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Andrew McGregor with Nicholas Kenyon and Gillian Moore

Building a library on Mozart's Don Giovanni with Nicholas Kenyon, plus Gillian Moore reviews recent releases of Mahler songs and symphonies.

with Andrew McGregor.

9.30
Building a Library on Mozart's Don Giovanni with Nicholas Kenyon.

The Marriage of Figaro had been a sensational success with Prague audiences. So, forsaking the fickle Viennese, Mozart wrote his new opera Don Giovanni especially for Prague where he anticipated - and received - another rapturous reception.

When it comes to gratifying his lust, Don Giovanni is a man who never takes no for an answer and he only gets his comeuppance when, as a consequence of his latest encounter, he has to confront the supernatural and descends, defiantly unrepentant, to hell. With its compelling drama and characterisation bound up in a succession of unforgettable musical numbers, Don Giovanni is among Mozart's greatest stage works; it sometimes feels as if the total of its recordings (by some of the finest musicians of this and the last century) adds up to the same number as Giovanni's sexual conquests.

10.55
Gillian Moore reviews rounds up recent releases of Mahler songs and symphonies.

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

3 hours, 12 minutes

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Saturday 7th July 2018

9.00am


Hugo Alfvén: Symphony No.1, Drapa and Midsommarvaka
Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin
Lukasz Borowicz (conductor)
Chandos CPO 555 043-2
https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CX%205043


Chopin: Late piano works
Kevin Kenner (piano)

Warner Classics 0190295635206
http://www.warnerclassics.com/shop/5599421,0190295635206/kevin-kenner-late-chopin-works

Benevolo: Missa si deus pro nobis & Magnificat
Le Concert Spirituel (choir)
Hervé Niquet
Alpha 400
https://www.outhere-music.com/en/albums/missa-si-deus-pro-nobis-magnificat-alpha-400

9.30am – Building a Library – Nicholas Kenyon on Don Giovanni

 

Composer: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Piece: Don Giovanni

Reviewer: Nicholas Kenyon

Recommended Recording:

Ildebrando D’arcangelo (Don Giovanni)
Luca Pisaroni (Leporello)
Diana Damrau (Donna Anna)
Joyce DiDonata (Donna Elvira)
Rolando Villazón (Don Ottavio)
Mojca Erdmann (Zerlina)
Konstantin Wolff (Masetto)
Vitalij Kowaljow (Commendatore)
Mahler Chamber Orchestra / Yannick Nézet-Séguin
DG 477 9878 (3 CDs)

 

Other Recommended Recordings:

 

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

Vienna Philharmonic & Vienna State Opera Chorus
Josef Krips
Decca 4781389

Philharmonia Chorus & Orchestra
Carlo Maria Giulini (conductor)
EMI CDC 747260-2


English baroque Soloists & Monteverdi Choir
John Eliot Gardiner (conductor)

DG Archiv 4458702

 

 

10.20am – New Releases

Josef Suk: Piano Music
Jonathan Plowright (piano)
Hyperion CDA68198
https://www.hyperion-records.co.uk/dc.asp?dc=D_CDA68198

Richard Rodney Bennett: Orchestral works including Concerto for Stan Getz, Symphony No.2, Serenade and Partita
Howard McGill (tenor saxophone)
BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra
John Wilson (conductor)
Chandos CHSA5212 (Hybrid SACD)
https://www.chandos.net/products/catalogue/CHAN%205212

Richard Rodney Bennett: Choral music
Royal Birmingham Conservatoire Chamber Choir
Nicholas Morris (organ)
Paul Spicer (director)
Somm Recordings SOMMCD 0184
https://www.somm-recordings.com/recording/the-glory-and-the-dream-choral-music-by-richard-rodney-bennett/

Fromental Halévy: La Reine de Chypre
Véronique Gens (Catrina Cornaro)
Cyrille Dubois (Gérard de coucy)
Étienne Dupuis (Andrea Cornaro)
Orchestre de Chambre de Paris
Flemish Radio Choir
Hervé Niquet (conductor)
Ediciones Singulares ES1032 (2 CDs)
http://www.bru-zane.com/en/publication/la-reine-de-chypre/

 

10.50am New Releases: Gillian Moore on Mahler

Mahler: Wunderhorn-Lieder & Adagio from Symphony No.10
Michael Volle (baritone)
Munich Philharmonic Orchestra
Christian Thielemann (conductor)
MPHIL 0007

https://www.mphil.de/en/label-mphil/christian-thielemann.html

Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde arr. Schoenberg
Dagmar Pecková (mezzo soprano)
Richard Samek (tenor)
Schoenberg Chamber Orchestra
Petr Altrichter (conductor)

Supraphon SU-4242-2
https://www.supraphonline.cz/album/367793-mahler-pisen-o-zemi/cd


Mahler: Symphony No.9

Israel Philharmonic Orchestra
Leonard Bernstein (conductor)

Helicon Classics 029656

http://www.heliconclassics.com/mahler-symphony-no-9/


Mahler: Symphony No.9

Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra
Daniel Harding (conductor)
Harmonia Mundi HMM 902258
http://www.harmoniamundi.com/#!/albums/2316

Mahler: Symphony No.6
Südwestfunk Orchestra Baden-Baden
Kirill Kondrashin (conductor)

SWR Classic SWR19416CD
https://www.swrmusic.de/pages_e/t1_cd_SWR19416CD.html

Mahler: Symphony No.6
Minnesota Orchestra
Osmo Vanska (conductor)
BIS 2266 (Hybrid SACD)

 

11.45am – Disc of the Week: Mendelssohn: Overture and Incidental Music to A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Mendelssohn: Overture & Incidental Music to a Midsummer Night’s Dream
Anna Lucia Richter (soprano)
Barbara Kozelj (alto)
Pro Musica women’s choir
Budapest Festival Orchestra
Ivan Fischer (conductor)
Channel Classics CCS SA 37418 (Hybrid SACD)
https://www.channelclassics.com/catalogue/37418-Overture-Incidental-Music-to-A-Midsummer-Nights-Dream/

 

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