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Andrew McGregor with Kate Kennedy

With Andrew McGregor. Including Building a Library.

with Andrew McGregor.

9.30
Building a Library: Britten's Winter Words, Op 52, with Kate Kennedy.

Britten composed Winter Words, his eight setting of Thomas Hardy, in 1953 at a time when he was also working on his operas Gloriana and The Turn of the Screw. The style of Winter Words does, however, contrast with that of the two operas in its austere textures, while allowing the Hardy texts to be projected with particular clarity. After the opening song, Day Close in November, comes Midnight on the Great Western, which even includes train-whistle noises. Then comes The Wagtail and Baby, The Little Old Table and The Choirmaster's burial (or The Tenor Man's Story), in which the departed master's favourite hymn-tune 'Mount Ephraim' is woven into the texture. Proud Songsters is followed by At the Railway Station, Upway (or The Convict and the Boy With the Violin), and the whole cycle ends with Before Life and After, a powerful expression of Britten's fascination with the conflict between innocence and experience.

10.30
Andrew McGregor discusses the new 61-CD box set Esa-Pekka Salonen: The Complete Sony Recordings with critic Andrew Mellor.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Francis Poulenc

    Les Biches - suite (Rondeau)

    Orchestra: RTÉ National Symphony Orchestra. Conductor: Jean-Luc Tingaud.
    • Poulenc: Les biches Suite, Les animaux modèles Suite & Sinfonietta.
    • Naxos.
    • 101.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Trio sonata in D major TWV 42:D9 iii) Pastorale

    Ensemble: Florilegium.
    • Channel Classics.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Circus Polka

    Performer: Oxana Shevchenko.
    • Delphian.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Trio sonata in D major TWV 42:D9 iiii) vivace

    Ensemble: Florilegium.
    • Channel Classics.
  • Claudio Monteverdi

    Ohimè, dov'è il mio ben

    Singer: Mariana Flores. Singer: Julie Roset. Choir: Cappella Mediterranea. Conductor: Leonardo García Alarcón.
    • Ricercar.
  • John Adams

    Absolute Jest vi) Prestissimo

    Ensemble: Doric String Quartet. Orchestra: Royal Scottish National Orchestra. Conductor: Peter Oundjian.
    • Chandos.
  • Robert Schumann

    Piano Concerto in A minor Op. 54 iii) Allegro vivace

    Performer: Alfred Brendel. Orchestra: Vienna Philharmonic. Conductor: Sir Simon Rattle.
    • Decca.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    The Hebrides, Op. 26, MWV P 7 "Fingal's Cave"

    Conductor: Jörg Widmann. Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra.
    • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scottish" & The Hebrides - Jörg Widmann:.
    • Orfeo.
    • 101.
  • Jörg Widmann

    180 Beats per Minute

    Orchestra: Irish Chamber Orchestra.
    • Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 3 in A Minor "Scottish" & The Hebrides - Jörg Widmann:.
    • Orfeo.
    • 201.
  • Robert Schumann

    Adventlied, Op. 71: I. Dein König kommt in niedern Hüllen

    Ensemble: Carolyn Sampson. Choir: Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor. Conductor: Aapo Häkkinen. Orchestra: Helsingin Barokkiorkesteri.
    • Schumann: Adventlied, Op. 71 & Vom Pagen und der Königstochter, Op. 140 - Bach:.
    • Ondine.
    • 301.
  • Robert Schumann

    Adventlied, Op. 71: II. Allmächt'ger Herrscher ohne Speere

    Ensemble: Carolyn Sampson. Choir: Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor. Conductor: Aapo Häkkinen. Orchestra: Helsingin Barokkiorkesteri.
    • Schumann: Adventlied, Op. 71 & Vom Pagen und der Königstochter, Op. 140 - Bach:.
    • Ondine.
    • 302.
  • Robert Schumann

    Adventlied, Op. 71: III. Und wo du kommest hergezogen

    Ensemble: Carolyn Sampson. Choir: Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor. Conductor: Aapo Häkkinen. Orchestra: Helsingin Barokkiorkesteri.
    • Schumann: Adventlied, Op. 71 & Vom Pagen und der Königstochter, Op. 140 - Bach:.
    • Ondine.
    • 303.
  • Robert Schumann

    Adventlied, Op. 71: IV. O Herr von grosser Huld und Treue

    Ensemble: Carolyn Sampson. Choir: Eesti Filharmoonia Kammerkoor. Conductor: Aapo Häkkinen. Orchestra: Helsingin Barokkiorkesteri.
    • Schumann: Adventlied, Op. 71 & Vom Pagen und der Königstochter, Op. 140 - Bach:.
    • Ondine.
    • 304.
  • Esa‐Pekka Salonen

    Mania for Cello and Orchestra

    Performer: Anssi Karttunen. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen. Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic.
  • Witold Lutosławski

    Symphony No.3

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Gyorgy Ligeti

    Mysteries of the Macabre

    Music Arranger: Elgar Howarth. Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen. Singer: Sybille Ehlert.
  • Bernard Herrmann

    Overture - Norty by Northwest

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Carl Nielsen

    Symphony No.1 - Allegro orgoglioso

    Orchestra: Sveriges Radios Symfoniorkester. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No.22 - Finale: Presto

    Orchestra: Stockholms Nya Kammarorkester. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Gustav Mahler

    Symphony No.3 - Part 1, I Tempo 1

    Orchestra: Los Angeles Philharmonic. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Igor Stravinsky

    Capriccio for piano and orchestra - Andante rapsodico

    Performer: Paul Crossley. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen. Orchestra: London Sinfonietta.
  • Magnus Lindberg

    Fresco

    Orchestra: Philharmonia Orchestra. Conductor: Esa‐Pekka Salonen.
  • Franz Schubert

    Piano Sonata in B flat D960 i) Molto moderato

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.
  • Franz Schubert

    Impromptu D935 No. 4 in F minor

    Performer: Marc-André Hamelin.
    • Hyperion.

Record Review

9.00am

 

POULENC: LES BICHES - SUITE, LES ANIMAUX MODÈLES - SUITE & SINFONIETTA

FRANCIS POULENC:

Les biches Suite, FP 36b

Les animaux modèles Suite, FP 111

Sinfonietta, FP 141

RTE National Symphony Orchestra, Jean-Luc Tingaud

Naxos 8573739 (CD)

 

STRAVINSKY: COMPLETE MUSIC FOR SOLO PIANO

IGOR STRAVINSKY:

The Firebird (Excerpts Arr. G. Agosti for Piano):

No. 16, Infernal Dance of King Kashchei

No. 17, Lullaby

No. 19, Finale

Tango

Valse pour les enfants

Ragtime (version for solo piano)

Études (4) for piano, Op. 7

Circus Polka

Les 5 doigts

Piano-Rag-Music

Piano Sonata (1924)

Scherzo

Three Movements from Petrushka

Souvenir d'une marche boche

Piano Sonata in F sharp minor (1903-4)

Fragment des Symphonies pour instruments à vent à la mémoire de C.A. Debussy

Serenade in A for piano

Oxana Shevchenko (piano)

Delphian DCD34203 (2 CDs)

 

 

TELEMANN: ESSERCIZII MUSICI

GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN:

Sonata TWV 41:B6 in B flat major for oboe (or chalumeau) & b.c.

Sonata TWV 41:a6 in A minor for viola da gamba & b.c.

Sonata TWV 41:D9 in D major for flute & b.c.

Sonata TWV 41:e5 in E minor for viola da gamba & b.c.

Trio 4. A major for traverso, harpsichord & continuo (42:A6)

Trio 5. A minor for recorder, violin & continuo (42:a4)

Trio 6. B minor for traverso, viol & continuo (42:h4)

Trio TWV 42:c2 in C minor for recorder, oboe & b.c.

Trio TWV 42:d9 in D minor for 2 violins & b.c.

Trio TWV 42:G6 in G major for viola da gamba, harpsichord & b.c.

Trio TWV 42:g5 in G minor for oboe, violin & b.c.

Florilegium

Channel CCS40118 (2 CDs)

 

 

MONTEVERDI: LETTERA AMOROSA

CLAUDIO MONTEVERDI:

Lettera amorosa

Lamento d'Arianna 'Lasciatemi morire'

L'Orfeo: 'Dal mio Parnasso amato'

Voglio di vita uscir

Disprezzata regina (L'incoronazione di Poppea)

Ohime ch'io cado

Lamento della Ninfa (Book 8)

Et è pur dunque vero

Mariana Flores (soprano)/, Cappella Mediterranea, Leonardo Garcia Alarcon (with Julie Roset (soprano)

Ricercar RIC 390

 

JOHN ADAMS: NAIVE AND SENTIMENTAL MUSIC & ABSOLUTE JEST

JOHN ADAMS:

Absolute Jest

Naive and Sentimental Music

Doric String Quartet, Royal Scottish National Orchestra, Peter Oundjian

Chandos CHSA5199 (Hybrid SACD)

 

 

9.30am – Building a Library – Kate Kennedy on Benjamin Britten’s Winter Words

 

 

 

Composer:      Britten

 

Piece:              Winter Words

 

Reviewer:        Kate Kennedy

 

 

Recommended Recording:

 

Anthony Rolfe Johnson (tenor); Graham Johnson (piano)

Cypres CYP8607

 

 

Other Recommended Recordings:

 

Below are other recordings that Kate also liked, although we can’t guarantee availability.

 

Peter Pears (tenor); Benjamin Britten (piano)
Decca 4756051

 

Robert Tear (tenor); Sir Philip Ledger (piano)

Warner Classics 0151642

 

Philip Langridge (tenor); Steuart Bedford (piano)

Naxos 8557201

 

 

 

 

 

1020 – Schumann, Mendelssohn etc

 

ALFRED BRENDEL: LIVE IN VIENNA

ROBERT SCHUMANN:

Piano Concerto in A minor, Op. 54

JOHANNES BRAHMS:

Variations and Fugue on a Theme by Handel, Op. 24

Alfred Brendel (piano), Wiener Philharmoniker, Sir Simon Rattle

Decca  4833288 (CD)

 

MENDELSSOHN: SYMPHONY NO. 3 'SCOTTISH' & WIDMANN: 180 BEATS PER MINUTE, FANTASIE

FELIX MENDELSSOHN:

Hebrides Overture, Op. 26

JÖRG WIDMANN:

180 Beats per Minute

Fantasie for solo clarinet

FELIX MENDELSSOHN:

Symphony No. 3 in A minor, Op. 56 'Scottish'

Irish Chamber Orchestra, Jörg Widmann (conductor and clarinet)

Orfeo C945181A (CD)

 

SCHUMANN: ADVENTLIED & BALLADE VOM PAGEN UND DER KÖNIGSTOCHTER & JS BACH: CANTATA BWV 105

ROBERT SCHUMANN:

Vom Pagen und der Königstochter, Op. 140

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH:

Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht mit deinem Knecht, BWV 105 (Arr. R. Schumann)

ROBERT SCHUMANN:

Adventlied, Op. 71

Carolyn Sampson (soprano), Ülle Tuisk (soprano), Benno Schachtner (counter-tenor), Werner Güra (tenor), Cornelius Uhle (bass), Jonathan Sells (bass), Helsinki Baroque Orchestra & Estonian Philharmonic Chamber, Aapo Hakkinen

Ondine ODE13122 (CD)

 

 

 

 

10.50am New Releases – Andrew Mellor on Esa-Pekka Salonen

 

ESA-PEKKA SALONEN - THE COMPLETE SONY RECORDINGS

Sony 88985471842 (61 CDs)

https://www.sonyclassical.com/releases/88985471842

 

11.40am – Disc of the Week

 

SCHUBERT: PIANO SONATA NO. 21 & FOUR IMPROMPTUS, D935

FRANZ SCHUBERT:

Piano Sonata In B Flat, D 960

4 Impromptus, D 935

Marc-André Hamelin (piano)

Hyperion CDA68213 (CD)

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