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Andrew McGregor with Simon Heighes and Sarah Devonald

Simon Heighes looks at Handel's Concerti a due cori in Building a Library, and Sarah Devonald rounds up recent releases of wind and brass music.

with Andrew McGregor.

9.30
Building a Library: Handel's Concerti a due cori with Simon Heighes.

For Handel a concerto was a means to an end, a tempting bonbon to entice an audience to the main event of the evening. His three Concerti a due cori (Concertos for two choirs) were specially written to help sell seats to his 1747 and 1748 Covent Garden oratorio seasons, Handel recycling highlights from his older choral works and operas, stirringly re-scored for two orchestras with prominent wind and horn parts. Thus these concertos are an attractive proposition, packed full of Handel's 'greatest hits', one after another, whose qualities come over especially well in period instrument performances.

10.55
Sarah Devonald rounds up releases of solo and ensemble music for wind and brass, including discs from leading British horn player Alec Frank-Gemmill, the virtuoso French saxophones of Quatuor Morphing and the first in the Royal Norwegian Navy Band's new series of Percy Grainger's complete music for wind band.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Antonio Vivaldi

    Viola D'amore Concerto In A minor RV397 i) Allegro

    Performer: Alessandro Tampieri. Ensemble: Accademia Bizantina. Conductor: Ottavio Dantone.
    • Naive.
  • Franz Schubert

    Octet in F-Major, D. 803: III. Allegro vivace - Trio

    Performer: Isabelle Faust.
    • Schubert: Oktett.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 103.
  • Herbert Howells

    4 Anthems to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Op. 9: No. 4. Salve Regina

    Choir: Gabrieli Consort. Conductor: Paul McCreesh.
    • A Rose Magnificat.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 901.
  • Arvo Pärt

    Los Angeles Symphony No. 4 iii) Insistentemente. Con intimo sentimento

    Orchestra: New Wroclaw Philharmonic. Conductor: Tõnu Kaljuste.
    • ECM.
  • Pelham Humfrey

    Like As The Hart

    Choir: Oxford Consort of Voices. Ensemble: Instruments of Time and Truth. Conductor: Edward Higginbottom.
    • Pan Classics.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Mass in G Minor: Kyrie

    Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha. Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge.
    • Vaughan Williams: Mass in G Minor.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 101.
  • Ralph Vaughan Williams

    Lord, Thou hast been our refuge

    Conductor: Andrew Nethsingha. Choir: Choir of St John’s College, Cambridge.
    • Vaughan Williams: Mass in G Minor.
    • Signum Classics.
    • 901.
  • Alexander Gretchaninov

    Liturgie Johannes Chrysostomos No. 2, Op. 29: VI. Cherubic Hymn

    Ensemble: Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. Conductor: Graham Ross.
    • O lux beata Trinitas.
    • harmonia mundi.
    • 101.
  • Georgy Sviridov

    Canticles & Prayers, Having Beheld a Strange Nativity: No. 9, Glory (Monastic)

    Choir: Latvian Radio Choir. Conductor: Sigvards Kļava.
    • Sviridov: Canticles & Prayers.
    • Ondine.
    • 203.
  • Georgy Sviridov

    Canticles & Prayers, Having Beheld a Strange Nativity: No. 10, Repentance of the Prodigal Son

    Choir: Latvian Radio Choir. Conductor: Sigvards Kļava.
    • Sviridov: Canticles & Prayers.
    • Ondine.
    • 204.
  • Georgy Sviridov

    Canticles & Prayers, Having Beheld a Strange Nativity: No. 11, Glory (Quiet)

    Choir: Latvian Radio Choir. Conductor: Sigvards Kļava.
    • Sviridov: Canticles & Prayers.
    • Ondine.
    • 205.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Seliges Erwägen - Passions-Oratorium, TWV 5:2, Third meditation: 19. Aria "Ihr b

    Performer: Anna Lucia Richter. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Gottfried von der Goltz.
    • Telemann: Seliges Erwägen - Passion-Oratorium.
    • Aparté.
    • 119.
  • Georg Philipp Telemann

    Seliges Erwägen - Passions-Oratorium, TWV 5:2, Third meditation: 20. Choral "Tri

    Performer: Julienne Mbodjé. Performer: Hanna Zumsande. Performer: Michael Feyfar. Performer: Henk Neven. Orchestra: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra. Conductor: Gottfried von der Goltz.
    • Telemann: Seliges Erwägen - Passion-Oratorium.
    • Aparté.
    • 120.
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

    Sinfonia Concertante in E flat K297b

    Ensemble: Les Vents Français. Orchestra: Münchener Kammerorchester. Conductor: Daniel Giglberger.
    • Warner Classics.

Record Review

9.00am

VIVALDI: CONCERTI PER ARCHI III & CONCERTI PER VIOLA D’AMORE

ANOTNIO VIVALDI:

Concerto for strings in C major RV109

Concerto RV117 for strings in C major

Concerto for strings RV 118

Concerto for Strings in D major, RV126

Concerto for Strings in F major, RV 138

Concerto for strings RV 142

Concerto for strings RV 145

Concerto for strings, RV 152

Concerto for Strings RV 155

Concerto for strings RV 161

Concerto for strings "Conca" RV 163

Violin Concerto in B flat major, RV 165

Concerto for strings RV 167

Viola d'amore concerto in D minor RV393

Viola d'amore concerto in D minor RV394

Viola d'amore concerto in D minor RV395

Viola d'amore concerto in A major RV396

Viola d'amore concerto in A minor RV397

Alessandro Tampieri (viola d'amore), Accademia Bizantina, Ottavio Dantone

Naive OP30570 (2 CDs)

 

SCHUBERT: OCTET

FRANZ SCHUBERT:

Octet in F major, D803

Schubert: 5 Minuets with 6 Trios, D89:

No. 3 (transcribed for octet)

No. 5 (transcribed for octet)

Isabelle Faust (violin), Anne Katharina Schreiber (violin), Danusha Waskiewicz (viola), Kristin von der Goltz (cello), Lorenzo Coppola (clarinet), Javier Zafra (bassoon), Teunis van der Zwart (horn), James Munro (double bass)

Harmonia Mundi HMM902263 (CD)

 

A ROSE MAGNIFICAT

KENNETH LEIGHTON:

Of a rose is all my song

THOMAS TALLIS:

Videte miraculum

PETER WARLOCK:

As dew in Aprylle

ROBERT WHITE:

Magnificat

JAMES Macmillan:

Ave maris stella

JOHN SHEPPARD:

Ave maris stella

OWAIN PARK:

 Ave Maris Stella

ROBERT WYLKYNSON:

Salve Regina

HERBERT HOWELLS:

Salve Regina

JONATHAN LANE:

There is No Rose

MATTHEW MARTIN:

A Rose Magnificat

Gabrieli Consort, Paul McCreesh

Signum SIGCD536 (CD)

 

PÄRT: THE SYMPHONIES

ARVO PÄRT:

Symphony No. 1

Symphony No. 2

Symphony No. 3

Symphony No. 4 'Los Angeles'

NFM Wroclaw Philharmonic, Tonu Kaljuste

ECM 4816802 (CD)

 

 

9.30am – Building a Library – Simon Heighes on Handel’s Concerti a due Cori

 

 

 

Composer:      Handel

 

Piece:              Concerti a due Cori 

 

Reviewer:        Simon Heighes

 

 

Recommended Recording:

Freiburger Barockorchester; Gottfried von der Goltz and Petra Müllejans (conductors)
Harmonia Mundi HMM 905272 (CD)

 

 

Other Recommended Recordings:

 

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

 

Zefiro; Alfredo Bernardini (conductor)
Arcana A386 

 

The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood
Decca 4117212 (digital download)


The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock (conductor)
DG Archiv 4791932 (11 CDs)

 

 

 

1020 – New Releases: Choral recordings

 

HUMFREY: SYMPHONY ANTHEMS

PELHAM HUMFREY:      

The King shall rejoice

By the waters of Babylon

Hear my prayer, O God

O Lord my God

Hear my crying, O God

Haste thee, O God

Like as the hart

Oxford Consort of Voices, Instruments of Time and Truth, Edward Higginbottom

Pan Classics PC10388 (CD)

 

VAUGHAN WILLIAMS: MASS IN G MINOR

RALPH VAUGHAN WILLIAMS:

Mass in G minor

Te Deum in G Major

O vos omnes

5 Mystical Songs: V. Antiphon

3 Preludes on Welsh Hill Tunes: II. Rhosymedre

O Taste and See

Prayer to the Father of Heaven

O Clap Your Hands (Psalm 47)

Lord, Thou has been our refuge

Choir of St John’s College Cambridge, Joseph Wicks (Organ), David Blackadder (trumpet), Andrew Nethsingha

Signum SIGCD541 (CD)

 

O LUX BEATA TRINITAS

ALEXANDER TIKHONOVICH GRECHANINOV:

Liturgie Johannes Chrysostomos No. 2, Op. 29: VI. Cherubic Hymn

BENJAMIN BRITTEN:

Festival Te Deum in E, Op. 32

GRAHAM ROSS:

Duo Seraphim

CHARLES VILLIERS STANFORD:

Laudate Dominum, Psalm 150

PAVEL GRIGORIEVICH CHESNOKOV:

Choral Pieces (10), Op. 27: No. 5. Cherubic Hymn

JOHN STAINER:

I saw the Lord

JAMES Macmillan:

Mass: Sanctus - Benedictus

PIOTR ILYICH TCHAIKOVSKY:

Nine Sacred Choruses (1884 / 5): Cherubic Hymn No. 1

JOHN SHEPPARD:

Libera nos 1 & 2

WILLIAM BYRD:

O Lux beata Trinitas

SERGEY VASSILIEVICH RACHMANINOV:

Liturgy of St John Chrysostom, Op.31: No. 8. Cherubic Hymn

JOSHUA PACEY:

Tres sunt

MIKHAIL IVANOVICH GLINKA:

Cherubic Hymn

GABRIEL JACKSON:

Hymn to the Trinity 'Honor, virtus et potestas'

CHARLES WOOD:

Hail, gladdening Light

Nicholas Morris & Eleanor Carter (organ), Choir of Clare College Cambridge, Graham Ross

Harmonia Mundi HMM902270 (CD)

 

GEORGY SVIRIDOV: CANTICLES AND PRAYERS

GEORGY SVIRIDOV:

Canticles & Prayers, Inexpressible Wonder

Canticles & Prayers, Having Beheld a Strange Nativity

Canticles & Prayers, From the Old Testament

Canticles & Prayers, Other Songs

Pasha krasnaya (The Red Easter)

Latvian Radio Choir, Sigvards Klava

Ondine ODE1322 (CD)

 

TELEMANN: DAS SELIGES ERWÄGEN

GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN:

Seliges Erwägen - Passions-Oratorium, TWV 5:2

Anna Lucia Richter (soprano), Colin Balzer (tenor), Michael Feyfar (tenor), Peter Harvey (baritone), Henk Neven (baritone), Freiburger Barockorchester & Choräle Chorals, Gottfried von der Goltz

Aparté AP175 (2 CDs)

 

 

10.50am New Releases: Sarah Devonald on Wind and Brass

 

GRAINGER: COMPETE MUSIC FOR WIND BAND, VOL. 1

PERCY GRAINGER:

Molly on the Shore, BFMS 23 (Version for Wind Ensemble)

Bell Piece (ramble on J. Dowland's Now, O now I needs must part) (version for voice and wind ensemble)

Marching Song of Democracy (version for wind ensemble)

Chosen Gems for Winds: O Mensch bewein’ dein’ Sünde groß (After J.S. Bach)

Let's Dance Gay in Green Meadow, "Faeroe Island Dance" (version for wind ensemble)

Country Gardens (2nd version) (version for wind ensemble)

Chosen Gems for Winds: 6-Part Fantasy & Air No. 1 (After W. Lawes) [Version for Wind Ensemble]

Hill-Song No. 2 (version for wind ensemble)

Chosen Gems for Winds: Folk-Tune (After E. Goossens)

Shepherd's Hey, BFMS 21 (Version for Wind Ensemble)

Room-Music Tit-Bits: No. 3. Walking Tune (version for wind ensemble)

Spoon River (Arr. W.S. Carson & A. Naylor for Wind Ensemble)

Down Longford Way (Arr. P. Grainger & L. Osmon)

Chosen Gems for Winds: Sérénade toscane (After G. Fauré)

The Royal Norwegian Navy Band, Bjarte Engeset

Naxos 8573679 (CD)

 

METAMORPHOSIS, HORN & PIANO

LUDWIG VAN BEETHOVEN:

Horn Sonata in F major, Op. 17

ROBERT SCHUMANN:

Adagio and Allegro in A flat major, Op. 70

Fantasiestücke, Op. 73

Romances (3), Op. 94

GISELHER KLEBE:

Sonata for Horn & Piano, Op. 95 (Alteration of Beethoven Piano Sonata Op. 27 No. 2)

Přemysl Vojta (horn), Tobias Koch (piano)

Avi Music AVI8553383 (CD)

 

BEFORE MOZART: EARLY HORN CONCERTOS

CHRISTOPH FÖRSTER:

Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major

GEORG PHILIPP TELEMANN:

Concerto TWV 51:D8 in D major for horn, strings & b.c.

JOHANN BAPTIST GEORG NERUDA:

Horn Concerto in E-Flat Major

LEOPOLD MOZART:

Sinfonia da camera in D Major, LMW VII:D5

JOSEPH HAYDN:

Horn Concerto No. 1 in D major, Hob.VIId:3

Alec Frank-Gemmill (horn), Swedish Chamber Orchestra, Nicholas McGegan

BIS BIS2315 (Hybrid SACD)

 

RAVEL & MENDELSSOHN

MAURICE RAVEL:

String Quartet in F major

FELIX MENDELSSOHN:

Four pieces for String Quartet, Op. 81

Quatuor Morphing

Klarthe KLA045D (CD)

 

11.40am – Disc of the Week

 

LES VENTS FRANÇAIS: CONCERTANTE

FRANZ DANZI:

Sinfonia concertante in E flat major

WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART:

Sinfonia concertante in E flat for Oboe, Clarinet, Horn, Bassoon & Orchestra, K297b

FRANÇOIS DEVIENNE:

Sinfonia Concertante No.2 in F major for Flute, Oboe, Bassoon, Horn and Orchestra

FRANZ DANZI:

Sinfonia Concertante

IGNAZ JOSEF PLEYEL:

Sinfonia concertante in F major, Ben. 115

Les Vents Francais & Munich Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Giglberger

Warner Classics 9029570487 (2 CDs)

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