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Andrew McGregor with Caroline Rae, plus Caroline Gill and Simon Heighes

Building a library on Debussy's Violin Sonata with Caroline Rae, plus Andrew McGregor reviews new choral releases with Caroline Gill and Simon Heighes.

with Andrew McGregor

Building a Library: Debussy's Violin Sonata by Caroline Rae.

Debussy's Sonata for Violin was written in 1917 and was intended as the third in a cycle of six sonatas for various instruments. It follows the sonatas that he wrote for cello, for flute and for viola and harp, but turned out to be the last major work that he would complete before cancer prematurely ended his life. The premiere took place on 5th May 1917 with Debussy himself at the piano accompanying the violinist Gaston Poulet. Debussy was profoundly affected by the First World War and his Sonata for Violin begins with an elegiac movement. The final movement, inspired by Hungarian gypsy music, does however bring the sonata to a more optimistic close.

Andrew talks about new choral releases with Caroline Gill and Simon Heighes from Buxtehude sung by Vox Luminis and Lassus from Gallicantus, to Arcangelo's Charpentier and Tenebrae's Lukaszewski.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

Music Played

  • Franz Liszt

    Annees De Pelerinage - Suisse: v. Orage

    Performer: Francesco Piemontesi.
    • Orfeo C 944 1821.
    • Orfeo.
    • 5.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite In G Minor Bwv.995 For Lute: I. Prelude

    Performer: Thomas Dunford.
    • Alpha 361.
    • Alpha.
    • 7.
  • Kurt Weill


    Performer: Raphaël Imbert. Singer: Marion Rampal. Ensemble: Le Quatuor Manfred.
    • Harmonia Mundi HMM 902295.
    • Harmonia Mundi.
    • 1.
  • Felix Mendelssohn

    Symphony No.2 'Lobgesang': x. Final Chorus

    Performer: NDR Chor. Performer: NDR Radio Philharmonic Orchestra. Performer: Andrew Manze. Choir: WDR Rundfunkchor Köln.
    • Pentatone PTC 5186 639.
    • Pentatone.
    • 13.
  • Joseph Haydn

    Symphony No. 26 In D Minor 'Lamentatione': ii. Adagio

    Orchestra: Kammerorchester Basel. Conductor: Giovanni Antonini.
    • Alpha 678.
    • Alpha.
    • 6.
  • Heinrich Ignaz Franz von Biber

    Passacaglia (Harmonium Artificiosa Part 5)

    Performer: Julia Schröder. Ensemble: Lautten Compagney.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88985344082.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 10.
  • Astor Piazzolla

    La Muerte Del Angel

    Performer: Julia Schröder. Ensemble: Lautten Compagney.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88985344082.
    • Deutsche Harmonia Mundi.
    • 11.
  • Antonín Dvořák

    Iver-Song (Lullaby)

    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Hyperion CDA68176.
    • Hyperion.
    • 21.
  • Antonín Dvořák


    Performer: Stephen Hough.
    • Hyperion CDA68176.
    • Hyperion.
    • 22.
  • Anton Bruckner

    Symphony No. 3 In D Minor (Nowak 1889): I. Mehr langsam, Misterioso

    Orchestra: Munich Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Valery Gergiev.
    • Munich Philharmonic MPHIL0009.
    • Munich Philharmonic.
    • 1.

Record Review 23/06/18


Liszt: Années de pèlerinage: Première année – Suisse
Francesco Piemontesi (piano)
Orfeo C 944 182 1 (CD + DVD)

Bach: Music for solo lute
Thomas Dunford (archlute)
Alpha 361

‘Bye Bye Berlin’ – Music from 1920s Berlin (Weill, Eisler, Hindemith and others)
Marion Rampal (vocals)
Raphaël Imbert (saxophones)
Manfred Quartet
Harmonia Mundi HMM 902295

Mendelssohn: Symphony No. 2 ‘Lobgesang’
Anna Lucia Richter (soprano)
Esther Dierkes (soprano)
Robin Tritschler (tenor)
WDR Rundfunkchor Köln
NDR Choir
Andrew Manze (conductor)
Pentatone PTC 5186 639 (Hybrid SACD)


9.30am – Building a Library – Caroline Rae on Debussy’s Violin Sonata

Composer: Claude Debussy

Piece: Violin Sonata in G minor

Reviewer: Caroline Rae

Recommended Recording:
Jennifer Pike (violin); Martin Roscoe (piano)
Chandos 10667 (CD)

Other Recommended Recordings:

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

Joseph Szigeti (violin); Bela Bartók (piano)
Vanguard Classics 08 8008 71

Gérard Poulet (violin); Noël Lee (piano)
Arion ARN 68228

Renaud Capuçon (violin); Bertrand Chamayou (piano)
Erato 9029577396

Joshua Bell (violin); Jean-Yves Thibaudet (piano)
Decca 421 817-2


10.20am – New Releases

Haydn: Symphony No. 26 ‘Lamentatione’ plus 3, 30 & 79
Kammerorchester Basel
Giovanni Antonini (conductor)
Alpha 678

‘Misterioso’ – Music by Biber and Piazzolla
Julia Schröder (baroque violin)
Lautten Compagney
Wolfgang Katschner (conductor)
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 88985344082

Stephen Hough’s Dream Album
Stephen Hough (piano)
Hyperion CDA68176


10.50am New Releases: Caroline Gill and Simon Heighes on choral releases

Buxtehude: Abendmusiken
Vox Luminis (choir)
Ensemble Masques (instrumental ensemble)
Olivier Fortin (director)
Alpha 287

Sebastián de Vivanco: Missa Assumpsit Jesus
De Profundis
Robert Hollingworth (conductor)
Hyperion CDA68257


Sibylla – Choral music by Lassus, Tymoczko, von Bingen & Cole
Gabriel Crouch (director)
Signum SigCD520

San Marco di Venezia – ‘The Golden Age’
Les Traversées Baroques (choir)
Laurent Stewart (fortepiano)
Etienne Meyer (conductor)
Accent ACC24345

‘Refugium’ – British Choral Music
Trinity Boys Choir
David Swinson (conductor)
Stone Records 5060192780819

Charpentier: Leçons de ténèbres, Litanies & Magnificat
Stéphane Degout (baritone)
Samuel Boden (tenor)
Jonathan Cohen (conductor)
Hyperion CDA68171

Sigismund Neukomm: Missa Solemnis & Requiem
Choeur de Chambre de Namur
La Grande Écurie et la Chambre du Roy (instrumental ensemble)
Jean-Claude Malgoire (director)
Accent 24344

‘Daylight Declines’ – Choral Music by Paweł Łukaszewski
Nigel Short (conductor)
Signum SIGCD521


11.45am – Disc of the Week: Munich Philarmonic & Valery Gergiev - Bruckner Symphony No.3 in D minor

Bruckner: Symphony No. 3 in D minor (ed. Nowak 1888/89)
Munich Philharmonic
Valery Gergiev (conductor)
Munich Philharmonic MPHIL0009


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