10.
  • Johannes Brahms

    Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Major, Op. 100: III. Allegro grazioso quasi andante

    Performer: Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch. Performer: Tuija Hakkila.
    • Brahms: Sonatas for Piano & Violin on Period Instruments.
    • Ondine.
    • 203.
  • Johannes Brahms

    5 Lieder, Op. 105: No. 1, Wie Melodien zieht es mir (Arr. for Violin & Piano)

    Performer: Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch. Performer: Tuija Hakkila.
    • Brahms: Sonatas for Piano & Violin on Period Instruments.
    • Ondine.
    • 5.
  • Antony Gormley

    Sounds of the Studio (Part 2)

    Performer: Antony Gormley.
    • ANTONY GORMLEY: SOUNDS OF THE STUDIO.
    • Gearbox Records.
    • LP GB1544.
    • Side 2.
  • Bohuslav Martinu

    Concerto in D major for two violins: I. Poco allegro

    Orchestra: Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille. Conductor: Lawrence Foster.
    • MARTINŮ: DOUBLE CONCERTOS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO.
    • Pentatone.
    • PTC5186658.
    • 1.
  • William Walton

    Viola Concerto (1961 Version): II. Vivo, con molto preciso

    Performer: James Ehnes. Orchestra: BBC Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Edward Gardner.
    • VIOLA CONCERTO, PARTITA FOR ORCHESTRA & SONATA FOR STRING ORCHESTRA.
    • Chandos.
    • CHSA5210.
    • 2.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Piano Trio in A Major, Hob. XV:18

    Ensemble: Trio Wanderer.
    • Haydn: Piano Trios, HOB. XV:14, 18, 21, 26 & 31.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 106.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    The Four Seasons - Summer

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
    • VIVALDI: LE QUATTRO STAGIONI.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 4.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Le Quattro Stagioni: Concerto no. 3 L'Autunno - Autumn Op. 8 No. 3 RV293

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
    • VIVALDI: LE QUATTRO STAGIONI.
    • Channel Classics.
    • 7.
  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Le Quattro Stagioni: Concerto no. 4 L'Inverno - Winter Op. 8 No. 4 RV 297

    Performer: Rachel Podger. Ensemble: Brecon Baroque.
    • VIVALDI: LE QUATTRO STAGIONI.
    • Channel Classics.

Record Review

9.00am 

VIVALDI: LE QUATTRO STAGIONI

ANTONIO VIVALDI

The Four Seasons: Spring, RV269

The Four Seasons: Summer, RV315

The Four Seasons: Autumn, RV293

The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297

Concerto for strings 'Il riposo - per il Santissimo Natale', RV 270

Violin Concerto in E major, RV271 'L'Amoroso'

Concerto for Violin "Il Grosso Mogul" in D major RV 208

Rachel Podger (violin); Brecon Baroque

Channel CCS SA40318 (Hybrid SACD)

 

PETER NAVARRO-ALONSO: LE QUATTRO STAGIONI

PETER NAVARRO-ALONSO

Le Quattro Stagioni: I. La primavera (After Vivaldi's RV 269)Top of Form

Bottom of FoLe Quattro Stagioni: II. L'estate (After Vivaldi's RV 315)of Form

Bottom of FormLe Quattro Stagioni: III. L'autunno (After Vivaldi's RV 293)op of Form

Bottom of FormLe Quattro Stagioni: IV. L'inverno (After Vivaldi's RV 297)

Concerto in B Minor (After Vivaldi's RV 580)

Alpha, Ekkozone (ensembles), Mathias Reumert (conductor)

DaCapo 8.226591 (digital download available. CD released 27th April)

 

THE YOUNG RICHARD STRAUSSp of Form

Bottom of FormRICHARD STRAUSS

Piano Trio No. 2 in D major, AV 53

Quartet in C minor, Op. 13

Münchner Klaviertrio; Tilo Widenmeyer (viola)

Genuin GEN 18496 (CD)

 

CANTICLES OF THE SKY

JOHN LUTHER ADAMS

Sky with Four Suns

Sky with Four Moons

Sky with Nameless Colors

Sky with Endless Stars

Oliver Coates (multitracked cello and electronics)

RVNG INTL RVNGNL48 - exclusively on LP for Record Store Day 21/04/18

 

 

9.30am – Building a Library –
Edward Seckerson on Leonard Bernstein’s Candide

 

 

 

Composer:     Leonard Bernstein

 

Piece:             Candide

 

Reviewer:      Edward Seckerson

 

 

Recommended Recording:

 

Original 1956 Broadway Cast recording:-

Robert Rounseville (Candide), Samuel Krachmalnick (conductor)

Sony/Columbia
SK 86859 (digital download)

 

 

Other Recommended Recording:

 

Below is another recording that Edward also liked, although we can’t guarantee availability.

 

1988 Scottish Opera recording:-

 

Mark Beudert (Candide), Justin Brown (conductor)

 

Jay Records

CDTER1156 (CD)

 

 

 

 

10.35am New Releases – Record Store Day with Katy Hamilton and Chris O’Reilly

 

BRUCKNER: SYMPHONY NO. 7 AND WAGNER: SIEGFRIED’S FUNERAL MARCH

ANTON BRUCKNER

Götterdämmerung, WWV 86D / Act 3

Symphony No. 7 in E major:

Gewandhausorchester; Andris Nelsons (conductor)

DG 4798494 (CD)

 

MAHLER: SYMPHONY NO. 6 IN A MINOR 'TRAGIC'

GUSTAV MAHLER

Symphony No. 6 in A minor ‘Tragic’

Minnesota Orchestra; Osmo Vänskä (conductor)

BIS BIS-2266 (digital download available.  Hybrid SACD released 27th April)

 

BRAHMS: VIOLIN SONATAS NOS. 1-3 (COMPLETE)

JOHANNES BRAHMS

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108                               

Tasmin Little (violin); Piers Lane (piano)

Chandos CHAN10977 (CD)

 

BRAHMS: VIOLIN SONATAS NOS. 1-3 (COMPLETE)

JOHANNES BRAHMS

Lieder (5), Op. 105

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A major, Op. 100

Violin Sonata No. 3 in D minor, Op. 108

Lieder und Gesänge (8), Op. 59

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G major, Op. 78

Sirkka-Liisa Kaakinen-Pilch (violin); Tuija Hakkila (piano)

Ondine ODE 1315-2 (CD)

 

ANTONY GORMLEY: SOUNDS OF THE STUDIO

ANTONY GORMLEY

Sounds of the Studio (Part 1)

Sounds of the Studio (Part 2)

Gearbox Records LP GB1544 - exclusively on LP for Record Store Day 21/04/18

 

MARTINŮ: DOUBLE CONCERTOS FOR VIOLIN AND PIANO

BOHUSLAV MARTINŮ

Concerto in D major for two violins and orchestra H329

Rhapsody-Concerto for Viola and Orchestra

Concerto for Two Pianos and Orchestra, H292

Deborah Nemtanu and Sarah Nemtanu (violin)
Momo Kodama and Mari Kodama (piano)
Orchestre Philharmonique de Marseille; Lawrence Foster (conductor)

Pentatone PTC5186658 (Hybrid SACD) 

 

BEETHOVEN: VIOLIN SONATAS VOL. 2

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN

Violin Sonata No. 4 in A minor, Op. 23

Violin Sonata No. 5 in F major, Op. 24 'Spring'

Violin Sonata No. 7 in C minor, Op. 30 No. 2

Chloë Hanslip (violin); Danny Driver (piano)

Rubicon RCD1011 (CD)

 

WALTON: VIOLA CONCERTO, PARTITA FOR ORCHESTRA &
SONATA FOR STRING ORCHESTRA

WILLIAM TURNER WALTON

Viola Concerto (1961 Version)

Sonata for String Orchestra

Partita for Orchestra

James Ehnes (viola); BBC Symphony Orchestra; Edward Gardner (conductor)

Chandos CHSA5210 (Hybrid SACD)

 

HAYDN: PIANO TRIOS

JOSEPH HAYDN

Piano Trio No. 27 in A flat Major, Hob.XV:14

Piano Trio No. 32 in A major, Hob.XV:18

Piano Trio No. 35 in C major, Hob.XV:21

Piano Trio No. 40 in F sharp minor, Hob.XV:26

Piano Trio No. 41 in E flat minor, Hob.XV:31                                    

Trio Wanderer

Harmonia Mundi 902321
(digital download available from 21st April. CD released 4th May)

 

11.45am – Disc of the Week

VIVALDI: LE QUATTRO STAGIONI

ANTONIO VIVALDI

The Four Seasons: Spring, RV269

The Four Seasons: Summer, RV315

The Four Seasons: Autumn, RV293

The Four Seasons: Winter, RV297

Concerto for strings 'Il riposo - per il Santissimo Natale', RV 270

Violin Concerto in E major, RV271 'L'Amoroso'

Concerto for Violin "Il Grosso Mogul" in D major RV 208

Rachel Podger (violin); Brecon Baroque

Channel CCS SA40318 (Hybrid SACD)

 

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